A betrayed princess hides in plain sight, disguised as the male secretary to the most ruthless earl in England, biding her time until it’s safe to return to her country while falling under the spell of her complex, compelling employer.
Crown Princess Luisa has spent her life doing her duty to her father, her country and her people. But when a group of anarchists kills her father and her husband and overruns her tiny alpine principality, she and her sisters are sent into hiding in England. Luisa winds up as the acting secretary to the Earl of Somerton, whom she dubs “an overbearing, demanding, bleak-faced despot,” though she soon becomes nearly indispensable to his business and remains practically the only person in his orbit who will stand up to him. Feeling oddly satisfied and liberated by the work she is doing, and increasingly drawn to the mercurial earl, she is still in a constant state of low-level worry for her sisters and her vanquished country. When she realizes that Somerton seeks vengeance against his unfaithful wife and her lover, Luisa attempts to turn him against a path that will harm him as much as it does them, though he considers her motives questionable when he discovers that she's connected to the lover. And she is a princess. And her uncle, the enigmatic Duke of Olympia, wants her back on the throne, with Somerton by her side. As they navigate forgiveness, redemption and their fledgling love, they must also dodge death threats and enemies far closer to home than anyone thinks. Prolific author Gray wraps up her second trilogy with the same lyrical writing, lush romance, complex plotting and emotional depth she’s become known for, and we are charmed by and invested in the determined princess, her tiny monarchy and the ruthless man she tames.
Another delightful, enchanting romantic adventure from the talented Gray.