From the moment Daphne, Lady Pomeroy, meets the mysterious Marquess of Hartwell at a masquerade ball, she’s determined to seduce him. The handsome, charming man cannot possibly be the cold, calculating lord who Society calls “Black Hart.” Risking everything, the lonely widow invites the elusive Hartwell to her dinner party . . . for two.
Hartwell’s arrogant reputation is built on a lie. For he has a shameful secret that keeps him in the shadows: a stutter—his downfall since childhood. He’d rather keep his mouth shut than look the fool. But he’s shocked to discover that in Daphne’s company—and in her bed—his stutter vanishes.
After one wanton evening together, Daphne is hurt when the lord lives up to his Black Hart name. Yet his reasons for leaving surprise even him. Now he must confess everything or risk losing Daphne forever…
Lovely, sweet, and sensual...LOVED it!
Daphne was an unconventional character. She disregarded propriety to get what she wanted, and didn't care what people thought of her. It was fun to watch her openly skirt around the rules of society.
Hartwell is a sweet character. His stutter earned him the scorn of his father and he's kept to the shadows in order to avoid any more disapproval. Unfortunately, that earned him the reputation of being cold. But, he's truly an adorable character. He'll steal your heart whether you want him to or not. Handsome, tortured, and sweet. What more could you want?
Even though this is a short story, there was development of the relationship. It never felt rushed. The story was hot and sweet and the ending was perfect.
A brilliant story: 5/5
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