A duke must choose wisely . . .Leopold Dautry, the notorious Duke of Villiers, must wed quickly and nobly—and his choices, alas, are few. The Duke of Montague's daughter, Eleanor, is exquisitely beautiful and fiercely intelligent. Villiers betroths himself to her without further ado.
After all, no other woman really qualifies. Lisette, the outspoken daughter of the Duke of Gilner, cares nothing for clothing or decorum. She's engaged to another man, and doesn't give a fig for status or title. Half the ton believes Lisette mad—and Villiers is inclined to agree.
Torn between logic and passion, between intelligence and imagination, Villiers finds himself drawn to the very edge of impropriety. But it is not until he's in a duel to the death, fighting for the reputation of the woman he loves, that Villiers finally realizes that the greatest risk may not be in the dueling field . . .
But in the bedroom. And the heart.
Publisher: Avon Books (2009)
MY THOUGHTS: I thought I would give myself a break from murder mysteries and read my second favorite book. I love Historical Romances. They make me believe in romance and happy endings. This one is truly this. Leopold is looking for a wife to help raise his bastard children. Eleanor has had her heart broken by one man and decides she will only marry a Duke and not for love. So she sits her sites on a Duke for her husband. Lisette is the perfect woman for Leopold, as she doesn't give a fig about society. But he really wants Eleanor. So he must choose between the two. The thing is, Lisette is a little on the fickle side. Then you throw in the man that broke Elanor's heart, Astley, who's wife recently dies. Astley turns up trying to get Eleanor back, but Eleanor has fallen in love with Leopold. So who does Eleanor decide to marry and is it for her young love or the more mature love of women? Great book!
This is also for my European Reading Challenge. This is being hosted over at Rose City Reader.
This is also for my Full House Reading Challenge...Number 7 on my list.