BOOK BLURB: Meet the unforgettable men of London’s most notorious tavern, The Wicked Duke. Seductively handsome, with charm and wit to spare, one night with these rakes and rogues will never be enough…
When the Wicked Duke dares the Duke of Colehaven to find a suitor for an unmanageable ward, Cole immediately accepts. He’s on a winning streak, and besides, how unmarriageable can a pretty young lady be? He appoints himself bodyguard and duenna, only to discover his own desires may be the greatest danger of all.
Supposed wallflower Diana Middleton lives a double life, bringing dishonest businessmen to justice. Shaking off a meddling duke should be child’s play. Yet the more they lock horns, the more she wants to lock lips. Her scandalous secrets would derail his political career. But surely there’s no harm in one little seduction…
“Don’t misconstrue my interest.” Diana’s pulse fluttered in her throat at the Duke of Colehaven’s nearness. “I don’t want to marry you.”
He took a step closer. “What do you want from me?”
She allowed her hungry gaze to rake his form. “I…”
The edge of his boot brushed her slipper and suddenly he was far too close for conscious thought at all.
“Stop me,” he said as he lowered his mouth toward hers. “Before I take what I want.”
In reply, she lifted her lips to meet his.
Electricity raced through her, sending tingles throughout her body. Suddenly her fingers were laced about his neck as his arms cradled her flush to his body.
Until this moment, Diana had believed herself jaded. She’d been kissed before. Nothing could surprise her.
But Colehaven set her flesh ablaze. His touch was nothing like the fumbling stolen kisses of her youth. He was confident, strong, secure. His arms were tight about her, both protective and possessive. Any restraint she’d once believed within her control vanished with the taste of his kiss.
He was heat and passion, freedom and danger. Everything she wanted and could never have, wrapped up in an irresistible package her fingers itched to unwrap. He gave as much as he took, filling her with his taste and scent and touch, leaving her breathless for more.
This was not a kiss. This was a fight for dominance. Temptation to surrender. A reckless promise of untold pleasures, and a warning that to sample them could leave her heart in tatters. Yet she was powerless to resist the pull of desire. Her body swayed at the thought of submitting to his mouth, to his hands, to his—
REVIEW: Color me happy when I heard that the two authors, who I really love to read, decided to write a series and take turns in telling it.
First tale is told to us by Erica Ridley and if all tales are like the first one, I’m really going to love this series.
What I really loved about this story is its hero. Dayem but he was a perfect hero material and for awhile I thought him to be too good for our headstrong heroine. But in the end, they were perfect for each other.
If you like your romance with “opposites attract” theme, you’ll surely enjoy these two. I am now intrigued with this whole series and can’t wait to read the second story!
Melanie for b2b
Gift ARC provided by the publisher
AUTHOR BIO: Erica Ridley is a USA Today and New York Times best-selling author of historical romance novels.
The new 12 Dukes of Christmas regency romance series features twelve delightful laugh-out-loud romps… and plenty of delicious dukes.
In the Rogues to Riches historical romance series, Cinderella stories aren’t just for princesses. Sigh-worthy Regency rogues sweep strong-willed young ladies into whirlwind rags-to-riches romance with rollicking adventure.
The popular Dukes of War series features roguish peers and dashing war heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England.
When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, zip-lining through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest.
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