Lord Redmund Wodehouse is the only one of his peers who is glad to be rid of the sea, the navy, and the horrible memories that won’t let him have a moment’s peace. He hopes retreating to his family’s country escape for a summer of games and merriment will drown out the crushing guilt he suffers because of a shipboard accident several months before.
And he’s especially looking forward to the arrival of his friend, rival, and occasional, casual lover, Lucas to take his mind off his troubles.More info →
Lord Spencer Brightling had a brilliant career in Parliament waiting for him after leaving the navy at the end of the Napoleonic Wars. But because of a cannon blast that caused him to lose his hearing in one ear, the prospect of being in crowds in London terrifies him. But he can’t imagine there is a place in country life for him either.
Gamekeeper Declan Shelton has always been considered odd and laughable because of his affinity for nature and his quirky mannerisms. As far as Declan is concerned, animals are much easier to be around than people, and he is content to live in isolation on the grounds of Wodehouse Abbey. Until handsome, intriguing Spencer wanders into his life, like a wounded animal in need of care.More info →
Lord Percy Montague is the house guest who just won’t leave. He is vain, entertaining, shallow, lascivious, and a lot of fun to have around. Which is why Lord Anthony Wodehouse is willing to let the man continue to stay. But the good liquor has been locked up, and the footmen have been warned.
Lieutenant Clarence Bond is the last man one would expect to find at a gentleman’s house party. He is gruff, boorish, outspoken, clever, and everything Percy is not. As the son of a wealthy industrialist who purchased his commission, it’s up to Clarence to improve his family’s standing in the world. But so far, he isn’t impressed with the nobility.More info →
Sailing Master Septimus Bolton has spent his entire life at sea…in more ways than one. Now that his ship has been decommissioned at the end of the Napoleonic Wars, he has nothing to do but accept the invitation of one of his fellow naval officers to convalesce for the summer at a remote country estate in Yorkshire. Septimus would do anything to get back to sea…
…until a pair of blue eyes and a mischievous smile tempt him to forget everything, including discretion.More info →
Lord Barrett Landers, Viscount Copeland, is at loose ends after being decommissioned as a naval officer at the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Instead of going home to Wiltshire, his family, and the marriage that his mother will inevitably attempt to force him into, he is happy to idle away the summer with his friends at Wodehouse Abbey in Yorkshire.
And then temptation arrives in the form of the estate’s owner, Lord Anthony Wodehouse, Duke of Malton.More info →