The Duke's Suspicion
Book 2, Rogues and Rebels
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An English war hero must unlock the secrets of an Irish beauty’s heart . . .
Named for the heather in her native Ireland, botanist Erica Burke dreams of travel—somewhere she won’t be scorned for her scientific interests. Instead, a storm strands her with cool and commanding Major Tristan Laurens, the Duke of Raynham.
An unexpected heir, Tristan is torn between his duties as an intelligence officer and his responsibilities as a duke. A brief return to England to set his affairs in order is extended by bad weather and worse news—someone is after the military secrets he keeps. Could the culprit be his unconventional Irish guest? He needs to see her journal to be sure, and he’ll do what he must to get his hands on it . . . even indulge in a dangerous intimacy with a woman he has no business wanting.
Erica guards her journal as fiercely as she guards her heart, fearing to reveal a side of herself a man like Tristan could never understand. But though she makes Tristan’s task infernally difficult, falling in love may be all too easy . . .
Praise for Susanna Craig
"A stunning, sensual storyteller . . . evocative prose and richly drawn characters.”
—New York Times bestselling author Jennifer McQuiston
Loved this story!
This was a highly charged story with fantastic, compelling characters that held me spellbound until the last page. Erica, a lovely Irish botanist, was traveling with her sister and brother law to their estate in England. in her absent mindedness, she realized she left her beloved journal containing her botany studies, inside the Inn. Turning from the coach and going back to get it, she wound up being left. So she set off on foot for the long walk to her sister's estate.
But as often happens, it started pouring rain and she took shelter in a deserted cabin on her way. Major Tristan Laurens, an intelligence officer, was on the way to his estate to straighten out his affairs, haven recently inherited a dukedom. He had taken shelter as well and was surprised when beautiful Erica barged in!
This is when everything starts to get interesting! Tristan is has been given instructions to find a spy who has been stealing military secrets and that carries around a journal! Could it be that easy? She carries a journal that she is guarding with her life!
These two were really a pair! A brooding Duke and an almost scatterbrain lady ( really due to her intelligence!) bring humor to the story as well as a almost palatable spark alighting between them!
This tale had a little of all that a romance should. A mystery, intrigue, humor and of course a budding romance. This is the first book I have read by this author and I truly cannot wait to read more. Her prose is delightful and the plot and detail shows her imagination is amazing. I have not read the first book in this series so this can be read as a standalone, but I hope to remedy that post haste! I read this through NetGallery