Delightful Doings in Dudley Crescent
Dudley Crescent is a verdant parcel of land in London, granted by King Charles II to the Earl of Dudley who was one of his staunchest supporters. With gold he’d stolen as a highwayman during Charles’s exile on the Continent, Dudley put his ill-gotten gains to good use and built the finest town homes in the capital. Renting the land in perpetuity to certain Royalist friends quadrupled his fortune.
Today, those who have townhomes surrounding the verdant park are a few of the wealthiest and most influential lords and ladies in the kingdom.
For example, as No. 10 lives lonely, lovely Alicia Blindon. She’s a widow, you see, with a devilish problem. She likes her butler…more than is proper.
Her Beguiling Butler
Cerise DeLand • July 31, 2015
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The lovely widow at Number Ten Dudley Crescent hopes to lead a merry life without any husband to replace the elderly one she recently buried. Yet Lady Ranford finds herself in a pickle. Her new butler, Finnley, is not only the most obstinate man she’s ever met, but also an enigma.
She’s never been lured to naughtiness with a man. Heaven knows, she certainly shouldn’t fantasize about the tall, dark, scowling creature who runs her household like his finely tuned pocket watch.
But she can’t help herself. She needs to taste him—or dismiss him.
Finnley, poor fellow, has a few risqué dreams of his own about how he’d like to handle the delectable widow. Alone in his rooms, he tries to deny how her humor riddles his mind and how her beauty steals his breath away.
None of his solutions are proper.
All of his desires are quite…dear me…scandalous.
But what’s a butler to do when the very life of his beloved employer is at stake? And he cannot control his need to protect her and…ahem…bed her?
His Tempting Governess
Cerise DeLand • Fall 2016
At Number 18, Baldwin Summers, the Earl of Cartwell, deals with three problems in his house. At thirty-six, he has decided to give up his two mistresses. They’re lovely women, really, but he’s very bored. He’s tired of gambling as well. He’s won land and houses and fortunes far too often, and to be frank, the thrill is gone. He’s enticed now by the lure of managing them.
Recently he’s had thrust upon him quite suddenly his cousin’s eight-year-old daughter. The child is a terror and needs a firm hand. With no idea how to mold her into a socially acceptable creature, he hires a governess.
However, that woman presents his most pressing problem. She mesmerizes his ward. But she’s enchanting him. And it’s a wonder because she is so very lively, lovely—and odd. She recites Latin like Cicero, defeats him every time at chess—and dances. Nightly. In his drawing room. Alone.
He cannot ignore her. He cannot control her. Worse, he cannot quell his mad desire to kiss her.
But can he offend the ton and do what he really wants?
Can make her more than his governess?
And would such a bluestocking deign to become his countess?
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