New York Times bestselling historical romance author, Olivia Drake’s new series, Unlikely Duchesses, starts with a steamy, touching second-chance romance…
Sensible Abigail Linton dutifully cared for her parents, nieces, and nephews for years. Now, a position as governess on a nearby estate offers a chance to find her own happiness at last. The only problem? Her new employer is Maxwell Bryce, the Duke of Rothwell, the infamous scoundrel who was her first love…and first heartbreak. Still, Abby accepts the position, comforted by the assumption that she’ll never have to see that handsome face again.
But with no warning, Max arrives home, accompanied by his new lady of the week and his fellow friends in debauchery. Unwilling to leave her charge alone in such scandalous company, Abby does her best to avoid the man who broke her heart. Max is just as astonished to see Abby, the sweet girl next door who dropped him cold and abruptly stopped answering his heartfelt letters with no explanation…but he’s not about to let his chance with her slip away again. She’s even more spirited and witty than he remembers; and no one is going to steal his second chance at love!
“A fabulous storyteller.”—New York Times bestseller, Christina Dodd
“Continues to enthrall readers with her sexy tales of love conquering all…”—Affaire de Coeur
“Delightful, poignant, and oh yes, scandalous!”—Romantic Times on SCANDALOUS WEDDINGS
“An author everyone should read!”—RT Reviews
Drake (The Scandalous Flirt) delights with this scintillating historical romance series launch. Abby is no longer considered a young gentlewoman; she's approaching her 30th birthday, still unwed. Rather than become a helpmeet for her siblings and their families, she strikes out on her own and takes a post as a governess at Rothwell Court, the ducal estate belonging to her childhood love. Max, Duke of Rothwell, has stayed away from the estate for 15 years, avoiding memories of his mother's death and the ending of his love for Abby. Now an infamous rake, he returns home unexpectedly only to find that she's the new governess for his young sister, Gwendolyn. What follows is an intricate dance with mischievous mistresses, troublesome socialites, and a pair of scorned lovers who both believe themselves to be the injured party. By equal measures endearing and sumptuous, with only a few overly tangled plot threads to its detriment, the novel immerses readers in a beautifully developed world.