In this all-new novella from the award-winning author of Lady in Red and The Dark Lady, comes a story of fatal plots, seductive spies, and irresistible passionsDuchess Clare Ederly is lucky to be alive. Having outlived her violent, abusive husband, she decides to put her significant inheritance to good use helping other battered women by opening a refuge for those seeking to escape. But not everyone is pleased with her work. Someone wants to see her sanctuary torn downat any cost. Her only hope of protecting her home and tenants is a former spy, whose skill at tracking deadly men is matched only by his dangerous charmThe Earl of Wyndham has done his part for Queen and country; he has had his fill of plotting and politics and simply wants to retire to the pleasant life of his club. But Duchess Clares razor-sharp wit and fierce determination awaken new purpose and admiration in him. To protect her, he will once again delve into the treacherous world of espionage. To win her love, he will do almost anythingIncludes a preview of The Dark AffairPraise for the Mad Passions NovelsAs much romance, adventure, passion, torment and triumph as any one love story could deliver.New York Times bestselling author Grace BurrowesClaremont will no doubt garner new readers seeking emotional intensity and angst not often found in romance. Think the Bronts, du Maurier and Holt. Romantic Times, Top Pick2011 Golden Heart winner Mire Claremont is the author of the Mad Passions novels, including The Dark Lady, Lady in Red, and The Dark Affair. She first fell in love with Mr. Rochester, not Mr. Darcy. Drawn to his dark snark, she longed to find a tortured hero of her ownuntil she realized the ramifications of Mr. Rochester locking his first wife up in his attic. Discovering the errors of her ways, Mire now looks for a real-life Darcy and creates deliciously dark heroes on the page. Oh, and she wants everyone to know her name is pronounced Moira. Her parents just had to give her an Irish Gaelic name.