What a Devilish Duke Desires
Grand Central / February 24, 2015 / $8.00 print, $7.99 digital
WILL A FEW FLIRTATIOUS STEPS
Harry Norcliffe never wanted to inherit his beloved uncle's title. The rigidity of the ton, the incessant reminders from his marriage-minded mama that he must settle down with a highborn lady and produce an heir and a spare: it's all such a dreadful bore. So when his mother asks him to take part in a dancing competition, he patently refuses. The last thing he needs is another chore . . . until a beautiful, brilliant, delightfully tempting maid makes him rethink his position.
LEAD TO A SCANDALOUS SEDUCTION?
Most women would be over the moon to be pursued by a wickedly handsome—not to mention wealthy—duke like Norcliffe. But Lucy will not be any man's trophy. She could use a friend, though, and what begins innocently soon ignites into desire. As Lucy tries to resist Harry's scorching kisses, he makes an utterly irresistible offer. Enter the dance contest with him, and win a prize that could change her life forever . . . if falling in love doesn't change it first.
Back when it first released, I glommed Vicky Dreiling’s How to Marry a Duke. It was a fun Regency romance with a Bachelor-like premise. I’m not a fan of most reality television, but I am a fan of authors that can take a cute concept and execute it well. Dreiling’s What a Devilish Duke Desires is as much of a success, but with shades of the film Pretty Woman and the show Dancing with the Stars. It’s a Regency palate-cleanser that enchants you with its adorable romance and its depiction of class movement.