“Anyone who loves romance must read Sabrina Jeffries!”
—Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestselling author
An Amazon Best Romance of the Month
A USA Today Bestseller
A sexy and distracting rake is tamed by a scholarly heroine with a penchant for the sciences in this dazzling and witty tale of Regency London.
A past kiss with adorably bookish Miss Olivia Norley should be barely a memory for Marlowe Drake, the Duke of Thornstock. After all, there are countless debutantes for a handsome rakehell to charm beyond a young lady whose singular passion is chemistry—of the laboratory type. But Thorn has not forgotten—or forgiven—the shocking blackmail scheme sparked by that single kiss, or the damage caused to both their names. Now Thorn’s half-brother, Grey, has hired the brilliant Miss Norley for her scientific expertise in solving a troubling family mystery. And the once-burned Thorn, suspicious of her true motives, vows to follow her every move . . .
For Olivia, determining whether arsenic poisoning killed Grey’s father is the pioneering experiment that could make her career—and Thorn’s constant presence is merely a distraction. But someone has explosive plans to derail her search. Soon the most unexpected discovery is the caring nature of the reputed scoundrel beside her—and the electricity it ignites between them . . .
“Intoxicating…Jeffries’s perfect blend of romance, mystery, and suspense is sure to have series readers anxious for more.”
The chemistry is as intense in the bedroom as it is in the science lab in Jeffries's intoxicating third Duke Dynasty Regency romance (after The Bachelor). Nine years earlier, Marlowe "Thorn" Drake, the Duke of Thornstock, and Miss Olivia Norley were caught in a compromising position when their first meeting ended in a passionate kiss. Thorn indignantly assumed that Olivia had orchestrated the moment to trap him into marriage but when he proposed to save her reputation, she turned him down. Though they've not seen each other since, Thorn's wounded pride and sense of betrayal linger. The pair are reunited when Thorn's half-brother, Grey, engages Olivia, a brilliant chemist, to help solve the cold-case of his father's murder by testing the body for arsenic poisoning. Convinced Olivia must have ulterior motives for agreeing to the plan, Thorn inserts himself into their trip to Grey's country seat only to rediscover Olivia's charm and intelligence. Their powerful attraction to each other leads to several intense physical encounters, but trust eludes them until danger comes knocking on Olivia's lab door, and Thorn and Grey band together to protect her. Jeffries's perfect blend of romance, mystery, and suspense is sure to have series readers anxious for more.
Just finished reading Who wants to Marry a Duke, I love books by Sabrina Jeffries! Historical romance is my favorite and once again I am not disappointed. This is Thorn and Olivia story, with the usual elements. This twist is that Olivia is a chemist, which was groundbreaking during that time period. The mystery continues, were the Dukes beforehand murder? Or who is killing the Dukes and why? Of course there are villains, a love story and a cliffhanger.....stay tune for the next book!
Who dunnit, already?
I’m in this for closure at this point. Between the syrupy endearments that make me wince (dearling, sweeting) and editorial slips (Sheridan referring to his father as his stepfather) I was rolling my eyes regularly. But a murder mystery is a murder mystery, so I continue…
Wild sexy ride
I am new to this series, and come in reading the third book. I was worried that I would be lost. I was happily surprised that I was quickly carried along in this fast moving and sexy book. The mystery is for sure a big part of the story, but it is a vehicle that allows the h/h to be in proximity of each other. The relationship of Olivia and Thorn is smoldering and sexy and grabs you from the beginning of the book. I loved their banter, and their push pull relationship. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend even if you have not read the series. You can bet I will be grabbing the previous books as I could not put this down.