Kate Worth lived a nomadic childhood, moving every year or two as her father was assigned to a new post throughout his career with the State Department. She and her family were evacuated during the revolution in Iran, watched tanks roll through the streets of Quito, Ecuador from their attic windows during a coup d'etat, survived an Oktoberfest bombing in Munich and a massive earthquake in Chile that walked their refrigerator across the kitchen floor... all events that fired her fertile imagination.
She began her career as a journalist then meandered into graphic design, illustration, and baby making for a decade before returning to her first love... writing. Now she pens the types of novels she likes to read... well-researched historical romances with complex, swoon-worthy heroes and strong, interesting heroines.
In her spare time Kate collects Victorian etiquette manuals, old newspapers and magazines about life in pre-1900s England, and first-person travelogues from the Golden Age of travel.
When pastry chef Jane Gray tries to sell a locket to an upscale Victorian boutique, she becomes the unlikely subject of a massive police hunt and fodder for London’s salacious tabloid press; secrets unravel, lies are exposed, and Jane finds the last thing she expected… love.
Jane works tirelessly to provide a good life for her adopted daughter Pip, but her peaceful, predictable existence is shattered when the Duke of Rutledge demands custody of his niece. Charming and handsome, the duke’s younger brother Finn spends his leisure time between the sheets of London’s most beautiful, wanton women. The seasoned rake is perplexed by his growing attraction to demure, virtuous Jane… definitely not his usual type.
If she were any other woman, he would simply make her his mistress. Instead, he is forced to consider more honorable means of achieving his desires. While eagerly plotting her submission, he fabricates excuses to spend time with her. It soon becomes evident there’s more to Jane than meets the eye, and Finn longs to possess the passionate, sensual woman hidden beneath her modest facade.
When a scandal rag threatens to print false stories about the duke and his “love child,” Finn offers marriage under the guise of protection, but his true motives are less altruistic. Jane’s marriage draws the attention of a madman from her past. When his beloved wife is threatened, Finn enters London’s dangerous underworld in a heart-stopping race to save the woman and child who have become his whole world.