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A Duke. A Runner. An Earl. Three men, each born into different circumstances. Each fighting to overcome their own adversity. All striving to change their past. Gabriel St. James, Duke of Wesbrook, desires any birthright other than being the son of a hideous man. Unfortunately, Gabe knows the exact moment he became like his father—a night that has haunted him for seven year A Duke. A Runner. An Earl. Three men, each born into different circumstances. Each fighting to overcome their own adversity. All striving to change their past. Gabriel St. James, Duke of Wesbrook, desires any birthright other than being the son of a hideous man. Unfortunately, Gabe knows the exact moment he became like his father—a night that has haunted him for seven years. Resigned to his future, he is unprepared when his illegitimate—and more importantly unbeknown—young daughter appears on his London doorstep. With no one to care for her but him. Lady Elizabeth Blakely has loved only one man—her brother’s longtime friend, Gabe St. James. Not even his rakish and, oftentimes, wicked behavior dissuades her. Yet it all seems hopeless as he continues to overlook the woman she has become. When Elizabeth learns Gabe is in need of assistance with his daughter, she seizes the opportunity. Gabe, less than thrilled with the situation—mostly due to his fierce desire for his best friend’s sister—has no option but to concede. Besides, a more sinister threat lurks; someone is blackmailing Gabe with his darkest secret. Through it all, Gabe vows to resist Elizabeth, no matter how tempting. Sometimes it’s better to surrender . . .


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A Duke. A Runner. An Earl. Three men, each born into different circumstances. Each fighting to overcome their own adversity. All striving to change their past. Gabriel St. James, Duke of Wesbrook, desires any birthright other than being the son of a hideous man. Unfortunately, Gabe knows the exact moment he became like his father—a night that has haunted him for seven year A Duke. A Runner. An Earl. Three men, each born into different circumstances. Each fighting to overcome their own adversity. All striving to change their past. Gabriel St. James, Duke of Wesbrook, desires any birthright other than being the son of a hideous man. Unfortunately, Gabe knows the exact moment he became like his father—a night that has haunted him for seven years. Resigned to his future, he is unprepared when his illegitimate—and more importantly unbeknown—young daughter appears on his London doorstep. With no one to care for her but him. Lady Elizabeth Blakely has loved only one man—her brother’s longtime friend, Gabe St. James. Not even his rakish and, oftentimes, wicked behavior dissuades her. Yet it all seems hopeless as he continues to overlook the woman she has become. When Elizabeth learns Gabe is in need of assistance with his daughter, she seizes the opportunity. Gabe, less than thrilled with the situation—mostly due to his fierce desire for his best friend’s sister—has no option but to concede. Besides, a more sinister threat lurks; someone is blackmailing Gabe with his darkest secret. Through it all, Gabe vows to resist Elizabeth, no matter how tempting. Sometimes it’s better to surrender . . .

30 review for The Duke's Temptation

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gwyn Plummer

    An alluring time-taker, and I happily gave every second. I admired Elizabeth and her ambition. She wanted Gave and she set out to get him, all the while holding on to her pride and lady-like demeanor. Her loyalty was just as steady as her determination, and she had a heart of gold. Gabe never stood a chance against Elizabeth’s charm. Not that breaking him was hard; he was already broken. He longed for her just as much as she longed for him, and the foreplay was oh so seductive. I loved little Phoeb An alluring time-taker, and I happily gave every second. I admired Elizabeth and her ambition. She wanted Gave and she set out to get him, all the while holding on to her pride and lady-like demeanor. Her loyalty was just as steady as her determination, and she had a heart of gold. Gabe never stood a chance against Elizabeth’s charm. Not that breaking him was hard; he was already broken. He longed for her just as much as she longed for him, and the foreplay was oh so seductive. I loved little Phoebe and it was truly a treat to watch her claim her rightful spot in her father’s heart. She also took up space in Elizabeth’s and Aunt Millie’s hearts as well. I like how Ryleigh developed the relationship between Gabe and Phoebe. She addressed the situation in a realistic manner, having Gabe’s behavior towards his daughter to improve as he learned how to be a father, instead of immediately portraying him as father-of-the-year. His behavior towards both Phoebe and Elizabeth, changed as he developed emotionally. I enjoyed the journey. And what can I say about Aunt Millie. What a refreshing character. She had her limits, but how far they stretched. I absolutely loved her. Something went off for me at the end. I didn’t dislike the end, but I wasn’t as pleased with it as I was the rest of the story. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed the story, and I recommend it to romance lovers – and anyone else who’d like to take a

