On Sale: March 3, 2009
Featuring: Jonas Tallent; Emily Beauregard
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Handsome, wealthy, and well-born, Jonas Tallent has
everything a gentleman needs to enjoy London society to
the fullestâ€”and he has. He's played cards until dawn,
flirted with eligible young ladies, and made love to some
But now he's restless and bored
with the mindless frivolity and careless pleasure, so it's
with a sense of relief that he takes up the reins of his
family's estate in rural Devon. His most pressing need is
to hire a new manager for the innâ€”the center of village
life. Such a small task, yet he discovers few decent
applicants are willing to live in a quiet country
Then genteel but impoverished Miss
Emily Beauregard applies for the position. Jonas's initial
response is an emphatic "no!" Ladies, especially one as
attractive as Emily, belong in the ballroom or the
bedroom, not running an inn. But with no alternatives, he
grudgingly allows Emily to try, and she rapidly proves
herself worthy, resurrecting the inn with tact and skill.
But Emily has a secret. It's not only the need to
provide for herself and her orphaned siblings that has
brought her to Devon. She's surreptitiously searching for
a family treasure hidden in the village, the only clues to
its location a cryptic rhyme handed down through the
generations. Emily is determined to solve the puzzle, find
the treasure, and reinstate her family to its rightful
place in society.
But Em hasn't bargained on
Jonas. His experience is temptation, his attentions
irresistible, and he's determined to aid her in her quest.
He eventually persuades her to trust him, and together
they unravel the clues. But someone else is watching,
waiting, and once the family legacy is unearthed, the
villain strikes, threatening Em, her family, and the love
she and Jonas have discovered in each other's arms.
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