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By Charles, K J

Between his eccentric notwithstanding strictly principled team of acquaintances, Lord Richard Vane is the confidant on whom every person relies for recommendation, ethical rectitude, and discreet suggestions. but whilst Richard has an issue, he turns to his valet, a fixer of exceptional genius—and the thing of Richard’s private wants. If there's one rule a gentleman needs to stick with, it truly is by no means to dally with servants. but if David is shut adequate to the touch, the principles of sophistication collide with the basest type of animal intuition: overpowering lust.

For David Cyprian, housebreaking and blackmail are as a lot in a day’s paintings as bootblacking—anything for the fellow he’s dedicated to. however the something he desires for himself is the only factor Richard refuses to provide: his middle. With the strain among them starting to be insufferable, David’s doubtless incorruptible grasp has left him no selection. placing his finely honed talents of seduction and manipulation to strong use, he'll persuade Richard to fail to remember all approximately his well-meaning objections and provides in to candy, sinful temptation.

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Dominic ran for help. It was not the first time the servants had heard screams, so they had not interfered. Philip was called, and my cousin Gideon. It was put about that Father had had a stroke and fallen down the stairs, and Mother was taken away. I believe there was a great deal of wrangling with the Ranelaghs about it. My father would not divorce her; she expressed her intention to kill him or herself if she was forced to share a house with him any longer; the Ranelaghs threatened legal action if she was confined to a madhouse.

They were playing in his bedroom, since it was more comfortable for everyone if they both avoided the servants’ hall. As Lord Richard’s valet, David had a room big enough to accommodate a table with two chairs, more space than he’d ever had before in his life, but he’d spent too long arranging gentlemen’s rooms to tolerate anything less than perfect order in his own. “If you’re going to bore me with pointless tales—” he began, and then his head snapped up as the bell rang. “That’ll be Lord Richard coming home,” Silas observed with immense satisfaction.

I’m not political. Which I think he finds rather trying,” David added demurely. “God bless you, Cyprian. Oh, well, it makes Dominic happy. ” David shot him a questioning look at that. Lord Richard turned up his hands in answer. “It can hardly last, can it? Dominic is a gentleman of good family, and Mason is the sweepings of the street. I cannot think it possible. ” David stared down at the box from which Lord Richard’s golden fobs and rings glinted at him, a fortune in trinkets casually bought and rarely used.

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