“More than Likely, She Is an Aging Spinster,” mused the dashing Duke of Ranleigh as he considered that wretched governess of his late brother's children. A series of churlish letters had convinced him she was sour in nature, no doubt with a face to match. Indeed, his lordship, en route to his brother's estate in Virginia, could not wait to dismiss her.
Only Adriana Prescott was not quite the "American old maid" he expected. She was in fact possessed of such spirit, youth, and loveliness that the Duke was soon enamored of her. And if Adriana found him a trifle pompous and conceited, he was also the best looking man she had ever seen, and certainly one of the kindest. But when his interest turned to affection, she responded not only with yearning, but dismay. Now the Duke of Ranleigh must find out why the woman he covets will not let love into her life . . . and then persuade her otherwise!
Duke of Ranleigh and Adriana Prescott