- Blue Rose Romance
- Release Date
- October 2018
- Book 2 of Seductive Scoundrels
"Delightful, dazzling, and oh-so delicious." ~Cheryl Bolen, NYT Bestselling Author
A Duke. A vicar's daughter. A forbidden love.
Marriage—an unpleasant obligation
A troublesome addendum to his father's will requires Victor, Duke of Sutcliffe to marry before his twenty-seventh birthday or lose his fortune. After a three-year absence, he ventures home, intent upon finding the most biddable and forgettable miss in Essex. A woman who will make no demands upon him and won't mind being left behind when he returns to London. Except, Victor meets Theadosia Brentwood again and finds himself powerless to resist her—even if she is promised to another and the exact opposite of what he thought he wanted in a duchess.
Marriage—an impossible choice
Secretly in love with Victor for years, Theadosia is overjoyed when he returns. Until she learns he must marry within mere weeks. When he unexpectedly proposes, she must make an impossible decision. How can Thea elope with him when he's marrying out of necessity, not love? Besides, if she does wed Victor, her betrothed—a man she loathes—will reveal a scandalous secret. A secret that will send her father to prison and leave her sister and mother homeless.
Buy this page-turning book for an emotional, entertaining, and romantic Regency England adventure you won't want to put down.
Though this book is part of a series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone novel.
Book Review by Blue (reviewer)
Feb 15, 2019 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
11 people found the following review helpful
Victor, Duke Sutcliffe, is rapidly approaching his 27th birthday, which normally wouldn't be a cause for concern--if only it weren't for that annoying part of his father's will--the part that states all of the duchy's unentailed property will be forfeit if Victor isn't married. Victor decides that he'll find a malleable young lady who will be happy to stay in the country while he continues living his life in town. Victor didn't plan on meeting up with Theodosia Brentwood, the sister of his friend James.
Thea is the reverend's daughter in Colchester, and is delighted at her meetings with Victor. They strike up a friendship, then an attraction. When it looks like Victor may have found a bride he truly wants, the suit is turned down by the reverend, who insists that his daughter will marry the new curate, Mr. Leadford.
Neither Thea nor Victor can understand why the reverend would turn down a duke's marriage offer for a mere curate. Even Thea's appeals to her father that she finds Mr. Leadford revolting carry no weight. It seems that her formerly loving father has disappeared, and an angry, unfeeling tyrant is in his place. Not willing to give up, Victor realizes that Mr. Leadford must have some hold over Reverend Brentwood, and he's determined to find what it is. And he's determined that Thea will marry only him.
I quickly changed my opinion of Victor, who, at first, I thought was very shallow. He has some secrets and secret fears of his own. His decision to marry anyone was not for his own financial gain, but to be sure he could maintain a home for his mother. His actions to ensure that Thea not have to marry a sleazy lecher were heroic. I also admired Thea for standing up to her father and to Mr. Leadford, and not allowing herself to be a doormat.
ONLY A DUKE WOULD DARE has good pacing, and is a quick and enjoyable read. I really liked Victor and Thea as a couple. Reverend Brentwood is a weak and selfish man, and the villain, Leadford, is truly despicable. Both are dispatched in good fashion, making for a satisfactory conclusion. ONLY A DUKE WOULD DARE is part of a series, but can easily be read as a standalone.
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