  2. 4 out of 5

    AnnMarie

    The Duke's Temptation by Addie Jo Ryleigh is the first book in the Men of Circumstance Series. It is also, I believe, her debut novel, very surprising to me because of the excellent quality of the writing. I honestly thought that this would just be the first book in the author's newest series, not her first published book ever. The story is about Gabriel St. James, Duke of Wesbrook, affectionately known as Gabe. Because of his upbringing with a less than honourable father, Gabe believes, as the s The Duke's Temptation by Addie Jo Ryleigh is the first book in the Men of Circumstance Series. It is also, I believe, her debut novel, very surprising to me because of the excellent quality of the writing. I honestly thought that this would just be the first book in the author's newest series, not her first published book ever. The story is about Gabriel St. James, Duke of Wesbrook, affectionately known as Gabe. Because of his upbringing with a less than honourable father, Gabe believes, as the saying goes, 'the apple doesn't fall far from the tree'. Knowing that he will never be worthy of being any woman's husband, he settles for only having mistresses or visiting whore houses. Unfortunately one of the women he has bedded turns out to have had his baby. A fact unknown to him until he finds a lovely 3 year old girl brought to him to be taken into his care. The child is the spitting image of him, so there is no doubt to anybody that she is his, and Gabe although shocked, is willing to look after the little girl. His character is written as such that you can't help but feel for him. At times though, I just felt like he needed a good shaking to make him see sense. Good job he has Elizabeth in his life to do the proverbial shaking! Lady Elizabeth Blakely has secretly been in love with Gabe for years. She knows him because he is her brothers best friend. He is older than she is and just sees her as a child. It's something she is determined to change, she wants him to finally see her as the woman she now is. When she overhears Gabe talking to her brother about his daughter and how he has tried and failed to find a suitable nanny for her, she steps up to the plate and offers to look after the child. Having no other choice, Gabe takes her up on her offer, at least until somebody else can be found. So, that's how the pair end up spending a lot of time together, and how the seeds of romance are able to be sewn. Despite being a romance story there is also some intrigue that weaves it's way through the tale. Gabe is being blackmailed about something that he did 7 years ago, something that has haunted him and which he thought nobody knew about. The blackmailer doesn't reveal who he is. Is it the man that seems to be following Elizabeth and the child, or is it another person. If it's not the same person, then who is the man that is following Elizabeth?? What I really like about this book is that I really didn't know how it was going to end, and had no idea who the blackmailer was right up until it was revealed in the book. When it was revealed I was shocked, and felt so bad for Gabe. When an author, especially a new one, can make you really feel emotional toward her characters, and their storylines then you just have to know how perfect that book is, and that with each book she writes, the stories will just keep getting better and better. There was nothing that I didn't like about the book at all, and I look forward to reading the next in the series. Addie Jo Ryleigh is definitely going to be added to my 'favourite authors' list. If you like a romance that isn't sickly sweet, with just the right amount of passion, and with plenty of mystery and intrigue, then this is definitely a book you should read. I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    M.M. Jaye

