Only a Duke Would Dare
A Duke. A vicar’s daughter. A forbidden love.
Marriage—an unpleasant obligation
A troublesome addendum to his father’s will requires Victor, Duke of Sutcliffe to marry before his twenty-seventh birthday or lose his fortune. After a three-year absence, he ventures home, intent upon finding the most biddable and forgettable miss in Essex. A woman who will make no demands upon him and won’t mind being left behind when he returns to London. Except, Victor meets Theadosia Brentwood again and finds himself powerless to resist her—even if she is promised to another and the exact opposite of what he thought he wanted in a duchess.
Marriage—an impossible choice
Secretly in love with Victor for years, Theadosia is overjoyed when he returns. Until she learns he must marry within mere weeks. When he unexpectedly proposes, she must make an impossible decision. How can Thea elope with him when he’s marrying out of necessity, not love? Besides, if she does wed Victor, her betrothed—a man she loathes—will reveal a scandalous secret. A secret that will send her father to prison and leave her sister and mother homeless.
Uncaged Review: Whenever I think I should go to bed early and get some much needed sleep, I should never pick up a Collette Cameron book. She has a way of sucking me into the story and I have to read into the wee hours of the morning. And today, my coffee pot will work overtime to counteract the lack of sleep – but it was well worth it, I was charmed by this Duke as much as Thea was.
In this emotional and sweet romance, Thea must deal with an overbearing father, a secret crush and a slimy villain whom her father is going to push her off on, but not if Victor has anything to say about it. Victor, having come home from his rakish lifestyle only to find his father leaving a provision in the will that he marry by the time he turns 27 yrs. old, and that being only a few weeks away. His thought of just finding a wife and leave her be is tossed out the window when he bumps into Thea.
Friendship, love, suspense, great characters and a storyline that will pull you right into the story are all trademarks of this author. Highly recommended. Reviewed by Cyrene
4 1/2 Stars