Four Nights with the Duke

Avon. (Desperate Duchesses by the Numbers, Bk. 2). Apr. 2015. 384p. ISBN 9780062223913. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062223920. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
When her fiancé abruptly jilts her and disappears just before the wedding, Mia Carrington blackmails Evander Brody, the Duke of Pindar and the source of her most cruel teenage humiliation, into marriage. Mia has no choice; she must marry soon or lose the guardianship of her eight-year-old nephew to his greedy, tyrannical uncle. A temporary marriage to a man who can't possibly love her seems like the perfect solution—until Vander decides he wants the real thing, and Mia finds him hard to resist.
VERDICT A smart, desperate heroine who will do anything to protect her nephew and his heritage and a hero worthy of the challenge find love and trust, as well as a surfeit of passion, in this latest from James. Sparkling dialog, well-placed Shakespearean quotes, and an engaging cast of sharply rendered supporting characters (especially a plucky youngster and a marvelous horse) add to the fun. Readers will also enjoy the cameo appearance by the Duke of Villiers and Mia's hilarious romance novel notes. James (Three Weeks with Lady X) lives in the New York City area.
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