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The sinking of the Brig Minerva results in many deaths, while for others, the future is suddenly brighter. But it’s not always easy to leave the past behind.... 

Evie Parfitt is almost 30, penniless, and with no prospect of ever marrying. She has her hands full helping turn a jewel merchant’s willful heiress into a lady able to move in good society. When the sinking of the Minerva leaves her charge an orphan and she selects a notorious rake as her guardian, Evie is determined to protect both of them from his attentions. But faced with the most charming man she’s ever known, can she protect her own heart?

Eliot Armitage is rich, idle, and spoilt, whiling away his life with a succession of mistresses. He’s not tempted by his 18-year-old ward, but it would be an amusing game to seduce her cool and oh-so-ladylike companion. When Evie disdains his approach and challenges him to find the jewel merchant’s missing diamonds, he sets out to prove that he’s not the worthless rogue she thinks him. But will he ever be able to convince Evie that a rake can change his ways?

This is a complete story with a HEA. Book five of a six book series. A traditional Regency romance, drawing room rather than bedroom.

©2020 Mary Kingswood (P)2020 Mary Kingswood

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  • Laurie S
  • 26-10-2020

I liked the others more

It’s worth reading this to keep up with the series. Mary Kingswood is a talented writer. She gives us wonderful, unique, and mostly clean stories. Like the others in his series, this one had some twists and mystery that kept me going, but was lighter and felt somewhat weaker. To me, the H/h seemed pretty typical of so many in this genre, and the story and character development lacked the depth or finesse her others usually have. The narration was excellent, though I struggled with the squeaky voice of the H’s ward. I will certainly read the last one in the series to find out who the benefactor is. And I will always look for more Mary Kingswood releases, since I generally like her work very much.

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