Mademoiselle Cozette deLorme leaves war-torn France for England to track down the only surviving relative of a four-year-old boy whose father and mother were slain. She is to bring the news of this tragedy to the Earl of Stone and Hamer, and to present him with the nephew of whom he is now the guardian. Cozette’s devotion to the small boy is obvious, but the arrogant Earl has much to learn about parenthood, so she agrees to stay on as the child’s governess. However, she becomes the bane of the Earl’s existence, for not only does she ignore his noble breeding and authority every chance possible, but her feminine charms fluster the Earl to no end! As they both struggle to hide their true feelings for one another, Cozette has yet to divulge the clandestine purpose behind her being in the Earl’s life. She’s been handed a secret message from the King of France and it must be delivered to the King of England himself. It’s a dangerous mission, and one she can only complete with the Earl’s help.
MISS CAYLEY'S UNICORN
Miss Georgina Cayley wishes to escape marrying the scandalous slaver, Captain Ruthbane. Meanwhile, Lord Stephen Delatorr is in an equally precarious position as the target for his mother’s matchmaking machinations. For mutual benefit, Miss Cayley and Lord Stephen agree to solve each others’ marital dilemmas by marrying one another, and then they’ll dash away to the Lord’s country estate to enjoy a blissfully loveless marriage. But their practical proposal suddenly turns tempestuous by their rising passions.
On Yvette’s seventeenth birthday, she’s visited by five men and presented with a dowry from the recently deceased mother she never met, a box of jewels. These men have come to claim guardianship of the beautiful waif, which would give them access to her inheritance. When she’s told the gems are made of paste, she plots to gain her freedom from the greedy guardians by hiring a highwayman to rob her of the jewels, but this handsome rogue wants something more from her—and so does she from him.