New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan returns with an all new sizzling historical romance in her Duke Hunt series about a woman determined to reclaim her family home from the dangerously handsome owner of London’s most popular gaming hell.
The owner of London’s most popular gaming hell, wealthy and powerful Silas Masters, is feared by men and desired by women—except Mercy Kittinger. When the blackguard wins her family home in a game of cards, Mercy steals into Silas’s rooms, intent on destroying the proof. But things don’t go to plan…
She would have her way with him...
Caught in the act, Mercy must be bold to save herself...even if it means seducing the dangerous rogue and then disappearing with the dawn, debt voucher in hand. Safe at home and determined to settle back into her quiet, uneventful life, Mercy burns at the memory of her night spent ravishing the most compelling man she’d ever met. Thank goodness she’ll never see him again!
He didn't see her coming...
No one trifles with Silas Masters. Even if he could forget the dark-haired seductress who undid him, he can’t allow anyone to steal from him. He will hunt down the sultry woman who haunts his dreams and show her just how sweet payback can be.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Sophie Jordan’s sex-positive, intensely satisfying romance portrays an overburdened young woman finally doing something purely for her own enjoyment. Mercy Kittinger has been running the family farm, managing the household staff, and raising her younger sister for years. Her older brother is constantly in trouble—which is how Mercy winds up in a gambling den after he loses the family property in a bet. Mercy only intends to get the farm back somehow, but instead she has an explosive one-night stand with its new owner, Silas Masters…who soon finds that he can’t shake his connection with Mercy. We loved witnessing Mercy gaining some agency and unapologetically seeking out pleasure in the book’s steamy scenes. This is one of the hotter historicals on the market.
Jordan's deliciously scandalous second Duke Hunt romance (after The Duke Goes Down) returns to a vision of the Regency era where sin is in. A spinster at 26, farmer's daughter Mercy Kittinger is burdened with raising her 17-year-old sister, Grace, and cleaning up after her good-for-nothing twin brother, Bede, whose idea of a good time entails losing the family house and lands in a London gaming hall. Mercy's not about to let her livelihood go without a fight, so she makes her way to town to confront Silas Masters, the hall's attractive owner, and get their assets back through seduction and theft if necessary. To say their first meeting is explosive is putting it mildly, but the real trouble starts when the unflappable and rather stubborn Silas follows Mercy home and shows no sign of leaving. While Silas tends to avoid romance thanks to a complicated past, Mercy captures his interest beyond all reason. Though familiar fare, the decadent seduction scenes and sex-positive message are sure to draw readers in, and the realistically drawn characters and passionate love story will hold their interest. This is a treat. Agent: Maura E. Kye-Casella, Don Congdon Assoc.
This was a quick, fun read on this frigid, icy day. It was much better than I thought it would be which was a pleasant surprise.
Lord have Mercy
Lord have Mercy!
I do think this is Sophie Jordan's best book. Mercy, does a desperate deed to keep her farm. I'm not giving anything away when I say that Silas Masters gets thoroughly ravished, three times. This act is uncharacteristic for both Silas and Mercy. They start with a bang, but its when Silas follows her to Shropshire, that allows Mercy and Silas to develop a surprising friendship. Fresh, fun and yes, steamy.
I enjoyed Mercy and SIlas (not so much a rake, but very discriminating and that's fantastic). I can't wait for Gwen's story.