Last Night with the Duke by Amelia Grey
Date Read: March 7th 2017
Genre: Historical, Romance
Could finding love be his greatest scandal of all?
The Duke of Griffin has never lived down his reputation as one of the Rakes of St. James. Now rumors are swirling that his twin sisters may bear the brunt of his past follies. Hiring a competent chaperone is the only thing Griffin has on his mind--until he meets the lovely and intriguing Miss Esmeralda Swift. In ways he could never have expected, she arouses more than just his curiosity.
Esmeralda Swift considered herself too sensible to ever fall for a scoundrel, but that was before she met the irresistibly seductive Duke of Griffin. His employment offer proves too tempting for her to resist. She can’t afford to be distracted by his devilish charms because the stakes are so high for his sisters’ debut Season. . .unless one of London’s most notorious rakes has had a change of heart and is ready to make Esmeralda his bride?
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Series: The Rakes of St. James #1
What a cute story! The heroine, Esmeralda, runs an employment agency for chaperones, governesses, etc. She doesn’t accept jobs herself as she has a younger sister, Josephine, to care for.
Griffin is a duke who needs a chaperone for his twin sisters ASAP as his aunt is ill. This will be Sara and Vera’s first season. When he visit’s Esmeralda’s agency he decides he wants her to be their chaperone and will let her bring Josephine and her dog if she’ll agree. He also offers a very nice wage, including some new dresses for her.
Griffin is hoping Sara and Vera will find husbands quickly. He’s worried about an old scandal that involves him and his friends, Hawk and Rath, also Dukes, hurting his sisters’ chances of a good match. The season progresses as life does – some ups and some downs, which I will not share and ruin the story for you.
Griffin and Esmeralda eventually get their HEA. Sara also finds love. I wonder if one of the future books in this trilogy will have Hawk or Rath falling for Vera. That would definitely cause some issues with Griffin.
I don’t believe there were ever 3 young, handsome, rich Dukes in one season. But this is fiction and as readers we love when the impoverished heroine gets her Duke. I enjoyed this story and can easily recommend it. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me this ARC. On sale March 7th.