Bridgerton fans and readers of Madeline Hunter, Eloisa James, and Lisa Kleypas won’t want to miss this humorous and clever new love story from the historical romance legend.
“Smart, sexy historical romance…a perfectly fashioned love story rich in smoldering sexual chemistry, sharp wit, and a dash of danger.” —Booklist
“A brilliant conclusion to a fun and entertaining series.” —Romance Junkies
Along with his stepsiblings, Sheridan Wolfe, Duke of Armitage, is determined to finally solve the mysteries behind the suspicious deaths of their mother’s three husbands. Tasked with investigating a possible suspect, Sheridan finds himself in dangerous proximity to her captivating daughter, Vanessa Pryde. But still haunted by a tragically lost love, the duke is resolved to resist the attraction—and avoid any “scheming” husband-hunters. Besides, lovely Miss Pryde seems utterly smitten with a roguish London playwright . . .
Vanessa thinks a little scheming may be in order—for it’s Sheridan she truly has her sights, and her heart, set on. Her theatrical flirtation is intended only to break through his business-like demeanor and guarded emotions. And as Sheridan’s jealousy becomes aroused, the two soon find themselves propelled into a scheme of an altogether different kind, involving a pretend engagement, a secret inquiry—and a perhaps not-so-secret leap into true love . . .
“Anyone who loves romance must read Sabrina Jeffries!”
—Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestselling author
“Fans will delight in revisiting Sheridan’s large family in this heated, twisty tale of love and deception.”
A game of jealousy lands Vanessa Pryde in the middle of a murder investigation in Jeffries's solid fourth Duke Dynasty Regency romance (after Who Wants to Marry a Duke). Vanessa hopes to incite the jealousy of the seemingly disinterested Sheridan Wolfe, the Duke of Armitage, by pretending to be enamored of her favorite playwright, Konrad Juncker—but her scheme backfires when Sheridan offers to help make Juncker jealous by pretending to court her. After losing his fiancée to consumption, Sheridan has closed off his heart. He refuses to give in to his desire for Vanessa, but he hopes to use their connection to investigate the murders of his mother's three husbands, his father among them—deaths he believes Vanessa's mother may have had a hand in. The two match wits as they struggle to keep their secrets—until a public indiscretion forces them to marry and Sheridan finally lets Vanessa in on his suspicions. There are myriad suspects and even more motives but very little evidence; the couple learns more about each other than they do about the murders, but Jeffries still manages to make the big reveal smooth and believable. Fans will delight in revisiting Sheridan's large family in this heated, twisty tale of love and deception.
This is a good book and a very good series. I hate to see it end and I’m looking forward to reading Junkers story.
Sheridan and Vanessa make a very compelling couple. Their relationship started out with secrets on both sides. Each one using the other for information and jealousy. Will love show them the way or will it all end before they realize their love?
I love Sabrina Jeffries and I have loved the Duke Dynasty series and this book delivered!
Vanessa is fabulous and smart and good at economizing in ways the ton doesn’t see, which is helpful considering she does her family’s books and knows they NEED to economize! She is also incredibly attracted to Sheridan but when her brother Grey noticed she was interested in someone, she panicked and now the whole world thinks she’s in love with the playwright Mr. Junker.
Sheridan, meanwhile, is investigating the numerous deaths of his mother’s husbands and needs to delicately ask Vanessa’s mom some questions. And he needs to figure out how he’s going to keep his dukedom afloat, considering it is bleeding money.
I really liked Vanessa, who is thriving despite a less than ideal mother. Sheridan frustrated me at first with how closed off he was, how intent he was to never love again. But overall, the story was lovely, and it was fascinating to figure out who the bad guy (or lady, no spoilers) was! And I loved the family, especially all the women!!
This is a wonderfully entertaining story with interesting characters, some quite likable, some not. The main focus is on finding who murdered the Dowager Duchess’s three husbands. To that end, Sheridan is to question Lady Eustace about house parties she attended when two of the dukes died. His plan was to pretend to be smitten with her daughter, Vanessa Pryde, who unbeknownst to him, had loved him from afar for a long time. Will he get the answers he needs? Will Vanessa win his heart?
Sheridan and Vanessa make a fantastic couple, even though he is resistant due to hurt over the death of his former fiancé, and he thinks she love someone else. There were familiar characters and some new ones. I love Vanessa’s Uncle Noah (he caught them kissing in the park). As all the clues come together, including a last-minute surprise, the mystery is solved. Great story, awesome characters, and a lovely epilogue to wrap everything up.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. My review is voluntary.