Tall, Duke, and Dangerous

Avon. (Hazards of Dukes, Bk. 2). Nov. 2020. 384p. ISBN 9780062867445. pap. $7.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Nash, “dangerous” Duke of Malvern, never wished to marry. When his grandmother informs him he must wed or risk losing the dukedom to a cousin as violent and volatile as the father who claimed Nash was “just like him,” Nash sets out to find a wife solely for the sake of securing an heir. Nash is not prepared to have his heart thrown into the ring when he finds himself enchanted by childhood friend Ana Maria, now an independent and wealthy woman intent on living a life on her terms after being an unpaid servant in her recently deceased and wicked stepmother’s home. Ana Marie’s society-defying decisions make Nash fear for her safety, leading them to strike a bargain. He’ll teach her self-defense, and she’ll help him choose a wife, but they end up fighting for the choice to have each other instead.
VERDICT A captivating second in the “Hazards of Dukes” series (after Never Kiss a Duke). Frampton deftly handles heavy subjects of abuse and neglect without ever losing the light of her characters’ spirits or tamping down the steamy, slow-burn romance. Ana Marie’s Cinderellaesque rise and banter with the notoriously taciturn Nash will enthrall readers of Eva Leigh’s “Union of the Rakes” series.
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