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At No.18, Baldwin Summers, the Earl of Cartwell, deals with innumerable problems. At thirty-six, he’s changed. He is no longer known so much as ‘Win’ that hero of Waterloo but now he’s hailed as his profligate brother’s heir. He’s pensioned off his two mistresses. He’s tired of gambling. Meanwhile, his mother presses him to marry—and he’s discovered no young lady with more than half a brain.
Now too, he’s had thrust upon him suddenly his friend’s eight-year-old daughter. Though she tickles him with her humor…and her exotic pets, the child needs a firm hand. With no idea how to mold her into a socially acceptable creature, he hires a governess.
However, that woman presents his most pressing problem. She enchants his ward. But she’s beguiling him as well. And it’s a wonder because she is so very...odd. She is quite educated, defeats him every time at chess—and dances. Nightly. In his upstairs hall.
He cannot ignore her. He cannot control her. Worse, he cannot quell his mad desire to kiss her.
But can he take on the ton and do what he really wants?
Can make her more than his governess?
But why won't this darling deign to become his countess?
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