From the moment her pet pig attacks him, Adeline Foster knows she does not care at all for the Duke of Warwick. Certainly the man is handsome, but such an arrogant arse. But when her scoundrel half brother demands she marry a stranger over a failed investment, the duke does something shocking…he announces he’s courting her.
One moment, Daniel Millstone is enjoying tinkering with his inventions in his quiet country home with relative anonymity. The next, he’s courting the willful Miss Adeline. It might have begun as a way to vex her half brother—his childhood nemesis—but her striking beauty and kissable lips prove an irresistible temptation.
Now Adeline and her faux beau must convince the ton and their families that they’re an item. It doesn’t matter if they can barely tolerate each other. It doesn’t matter that scandal is only a touch away. Because if this charade doesn’t work, Adeline will find herself in dangerous hands…
Each book in the Daring Ladies series is STANDALONE:
* One Night with an Earl
* How Not to Marry a Duke
Gabrielle's fast-paced second Daring Ladies Regency (after One Night with an Earl) pairs a stoic white duke and the strong-willed, mixed-race daughter of an earl. After Adeline Foster's father dies, her white half brother, Edwin, throws Adeline, whose mother was Lebanese, out of her childhood home and into the family's run-down hunting cottage. There, her new neighbor, the handsome but unpleasant Daniel Millstone, Duke of Warwick, pays a visit, ending in a skirmish with Adeline's pet pig, Henry. Daniel left the bustle of society to focus on his scientific studies and he wants to be sure that Adeline's presence will not distract him. But when Daniel hears of Edwin's plan to force Adeline into an unwanted marriage to save their family from financial ruin, he does something rash and proclaims that he is courting Adeline. The ruse will protect Adeline from the unwanted match, but to pull it off, the bickering duo will have to persuade both their families and all of society that they are in love. Gabrielle delivers plenty of fun banter without shying away from the racist realities of the time. Fans of the fake relationship trope and anyone looking for diverse historical romance should check this out.