The Duke's Temptation

Addie Jo Ryleigh
The Duke's Temptation
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Soul Mate Publishing
Release Date
October 2015
Book 1 of Men of Circumstance
Historical Romance

A Duke. A Runner. An Earl.

Three men, each born into different circumstances. Each fighting to overcome their own adversity.

All striving to change their past.

Gabriel St. James, Duke of Wesbrook, desires any birthright other than being the son of a hideous man. Unfortunately, Gabe knows the exact moment he became like his father—a night that has haunted him for seven years. Resigned to his future, he is unprepared when his illegitimate—and more importantly unbeknown—young daughter appears on his London doorstep. With no one to care for her but him.

Lady Elizabeth Blakely has loved only one man—her brother's longtime friend, Gabe St. James. Not even his rakish and, oftentimes, wicked behavior dissuades her. Yet it all seems hopeless as he continues to overlook the woman she has become.

When Elizabeth learns Gabe is in need of assistance with his daughter, she seizes the opportunity. Gabe, less than thrilled with the situation—mostly due to his fierce desire for his best friend's sister—has no option but to concede. Besides, a more sinister threat lurks; someone is blackmailing Gabe with his darkest secret. Through it all, Gabe vows to resist Elizabeth, no matter how tempting.

Sometimes it's better to surrender . . .

Book Review by Rachel's Willful Thoughts (reviewer)
Dec 31, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
240 people found the following review helpful
What is a Duke to do when faced with a challenge? If you are Gabriel St. James, you accept the assistance offered by Lady Elizabeth Blakely.

Author Addie Jo Ryleigh unfolds a tale filled with intrigue amidst a backdrop of the London ton, with a perfect dose of romance, in THE DUKE'S TEMPTATION.

With an engaging storyline featuring interesting characters, the reader is kept guessing about Gabriel's secret until the end. Lady Elizabeth's character provides a welcome relief from the simpering debutantes typically found in historical romances. The Duke is every bit the stereotypical aristocrat, providing an excellent foil for Lady Elizabeth.

The fact that she has always had a crush on Gabriel makes the story even more enjoyable. Full of spirit, Lady Elizabeth is not about to let him slip through her fingers.

As part of the Men of Circumstance series, there are plenty of opportunities for future development.
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