Lord of Secrets

Lord of Secrets

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by Alyssa Everett

Somewhere on the North Atlantic, 1820

Rosalie Whitwell has spent most of her life sailing the globe with her adventurous father, dreaming of the day she can settle in one place long enough to have a home and family of her own. When her father suffers a fatal heart attack in the middle of the North Atlantic, Rosalie turns in her panic to a fellow

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Somewhere on the North Atlantic, 1820

Rosalie Whitwell has spent most of her life sailing the globe with her adventurous father, dreaming of the day she can settle in one place long enough to have a home and family of her own. When her father suffers a fatal heart attack in the middle of the North Atlantic, Rosalie turns in her panic to a fellow passenger—the cool, reclusive Lord Deal.

For years David Linney, Marquess of Deal, has avoided the society of others. Even so, he's drawn to his lovely shipmate, like him the victim of family tragedy.

As the voyage nears its end, Lord Deal is compelled to propose. But on their wedding night, Rosalie gets an unwelcome surprise: her handsome husband is strangely reluctant to consummate the marriage. Does she fall short of her groom's expectations? Or is he hiding a secret past that only she can unlock?

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May, 1820

"Won't this ship ever stop its odious rocking?" Mrs. Howard said in her American accent. "There's not a soul alive who could possibly stomach food at a time like this."

Rosalie could have stomached food, but she refrained from saying so as she applied a cold compress to the older woman's forehead. She'd been on her way to the dining saloon when she'd received Mrs. Howard's summons, and she was still in her pink sarcenet dinner gown. "Perhaps if you lie very still…"

Mrs. Howard pushed her hand away. "How I loathe sea voyages, and this ship is an absolute horror."

Rosalie suppressed a sigh. It was only the seasickness talking. Though she'd seen her share of disagreeable vessels and cramped quarters, for this voyage her father had been fortunate enough to secure passage on the Neptune's Fancy, a top-of-the-line packet ship catering to passengers willing to pay the princely sum of one hundred and forty American dollars for a comfortable crossing. The ship boasted twelve small passenger cabins, six on either side of the vessel, each equipped with its own compact dresser, looking glass and commode. Rosalie feared it had forever spoiled her for the slow, small brigs to which she was accustomed.

"You'll feel better once it's calm again." She gave Mrs. Howard a sympathetic smile. "Even my father chose not to go in to dinner tonight, and Papa almost never suffers from mal de mer."

Mrs. Howard closed her eyes. "Dear Lord Whitwell. It was good of him to spare you to me." She opened one eye to peer up at Rosalie. "But what about your young cousin? I hope he won't be cross with me for stealing you away just at the dinner hour."

"I doubt Charlie will miss me. He's so excited about joining the army, my company can't hold a candle to an officer's."

Mrs. Howard patted her hand. "What a dear child you are! But as for the colonel…well, I hope you won't let him influence Mr. Templeton too much. You and your family are the only truly genteel passengers on this miserable voyage. The rest of the company is not quite up to our standards—merchants and ex-military men, you know, and the less said about that sort, the better."

"There is Lord Deal…"

Mrs. Howard snatched the wet cloth from her forehead to eye Rosalie as if she'd taken leave of her senses. "Lord Deal? But that man is the worst of the lot! I've never met any creature so rude. And don't tell me you disagree, Miss Whitwell, for I'm quite sure he's never given you so much as a civil word, however pretty you may be."

"He's never said anything uncivil." It was true enough, for the gentleman had yet to look in her direction, let alone speak a single word to her. The Marquess of Deal inhabited a rarefied sphere, far above Rosalie's touch. Her papa might be a baron, but constant travel had taken its toll, wearing away whatever thin veneer of polish she and her father had once possessed. They were more accustomed now to breaking bread with camel drivers and native guides than to hobnobbing with the haut monde. "Don't you worry that poor Lord Deal must feel out of place? No one ever speaks with him except the ship's captain."

"And little wonder! You see how he holds himself apart. The man considers himself too good for the rest of us."

"He is very quiet." Quiet, and so austerely elegant he looked as if he'd stepped out of a Flemish portrait from another century. "I sometimes wonder if he must have suffered some great loss in his life…"

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Meet the Author

Alyssa Everett grew up in Florida, where from an early age most of her favorite books had dukes in them. She spent her teen years working in a theme park, doing everything from collecting garbage to captaining an African boat cruise. A Harvard grad, she married her college sweetheart. They live with their three children in Pennsylvania.

Alyssa is a fan of regency history, Halloween, springer spaniels, Zumba and the perfect shoes. Visit her website at http://alyssaeverett.com.

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Lord of Secrets 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
LORD OF SECRETS by Alyssa Everett is an exciting Regency Historical Romance set in 1820 London. A Lord with dark secrets,David Linney,Marquess of Deal and a Lady with mothering skills, Rosalie Whitwell, two lives connect where secrets are revealed and love blossoms. Fast paced with passion,secrets,past regrets,learning the truth of why one adapted a solitary life,a glimpse into the sexual abuse by a loved one and the effects that abuse has on the person. Emotional but passionate! Deal and Rosalie will capture your heart and soul as they navigate the waters of marriage, secrets and love. Passion is more than just about the desire,and lust it is also about feelings and loving someone through all their secrets. A must read! As "Lord of Secrets" is emotional,it is told with compassionate and thought. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
Romance with a touch of darkness! Lord of Secrets by Alyssa Everett I felt attracted to the cover of this book Lord of Secrets and liked the mysterious Lord. So I gave it a try. It's the first time that a read a story written by Alyssa Everett. It's the complicated and dark story of David a tortured soul who meets a a woman named Rosalie, also hurt by past events in her life. I won't write a long and complete review because others have done an excellent job. Let me just say, that it is well written and the intrigue was well developed. It kept my interest until the end because I wanted to know the dark secret of David. It is a different genre of romance that I am used to, but I enjoyed reading this story, despite a touch of darkness! Romance doesn't always have to be cheerful and charming. I recommend this book!
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
Alyssa Everett's Lord of Secrets is a dashing historical romance that surrounds readers with the complex lives of two strong characters. David Linney, Marquess of Deal, stands apart from society. He believes that his neighbors and friends shamed him because of his father's suicide. It's also the secrets he keeps that keep him fearful of letting anyone come too close. Rosalie Whitwell is young, optimistic, and struck with the need to help others. She's a lovely character that pushes so much hope into the lines of the story. Rosalie loses her father coming back from their latest travels. Amid the tragedy Rosalie forms a fragile connection to David, the hero who stepped in when Rosalie was shocked by the death of her father and left with few options. Surprisingly, he proposes marriage out of concern for Rosalie's welfare, hoping to remain aloof and in tight reign of his secrets. Everett's idea of romance is spectacular. Though the conflicts in Rosalie and David's relationship were internal, the fight for a happily ever after was passionate. I loved that Rosalie never tried to change David, but just tried to do everything she could to make their marriage work. She struggled to be her caring self and fit into David's world, never imagining that she would indeed have such a grand affect on him. Lord of Secrets is not completely lovey-dovey, but features very shocking twists that spell ruin for Rosalie and David. The suspense of discovering David's dark secrets make the romance that much sweeter, because through all the drama and emotional distress, readers will come to understand and truly care for these characters. Everett's latest read will hold your heart captive and consume your thoughts! *eGalley provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review* Also posted on Lovey Dovey Books