The Rogue Files, Book 3
This was such a fun read!
Alyse Bell was orphaned at age 15 and her father arranged a “marriage” to a friend so she would be protected. The marriage meant she would take care of all the man’s children but the marriage was never consummated. Seven years later he wants to marry a local widow, so arranges for Alyse to be sold at auction, avoiding the complications and expense of a divorce.
Alyse’s childhood friend is supposed to be at the auction to purchase her, but he doesn’t show. Instead, things get ribald and scary, until a man comes riding in to save her. That man is the Duke of Autenberry, who has basically run away from problems at home. He doesn’t get along with his father and needs some time to be alone. He is terribly hungover but his conscience won’t allow him to leave the poor girl so he purchases her. He quickly informs her that they are not married and he doesn’t want her for a wife. He doesn’t tell her he is a Duke but she knows he has money.
Autenberry takes her on a road trip to his home in the Scottish Highlands. He’s never actually been there but it is remote enough to give him the solitude he seeks. He offers Alyse a position as housekeeper and she figures it is a good deal. Except while they are on the road, they are forced to share a bed on several occasions and the next thing you know, there is some serious chemistry going on there.
This was a really good romance with likable characters, steamy sex, and an interesting story. Another excellent read from one of my favorite authors.
7/18 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
THE DUKE BUYS A BRIDE by Sophie Jordan. Avon (July 24, 2018). ISBN 978-0062463647. 368p.