Jilting the Duke

Jilting the Duke

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by Rachael Miles
     
 

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A ZEBRA SHOUT FRESH NEW ROMANCE

“Her characters come alive with warmth and purpose.”  —Jodi Thomas, New York Times bestselling author

Broken Promise, Broken Heart

Aidan Somerville, Duke of Forster, is a rake, a spy, and a soldier, richer than sin and twice as handsome. Now he is also guardian to his deceased best

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A ZEBRA SHOUT FRESH NEW ROMANCE

“Her characters come alive with warmth and purpose.”  —Jodi Thomas, New York Times bestselling author

Broken Promise, Broken Heart

Aidan Somerville, Duke of Forster, is a rake, a spy, and a soldier, richer than sin and twice as handsome. Now he is also guardian to his deceased best friend’s young son. The choice makes perfect sense—except that the child’s mother is the lovely Sophia Gardiner, to whom Aidan was engaged before he went off to war. When the news reached him that she had married another, his ship had not yet even left the dock.

Sophia does not expect Aidan to understand or forgive her. But she cannot allow him to stay her enemy. She’s prepared for coldness, even vengeance—but not for the return of the heedless lust she and Aidan tumbled into ten years ago. She knows the risks of succumbing to this dangerous desire. Still, with Aidan so near, it’s impossible not to dream about a second chance…

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Publishers Weekly
11/23/2015
Debut author Miles’s reluctant duke is set on revenge against the woman who jilted him, and he sets out to make her pay—with passion—in this cozily scrumptious historical romance, the first in a Regency-era series. Orphaned Sophia had promised herself to Aidan, the third son of a duke, but she married his best friend soon after Aidan went off to war. A decade later, Aidan has the title and a quiet career with the Home Office—and has been named co-guardian of the widowed Sophia’s son. All his schemes for making Sophia pay for throwing him over fly out the window when she is threatened by a shadowy foe. The normally formulaic foundation of period pieces is tweaked with just enough intrigue to set this novel apart from others of the genre. Rather than focusing on the typical parade of dresses and debutantes, the novel draws readers in with unusual characters and the interplay of secrets and lies. Agent: Courtney Miller-Callihan, Sanford Greenburger Associates. (Feb.)
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“Her characters come alive with warmth and purpose.”
—Jodi Thomas, New York Times bestselling author

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781420140866
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
01/26/2016
Series:
Muses' Salon Series
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
250,784
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

