Jack turns to Miss Madeline Hennessey both to organize his household and to serve as his mother's temporary companion, despite the fact that he's long harbored feelings for the ever-competent (and lovely!) Miss Hennessey. Madeline reluctantly accepts the position, and proximity leads to investigations of an amorous nature. Can Jack stop the crime spree and steal Madeline's heart, too?
About the Author
Grace Burrowes is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Lonely Lords series and the extensive Windham series. Her debut, The Heir, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, and its follow-up, The Soldier, was named a Publishers Weekly Best Spring Romance of 2011.
James Langton trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner, he has performed many voice-overs and narrated numerous audiobooks. James was born in York, England, and is now based in New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Jack is a war veteran from the wars in India and he has scars and secrets that even his mother doesn't know about. Madeline is in the line of service and has worked for Axel Belmont for 10 years, ever since his first wife saved her from an abusive situation. She also has secrets and two stubborn and independent aunts. Jack's mother is coming to call for the holidays and he knows he needs someone to take his house in-hand to make sure it is ready for his very judgemental mother, and he needs a woman's companion for the time she will be staying with him. So he seeks out Axel and Abby for their aid in finding someone who can fit that need. Madeline has become more of a friend to the Belmonts even though she still works for them and they jump at the chance to through these two friends of theirs together in hopes that sparks fly. She isn't too keen on moving to Jack's home or going into service to him, even for a short amount of time, but she cannot say no to extra money to help take care of her elderly aunts. Sparks do fly right as the mother finally arrives (worse timing ever) and Jack's mother has come with a surprise... wait for it...a prospective wife for Jack. Jack's brother Jeremy has also come along and Jack leaves Jeremy, his mother, Miss DeWitt, and Madeline alone in order to work on his magistrate duties (when in reality, he is using a small crime spree as an excuse to avoid his mother's matchmaking schemes). Things heat up, especially in an herbal closet one night between Jack and Madeline, and Jack decides that if he is going to marry, it is going to be to Madeline. Secrets are revealed, trust and love are fought for, and in the end, Jack wins the girl. And Jeremy ends up with a wife too. It was an enjoyable read, not really my favorite, but there was nothing wrong with the story either. There is no emotional turmoil in this one, and the conflict is pretty mild mannered but enjoyable.
Life's hardships have not gotten the best of decorated hero Sir Jack Dewey Fanning or lovely Madeline Hennessey. Will they have to sacrifice love to do their duty?
There is NO cussing. Hell and damn and those kinds of words are find but BIG ones. If you are to mate, go to res2. If you are going to add a lot of details, go to res3. Other than that, just be kind and be respectful. Oh and NO forced mating.