    She: Elizabeth Blakeley has been in love with the Duke of Wesbrook forever. Determined to make him see her as a grown woman, not his best friend’s little sister, she convinces him to be let her tend to his newly arrived illegitimate daughter. He: Gabriel St. James, Duke of Wesbrook, lives in the shadow of his now deceased, depraved father. His forbidden thoughts about Elizabeth literally haunt him when she starts sleeping just a floor beneath him, but he vows to behave in the most gentlemanly way She: Elizabeth Blakeley has been in love with the Duke of Wesbrook forever. Determined to make him see her as a grown woman, not his best friend’s little sister, she convinces him to be let her tend to his newly arrived illegitimate daughter. He: Gabriel St. James, Duke of Wesbrook, lives in the shadow of his now deceased, depraved father. His forbidden thoughts about Elizabeth literally haunt him when she starts sleeping just a floor beneath him, but he vows to behave in the most gentlemanly way. And fails miserably. But a burning secret surfaces, and he might lose everything, so the farther he keeps from the beguiling “Minx” the better. The conflict: The forbidden love for a best friend’s little sister, combined with guilt over the hero’s past life and life-threatening danger. The Heat: Searing hot. The author builds tension masterfully (and ruthlessly) and the cat and mouse game ends in scenes of scorching heat. The good stuff: I loved the authentic writing. Very “historical” yet brimming with freshness. The characters are not exactly original but both Gabe and Elizabeth live up to the reader’s expectations in the best possible way. The other stuff: I could have done with less internalization in the first part of the book. Other than that, the pace was steady. Bottom line: An excellent historical with a very authentic voice. I was offered this book in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I loved this friends-to-lovers and brother's best friend/best friend little sister's romance. Gabe and Elizabeth have known each other since they were children. She has been in love with him since then and Gabe has been fighting the growing attraction between them. When his daughter comes to live with him, Elizabeth seizes the opportunity to be near him while taking care of Phoebe. It isn't long before he gives into her, but his past prevents him from moving forward. There are lots of tender mom I loved this friends-to-lovers and brother's best friend/best friend little sister's romance. Gabe and Elizabeth have known each other since they were children. She has been in love with him since then and Gabe has been fighting the growing attraction between them. When his daughter comes to live with him, Elizabeth seizes the opportunity to be near him while taking care of Phoebe. It isn't long before he gives into her, but his past prevents him from moving forward. There are lots of tender moments with both Gabe and Elizabeth, and Gabe and his daughter as they form their father/daughter bond that help show the kind of man he really is, not the man he believes himself to be. The threat to his daughter from an unknown source adds a bit of mystery to the romance. Looking forward to the next book! I received an ARC for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    I picked this book because it was about a duke and who doesn't love a book about a duke?! I think it's the power they held in previous centuries that captivates us. Well this duke was just sad and disappointing. He was irrational and ridiculous and lacked the larger-than life persona that one expects from dukes of historical novels. In fact, there was not a rational character in the whole book. It was quite disappointing that Lizzy's older brother and aunt were just as irrational as she and Gabe I picked this book because it was about a duke and who doesn't love a book about a duke?! I think it's the power they held in previous centuries that captivates us. Well this duke was just sad and disappointing. He was irrational and ridiculous and lacked the larger-than life persona that one expects from dukes of historical novels. In fact, there was not a rational character in the whole book. It was quite disappointing that Lizzy's older brother and aunt were just as irrational as she and Gabe were. The only character that seemed even remotely interesting and would make a much better hero was Gabe's younger, illegitimate brother, but since I doubt this author's ability to build an interesting story, I will not be reading his book, if he ever gets one.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Phoenix77

    There are times in reading a romance where I feel an author has great ideas but the execution falls a bit short. As I began reading this book I liked the initial set-up for the characters, their motivations and what would drive them together. Unfortunately as the story continued those same opening moments were never developed and the final product was a rather flat read. Please read my full review at All About Romance There are times in reading a romance where I feel an author has great ideas but the execution falls a bit short. As I began reading this book I liked the initial set-up for the characters, their motivations and what would drive them together. Unfortunately as the story continued those same opening moments were never developed and the final product was a rather flat read. Please read my full review at All About Romance

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sangria

    Yay! Never read this author before but well done. I liked both characters, I liked the mystery, and I always am a sucker for the best friends sibling trope. It's a weakness I have. Throw in a tiny tot whose completely adorable with a broody & gruff Duke and it was a very enjoyable romantic read imo. I'll follow the series. Great supporting characters. Recommend. Yay! Never read this author before but well done. I liked both characters, I liked the mystery, and I always am a sucker for the best friends sibling trope. It's a weakness I have. Throw in a tiny tot whose completely adorable with a broody & gruff Duke and it was a very enjoyable romantic read imo. I'll follow the series. Great supporting characters. Recommend.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Laura J.

