cover image Never Kiss a Duke

Never Kiss a Duke

Megan Frampton. Avon, $7.99 mass market (384p) ISBN 978-0-06-286742-1

The high-spirited first entry in the Hazard of Dukes series from Frampton (Never a Bride) matches a disinherited duke with the strong-willed owner of a notorious gambling den in Victorian London. When Sebastian, Duke of Hasford, is revealed to be illegitimate, he is stripped of his title and fortune and sets out to discover “what people who not dukes do.” During a visit to Miss Ivy’s gaming house, Sebastian’s quick thinking and Adonis-like looks distinguish him to Miss Ivy Holton herself. Sebastian’s ideas for improving Miss Ivy’s garner him a spot on the staff and a small room, but the sexual tension between Sebastian and Ivy complicates their professional relationship. Ivy has worked hard to build a comfortable life for herself, and she’s suspicious of anything that might disrupt it. Both Ivy and Sebastian are fiercely independent characters who must learn to reconcile their preconceived notions about each other with their powerful attraction. Though many of Ivy’s modern attitudes seem anachronistic, her spirit and loyalty make her a thoroughly endearing character. This series opener promises more fun to come. Agent: Louise Fury, Jenny Bent Agency. (Feb.)