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Publisher Description

Rhys Merrick, Duke of Roydan, is determined to be the antitheses of his depraved father, repressing his desires so severely he is dubbed "the Monk" by Society.  But when Olivia Weston turns up demanding payment for gowns ordered by his former mistress, Rhys is totally flummoxed and inexplicably smitten.  He pays her to remove her from his house, and mind.  But logic be damned, he must have this fiercely independent woman.

Olivia's greatest fear is becoming a kept woman.  She has escaped the role of mistress once and vows never to be owned by any man.  Rather than make money in the boudoir, she chooses to clothe the women who do.  But when a fire nearly kills her friend and business partner, Olivia's world goes up in smoke and she is forced to barter with the lofty duke.


As their lives weave together, Olivia unravels the man underneath the Monk, while Rhys desires to expose the lady hiding behind the dressmaker. Will his raw passion fan a long-buried ember of hope within her? Can this mismatched pair be the perfect fit?

September 26
The Wild Rose Press, Inc
The Wild Rose Press, Inc

Customer Reviews

Goddessdemetra422 ,

Duke of a great story

love this book, and i read alot of historical romance. this is a very indept story about a Duke and a dressmaker Rhys Merrick, Duke of Roydan and Olivia Weston, lady-turned-dressmaker, is a scintillating one.
Rhys is so beautifully drawn from hisobsession with clocks to his heartbreaking isolation. His overwhelming passion for Olivia Weston pushes him to confront his fears. And Olivia is the perfect woman to challenge this monkish duke. She is funny, independent and fiercely loyal to those she loves. She was isused as a lady in her first season and she went away . Rhys nickname is the Monk. His father was a degenerate rogue and Rhys dosent want to be anything like him. A string of things ( mishapps ) happen to Oliva and she has to turn to Rhys to right things . Rhys as payment preposes she becomes his mistress. Rhys reminds me a little of the Duke in Julia Quins The Duke and I. I loved the begginning where Rhys goes into the shop and demans the dresses he bought for his former misstress. Get the book to see if Olivia is indead a Lady and where her father estes is and do she and Rhys get together . love the Epiloge . Ms. Russell’s greatest strength is her depth of characterizationmaer who he is obsessed about .

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