After her parents died in an accident and her brother gambles away her inheritance and dowry, leaving her to fend for herself while he runs off to the colonies, Miss Felicia Scott must find a way to keep a roof over her head. No longer able to enter the Marriage Mart but certainly not of the servant class, the only option is to find a position as governess. Her luck finally turns when an acquaintance refers her to the haughty widower Lord Victor Astley, Earl of Standish.
"Typical Lord and the Governess"
Miss Elizabeth Dunseith, Beth to her friends, grew up in genteel poverty, happy despite her abusive father and weak mother. When her father sells her to the highest bidder in order to pay off his gambling debts, she fears what her future will hold, but is relieved to get away from home with her new, handsome husband. Lord Justin Fulton, Earl of Westfield, is confused by the contradictory behavior of his purchased bride. One moment she is haughty and cool, the next she is warm and endearing.
Miss Rosamund Smythe, the only daughter of a baron diplomat, is finding the season to be a dead bore. After her stint at spying while in Vienna with her father, she wants a higher purpose in life than "just" being a wife. His Grace, Alexander Milton, the Duke of Wrentham, wants a quiet life with a "proper" lady after the tumultuous childhood he had. His parents had fought viciously, lied often, and Alex secretly wonders if he was even his father's son.