A duke must choose wisely . . .
Leopold Dautry, the notorious Duke of Villiers, must wed quickly and nobly—and his choices, alas, are few. The Duke of Montague's daughter, Eleanor, is exquisitely beautiful and fiercely intelligent. Villiers betroths himself to her without further ado.
After all, no other woman really qualifies. Lisette, the outspoken daughter of the Duke of Gilner, cares nothing for clothing or decorum. She's engaged to another man, and doesn't give a fig for status or title. Half the ton believes Lisette mad—and Villiers is inclined to agree.
Torn between logic and passion, between intelligence and imagination, Villiers finds himself drawn to the very edge of impropriety. But it is not until he's in a duel to the death, fighting for the reputation of the woman he loves, that Villiers finally realizes that the greatest risk may not be in the dueling field . . .
But in the bedroom. And the heart.
The Duke of Villiers caught my attention from his first appearance and kept a hold of me until the very last sentence. I'm a complete sucker for a man with an attitude and Leopold Dautry's personality is definitely larger than life. I love the fact that Lady Eleanor can more than hold her own with him. I truly enjoyed spending time with all the fascinatingly entertaining characters in this story. The author included some very serious topic matters in this story and while she didn't belittle the seriousness she was not preachy and kept the enjoyment up throughout. I'm officially requesting that the Duke's son get his very own romance when he grows up as I believe he is able to give his father a run for his money as far as being the perfect leading man to the right woman. For that matter I think it would be a great idea for all six of his children to get their own stories as this would be an excellent series.Eloisa James sure knows how to write hot and steamy romance with a perfect balance of humor and adventure. If you like your historical romances with lots of heat and hilarity this is a fantastic choice.