Loved by a Dangerous Duke: A Regency Romance (Seductive Scoundrels Book 13) by Collette Cameron
Is she desperate enough to marry a man she loathes? Sadly, yes…
He always has his way…
Stanford is aware of his nickname, The Dangerous Duke—and it suits him just fine. Inheriting a bankrupt dukedom and rebuilding it taught him just how useless niceties were. Except now, he’s ready to choose a duchess, and the only one he deems suitable (and enticing) enough despises him. Perhaps he should reconsider the value of niceties…
She’s a most reluctant bride…
Ophelia Breckensole knows what she wants, and it is not Stanford. But fate plays into his hand when she finds herself unwittingly compromised. Now, she must wed or face ruination—and Stanford is only too pleased to help. So, she’ll marry him, but she won’t love him. Or so she keeps telling herself…
But Stanford and Ophelia have much more to overcome on their path to happily ever after than his austere nature and her vow to never love her husband. Stanford’s enemies are determined to make him pay for his past, and they’re willing to use Ophelia to do it. Can this fragile union survive such an onslaught?
Publication date 20/7/2021
Though this book can easily be read as a stand-alone, most readers prefer to read the series in order.
SEDUCTIVE SCOUNDRELS SERIES:
A Diamond for a Duke
Only a Duke Would Dare
A December with a Duke
What Would a Duke Do
Wooed by a Wicked Duke
Duchess of His Heart
Never Dance with a Duke
Earl of Wainthorpe
Earl of Scarborough
Wedding her Christmas Duke
The Debutante and the Duke
Earl of Keyworth
Loved by a Dangerous Duke
How to Win A Duke’s Heart – Coming soon!
When a Duke Desires a Lass – Coming soon!
Don’t you love it when a rogue falls for the heroine? And then she won’t have anything to do with him!!
Stanford has cultivated his reputation for many years, a cold and calculating man who rebuilt the Dukedom from scratch, but to do that he’s had to be ruthless.
Ophelia is frustrated, a man she despises has the audacity to demand her have in marriage! No wooing, no courting, just a list of reasons! Well she’s not going to have it, she might not have much say in her future, but she’s going to stay away from the Dangerous Duke!
Reading how Stanford will do anything to obtain his goal (Ophelia) did have me a little annoyed, then when you remember what era this is set in, you’ll understand where he was coming from. (Women weren’t given a voice or an opinion in that era)Then when finding out he won’t get the young lady in question, The Dangerous Duke will have to change tactics and maybe show Ophelia the Stanford he keeps hidden!!
It’s a really good story, and although it’s book thirteen in this series, there is no need to read in order. Saying that, there are characters I believe maybe in other books (well it’s a good excuse to read the series) 😉
Reading the interactions between Stanford and Ophelia will have you laughing one minute then shaking your head the next. You have to admire Stanford, when he decides to turn over a new leaf and woo the lovely young Ophelia he throws himself into the task.
But fate lends a hand to Stanford, poor Ophelia is caught in a compromising position. And so Stanford swoops in and says marry him or face ruin! What’s a girl to do?!
But Stanford isn’t allowed a happy ending! And someone is waiting in the wings biding their time! Is it someone Stanford ruthlessly ruined in the past?
Can they really be happy? Can they get past the names and reputations? And will the danger pass them without incident?
Ophelia also wants to open a house for ladies whose reputations have been ruined sounds like a possible idea for a book.
It’s a nice afternoon read.
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