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Jilting the Duke 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Aiden and Sophia fell in love as teenagers and promised each other to marry. But Aiden went off to war and left Sophia in a perilous position with her family. When he finds out she has become engaged to his cousin-his best friend, he turns his back on both of them. Ten years later, she is a widow and he has found his cousin made him legal guardian to her son. He plans on taking his revenge by taking the boy away from her. He doesnt count on falling in love with the boy, and also resurrecting feelings for the boys mother. He also finds out that his cousin had many enemies, who want the widow and her son gone. He goes to great lengths to protect them, but looses Sophias trust with his secrets and accusations. Realizing her innocence, and how his own misinterpretation of the facts lead to their current situation, he does what he has to do to win her back and vanquish her enemies.
MTSmith 4 months ago
It's amazing how things can work out, even if it takes years. Aidan and Sophia were on the cusp of having it all until a mistake, bad timing, misunderstanding, and miscommunication took it all away. Their story really wasn't that complicated. Once engaged to be married, Aidan left for war and Sophia promised to wait for him. That promise was almost immediately broken and she found herself wed to Tom, an incredible man with a huge heart. He saved her from ruin, gave her a title, and made her child his heir. But theirs was a marriage that was never supposed to happen. Her heart still longed for Aidan, and Tom's longed for his own love. Tom's wishes brings Aidan and Sophia together again as co-guardians to her son, Ian. Their first meeting was hard to read. Aidan's anger and need for vengeance on the woman he believed wronged him ran so strong I was surprised Sophia didn't choke on it. His feelings were relevant but he had to suspect something else had happened, right? From that meeting, something felt... Off? Weird? Unsaid? Pick a word but there was something Sophia wasn't saying to Aidan. Finding out what it was close to the end had me wishing it'd been said earlier. The animosity between them would have been pacified but they would have missed out on getting reacquainted the way they did. Their past was the elephant in the room but, thank God, it wasn't what kept them apart. One aspect of this story I hope others appreciate like I did are the premonitions and dreams woven into it. Sophia's late husband plays a huge part in them and they act as guides for both Sophia and Aidan. I enjoyed this story immensely, not just for the romance but for the change in both Aidan and Sophia. She'd changed because of the life she lived, of the love she lost, but Aidan gave her a reason to smile again, to love again. The man I met at the beginning was not the man at the end. Aidan was happier, lighter, braver. He made amends for his mistake and gave back to Sophia what she was always meant to have: his heart. The future was brighter and promising because they found in themselves the willingness to change, forgive, and move on. Received from publisher for an honest review
ASouthernGirlReads 7 months ago
My favorite thing about regency romance books is the witty banter. I love the sharp back and forth, and most importantly, I love to laugh. And right now, I need a laugh. I need encouragement for starting over. Just before reading this book, my husband ambushed me by telling me he wanted a divorce. To say I wasn’t expecting it would be a gigantic understatement. Humor is my go-to method of lifting myself out of a bad mood. So, when I saw I had a regency romance next on my TBR, i was excited. I thought this was just the remedy to distract my mind. But, Jilting the Duke is not a fun and flirty romance full of witty banter. It is about a grieving widow, Sophia Gardiner, who harbors deep secrets and hurts. She is reconnected with her first love Aidan Somerville, who is still nursing a broken heart after she left him. Throw into the mix some espionage and danger, and you get Jilting the Duke. At first, I was disappointed because this was not the book I had hoped to read. However, as I kept reading, I realized this was the book I needed to read. Over the course of the book, Sophia overcomes her hurts and disappointments and rediscovers herself. The same can be said for Aidan. Also, they solve the mystery. And thankfully, I didn’t entirely figure out the mystery before the end. I hate when I figure things out early. No fun. This is the first book in Rachael Miles new series The Muses Salon. I felt a connection with Sophia (probably because of my current situation, but so what?), and that alone makes me interested to read book 2. I also enjoyed Sophia’s artistic pursuits, and it inspired me to get back into my own artistic endeavors. That is a good feeling. The mystery added another layer to the book, which I also enjoyed. There are not a lot of sex scenes in the book, but what is there is well-written and not at all cheesy. I give this book a solid B or 3 starts. If you are looking for the sharp humor and spunky heroine of other regency romances, this book is probably not for you. However, this book does have a satisfying mystery and quieter romance that will satisfy many readers.
RoselMD More than 1 year ago
A friend gave me this book, and my grateful smile froze when I saw that it was a romance. Well, it's marketed as a romance, but it's so much more. Spies! Murder mystery! Danger! And much, much more! The cover photo looks like a modern girl in a prom dress, but the story is pure Regency, but not the usual 18 year old who captures the cynical lord's heart. After 10 years in Italy, Sophia returns to London as a widow, pushing 30, with a child. Her husband appointed his former best friend and her former fiancé, the Duke of Forster, as co-guardian of his child. So Sophia and the Duke are thrown into each other's company, even more than they would have been, because their families are closely tied. Sophia was her botanist husband's assistant and illustrator and an author in her own right. Between her son, her garden, her house, and her books, she has plenty to do and be involved with other than the Duke who lives next door (or across the alley, rather). And he has some growing up to do. I thought the big secrets were obvious, but the path to them was so twisted and the journey so enjoyable that I didn't mind at all. The secondary characters are just as well drawn as the protagonists, and I felt like I'd dropped into a well-established community. I look forward to the next installment, which I'll buy for myself.
Theardentreader More than 1 year ago
A wonderfully written, heartbreakingly sweet story! Sophie, Lady Wilmot (née Gardiner), has returned to London at her deceased husband's urging. She knows she has things that must be done. Her husband has set certain tasks and requests in motion upon his death. It was 1 year ago and Tom, Lord Wilmot's letters to family and friends have been released. Sophie is obliged to follow Tom's requests and he was very thorough and very specific in some of these wishes. So to London, she and her son Ian go. She is distressed to learn that Tom has elected a guardian for Ian. The one man in this world that Sophie could never forget, her first love. Aiden Somerville, Lord Forster has never forgiven Sophie. She found a richer man to marry her even though he asked her to wait for him and she promised she would. He was going to war, not carousing in London. He was heartbroken, and determined to seek revenge as soon as possible! He is, also, suspicious of Tom's sudden death. Could Sophie have something to do with that as well? His letter, from a now deceased man, gives him the opportunity he sought. But what happens when these two lovers are finally together? Will the emotion be too much or will they both try to remain cold and unfeeling in the presence of the other? Will Sophie prove to be the unfeeling gold-digger that Aiden thinks she is or will a different story emerge? Rachael Miles has written a wonderfully engaging story! I was hooked from the fist chapter and did not put it down (much) until it was done! The writing is very good, period correct, but then I read her bio, of course, it would be since she is a professor of book history and nineteenth-century literature! The ebb and flow of the story is perfectly timed to keep the reader very interested in the outcome of the book. I HAD to know what happened! How could Sophie so what she did to Aiden? And how are they going to get past this for Ian. Being in the same room with someone you despise is hard enough but to have to mask your feelings for the sake of an innocent child is even harder, but Mrs. Miles has told the story very well. This story made me cringe, made me laugh, made me cry. It was lovely! I loved this one so much that I already purchased the next! This will definitely go on the re-read shelf!