Pride, Lust, Envy and Greed…vices that could lead a gentleman down the road to ruin. Unless he meets his saving grace in the form of a virtuous poor relation.
A chance meeting at dawn on Hogmanay brings a tall, dark, and handsome man into Lady Calliope’s life. Will he bring good fortune and the promise of love, or disaster?
Viscount William Chattsworth is envious of his cousin, the duke. The duke’s good fortune and lofty position in society has been well-earned. The viscount’s circumstances have been drastically reduced after his father, the earl, mysteriously disappears. Thinking to make the most of the distant familial connection, he seeks an audience with the duke. The audience does not go as planned, and the half-truths he tells the duke are exposed as angry words are exchanged.
Lady Calliope Harrington has been enjoying an extended stay at Wyndmere Hall with the duke’s sister, Lady Phoebe, and their good friend, Lady Aurelia Coddington, as she prepares to marry the duke’s brother. Distracted by the raised voices coming out of the duke’s upstairs study, she pauses at the top of the stairs to listen.
The viscount storms out of the study and barrels into Lady Calliope, catching her before she falls headlong down the staircase. Breathless from having the wind knocked out of her, Calliope cannot speak, only cling to her rescuer’s arms.
The duke rushes out of his study and sees Lady Calliope in the viscount’s arms, the butler and housekeeper at the bottom of the stairs staring at the couple, and immediately demands his cousin marry Calliope to save her reputation.
The viscount is saddled with a bride-to-be, who has no fortune or family to speak of, and is on shaky terms with his benefactor, the duke. Calliope is about to marry a man who is blinded by envy and desperately in search of an heiress, while she has nothing to offer him.
Living apart, the viscount in London at the behest of the duke, and Calliope at Chattsworth Manor, the couple slowly realize the instant attraction they had felt on Hogmanay has only grown stronger, while Calliope’s frustration over their hasty marriage to protect her name, and the viscount’s need to marry an heiress, lessen over time.
Will the viscount let go of the crippling envy that keeps him from seeing the inner strength beneath Calliope’s quiet beauty and come to love her? Will Calliope learn to trust the viscount and finally find her true place in life—at the viscount’s side?
The Lords of Vice
Mending the Duke’s Pride
Avoiding the Earl’s Lust
Tempering the Viscount’s Envy
Redirecting the Baron’s Greed
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