First Time in Paperback
On Sale: October 1, 2009
Featuring: Jonas Tallent; Emily Beauregard
Mass Market Paperback
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Handsome, wealthy, and well-born, Jonas Tallent has
everything a gentleman needs to enjoy London society to the
fullest—and he has. He's played cards until dawn, flirted
with eligible young ladies, and made love to some ineligible
ones. 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 inn—the center of village life. Such a small task,
yet he discovers few decent applicants are willing to live
in a quiet country backwater. 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
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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