    every cliche in a historical romance The hero is a handsome rake who drinks and gambles too much. The heroine is his best friend's little sister who has been in love with him for years. The only thing that kept me going was the blackmail mystery and that proved to be ho-hum. every cliche in a historical romance The hero is a handsome rake who drinks and gambles too much. The heroine is his best friend's little sister who has been in love with him for years. The only thing that kept me going was the blackmail mystery and that proved to be ho-hum.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Liana Smith Bautista | Will Read for Feels

    ***I received this book for free from Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review, which was originally posted in book blog Will Read for Feels. When it comes to Georgian and Regency romance, nothing beats a ducal hottie in my book—it’s terrible, I know, but “duke” tends to grab my attention far earlier than “marquess” or “earl” or “viscount,” not to mention “baron.” Eek! I guess that makes me a historical romance snob ***I received this book for free from Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review, which was originally posted in book blog Will Read for Feels. When it comes to Georgian and Regency romance, nothing beats a ducal hottie in my book—it’s terrible, I know, but “duke” tends to grab my attention far earlier than “marquess” or “earl” or “viscount,” not to mention “baron.” Eek! I guess that makes me a historical romance snob! Nevertheless, when given the chance to check out Addie Jo Ryleigh’s The Duke’s Temptation, I immediately signed up for a review copy. Although in my defense, this wasn’t just for the chance of ducal yumminess; I also liked that this book featured the whole big-brother’s-best-friend trope that’s a particular favorite of mine. And while this is my first Addie Jo Ryleigh book, it worked out okay for me, mostly thanks to the strengths of its characters—and its heroine, in particular. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me introduce you to the characters: Gabe St. James is the sixth Duke of Wesbrook, and he isnt’ exactly a paragon of virtue and nobility when this book starts out. He’s something of an indolent womanizer, and he would rather leave the managing and oversight of his estate to his steward than see to matters himself. But he gets a rude awakening in the very first scene when he is confronted with the existence (and presence) of his illegitimate daughter, brought to his home after the death of her mother, the woman he had once thought to marry. What follows is a struggle to prove himself better than his philandering father raised him to be, the same father who left several by blows himself and cared for none of them. Gabe, in his quest to care for his daughter, gains an unexpected ally in Lady Elizabeth Blakely, sister to his best friend, Marcus, Earl of Foxmoore. She’s also the one woman he desires above all but refuses to burden with the mess of his life and his emotional baggage. Little does he know that Elizabeth has adored him since childhood and that he’s the reason why she’s turned down the offers of marriage she’s received thus far. Initially, she volunteers to act as the temporary companion and kinda-sorta-governess to his daughter while assisting him in finding a permanent solution in order to get closer to Gabe and show him she is no longer the child who trailed after him and her brother on their adventures. But she soon finds herself enchanted by Phoebe, Gabe’s daughter, and with her heart engaged on two fronts, she is all the more determined to make Gabe accept and return her love. Problem: it’s not quite as simple as batting her eyelashes and parading about in her night clothes. As I’ve already mentioned, I quite enjoyed the characters in this novel. I particularly liked how Elizabeth took her destiny into her own hands, went after what she wanted, and, when it looked like Gabe didn’t return her affections, decided that she (and her love for him) was worth nothing less than love freely given and a full life partnership. She decided that she wouldn’t settle for what scraps of affection she could get from Gabe, no matter how deeply she cared about him. I guess the reason why I couldn’t five-star this story was the way the mystery was handled. Early on in the story, Gabe received a note from a blackmailer threatening to reveal a painful secret from his past. Then, later, it appeared that someone was determined to harm Elizabeth, little Phoebe, or both the females who’d won Gabe’s heart. While the idea of a blackmailer forcing the duke to confront his past was a good one, the excuse for it seemed weaker than it could be. Add to that the very anticlimactic resolutions to these two sources of conflict, where one villain turned out not to be a villain at all, but someone rather pathetic, and the true villain ended up being a character who seemed to come out of nowhere, well, it kind of made me wish the author had dispensed with the mystery altogether and focused instead on the layered interpersonal relationships between the characters. Still, I’m curious to learn about the fate of some of the supporting characters we met in this series, so here’s to hoping I can get my hands on book 2.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cerian

