ROMANCE

Never Kiss a Duke

Avon. (Hazards of Dukes, Bk. 1). Feb. 2020. 384p. ISBN 9780062867421. pap. $7.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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What’s a duke to do when he discovers he’s actually not a duke? For Sebastian de Silva, former Duke of Hasford, he opts for the gaming hell to drown his sorrows. Proud proprietor of Miss Ivy’s, Ivy Holton is set on making the life she built worth every gamble she’s ever made. And Sebastian’s unique views might just advance the establishment’s standing in society, though it could require showing Sebastian the ropes of his new life. But Sebastian has his own advice to offer, and the two walk a fine line between flirtatious lovers playing a lovers’ game and something more serious and permanent. Both are challenged by this new dynamic in their lives, and the pressure is mounting to decide who they are and what they want out of their relationship.
VERDICT An unmoored former duke trying to find his footing and navigate a new life and an independent woman confident in the world she’s built from the ground up are surrounded by an engaging cast of secondary characters in this excellent start to a bold and sensual new Regency series from the beloved Frampton (Never a Bride).

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