Left with no references after being sacked by her lecherous employer, Danielle Dulac is out of options. So, when Anthony Markham, enigmatic Duke of Blackmoor, offers to hire her as governess to his four-year-old son, despite a niggling little voice telling her to run, she accepts.
A notorious rake, the Duke is surly, sarcastic, embittered, and hostile. And the most sensuous man Danielle has ever met. The attraction between them is instantaneous, combustible…and forbidden. Governesses do not fall in love with Dukes.
She soon discovers that the Master of Blackmoor is haunted by a dark and tragic past filled with lies, betrayal and death. Unfortunately, the past is not over. Evil stalks Blackmoor Hall. The danger is escalating and all the clues point to the Duke himself.
As the passion between Anthony and Danielle rages out of control, so does the peril they face. Will they uncover the evil in time? Or will it destroy them both?
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About the Author
At various points in my life, when asked what I wanted to be, my answer would have been (in rough chronological order, since some of these lofty ambitions overlapped): a fairy, a princess, a ballerina, Nancy Drew, Cherry Ames, a paleontologist, Scarlett O'Hara, thin and beautiful, an actress, and a writer. Now, at age 73, my answer to that question is, "younger".
Followed closely, of course by bestselling author. Oh, and a princess. Some dreams die hard.
Now retired, I live in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Danielle DuLac is desperate. With her father recently deceased and her position as a teacher no longer viable after her father's recent death, she accepted a position as governess to a pompous Lord whose only goal was seduction. She left his employ, as did many others, but he refused to provide her with a reference or character. In desperation she accepts a position with Lady Esterly and is on her way there when a blizzard causes a coach mishap and she and the coach driver seek refuge at Blackmoor Hall, rumored to be an evil place. Anthony Markham, Duke of Blackmoor, is a tortured soul. Having killed and his wife and brother when he learned of their affair, Anthony spends his days wishing for his own death and neglecting his four-year old son Geoffrey. His dark visage, courtesy of his part gypsy heritage, fuels the rumors of his vileness although Danielle sees beyond that to his tortured psyche. As fate would have it, Danielle ends up as governess to young Geoffrey who has been abused through the sin of neglect. She soons sets things at Blackmoor Hall back to rights and even makes several friends among the surly servants - her stauchest allies being young Bertha and Fanshawe the ascerbic butler. Love eventually enters the picture for Danielle and Anthony and a happy ending ensues but not before the perils and pitfalls of a murder mystery assert themselves. This story was quite refreshing in that there was an actual storyline involved; and a good one too! Thankfully most of the erotica was confined to the latter portions of the book however it was most jarring to this reader to find old world characters referring to parts of the human anatomy in today's vernacular. Those passages were totally unnecessary in carrying the story forward. As for the erotica part of the story it seemed interminable. Yes we know the lovers were passionate but a tutorial was unnecessary in this type of historical romance. A page or two of it would have sufficed but this felt for like a tutorial or a passage from Penthouse magazine. I will admit to it being well-written though. Throughout these passages I felt like our lovers were more in today's comtemporary world than back in the late 1700s or early 1800s. All in all, a well done book and one that will keep the reader's interest. If you're not into the erotica, you can certainly skip over those passages and still have an enjoyable read. And if erotica is your cup of tea then you'll find this book a true delight!
Gothic Romance at its best! And, to make sure it hit the mark I looked to see what a gothic romance should include then ticked the boxes against this story: *mystery tinged with horror (yes) *dark background (yes) *supernatural (yes) *young governess or new bride (yes) *large gloomy mansion (yes) *peculiar servants (yes) *precious child(ren) (yes) *presided over by darkly handsome and man with mysterious past (yes) Danielle Dulac is on her way to take a job as governess when the carriage she is riding in loses a wheel. She and the driver and mailman on the coach make their way to Blackmoor for the night where she encounters Anthony Markham, Duke of Blackmoor. Her job as governess was not to be…at least not where she planned to go originally…so a governess to Anthony’s son Geoffrey fortuitously is provided at Blackmoor. With a backstory that was traumatic for all and a future to be explored by some this is a great read with murder, suspense, a diabolical bad guy and romance. I enjoyed reading the descriptions almost as much as the story itself because it took me back to visits to antique stores with my mother, looking through her books on various similar subjects and visits to museums & estate homes that were oh so much fun. Thank you to the author for the ARC – This is my honest review.