For over a year, the widowed Perdita, Duchess of Ormonde has been keeping a secret. A secret about how her husband really died. So it's almost a relief when her mama-in-law finally approaches her with a proposal: Perdita will remarry, thus removing her from the Ormonde family, or the dowager will inform the town and the authorities just how her son died. Though she kws that she isn't really to blame for her late husband's death, Perdita also kws that just the suggestion of wrongdoing is sometimes eugh to bring shame upon oneself. For help, she turns to the one man she's always been able to trust: Lord Archer Lisle, a younger son, and her late husband's secretary. The youngest son of the Duke of Pendleton, Lord Archer Lisle has spent his entire life in second place. But, w, finally he has a chance to do something purely for himself. For years he watched helpless as Perdita was brutalized by her husband, his employer. Now she needs ather husband to ensure her secret remains hidden, and he'll step up and do the one thing that will fulfil both their needs. And when a threat emerges from a source ne of them expected, he'll do whatever it takes to protect the woman he loves.
Manda Collins spent her teen years wishing she'd been born a couple of centuries earlier, preferably in the English countryside. Time travel being what it is, she resigned herself to life with electricity and indoor plumbing, and read lots of books. When she's not writing, she's helping other people use books, as an academic librarian.