The Private Secretary

Down on his luck and desperate for employment, Ezra Seton is offered only one job: to work in the house of a heartless bully, the very man who drove Ezra's lover away. Gritting his teeth, Ezra takes the position. But neither the new job nor the master of house are what he expected. Still, he vows to keep his distance, no matter how difficult it is to maintain his composure.

Robert Demme's pleasure-seeking days are over. Having rescued his cousin Ambrose from a lunatic asylum, he expends much of his energy pacifying the fragile eccentric. Hiring an assistant offers some relief--and also intriguing temptation. Unfortunately, the fascinating Seton apparently loathes him. Determined to discover the reason, Robert uses his considerable wit to get under the man's skin, stunned when his plan backfires. Instead of unraveling the stalwart secretary, Robert has undone himself. All he's accomplished is a deepening of his own interest.

When the two spend the night together in an inn, their mutual desire proves too strong. The secretary and the gentleman succumb to lust. But when Ezra's old flame reappears and the cousin's experiments go awry, it's a battle to discover which will win the day: love or lunacy.

Reviews:on Joyfully Jay:

If you’re a fan of enemies-to-lovers type stories and/or stories where you can appreciate how these two characters come to realize they’ve got that spark, this would be a great book for you.

on The Novel Approach:

If you’re familiar with this author’s work, including her co-written books with Bonnie Dee, you’ll get exactly what you expect from The Private Secretary—a well written and diverting historical romance with a little conflict, some undeniable wanting of the lustful variety, and a happy ending that suits the setting. With the added bonus of Ambrose McBean, of course, whom I adored—just in case you didn’t get that.

on The Blogger Girls:

Summer Devon has been on my auto-buy/auto-read list for several years now. If it has her name on it and it’s historical…I’m going to read it. I don’t even bother reading the blurb first.

on Padme's Library:

The attention to detail is one of the things I love most about a great historical and again I was not disappointed. Combine great historical detail, romance, intriguing characters with all around great drama and what you have is The Private Secretary well worth reading, even if you are not a typical historical fan. This is one that will tug at your heartstrings and keep you coming back for more.