In this Gilded Age–romance series opener by a New York Times–bestselling author, a wealthy Duke must marry by his thirtieth birthday or lose his title.
Derek Eagan, the dashing Duke of Westwood, is well aware of his looming deadline. But weary of tiresome debutantes, he seeks a respite at his country home in Essex—and encounters a man digging on his property. Except he’s not a man. He’s a very lovely woman. Who suddenly faints at his feet.
Catherine McCabe’s disdain for the aristocracy has already led her to flee an arranged marriage with a boorish Viscount. The last thing she wants is to be waylaid in a Duke’s home. Yet, she is compelled to stay by the handsome, thoughtful man who introduces himself as the Duke’s estate manager.
Derek realizes two things immediately: he is captivated by her delicate beauty, and to figure out what she was up to, Catherine must not know he is the Duke. But as they fall passionately in love, Derek’s lie spins out of control. Will their bond survive his deception, not to mention the scorned Viscount’s pursuit? Most important, can Catherine fall in love all over again—this time with the Duke?
“Despite the dramatic title of Force’s magnificent Regency, she keeps the focus squarely on the romance as a suspenseful story unfolds. . . . With a meet-cute that’s as creative as the work itself, Force has crafted a masterpiece with the perfect amount of romance.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A vividly described, deeply erotic romance.” —Booklist
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Despite the dramatic title of Force's magnificent Regency, she keeps the focus squarely on the romance as a suspenseful story unfolds. In order to keep his title, charismatic Derek Eagan, the seventh Duke of Westwood, must wed before his 30th birthday which is 10 days away but he refuses to marry a bland debutante. When he encounters the beautiful spitfire Lady Catherine McCabe, he believe he's finally met the one, but Catherine has a ticking clock of her own: an unwanted fianc who's chasing her down while she hunts a treasure that could save her from him. However, her days of lonely travel and little food have taken their toll on her health, and she passes out when Derek approaches her while she's digging in his yard. When Derek learns of Catherine's disdain for the aristocracy, he keeps his identity a secret until he can get to know her better. They end up marrying before the truth is revealed, and the newlyweds' future is tested by Derek's lies, his uncle's greed, and Catherine's evil former fianc . With a meet-cute that's as creative as the work itself, Force has crafted a masterpiece with the perfect amount of romance.