The Master of Blackmoor by Julie Shelton
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Danielle Dulac has just been sacked after spurning her employer’s lecherous advances. Penniless and without references, she is desperate to acquire the position of governess at Esterly House on the bleak Yorkshire moors. When the mail coach slides into a ditch in the middle of a blizzard, she is forced to seek shelter at the nearest house, Blackmoor Hall.
But visitors are not welcome at Blackmoor Hall and she gets sent to the stables to shelter from the storm. She is jerked out of sound slumber by a snow-blasted horse bursting into the stall, practically trampling her beneath his slashing hooves.
Anthony Markham, the Duke of Blackmoor, has just returned home after six months of dissolute living in London. He is surly, sarcastic, enigmatic, and hostile. And the most sensuous man Danielle has ever met. The attraction between them is instantaneous, combustible…and forbidden. Though a descendant of French nobility, Danielle is still a mere governess and Anthony Markham is a Duke.
When the position at Esterly House falls through, she has nowhere to go and faces a bleak future. To her shock, it’s Anthony Markham who comes to her rescue, offering her a position as governess to his four-year-old son, Geoffrey. Against her better judgment, she accepts.
She soon discovers that the Master of Blackmoor is haunted by a dark and tragic past filled with lies, betrayal and death. Unfortunately, the past is not over. Evil stalks Blackmoor Hall. The danger is escalating and all the clues point to the Duke himself.
As the passion between Anthony and Danielle rages out of control, so does the peril they face. Will they solve this mystery in time? Or will it wind up destroying them both?
It is everything I love in a regency romance with a splash of light BDSM, and definitely worth the read.
We meet Danielle Dulac, on a journey to a new governess job in the English Countryside, after her father’s dies and she is forced to leave the only home she has known – a school for young men. After, being sacked for thwarting the advances of her previous employer. She will take anything. However, before she safely arrives, destiny intervenes and she is forced to seek shelter following a coach accident.
As, fate would have it – she and her crew arrive at Blackmoor Hall, a mysterious place that they are not welcomed to and sent to the barn to wait out the storm. In the middle of the night, she has almost trampled by the Duke of Blackmoor – one Anthony Markham. Anthony is haunted by his past, his present, and his future. He lost his wife, under mysterious circumstances, and believes that he killed his younger brother.
When Danielle finds that employer she was on the way to0, far too much to handle. Anthony breaks all his rules and asks her to be Governess to his young son, that upon returning from a long absence he finds he has been sadly neglected. Who is saving who, in this dark place that the once bright place of Blackmoore has become? CLICK the button to find out!
Ms. Shelton has done a wonderful job keeping me as a reader interested. The plot lines are tight and will keep you turning pages. Her characters are strong and believable. The sex is well sexy and doesn’t take away from the love story with a well-mixed mystery. I have to admit – one of the final plot lines I never saw coming and it took me completely by surprise. Well done!
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