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Featuring: Arthur Lancaster, earl of St. Merryn; Elenora Lodge
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Romance Suspense | Romance Historical
It is a truth universally acknowledged . . . . . . that a
jilted earl must be in want of a fiancee who is something
other than a flibbertigibbet, knows her place, and is not
entirely unpleasant to look on: a description that
precisely fits a paid companion.
Arthur Lancaster, the Earl
of St. Merryn, is a logical man who desires only peace and
quiet and seeks to contract a suitable marriage with a
reasonable female. But there seem to be none in London-or
at least the redoubtable matrons who hire out exceedingly
respectable companions for so much per annum have shown him
none that he could envision under his roof or in his bed.
Enter Miss Elenora Lodge, a disheveled beauty wearing prop
spectacles in order to pass for prim, who beguiles Arthur,
who in turn proposes an Arrangement. She, newly arrived in
London after bailiffs have turned her off her bankrupt
stepfather's country property, says yes. Ibbits, the earl's
scheming butler, is quite put out. A handsome fellow who
once provided paid companionship of a very different sort
to lonely ladies of the ton, Ibbits was forced to go into
service when-damnable luck!-he became impotent.
his employers' peccadilloes, he makes extra money on the
side retailing their secrets-and simultaneously
blackmailing them. But is Ibbits wicked enough to commit
murder? And what does the eccentric scientist who prowls
the underground network of lost London streams have to do
with it all?
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