The Duke’s Stolen Bride
by Sophie Jordan
Series: The Rogue Files
Genre: Adult Historical Romance
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: October 22, 2019
From USA Today bestselling author Sophie Jordan comes a scandalously sensual romance in her beloved Rogue Files series.
An urgent dilemma…
To save her impoverished family, Marian Langley will become a mistress. But she will not be just any mistress. Marian intends to become so skilled, so coveted, that she can set her own terms, retaining control over her body and her fate. Only one problem remains: finding a tutor…
A scandalous solution…
Other men deprive themselves of pleasure for propriety’s sake. Nathaniel, Duke of Warrington, would much rather be depraved. He slakes his desires with professionals who ask nothing of him but his coin. Marian’s proposal—that he train her without taking her virtue—is an intriguing diversion, until their lessons in seduction spin out of control.
And a most unlikely duchess…
When Marian is blackmailed into engagement by a man she despises, Nate impulsively steals her away. Though he never intended to take a wife, he can’t tolerate the idea of Marian forfeiting her freedom to another. But can he bear to give her what she demands—a real marriage?
“Deliciously sexy!”—Sarah MacLean, New York Times bestselling author
“Have you kissed a man before?”
She blinked, startled from her thoughts at this bold question.
She’d have to get accustomed to his bold questions—and the even bolder actions that would inevitably come. She shifted on the sofa, focusing on his question again. She’d certainly flirted with her share of handsome footmen, but she’d dodged most of their lips.
“Come now,” he pressed. “For this undertaking, we must be honest and forthcoming. No prevaricating and no avoidance. That shall be our first rule.”
“Rules?” she cut in, disliking that word. It must be her temperament. Papa always claimed she had a fair amount of hoyden to her.
“Oh, yes.” His dark eyes glinted.
Though the premise is a bit much–very-virginal Marian being told to find a free tutor in the ways of pleasing men by a former courtesan, and setting out to do just that (with a duke, of course) in order to save her brother and sisters from ruin–it sure made for an entertaining read. From their meet cute (where one of them is hiding under a table in a pub; trust me, you’re going to want to read that scene!) to their HEA, I had a heck of a time reading their story. It’s steamy, it’s sexy, and it’s sweet; plus, it made me laugh out loud more than once. A win-win, in my book.
Though this is the fifth book in the series, it absolutely worked as a standalone. (Confession time: I’ve still only read the third book in this series. They truly do all work as separate books.) It looks like Marian’s younger sister Charlotte is going to be the heroine of the next book, and let me tell you I will be there for that because OMG was I annoyed with what her supposed fiance did in this one…
Rating: 4 stars / A
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About the author:
SOPHIE JORDAN grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she’s the New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author of more than twenty novels. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she’s not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with anything that has a happily ever after.