The Scandalous Duke Takes a Bride
St. Martin's Press / February 25, 2014 / $7.99 print & digital
As a wealthy young widow, Lady Jessica Heyer must endure the closest of scrutiny and most wicked of rumors from society gossips. Their whispers would be utterly unbearable if it weren’t for her oldest friend, the Duke of Alsborough. Jessica knows she can always count on Hayden. What she never could have expected, however, is that he is deeply, madly in love with her…
For years, Hayden has kept his longing for his beautiful friend Jessica a secret. But now that she’s finally free to remarry, will she be willing to take their relationship to a more intimate level? He’ll get his answer soon—at a glittering masquerade, where identities are hidden, hearts are open, and true love is unmasked…in a single, shameless act of passion.
The third leg of Tiffany Clare's intertwined Dangerous Rogues series, The Scandalous Duke Takes a Bride, finally gives us the friends-to-lovers story we were waiting for, and this is the best book yet. Hayden, the Duke of Alsborough, is a beta hero who's known what he wants—his best friend Jessica —for a long time, and now that she's free from the hand of an evilly cruel husband, he's following his heart. With a reputation as black as sin, holding secrets that have just been hinted at, Jessica could easily have been unsympathetic or, at worst, an outrageous caricature, but she's a finely balanced strong-yet-sensitive heroine. Both are fully deserving of the story that's been building throughout the series to finally bring them together.