The second book in the clever, sexy Desperately Seeking Duke series from USA Today bestselling and RITA award–winning author Caroline Linden.
An Officer and a Scotsman
Captain Andrew St. James always knew he came from a noble family, but his branch grew far from the wealth and status. Nothing shocks him more than learning that he now stands as heir presumptive to his distant cousin the Duke of Carlyle. There is much for Drew to learn and adjust to—but first he goes home to Edinburgh, to tell his mother and three sisters of their startling good fortune.
A Lady and a Temptress
Ilsa Ramsay yearns for some adventure and fun, not another husband. When she discovers the handsome soldier who sweeps her off her feet for a rollicking dance is her friend’s brother, soon to be an English duke, she tells herself he’s not for her, no matter how tempting he is. But one impulsive kiss, then another, and another… says otherwise.
An Irresistible Attraction
Drew means to marry a respectable, dignified Englishwoman—a very proper future duchess. The spirited Ilsa is none of that. Still, when she’s caught in a dangerous scandal, he leaps to her aid without hesitation. And neither family duty nor future obligation can make them ignore what’s in both their hearts.
A Scotsman discovers he's the heir to an English dukedom in Linden's enchanting second Desperately Seeking Duke historical romance (after About a Rogue). Captain Drew St. James is serving in the military when he receives a letter from the Duke of Carlyle's solicitor summoning him to Carlyle Castle. There, the Duchess of Carlyle informs him that he is the heir apparent to the childless duke but his wicked cousin stands to inherit the title if Drew fails to marry a respectable lady. When Drew travels to his mother's home in Edinburgh to inform his family of his change in circumstances, he becomes smitten with the beautiful Ilsa Ramsay, an idiosyncratic widow who keeps her pet pony in her home. The pair's mutual attraction further ignites at a weeklong house party at Stormont Palace. Ilsa knows Drew needs a proper English bride to be his future duchess and counts herself out of the running. But Drew knows Ilsa is the woman for him and is not easily dissuaded and when Ilsa's father comes under suspicion of theft, he swoops in to her aid. This swift-moving story has a strong heroine in Ilsa, who is resolute in her quest for happiness. Historical romance fans will adore this sparkling love story.