Wating for an Earl Like You (Masters of Seduction #3)
St. Martin's Press / January 3, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital
The Earl of Kempthorn—Thorn to family and friends—at their mother’s request tries to track down his identical twin brother, Gideon, missing from the gala put together in the latter’s honor, marking his return home after an absence of several years. Thorn finds Gideon in a sailboat on the lake with their longtime neighbor and family friend, Olivia Lydall. During an exchange highlighted by the brothers arguing and not noticing Olivia’s precarious position within the boat, all three end up in the lake. The parade of the three wet and bedraggled individuals making their way into the house causes quite a stir, including, for Olivia, a confrontation with the woman likely to become her stepmother.
Despite being saved from further humiliation by Thorn and Gideon’s mother, the unfortunate incident serves as a prelude for trying and tempestuous times ahead for Olivia. Thorn feels Gideon and Olivia may be getting too close, a concern which leads to Thorn deciding to engage in the childhood prank of pretending to be his brother. Thorn tells himself his actions are for Olivia’s own good, but he comes to realize he may well have another reason altogether.