From New York Times Bestselling Author Karen Ranney comes the first book in a royally romantic and deeply emotional new series about taking risks and allowing the power to love satisfy the questions of the heart . . .Undercover as a majordomo, spy Adam Drummond has infiltrated Marsley House with one purpose only—to plunder its mysteries and gather proof that the late Duke of Marsley was an unforgivable traitor to his country. At the same time, Adam is drawn to a more beguiling puzzle: the young and still-grieving duchess—a beauty with impenetrable secrets of her own. For Drummond, uncovering them without exposing his masquerade will require the most challenging and tender moves of his career.That a servant can arouse such passion in her is too shocking for Suzanne Whitcomb, Duchess of Marsley, to consider. Yet nothing quickens her pulse like Drummond’s touch. It’s been two years since the duke lost his life in a tragic accident—and even longer since she’s been treated like a woman. But when Drummond’s real mission is revealed, and the truth behind Suzanne’s grief comes to light, every secret conspired to tear them apart is nothing compared to the love that can hold them together.
Some authors write their novels, almost as a catharsis of whatever is happening in their lives at that moment. They write no matter what is happening around them........sickness, good or bad weather, a death, flood.......you get the idea. Such are the writing habits of author, Karen Ranney.
Author Ranney has a solid foundation of goodness, believing that we should treat others as we ourselves wish to be treated. It is rare to find an author with such integrity. She believes in the transformative power of niceness and love.....that we have more nice people than ugly ones. She knew from the age of five that she wanted to be a writer. She carried around a big blue book the same as other little girls might have carried a doll.
We all have many conflicts in our lives every day. To be able to defuse those conflicts through the written word is very special to author Ranney. She enjoys throwing her characters into the deep end, showing their flaws, but never having them whine, or having strong women who are not expecting a man to rescue them. And, the men do not blame women for everything wrong in their lives. The author says.......hopefully, my characters always have a deep core of beliefs, but they do not always act in perfect ways...... they are like real people.