On the surface, Cromwell Stone and Huxley Brigmore loathed each other. From their school days at Eaton to their ascension as peers of the realm, the two dukes could be counted on to be on opposite sides of an argument. However, only a trusted few knew that the passion they shared was deeper and more forbidden than whose horse would win at Newmarket. Not only did they go through women like they changed their cravats, they did it together.
Lady Sophia Hodges’ obsession with tarot cards and the spirit world would have labeled her as odd, if not for the fact the Queen shares her interest. While searching for a connection with her dead mother, she narrowly avoids a scandal with Cromwell Stone. She blames that erotic manuscript she’s been reading in secret for giving her such unnatural curiosities. When Sophia is powerless to stop her father from gambling away their livelihood, and even less able to stop him from arranging a marriage to Stone, she consults her tea leaves and sees a future rife with passion and other confusing portents.
Little did her father know, she secretly loved another duke. Huxley Brigmore never even looked her way, but she had fallen for him ever since he chased off a gang of ruffians who had been about to accost her. Now, she was going to marry his arch enemy, Stone, and be hated by default.
Only it doesn’t work out quite that way as it seems both men are intent on pursuing her and fulfilling every naughty fantasy a well-bred virgin shouldn’t even be having. When the tarot leads the three of them to try to solve a mystery surrounding Huxley’s family, they face peril and forbidden passion in an attempt to find the perfect future.
Well, the title and cover of this one was what caught my eye. Are Two Dukes better than One? Well, in this book it seems so. Sophia is a young debutante, who has to marry to help her father overcome all the gambling debts he has made. But when Huxley, the man she quietly adores from afar refuses to marry her because of the oath he made to Sophia’s late mother, she is forced to marry Stone, Huxley’s arch nemesis.
What Sophia doesn’t know is that Stone and Huxley are in fact no enemies at all. They share their women, but in the 19th century there is frowned upon these kind of relationships. Therefore they appear to be enemies. When Stone realizes Huxley is in love with Sophia, but can’t marry her, he offers to marry her. This way they can both enjoy her. But in order to prepare her for this threesome, they agree to both seduce her before the marriage bed. Lorna shows us many ways of seduction, so beware of melting panties. In all: Two Dukes are definitely better than One Duke. Four out of five stars from me and a special thank you to Netgalley for providing the arc.
Published: October 2017
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