cover image Duke with Benefits: Studies in Scandal, Book 2

Duke with Benefits: Studies in Scandal, Book 2

Manda Collins. St. Martin’s, , $7.99 ISBN 978-1-250-10988-0

In Collins’s enjoyable second Studies in Scandal Regency (after Ready Set Rogue), a handsome duke falls for a brilliant mathematician. Lady Daphne Forsyth is one of four women who have inherited the manor house of Lady Celeste Beauchamp. Only Daphne knows that the library at Beauchamp House contains the famous Cameron Riddle, which points the way to the elusive treasure said to have been hidden by the head of the Cameron clan near the end of the Jacobite rebellion. Though Daphne is initially unable to find the riddle, she does meet the brother of her chaperone: Dalton Beauchamp, the Duke of Maitland. When Daphne reveals her quest to the other residents and to Dalton, they assist her in her search, which becomes more intense when a man is murdered in Beauchamp House. The long arc of the mystery plot complements the intense romance between Dalton and Daphne. Agent: Holly Root, Waxman Leavell Literary. (July)