From Publishers Weekly
Carlyle's Devil series (The Devil You Know, etc.) continues in this historical romance featuring an embittered earl and a housekeeper with something to hide. Aubrey Montford comes to Castle Cardow armed only with forged references and towing a small boy behind her. The only tenant of the castle is the irascible Major Lorimer, an ailing alcoholic whom no one in the household can bear for long. Nevertheless, Aubrey soon endears herself to the Major by restoring the castle to its former glory. The estate's absentee owner, the Earl of Walrafen, is content to leave Cardow in Aubrey's capable hands until the Major, his uncle, is found shot to death in his room. Giles, Lord Walrafen, returns to Cardow, though it holds only unhappy memories for him. As he seeks his uncle's murderer, he finds himself drawn to the beautiful but strangely reserved Aubrey-but she's also the prime suspect in his investigation. Carlyle sets up a locked-room mystery with few suspects, so there's far more romance here than suspense. Fortunately, the chemistry between Aubrey and Giles is intense, and their relationship possesses a maturity that distinguishes it from typical love-between-the-classes romances. On the whole, Regency fans who prefer their romances mixed with a little intrigue will be charmed by Carlyle's newest offering.
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Desperately needing a safe place for her and her young child, Aubrey Farquharson convinces Elias Lorimer not only to hire her as Castle Cardow's new housekeeper but also to keep her identity secret. Aubrey's efforts to restore order to the rundown castle include sending letter after letter to its owner, Giles, the Earl of Walrafen, nagging him about his responsibilities to the estate. Although he greatly enjoys her impertinent correspondence, Giles has no intention of visiting his cursed family home, but Giles' plans change when his uncle Elias is found shot in his study. Forced to return to Cardow, Giles is determined to avenge his uncle's murder but instead finds himself spending most of his time trying to seduce the prime suspect in the case, his bewitching housekeeper, "Mrs. Montford." A sharp-witted, sharp-tongued heroine closely guards the secrets of her past from a wonderfully tortured hero, who has a few secrets of his own, in this sinfully sensual, superbly written historical. With its exquisitely nuanced characters, darkly intense plot, subtle humor, and gleaming prose, Carlyle's latest romance is nothing short of brilliant. John CharlesCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved