The Demon Duke by Margaret Locke
Date Read: June 6th 2017
Genre: Historical, Romance
Behind every good man is a great secret.
Banished to Yorkshire as a boy for faults his father failed to beat out of him, Damon Blackbourne has no use for English society and had vowed never to return to his family’s estate at Thorne Hill, much less London. However, when his father and brother die in a freak carriage accident, it falls on Damon to take up the mantle of the Malford dukedom, and to introduce his sisters to London Society–his worst nightmare come to life.
He never planned on Lady Grace Mattersley. The beautiful debutante stirs him body and soul with her deep chocolate eyes and hesitant smiles. Until she stumbles across his dark secret.
Shy and bookish Grace much prefers solitude and reading to social just-about-anything. Her family may be pressuring her to take on the London Season to find herself a husband, but she has other ideas. Such as writing a novel of her own.But she has no idea how to deal with the Duke of Malford.
Will she betray him to the world? Or will she be his saving Grace?
Publisher: Locked On Love Publishing
Read for Fun (ebook)
Wonderful story! Damon Blackbourne, now Duke of Malford, has what we now call Tourette’s Syndrome. As a child, his father beat him and then sent him away. Luckily for him, the servants who took care of him treated him as a normal boy. His father and older brother are both deceased and he must take over the running of the estate and escorting his mother and sisters to London.
Grace Mattersley (22), loves books and is not worried about being nearly on the shelf. Her father cheated on her mother so she doesn’t trust men. She must attend balls with her mother and sisters, but often hides in the host’s library which is where she meets Damon. She is attracted to him and he to her, though he believes no woman would want him.
Danger is lurking in the form of his uncle, who believes he should be the Duke as he thinks Damon is not capable. I won’t spoil the rest of this book as I hope you will read it.