In Need of a Knight
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In Need of a Knight--Previously Titled In Need of a Duke
I’ve received many emails asking where one might find In Need of a Duke, the prequel story for my Heart of a Duke series. Originally featured as part of a limited edition collection, when the collection was unpublished, so too was In Need of a Duke.
When I received all my rights back, I put Aldora and Michael’s story through a rewrite, adding a new prologue, epilogue, characters, and expanded scenes. However, I still did not publish the book. You see, when I met Aldora’s friends, I was intrigued. Here were new ladies dreaming of love. I could not simply forget those characters, and yet neither, given the timeline of the Heart of a Duke series, could I tell their stories, either. Then, one of Aldora’s friends spoke to me, and spurred the creation of The Heart of a Scandal series, the first ever Heart of a Duke spin-off!.
For those of you who've been looking for Aldora and Michael's story, I hope you enjoy!
Years earlier, a gypsy woman passed to Lady Aldora Adamson and her friends a heart pendant that promised them each the heart of a duke.
Now, a young lady, with her family facing ruin and scandal, Lady Aldora doesn't have time for mythical stories about cheap baubles. She needs to save her younger siblings and has resigned herself to marrying a titled gentleman with wealth, power, and a respectable name. She sets her bespectacled sights upon the Marquess of St. James. Until...
An Unexpected Meeting
Turned out by his father after a tragic scandal, Lord Michael Knightly has grown into a powerful, but self-made man. With the whispers and stares that still follow him, he's been shut out of respectable society. He would rather be anywhere but London...
Then he meets Lady Aldora, a young woman who mistakes him for his brother, the Marquess of St. James. The connection between Aldora and Michael is immediate and as they come to know one another, Aldora's feelings for Michael grow.
Now, Aldora is left to choose between her responsibilities as a sister and her love for Michael.
Great start to a series.
This was a very good short story to start out a series.
Aldora and Michael meet under a case of mistaken identity. Michael is intrigued but the forthright and feisty girl and does not tell her his true identity. Michaels past is shrouded in scandal and he feels he has nothing to offer Aldora and no right to want her. Aldora's father has left them in debt and she must find a way to help her family.
I loved the characters in this story and I do hope Christi Caldwell writes a book for each of Aldora's siblings and Michael's brother Marquees St. James. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
*Book Obsessed Chicks Review team