Lie With Me by Patricia Spencer
English | 2021|Romance > FF| ePUB | 6 MB
In this gender-bending lesbian romance, (set in Georgian England but reading like a contemporary novel) things aren’t always as they seem.
The Countess Maryam Wyndham’s solicitor has been siphoning her late husband’s estate into his own pockets and now she finds herself destitute. One last asset, Skylark Manor, stands between her and homelessness and she must sell it to the highest bidder so she can take care of her three young children.
The man who wants Skylark the most is the Marquis Julien D’Avenant, a half-English half-French aristocrat who fled the bloodbath in France after the revolution and has lived in near-seclusion since his return to England. When he does come out in public, he causes a stir. His nose is a beak, his face is slashed, and he dresses in an immaculately-tailored version of the long trousers worn by the working class revolutionaries who stormed the Bastille.
One look at the extraordinary D’Avenant takes Lady Maryam’s breath away. He has an air of wildness about him, a feral streak, a shimmering, shifting countenance. D’Avenant is an anarchist with eyes the colour of lapis lazuli. But as the owner of Edgemere Estate, which surrounds Skylark, he says her property isn’t worth anywhere near what her solicitor says she can get for it.
When she decides to go see the distant estate for herself, D’Avenant impulsively invites Lady Maryam and her children to stay at Edgemere while she does so. It is only on cooler consideration that D’Avenant realizes that opening his home to this beautiful stranger could destroy everything he has built over the past ten years.
Because D’Avenant is not who he says he is.