THE DUCHESS IN HIS BED – Lorraine Heath
In a short prologue we meet a scoundrel who inherited an earldom thanks to his older brother's “hunting accident”. He fathers a series of bastards whom he palms off on needy women. Some of them survive. Several lucky ones were raised by a good woman named Ettie Trewlove. One such, Aiden Trewlove, has built himself successful businesses, a men's club and a very popular club catering to women who enjoy gambling, smoking, and being catered to by young handsome men. Though flirting is rampant, it falls short of being a brothel. Aiden welcomes the ladies with a smile, but goes no further. Then temptation arrives all dressed in blue, including her mask.
Serena has three younger sisters and a brother dependent on her. But much of the Lushing fortune will revert to the crown for lack of a male heir. What will she do? Then her brother suggests a plan.