- Harlequin HarperCollins
- Release Date
- May 2017
When Sophie receives a summons to act as temporary companion to her reclusive great-aunt in London, the sum of her ambitions is to enjoy some respite from her large, loving, but judgmental family. The last thing she expects is to become nursemaid to a spoilt pug, the object of obsession for an embittered artist, and the fiancé of the man she has dubbed the Stone Duke and who unsettles her more than anyone she has ever met. Sophie has always been the odd one out and she knows she is as far from the Duke of Harcourt's ideal for his Duchess as imagination can contrive. But as circumstances and scandal force the Duke's hand and expose the fault lines in his rigid control, Sophie is determined to risk her heart in her belief that the Duke's stony exterior encloses a generous and passionate heart.
Ten years after his disastrous engagement, Max, the Duke of Harcourt, has every reason to be careful about choosing a bride the second time around. Sophie meets none of his criteria for a perfect duchess – she is impulsive, funny, artistic, talks to animals and strangers, and her compassion leads her time and again perilously close to danger. When malice and scandal force them into an engagement, Max does his best to show her how to fit into his world and the role of Duchess, but Sophie's irrepressible character won't be so easily molded. Their inevitable clash of wits, passions, and private pain lead to near tragedy and to the realization that the irrepressible Sophie and the Stone Duke are perfectly matched.
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