Series: One Scandalous Season #1
Format: eBook via Netgalley
Length: 416 pages
Publisher: Forever (September 24, 2013)
The magic of Christmas reunites an estranged husband and wife in the debut of this charming and sexy, new regency romance trilogy from Lily Dalton
A MARRIAGE BEYOND HOPE
The Duchess Sophia has long been estranged from her husband, His Grace, Vane Barwick, the Duke of Claxton, whose rumored list of amorous conquests includes almost every beautiful woman of the ton. Yet a shocking encounter with him in a crowded ballroom—and a single touch—are all it takes to reawaken her furious passion for him. But how can she trust the man who crushed her dreams and took away the one thing she wanted most?
A LOVE BEYOND REASON
Claxton has never forgiven himself for the youthful mistake that ruined his marriage to Sophia. Now, after nearly a year abroad, the reformed rogue vows to win back the only woman he’s ever truly loved. He’ll do whatever it takes to prove he can be the honorable husband she deserves—and the passionate lover she desires. As the snowdrifts deepen outside their ancestral home, can they rekindle the flame that burned so bright and find a new path to forever?
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Looking for the perfect holiday read? Look no further than Lily Dalton's Never Desire A Duke. Not since Eloisa James' An Affair Before Christmas have I wanted to re-read a holiday historical until the spine cracks. Dalton's debut will definitely be on my holiday reading list, over and over again.
The Duke and Duchess of Claxton have been estranged since the Duke took off after his wife found a missive from an ex-lover and the Duchess losing their child—rushing out in haste, slipping on ice and miscarrying.
Claxton returns home to try to reconcile with his wife, Sophia, but she will have none of it. She's so over his lies and promises but she does want a child. And the only way is to make a deal with Claxton. She'll stay with him until they conceive a child. Then they'll file for a legal separation. Easy peasy, right? Nope.
Sophia will do everything in her power to resist the pull between her and Claxton. She doesn't want to get hurt again. She doesn't want to fall in love with him only to get her heart broken a second time. Sophia keeps a list—that she has Claxton write up—of all of his previous paramours tucked in her bodice as a cockblocker. It's pretty effective, for a while.
Claxton will do whatever it takes to win Sophia's love again. It will take sleigh rides, a scavenger hunt, a baking contest that results in hot and heady kisses, showing compassion to those less fortunate, a Regency version of The Elf on the Shelf, some mistletoe and a heart that will grow three sizes on Christmas Day.
One of the things I loved in this book is the hilarious antics of the secondary characters. A lonely countess who wants Claxton's attention and follows him to the country, a brother who will stand-in just to get a little something something with the lonely countess, an elderly husband bent on shooting the living daylights out of the wrong brother for sleeping with his wife, and a countess who learns the true meaning of Christmas.
In the spirit of the Christmas season, Dalton weaves a hilarious, heartbreaking and heartwarming tale of a second chance at love gift wrapped in a blanket of snow. Dalton's debut is one book you'll want to keep on your holiday reading list for years to come.
Hadn't she learned well enough the first time? She'd fallen so desperately in love with him, but in the end, her love had not been enough to hold him. She wouldn't be so foolish as to make the same mistake again.