In this series debut, the heiress to a diamond mine discovers that her unwelcome houseguest has a legitimate claim to her estate—and to her heart.
Diana Sommerville is surprised to find Rupert Lacey, her late brother’s best friend—and her ex-fiance—in her Cavendish Square mansion. The last time she saw Rupert, he was in South Africa, where he and Jem had helped the English army protect her family’s diamond mine before Jem was killed in battle. “Pointless to die in a war over diamonds and gold,” Diana remarks. And she would be married by now if Rupert hadn’t betrayed her. Now, Rupert tells her, they will have to share the mansion, since Jem left half the estate to him and he does not intend to move out. To avoid a scandal, Diana enlists the help of her friends Petra and Fenella to pretend that she and Rupert are already married until the two of them can reach an agreement on how to divide the assets. Inhabited by a horse named Kimberly Diamond and a pair of dogs named Hera and Hercules, the house has more sentimental than financial value for Diana. But as her old feelings resurface, heated arguments with Rupert over how to run the estate get even hotter in the bedroom. Rupert, ever the gentleman squatter, tries to win Diana’s heart with honesty and consideration. But just like she did with the estate, Diana makes him work for what’s already his.
For the girl who has everything—diamonds, a mansion, a racehorse—finding someone to share it with is the best gift of all. A solid start to the series.