When Lady Octavia Radleigh's grandfather confesses he must sell their ancestral home to pay off his debts, Octavia vows she'll do whatever it takes to keep it in the family - even open it to the public as an upmarket hotel. Unfortunately, she'll need money to finance her venture, and that means turning to the upstart Jake Bentley, a self-made financial guru who wants Radleigh for himself. As if sharing her home with a nouveau riche interloper isn't bad enough, someone starts sabotaging her restoration of Radleigh.
Leah Elliot sells secrets to survive. Donning boy's clothes, she uncovers society scandals for a London gossip rag to support herself and her sister, who were left destitute after their father's death. When she meets the dashing - and perhaps dangerous - Hal Forster, the Marquess of Denby, she learns he may be involved in treason. The rumor is too valuable not to sell, despite her attraction to him.
"Performance? Spoiled it!"
Struggling to escape her past and make ends meet as a modiste, Katrina Sinclair hopes the daring new wardrobe she's designed for her childhood friend Julia—now a marchioness—will attract the business she desperately needs. But Julia's help comes at a price: Katrina must take her place at a house party. They look enough alike for the ruse to work... until Julia's handsome former fiancé arrives.
"Unbelievable plot and soooo far fetched!"
Lord Robert Forster hopes to meet his match - on the chessboard. He jumps at the chance to cross rooks with the renowned Sicilian widow Contessa Electra Falzone. However, the lovely foreigner's bold opening gambit raises concerns about her politics when she finds her way into his bedchamber, not with seduction in mind, but to steal state secrets. Electra Falzone has always avoided scandalous liaisons, until blackmail forces her to turn thief and risk her reputation in the arms of the handsome Lord Robert.