Sir Philip Rookwood is the disgrace of the county. He's a rake and an atheist, and the rumours about his hellfire club, the Murder, can only be spoken in whispers. (Orgies. It's orgies.)
Guy Frisby and his sister Amanda live in rural seclusion after a family scandal. But when Amanda breaks her leg in a riding accident, she's forced to recuperate at Rookwood Hall, where Sir Philip is hosting the Murder.
Guy rushes to protect her, but the Murder aren't what he expects. They're educated, fascinating people, and the notorious Sir Philip turns out to be charming, kind—and dangerously attractive.
In this private space where anything goes, the longings Guy has stifled all his life are impossible to resist . . . and so is Philip. But all too soon the rural rumour mill threatens both Guy and Amanda. The innocent country gentleman has lost his heart to the bastard baronet—but does he dare lose his reputation too?
Contains mature themes.
Cornell Collins was a hippie, a mod, a punk, a new-romantic, and a new-waver. Now, he proudly calls himself "newly middle aged." Considering life to have been better in the 70s and 80s, he finds his cell phone too big and heavy and wants to smash the TV (much as a rock star in the 70s would have), except TVs don't explode anymore when you do that . . . and they're a whole lot more expensive to replace. Narrating audiobooks has shown Cornell that life in the modern world can, in some ways, be just as good, and he has found a peace in telling stories. His life partner (children of the 70s don't get "married") and daughter are very patient and much cleverer than he is.