cover image How to Deceive a Duke

How to Deceive a Duke

Samara Parish. Forever, $8.99 mass market (384p) ISBN 978-1-5387-0454-7

A woman is forced to live with the man who broke her heart in Parish’s sparkling second Rebels with a Cause Regency (after How to Survive a Scandal). When chemist and political firebrand Fiona McTavish—disguised as a man and calling herself Finley—is arrested during a protest, Edward Stirling, Duke of Wildeforde and the man she once thought she could love, comes to her rescue, knowing her true identity. Still bitter over Edward’s betrayal five years earlier, Fiona is outraged when the magistrate only frees “Finley” from jail on the condition that he reside with Edward for the month until his trial. To avoid the scandal that would arise from a man and woman living together unmarried, Edward and Fiona must keep up her Finley ruse—a task that’s even more complicated when Edward’s family shows up for a long visit. There’s still plenty of spark between the reunited lovers, but Edward’s high-handedness and Fiona’s stubbornness get in their way—as does Edward’s domineering mother, who insists on finding him a suitable bride. These sparring hearts are utterly convincing, and the deception wonderfully raises the stakes on their torrid affair. Readers will be eager for more. Agent: Rebecca Strauss, DeFiore & Co. (Jan.)