on December 31st 2017
After nearly ruining a young woman of the ton, well-known rake Benjamin Harrington is sent to manage his father’s floundering country estate. Determined to prove himself, Benjamin must fight the temptation presented by his beautiful new maid, who quite literally stumbles into his path.
Sophie Carmichael was devastated by the death of her parents in a carriage accident and was placed under the care of her cousin, the Earl of Dunstable. The Earl soon makes known his wicked intentions toward her, and Sophie must flee, taking on the disguise of a servant.
Sophie finds herself falling for her new employer, but when he invites a friend to his estate, Sophie must determine whether to tell the truth and risk discovery by her cousin, or face the risk of being caught in her lie.
What will win out -- duty, trust, or love?
Hearts of Trust is a 59,000-word romance with no cliffhangers, no cheating, and a guaranteed happily ever after!
Benjamin pushed himself up from the uncomfortable bed, rubbed his eyes and sighed. The inn did not have the most welcoming of rooms, but, thankfully, this was his last stop before he arrived at his new estate. He did not know what to expect, but he would be glad to sleep in a proper bed at least.
Rising, he dressed himself quickly without his valet, sucking in a breath as the cold air hit his bare flesh. Stamping his feet to get some warmth back into his toes, he realized as he did that this was the earliest he had woken in some time.
He opened the door to his room, his eyes still half closed as he emerged into the hallway.
“Oof!” Something — make that someone — collided into his chest, causing him to take a step backward into the doorframe as he reached out reflexively.
“Bloody he…” his curse died out as he looked down at the person he now held in his arms, having caught her before she fell, and was rendered speechless by the face staring into his. Light freckles dusted a pert nose, atop rosy pink lips and high cheekbones. The only flaw seemed to be slightly crooked bottom front teeth, yet somehow they added to the drawing allure of her face.
The eyes staring up at him were close enough that he could see the gold flecks in them as they widened, so startled she was. She seemed to have been coming from the room next to his and must have been moving at quite the pace to have run into him so hard.
She was just a slip of a thing, but he stood riveted to the spot, mesmerized by her.
“Pardon me,” she said, stepping back from his arms, and after a moment of hesitation she was off, leaving him staring after her.
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