A heartbroken belle. A missing suitor. A heroic duke in disguise. Unmask Duke of Shadows and let the highwayman-duke steal your heart!
England, 1817. Lady Portia Tennesley has always dreamed of marrying for love. When the suitor who seemed her perfect match disappears at the height of the Season, she’s heartbroken. Eventually she consents to an arranged marriage with an eccentric duke she barely knows, a wealthy recluse who seems more interested in science than spending time with his new fiancée. But before Portia walks down the aisle to her grand, loveless match, she turns to the only man who can uncover her former beau’s fate—the mysterious outlaw known as Silversmoke.
Lucas Wakeford, the Duke of Fountainhurst, leads a double life that leaves him little time for romance. After his parents died at the hands of brigands as a lad, he found his true passion in standing up for the powerless as his masked alter ego, the heroic highwayman, Silversmoke. As the duke, however—his charade as a scholarly quiz aside—Luke knows he must eventually marry. Besides, having a wife around could help him blend in with his fellow noblemen. Elegant and highborn Lady Portia Tennesley seems perfect for the sort of duchess Luke needs. A fashionable belle preoccupied with high society, she’s sure to keep her nose out of his secret life fighting crime in London’s underworld.
But when the lady herself ventures into Silversmoke’s lair, begging for the famed highwayman’s help, Luke is astonished—and realizes he has seriously underestimated his future bride. Yet as Silversmoke, he can’t deny a damsel in distress, so he agrees to find her missing suitor. Tangled in a web of secrets and hidden identities, will Luke and Portia’s growing attraction be strong enough to survive the truth, or will their love steal away into the night?
Duke of Shadows is the fourth standalone novel in the Moonlight Square regency historical romance series. If you like alpha males in disguise, scintillating chemistry, and a double dose of mystery, you’ll love New York Times bestselling author Gaelen Foley’s tale of undercover romance.
Buy Duke of Shadows to unmask a sexy, swashbuckling historical romance today!
Praise for Gaelen Foley’s novels:
“Enchanting, Intriguing, fun.” ~Stephanie Laurens, #1 NYT Bestselling Author
“Run, do not walk, to your nearest bookstore and snatch up everything you can find that this amazing author has ever written!” ~The Romance Readers’ Connection
“Always fabulous.” ~Julia Quinn, #1 NYT Bestselling Author
“Sizzling and Sexy.” ~Mary Jo Putney
“Elegantly fluid prose.” ~Booklist
“Complex, engaging characters.” ~Publisher’s Weekly
Books in the Moonlight Square series:
(Can be read in any order.)
Prequel Novella – ONE MOONLIT NIGHT
Book 1 – DUKE OF SCANDAL
Book 2 – DUKE OF SECRETS
Book 3 – DUKE OF STORM
Book 4 – DUKE OF SHADOWS
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Great Historical Romance!
As a reader who first came across Gaelen Foley's books in 2007 and immediately binge read her backlist, and then eagerly awaited each new release, I have very high expectation for her books. Duke of Shadows surpassed all of those expectations and now holds a spot at the top of my favorites. The main characters, Lady Portia Tennesly and Lucas Wakeford, Duke of Fountainhurst were both very appealing characters, and the plot was intriguing and kept me engaged throughout the book.
Lady Portia Tennesly has a complicated life. Her suitor, Joel, is missing, and she seeks out the assistance of an illustrious and charismatic highway man, Silversmoke, who is known to take vengeance on the evil and help those who are vulnerable. Lady Portia's engagement has been arranged to the Duke of Fountainhurst, who for all intents and purposes, she has thought of as a buffoon.
Lady Portia is a little in awe of Silversmoke and she begins to feel affection for Fountainhurst. As pieces collide in their lives for Lady Portia and Lucas, they face danger and a reckoning with one another.
This book was a wonderful addition to the Moonlight Square Series. There are some utterly charming moments between the two main characters. Don't let the length of the book turn you off. It moves at a good pace, and it never seemed to drag or feel long. I highly recommend this book for any reader who enjoys historical romance set in England. I voluntarily read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book and the views expressed are my honest opinions.