An Inconvenient Duke

Sourcebooks Casablanca. (Lords of the Armory, Bk. 1). Feb. 2020. 384p. ISBN 9781728200088. pap. $7.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Off fighting Napoleon, Gen. Marcus Braddock receives word from his sister Elise’s best friend, the Honorable Danielle Williams, that Elise has died in an accident. Upon his return, now carrying the title Duke of Hampton for his bravery, Marcus discovers evidence that proves his sister may have been murdered. Danielle suspects Elise’s death may have involve the secret organization Danielle runs for women in abusive relationships. Marcus, who has been struggling to transition from the battlefield to everyday life, sees an opportunity to hunt down his sister’s killer while also attempting to talk Danielle out of her determined quest. The duo risk it all, including their hearts, as they go up against a shadowy organization that may be larger than first expected.
VERDICT Action, suspense, seduction, and two determined lovers fighting for what is right provide a host of reasons to read well into the night. Danielle is an extremely compelling heroine who is willing to forgo her own prospects to correct wrongdoing. When combined with Marcus’s conviction and refusal to abandon those he cares about, they make a perfect pair to kick off Harrington's (How I Married a Marquess) latest Regency series.

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