    Originally given 3.5 hearts at Rookie Romance. I enjoy a romance where the overlooked little sister is in love with brother's friend. It usually means that there's a level of comfortable familiarity between the characters that allows for a sweet starting point, and brings with it a host of obstacles I love to see them overcome. This story sees Elizabeth cast as the little sister. She's been desperately in love with brother's best friend, Gabe, for years but he doesn't see her as a woman...or so s Originally given 3.5 hearts at Rookie Romance. I enjoy a romance where the overlooked little sister is in love with brother's friend. It usually means that there's a level of comfortable familiarity between the characters that allows for a sweet starting point, and brings with it a host of obstacles I love to see them overcome. This story sees Elizabeth cast as the little sister. She's been desperately in love with brother's best friend, Gabe, for years but he doesn't see her as a woman...or so she thinks. When Gabe's illegitimate daughter unexpectedly appears in his life he's at a loss as to what to do with her, until Elizabeth offers her help with the child. This also brings Elizabeth and Gabe together, with the proximity eventually forcing them both to confront their feelings for each other. Elizabeth is a really admirable heroine. She's loyal and determined, with a sweet spirit. I liked that she pursues Gabe and her unconditional love for him is so sweet. I would have liked if her character had had a chance to develop more as the story developed, which we do see with Gabe. Gabe has a rather sordid past and believes that he's no good for any woman. He keeps Elizabeth at a distance so he won't be tempted by her, which doesn't always work that well. I did feel really bad for Gabe at times and wished he could see that he's not doomed to the fate he thinks he has. I loved that through his daughter and Elizabeth, Gabe learns to face up to his responsibilities and seize the happiness in front of him. This is a very sweet romance, and I liked the interactions between Phoebe (Gabe's daughter) and Gabe as he learned to become a father. The heat between Elizabeth and Gabe was great, and you just want to give Gabe a good shake at time to make him realise he should be with Elizabeth. There's a good bit of intrigue as we unravel the mystery of the blackmailer and the person following Elizabeth and Phoebe. Overall this a sweet and passionate romance, with an interesting puzzle to resolve. I'll be looking forward to the rest of the books in the series and more from this author. *I received a review copy for my honest opinion. Thank you!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shay

    This was a DNF for me. When I try to do anything but get back to my book, I know it's not for me. While it is well written, I didn't like the characters. Gabe, the Duke, finds he has an illegitimate daughter. Elizabeth, his best friends little sister, loves him and moves in to take care of the child to get near him. Gabe has some dark secrets and a blackmailer. But what bothers me is he gets close to Elizabeth then meanly pushes her away, over and over. And she puts up with it. This was a DNF for me. When I try to do anything but get back to my book, I know it's not for me. While it is well written, I didn't like the characters. Gabe, the Duke, finds he has an illegitimate daughter. Elizabeth, his best friends little sister, loves him and moves in to take care of the child to get near him. Gabe has some dark secrets and a blackmailer. But what bothers me is he gets close to Elizabeth then meanly pushes her away, over and over. And she puts up with it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Hanna

