My Once And Future Duke
by Caroline Linden
Series: The Wagers of Sin
Genre: Adult Historical Romance
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: February 27, 2018
What happens at the infamous Vega Club . . .
Sophie Campbell is determined to be mistress of her own fate. Surviving on her skill at cards, she never risks what she can’t afford to lose. Yet when the Duke of Ware proposes a scandalous wager that’s too extravagant to refuse, she can’t resist. If she wins, she’ll get five thousand pounds, enough to secure her independence forever.
Stays at the Vega Club . . .
Jack Lindeville, Duke of Ware, tells himself he’s at the Vega Club merely to save his reckless brother from losing everything, but he knows it’s a lie. He can’t keep his eyes off Sophie, and to get her he breaks his ironclad rule against gambling. If he wins, he wants her—for a week.
A week with Jack could ruin what’s left of Sophie’s reputation. It might even cost her her heart. But when it comes to love, all bets are off . . .
Jack and Sophie’s story was so much fun to read–the first half, when they make their wager and spend time together, is the strongest part of the story, though the HEA was satisfying as well. Watching them initially clash but then gradually grow to like and respect each other was delightful–seeing how Jack’s demeanor changed from cold and proper to warm and relaxed, especially through Sophie’s eyes, was wonderful. The second half, where they’re back in London and trying to hide their relationship from everyone is slightly more problematic (neither one of them worries about unintended consequences? Not once? Hardly seems in character for either of them…) and their dark moment felt not quite in character either, especially for Sophie. Still, Jack knows when to bring out the big guns, and did I mention the HEA was nicely done? 😉
My Once and Future Duke is the start of a new series for Ms. Linden (The Wagers of Sin), so it’s a great place to start if you’ve never read her books before. (Though Jack does get some help from an earlier Linden character, the hero in What a Gentleman Wants ; now I definitely need to read his book too…) Quick warning, though–the epilogue contains a major teaser for the next book in the series ( An Earl Like You–I had it on my TBR before I was even halfway done with this one) which is going to make waiting for it to come out twice as difficult… 😉
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About Caroline Linden:
Caroline Linden was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a math degree from Harvard University and wrote computer code before discovering that writing fiction was far more fun. Since then, the Boston Red Sox have won the World Series three times, which is not related but still worth mentioning. Her books have been translated into seventeen languages, and have won the NEC-RWA Reader’s Choice Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, the NJRW Golden Leaf Award, and RWA’s RITA Award. She lives in New England.
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