Title: Dark Duke
Edward Wyeth, the Dark Duke of Moncrieff’s life has been turned on its end. His well-ordered home has been invaded. By destitute relatives. From Scotland. How on earth can he write Lord Hedon's salacious novels with hellions battling in the garden and starting fires in the library? But with the onslaught has come a delicious diversion. His cousin's companion, the surprisingly intriguing Kaitlin MacAllister. He is determined to seduce her. Using her desperate need for funds and her talents as an artist, he convinces her to draw naughty pictures for his naughtier books...and he draws her into his decadent web.
But Kaitlin has a secret. She's fled Scotland--and a very determined betrothed. When Edward's cousin is kidnapped and held in her stead, Kaitlin is honor-bound to return to her homeland and rescue her--much to Edward's chagrin.
Because suddenly he can't bear the thought of Kaitlin marrying another man. He can't bear the thought of losing her at all.
Author: Sabrina York
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Training Tess, Rising Green, Adam's Obsession, Trickery
Series: Noble Passions
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Dark Fancy, Brigand, Defiant, Folly
Published: June 29, 2016
Genres: Erotic Historical Romance, Erotic Romance, Historical Romace
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Edward is the Dark Duke, a bored lord with a penchant for BDSM and a side-hobby of penning his fancies under the pseudonym Lord Hedon. His life at the moment is anything but boring: he has been asked to provide a season for a cousin, and she has arrived with his aunt, a companion and her brothers in tow.
Kaitlin has run from Scotland with her best friend Violet, and is posing as her companion as she seeks opportunities to earn money and pay off her brother’s debts. What Edward doesn’t realize is that Kaitlin is no innocent, and that passions burn deep inside her heart.
I adored Kaitlin: her mix of brains, courage and a devilish sense of humor combine to make a heroine who is engrossed in facing new experiences head on, and taking responsibility for her choices. Her desire to earn funds to pay off her distasteful brother’s debts has led her to make some dubious choices: in society’s eyes she is a ruined woman, and her refusal to be cowed in the face of innumerable obstacles displays her iron will.
Edward, despite his reputation for being a debaucher and rake has a sense of honor and family that even he didn’t realize was there until he was roped into obliging Violet with a season. Like all of the best rakes of the era, there are lines he will not cross, and while his tastes are certainly out of the norm, his realization of the consequences to the women he encounters is far more developed than one would expect. While we see both characters develop and their attraction grow as their escapades are more frequent, Edward’s growth was a surprise to him but not to the reader. In fact, Edward is often the last to realize many things: believing that he lost the one woman he could love to his friend James, and not realizing why he couldn’t stop thinking about Kaitlin, and even not realizing that a disguise would never fool Kaitlin: introspection is not Edward’s forte.
So many elements are in play for this story: the clever interruptions from family members, Kaitlin’s sacrifice of herself for her friend, and her decision to have some fun with the dreaded chore by making those around her dance to her tune, even the burgeoning relationship between Edward and Kaitlin not to mention Edward’s own realizations about the emptiness of his life all fall into place like pieces of a puzzle, each fitting neatly. The steamy scenes are that and then some, and pack a double whammy – Kaitlin’s awakening to the pleasures to be found with a man, and with her own self are erotic and detailed with squirm inducing moments for even the more jaded reader.
Sabrina York incorporates historical detail, humor and characters that bring light and life to the story and the pages fly past. While there are recurring characters in this series, each story stands alone and you can read them in any order.