Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Eloisa James
Publisher: Avon, 2009
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com: A duke must choose wisely . . .
Leopold Dautry, the notorious Duke of Villiers, must wed quickly and nobly—and his choices, alas, are few. The Duke of Montague’s daughter, Eleanor, is exquisitely beautiful and fiercely intelligent. Villiers betroths himself to her without further ado.
After all, no other woman really qualifies. Lisette, the outspoken daughter of the Duke of Gilner, cares nothing for clothing or decorum. She’s engaged to another man, and doesn’t give a fig for status or title. Half the ton believes Lisette mad—and Villiers is inclined to agree.
Torn between logic and passion, between intelligence and imagination, Villiers finds himself drawn to the very edge of impropriety. But it is not until he’s in a duel to the death, fighting for the reputation of the woman he loves, that Villiers finally realizes that the greatest risk may not be in the dueling field . . .
But in the bedroom. And the heart.
At first we think the Duke will choose Eleanor, then we think it will be Lisette. He is not fickle just trying to be practical and do the right thing. Two daughters of Dukes, both are wishing to marry this Duke. Instead of the usual HR “Season” we have a country house party where two Ladies of the Ton are vying for the hand of the Duke; a Duke who has stated his intentions of marrying. They are not the usual flighty, vapor-headed ladies but each has an agenda. The Duke does not see what is patently set before him.
I enjoyed the refreshing premise of this romance. It kept me guessing for a good long read as to who the Duke would eventually marry. There are hints at secrets that eventually come to light.