    Same old same old I only read 40% of this book, which began promisingly but quickly settled into an overdone repeat of every melodramatic subplot that ever appeared in a Regency romance. Definitely not worth finishing. The author's decent command of the language was wasted, but with more imagination and less melodrama she could pen a book I might actually enjoy. Same old same old I only read 40% of this book, which began promisingly but quickly settled into an overdone repeat of every melodramatic subplot that ever appeared in a Regency romance. Definitely not worth finishing. The author's decent command of the language was wasted, but with more imagination and less melodrama she could pen a book I might actually enjoy.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I liked this book, but didn't love it. The main characters are reasonably well developed, but the side characters are rather one dimensional. The pacing could use work too; the first half of the book was slow, the second half picked up a bit, but the ending was pretty anticlimactic. I liked this book, but didn't love it. The main characters are reasonably well developed, but the side characters are rather one dimensional. The pacing could use work too; the first half of the book was slow, the second half picked up a bit, but the ending was pretty anticlimactic.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Perez

    First time This was the first time I have read this authors work. I just loved it. The story was so good that I hated to put it down. Now on to book two for Nate's story I hope it is just as great. First time This was the first time I have read this authors work. I just loved it. The story was so good that I hated to put it down. Now on to book two for Nate's story I hope it is just as great.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kristina Fiore

    Meh Not really a creative story and the characters weren't especially believable either. The writing was repetitive and the plot unlikely for the time and place it was set. Meh Not really a creative story and the characters weren't especially believable either. The writing was repetitive and the plot unlikely for the time and place it was set.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Capets

    Good story This book was well written and the story line isn't just your typical romance. I find the characters were well written and plot was perfect Good story This book was well written and the story line isn't just your typical romance. I find the characters were well written and plot was perfect

  17. 4 out of 5

    L S Hardy

    Premise is really hard to believe - a gentle woman would never have been permitted to act as a governess to a rake, no matter how many chaperones she had.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Danette Steward

    It was okay. Stupid and unreasonable premise for the hero to not want to marry. I hate unrealistic reasoning for the sake of plot.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gerda

    The main plot is nothing you havn't read before: younger sister has a crush on her brother's best friend since childhood and finally being grown-up she acts on it. Unfortunately Ms Ryleigh has opted to ignore many of the rules about proper behavior current at the time, so that setting the novel in Regency time is almost irrelevant. Gabriel’s natural daughter being brought into his household should not have created so much trouble. Servants were plentiful and he was in need only of a nursemaid and The main plot is nothing you havn't read before: younger sister has a crush on her brother's best friend since childhood and finally being grown-up she acts on it. Unfortunately Ms Ryleigh has opted to ignore many of the rules about proper behavior current at the time, so that setting the novel in Regency time is almost irrelevant. Gabriel’s natural daughter being brought into his household should not have created so much trouble. Servants were plentiful and he was in need only of a nursemaid and not a governess as the child was just 3 years old. As an affluent lord he should employ enough staff to delegate babysitting duties to any maid. There is also the impropriety of Elizabeth and her aunt moving into the household of a bachelor who isn’t a family member. This type of living arrangement would have immediately ruined Elizabeth’s reputation no matter how many chaperones moved in with her. I prefer my Regency novels abiding to time appropriate behaviour.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    Not Bad Overall My first Addie Jo Ryleigh book. The plot was nothing original but the writing was promising. The characters are likable to a point. Side characters are quite good. The way the hero was portrayed was too contrived for me so that mostly warranted the deduction of a star. Also the way the heroine seemed to just be the one to push for the relationship to happen. Other than that I did enjoy the pace and flow of the story. I liked the epilogue. There were love scenes but nothing too vul Not Bad Overall My first Addie Jo Ryleigh book. The plot was nothing original but the writing was promising. The characters are likable to a point. Side characters are quite good. The way the hero was portrayed was too contrived for me so that mostly warranted the deduction of a star. Also the way the heroine seemed to just be the one to push for the relationship to happen. Other than that I did enjoy the pace and flow of the story. I liked the epilogue. There were love scenes but nothing too vulgar. I am interested enough to follow the author and pursue reading her other books.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kendra Kent