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story of 2 lovers and the meaning of trust. For me, the book had a difficult start. A lot of characters were introduced in the first part and i had to re read repeatedly parts of chapters. Once that part was over and the focus was on the hero and heroine i truly enjoyed the book. From the beginning it was clear that there were a lot of secrets, quite a bit of spying, a bit of supernatural in the book. Ms mills brought everything to a good end. At the end of the book, a chapter of the second book was included. It was not only well written but tempted me to buy the second book of the series.
gaele More than 1 year ago
It’s always interesting to me to ‘meet’ a new author, several of my go to authors are those who are ‘newer’ in the industry, and it is always fun to be in early and see the growth. With her debut series being a mix of mystery and historic romance, Rachael Miles has created a series that I had to check out. Jilting the Duke is less a story of pure romance with twists about the spy game and a heroine who must find her ‘feet’ again after he loss of her husband, and a confirmed rake, also her first love from childhood. Sophia had truly come to love her husband Tom, even with the feelings she had for his best friend Aidan. Now widowed and moved into a house Tom purchased before his death in London, Sophia has returned with her young son and is now trying to make a life. As a child Aidan was the second son with no plans to hold his father’s title. After Sophia married his best friend with no explanations, he went out into the world, having been a soldier and a spy, his reputation is solidified as a rake, and with circumstances changing, he is the Duke. With the guardianship of Sophia and Tom’s son on his mind, he needs to interact with Sophia, and finds her as intriguing as ever. While the story is consistently following Sophia’s moving forward through her grief, the conflict between she and Aidan with the unresolved feelings and questions, and the new stirrings, the story quickly becomes one of transformation and growth between these two. Additionally Aidan’s work for the crown and coded messages going awry pulls the story in another direction that often conflicts with the romance. As a debut offering, the story is solid with characters that are well developed and empathetic. I did find that some of the moments dragged with a bit of over-telling or moments that felt repeated, where the conflicts and spats between the couple that brought drama and a sense of their frustrations with the situation and one another didn’t quite go far enough to break up the expected polite discourse of the time with some true hearty feelings. This story shows promise for the series and the author, and is a solid start for a new series and author to watch. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
gaele More than 1 year ago
It’s always interesting to me to ‘meet’ a new author, several of my go to authors are those who are ‘newer’ in the industry, and it is always fun to be in early and see the growth. With her debut series being a mix of mystery and historic romance, Rachael Miles has created a series that I had to check out. Jilting the Duke is less a story of pure romance with twists about the spy game and a heroine who must find her ‘feet’ again after he loss of her husband, and a confirmed rake, also her first love from childhood. Sophia had truly come to love her husband Tom, even with the feelings she had for his best friend Aidan. Now widowed and moved into a house Tom purchased before his death in London, Sophia has returned with her young son and is now trying to make a life. As a child Aidan was the second son with no plans to hold his father’s title. After Sophia married his best friend with no explanations, he went out into the world, having been a soldier and a spy, his reputation is solidified as a rake, and with circumstances changing, he is the Duke. With the guardianship of Sophia and Tom’s son on his mind, he needs to interact with Sophia, and finds her as intriguing as ever. While the story is consistently following Sophia’s moving forward through her grief, the conflict between she and Aidan with the unresolved feelings and questions, and the new stirrings, the story quickly becomes one of transformation and growth between these two. Additionally Aidan’s work for the crown and coded messages going awry pulls the story in another direction that often conflicts with the romance. As a debut offering, the story is solid with characters that are well developed and empathetic. I did find that some of the moments dragged with a bit of over-telling or moments that felt repeated, where the conflicts and spats between the couple that brought drama and a sense of their frustrations with the situation and one another didn’t quite go far enough to break up the expected polite discourse of the time with some true hearty feelings. This story shows promise for the series and the author, and is a solid start for a new series and author to watch. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
JeneratedReviews More than 1 year ago
Debut author Rachael Miles offers a work noteworthy for its depth and craftsmanship in Jilting The Duke, the first book in her Muses' Salon series. Abundant in character history this story built nicely and offered a complicated view of the human heart. The past revelations of the hero and heroine, framed by misunderstandings, long denied desires and a suspenseful spy plot leave no room for disappointment in this novel. Writer Rachael Miles is a great new addition to historical romance! *I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
London - 1819 Aidan Somerville, the Duke of Forster, was once fighting in the military and was privy to much classified information. Tom Gardiner, Lord Wilmot, a childhood friend of Aidan, died a year ago. His wife, Sophia and their son, Ian, have returned to London from the life they all lived together in Italy. Sophia and Tom were both very interested in plants and Tom had written many books on botany. Sophia, a talented artist, added exquisite drawings to the books. Their life was happy and content. As Sophia is about to come out of mourning, she is notified by her solicitor that Tom had left instructions that Sophia would be co-guardian with Aidan in raising Ian until he reaches his majority. Not having seen Aidan in many years, Sophia was nervous at their meeting. However, it went well and they agreed to terms in raising Ian. As background, Aidan and Sophia had once been engaged but Aidan went off to war and not long after Tom and Sophia married. Aidan still feels anger and hurt so he approaches his reunion with Sophia with a bit of skepticism. Sophia fills her days will planning and planting her flower beds. Flowers were a mutual interest she had had with Tom and she wants to hold onto that. As Aiden and Sophia see more of one another, they realize that their old flame never truly died. Can there be a future for the two of them? But something sinister is afloat that may go back to Aidan’s past as a spy. Could this result is harm to them? I understand that this is a debut novel for this author. The writing is good but I think the book was overlong and stuffed with too much extra information. A really good editor would have made this story a bit more interesting to me. Copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley