By Charles, K J
Between his eccentric even though strictly principled crew of pals, Lord Richard Vane is the confidant on whom each person relies for recommendation, ethical rectitude, and discreet advice. but whilst Richard has an issue, he turns to his valet, a fixer of unheard of genius—and the item of Richard’s private wishes. If there's one rule a gentleman needs to keep on with, it truly is by no means to dally with servants. but if David is shut adequate to the touch, the foundations of sophistication collide with the basest kind of animal intuition: overpowering lust.
For David Cyprian, housebreaking and blackmail are as a lot in a day’s paintings as bootblacking—anything for the guy he’s dedicated to. however the something he desires for himself is the single factor Richard refuses to provide: his middle. With the stress among them transforming into insufferable, David’s probably incorruptible grasp has left him no selection. placing his finely honed abilities of seduction and manipulation to solid use, he'll persuade Richard to fail to remember all approximately his well-meaning objections and provides in to candy, sinful temptation.
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Or so he had thought. So he had felt for years, with a raw humiliation that he had mattered so little that Dominic could turn from him to seek degradation in back alleys. Until he had been forced to see the situation from another perspective and had not liked what he saw of himself. Dominic had been lost, confused, frightened by his own desires, and as devastated by the gap growing between them as Richard had been. Dominic had been in desperate need of friendship, and instead Richard had spent years condemning him, holding on to his own shame and pain without considering how much it added to his best friend’s burden.
David had felt the crackle of attraction all those years back at his interview for the post, and it hadn’t gone away any more than the sensation of that accidental, long-held touch on his fingers, which had felt so much like a door opening. But Lord Richard had shut it. He would not reach for David no matter how much he wanted to. And for once in his life, David didn’t know what to do. He solved his master’s problems and those of his master’s friends. That was easy enough for an ingenious man unencumbered by principles and backed by money and influence.
David recalled him dressing down a cousin who’d been a nuisance to a housemaid, his deep voice carrying through two sets of walls with unrestrained anger. He’d forced the scarlet young gentleman to make his near-tearful apologies to the wide-eyed girl and then escorted him out of the house in a way that reminded David of his friend who threw drunks out of a gentlemen’s club. Lord Richard protected his own. It was no wonder his servants adored him. His lordship carried his birth, responsibility, and principles very heavily indeed.
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