A disinherited duke and a former lady are courting much more than business in the first novel in Megan Frampton’s newest titillating series, Hazards of Dukes.
Everything he had ever known was a lie…
Sebastian, Duke of Hasford, has a title, wealth, privilege, and plenty of rakish charm. Until he discovers the only thing that truly belongs to him is his charm. An accident of birth has turned him into plain Mr. de Silva. Now, Sebastian is flummoxed as to what to do with his life—until he stumbles into a gambling den owned by Miss Ivy, a most fascinating young lady, who hires him on the spot. Working with a boss has never seemed so enticing.
Everything tells her he’s a risk she has to take…
Two years ago, Ivy gambled everything that was precious to her—and won. Now the owner of London’s most intriguing gambling house, Ivy is competent, assured, and measured. Until she meets Mr. de Silva, who stirs feelings she didn’t realize she had. Can she keep her composure around her newest employee?
They vow to keep their partnership strictly business, but just one kiss makes them realize that with each passing day—and night—there’s nothing as tempting as what is forbidden…
The high-spirited first entry in the Hazard of Dukes series from Frampton (Never a Bride) matches a disinherited duke with the strong-willed owner of a notorious gambling den in Victorian London. When Sebastian, Duke of Hasford, is revealed to be illegitimate, he is stripped of his title and fortune and sets out to discover "what people who not dukes do." During a visit to Miss Ivy's gaming house, Sebastian's quick thinking and Adonis-like looks distinguish him to Miss Ivy Holton herself. Sebastian's ideas for improving Miss Ivy's garner him a spot on the staff and a small room, but the sexual tension between Sebastian and Ivy complicates their professional relationship. Ivy has worked hard to build a comfortable life for herself, and she's suspicious of anything that might disrupt it. Both Ivy and Sebastian are fiercely independent characters who must learn to reconcile their preconceived notions about each other with their powerful attraction. Though many of Ivy's modern attitudes seem anachronistic, her spirit and loyalty make her a thoroughly endearing character. This series opener promises more fun to come.