Series: Decadent Dukes Society, #2
Release Date: April 24, 2018
Gabriel St. James, Duke of Langford is an unrepentant rake, he revels in his debauchery and could care less what society thinks. But he is more than just a decadent duke, his is also a protective older brother and that is what brings him to his brother Harry’s house, Harry is suffering from his first heartbreak and Langford will console him and assure him that women are plentiful and basically interchangeable – no point in being sad if you lose one, especially when there are so many to choose from! Harry wants to retreat to the country and mope in private, but Langford insists that he stay in town and attend the masked ball in three days.
Amanda Waverly is the secretary of the eccentric Lady Farnsworth, she is also the daughter of thieves, a life she thought she left far behind, but with her mother’s freedom and possibly her life in the balance, Amanda will have to return to a life she hates to save her. She attends the masked ball for the purpose of meeting Lord Harry, she needs access to his house to achieve her objective. But Harry is not interested in her flirtations and sends a silent plea to his brother to save him from the bold shepherdess who is currently throwing herself at him.
Langford smoothly separates the shepherdess from his brother’s side and maneuvers her put into the garden. If she is looking for a tryst – he is better suited to the job. They share a kiss and she finagles an invite to Harry’s house. She agrees to meet him there and leaves – he asks her name and she ignores him.
They meet and when he falls asleep, she does what she came to do and slips away. Langford wakes alone and annoyed. He still doesn’t know her name! So when he finds her shawl, he uses it to see her again. He is fascinated by her and can’t remember the last time (if ever) a woman didn’t fall at his feet. He will find her and she will succumb!
Let the games begin! These two are a perfect match but who they are may make that meaningless, especially when Langford learns the whole truth.
This is a well written, entertaining story, with witty banter (especially with the other dukes), steamy love scenes, secrets, lies, a resourceful heroine, a determined hero, schemes and finally a HEA that seemed impossible to attain! I really enjoyed this book and will be impatiently waiting for Brentworth’s story!!!
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