    The heroine breaks his steely resolve I am saddened to see this story end. This was truly a love story of all times. Lizzy and Gabe found each other through grief. Lizzy lost of her parents and Gave bring the childhood friend of her brother Marcus was always there to support the Lil girl who followed them around. But now Lizzy is all grown up. Gabe soon finds out he has an illegitimate daughter & Lizzy swoons jn to break the wall Gabe has built. And that step brother Nate. I can’t wait to read hi The heroine breaks his steely resolve I am saddened to see this story end. This was truly a love story of all times. Lizzy and Gabe found each other through grief. Lizzy lost of her parents and Gave bring the childhood friend of her brother Marcus was always there to support the Lil girl who followed them around. But now Lizzy is all grown up. Gabe soon finds out he has an illegitimate daughter & Lizzy swoons jn to break the wall Gabe has built. And that step brother Nate. I can’t wait to read his story. This was so well written,with sadness, laughter,disappointment and joy all wrapped up in one.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    A good start to the book, a simple plot complicated by fear, suspicion etc without knowing the truth. For me the book lacked a bit of sparkle, the best character was the brother, he added a bit if excitement to the book. I liked the Aunt and daughter, overall a little disappointed with the hero and heroine. A complete story though which I liked. Well worth a read, and difficult to put the book down. I would like to know Nate's story. A good start to the book, a simple plot complicated by fear, suspicion etc without knowing the truth. For me the book lacked a bit of sparkle, the best character was the brother, he added a bit if excitement to the book. I liked the Aunt and daughter, overall a little disappointed with the hero and heroine. A complete story though which I liked. Well worth a read, and difficult to put the book down. I would like to know Nate's story.

  23. 5 out of 5

    sandy forguson

    Have and elizabeth What an exceptional story and well-written this is my first with this author and such a great read from first page to the last lists has loved Genevieve she was nine and in a way gave did also wonderful characters with her aunt Millie gables brother neater and also lists brother Marcus would highly recommend this author and story always love the HEA

  24. 5 out of 5

    Trudi Jorda

    A pleasure to read as the star of the tale is a cute little 3 year old named Phoebe and the Duke who unknown to him is her father! There is mystery and mayhem afoot a a young woman who tagged after the Duke when he and her brother were best friends and let her get into some of their fun! A fun story with plenty of plot twists!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mandi Morgan

    Wonderful Such a great read. The characters are whimsical and entertaining. The development of the the storyline happens so fluidly and with twists and turns your keeper on the edge of your seat wonderful!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    Yeah, okay, I kinda liked it. Likeable enough. Cute. Not too racy. Quick ending though and the epilogue was lacking. I loved meeting Phoebe. And I am so curious what distraction Emma caused for Marcus. Is that the next book?

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    The writing was reasonable, but I couldn't 100% be convinced by aspects of the story, which always distracts me from getting really engrossed. Most of it was just pretty standard stuff for historical romance, and I am feeling pretty jaded about standard stories at the moment. The writing was reasonable, but I couldn't 100% be convinced by aspects of the story, which always distracts me from getting really engrossed. Most of it was just pretty standard stuff for historical romance, and I am feeling pretty jaded about standard stories at the moment.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Louiseann Walter

    AMAZING STORY! What a DELIGHTFUL and endearing story. I couldn't stop reading til I finished it. How love grows, even when you think you are not capable of or deserving enough, to have it come to you. ENJOY. Hope next book just as entertaining. AMAZING STORY! What a DELIGHTFUL and endearing story. I couldn't stop reading til I finished it. How love grows, even when you think you are not capable of or deserving enough, to have it come to you. ENJOY. Hope next book just as entertaining.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alice Ca

    Wonderful! Really loved this book! First Addie Jo Ryleigh 's for me but it was totally worth it. Haven't read a book I appreciated like this in a long time. Great! Maybe the end was a bit too rushed but I suppose I'll see Gabe and Elizabeth in the other books ❤️ Wonderful! Really loved this book! First Addie Jo Ryleigh 's for me but it was totally worth it. Haven't read a book I appreciated like this in a long time. Great! Maybe the end was a bit too rushed but I suppose I'll see Gabe and Elizabeth in the other books ❤️

  30. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    Amazing I really enjoyed this book, the story and the author’s writing. You have to give points to Elizabeth’s determination throughout the book, both her and the hero are great characters. Would recommend and cant wait to read the next.

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