Lady Olivia, the youngest sister of the Earl of Castleton, has no patience for the boring gentlemen of aristocratic society. She longs for a more adventurous life like the ladies who visit the Raven Club. But her plans are thwarted when her family drags her to a country house party to meet the elusive Duke of Keswick.
Tristan Cameron, the Duke of Keswick, finds Olivia in his stables. She believes him to be the stable master, and he doesn’t dissuade her of the notion. He has no interest in entertaining one of the spoiled, self-indulgent ladies who’ve invaded his home. Except, Olivia is neither of those things, and their shared kiss during a ride results in combustible passion.
And a potential scandal.
Olivia is relieved when the handsome stable master comes to her aid as her alibi, but that relief fades to anger when she suddenly finds herself betrothed to the harsh, foul-tempered duke.
Tristan believes he’s been trapped by a scheming, title-seeking lady. To make matters worse, she’s utterly captivating. He plans on leaving her behind in the country immediately after their vows, but Tristan soon finds himself battling temptation and Olivia’s stubborn determination to be the Duchess he doesn’t believe he deserves...
Learning to Trust
Tristan Cameron, the Duke of Keswick, and Lady Olivia Swift met at a house party held on his estate. Neither wanted to be there. When they met in the stables, Olivia mistook him for a groom, and Tristan didn’t correct her. Accused of theft, Olivia said she was out of the house when the incident happened, and that the groom could vouch for her. When it is discovered that the “groom” is Tristan and that the two of them had been out unchaperoned, her mother and his grandmother insist that they marry. Thinking he’d been tricked, but seeing no way out, Tristan goes through with the wedding and promptly leaves for London without Olivia. She follows him, determined to make the best of their situation. No matter what she does, Tristan resists. She gives up and goes to tell her sister she is leaving. She never makes it. Where is she? Will Tristan realize too late that she is exactly what he needs and wants?
Tristan is an honorable man and cares for and helps others, especially veterans and others with disabilities. Bullied in school and called the “Stuttering Duke,” he avoids interaction with society. He fulfills his Parliamentary obligation, but cannot bring himself to speak on things his feels are important. Olivia is independent and adventurous. She supports Tristan completely. Antonia, Tristan’s grandmother, and Olivia’s family, especially her sister, encourage her efforts with him. The villain (besides the bullies) might surprise you. How to Capture a Duke is a well written emotional story. It is essentially a journey to acceptance, especially for Tristan, whose greatest challenge is to accept himself as he is. Happy ever after might be possible, but it will be a tough trip. The epilogue ties everything up nicely. I enjoyed this story. I like the series.
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