My Once and Future Duke: The Wagers of Sin

My Once and Future Duke: The Wagers of Sin

by Caroline Linden

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My Once and Future Duke: The Wagers of Sin by Caroline Linden

What happens at the infamous Vega Club . . .

Sophie Campbell is determined to be mistress of her own fate. Surviving on her skill at cards, she never risks what she can’t afford to lose. Yet when the Duke of Ware proposes a scandalous wager that’s too extravagant to refuse, she can’t resist. If she wins, she’ll get five thousand pounds, enough to secure her independence forever.

Stays at the Vega Club . . .

Jack Lindeville, Duke of Ware, tells himself he’s at the Vega Club merely to save his reckless brother from losing everything, but he knows it’s a lie. He can’t keep his eyes off Sophie, and to get her he breaks his ironclad rule against gambling. If he wins, he wants her—for a week.

Until now.

A week with Jack could ruin what’s left of Sophie’s reputation. It might even cost her her heart. But when it comes to love, all bets are off . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062672933
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/27/2018
Series: Wagers of Sin , #1
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 5,089
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Caroline Linden knew from an early age she was a reader, not a writer. She earned a math degree from Harvard University and wrote computer code before turning to fiction. Her books have won the Daphne du Maurier Award, the NJRW Golden Leaf Award, and RWA’s RITA® Award, and have been translated into seventeen languages around the world.

She lives in New England with her family. Find her online at www.CarolineLinden.com.

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My Once and Future Duke: The Wagers of Sin 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
When introduced to Sophie, life as she knew it is changing, dramatically. Granddaughter of a Viscount, she is being left at a school as he wants nothing to do with her, but family obligations require him, as her guardian, to see to her. Having spent all of her life to this point with her parents and hearing only negative things about her father’s family after his marriage for love to the French opera singer, she’s seeing the worst of her fears come to light in her grandfather’s anger, brusque nature and dismissive treatment. The school did, however, bring her two friends who hold her secrets closely, support one another, and meet regularly for tea and catching up. In fact, it was one of her friend’s connections that found her a position as a companion right out of school, and a small bequest from that lady allowed her to set her plan for self-support and independence in action. Now, some 12 or 15 years later, Sophie is making her living from gambling: carefully calculating odds, using her skills to quietly build toward a nest egg that will allow her an annuity or an enticing dowry. Jack, Duke of Ware inherited the title at just twenty-four, and felt the weight of expectation, his mother’s censure and his brother Phillip’s intractability since the beginning. Measured, near anti-social, and wholly consumed with the responsibilities and requirements of his position, yet another debt that Phillip incurred and can’t pay while gambling at Vega’s, a private club known for member’s discretion and the surety of debt repayment. Since Jack won’t allow the censure or talk, he pays off Phillip’s debt, and demands he not return to gamble. But, Phillip isn’t about to be told, and his fascination with Sophie brings him back – demanding she pay attention to him and gamble against him. Finding Phillip satisfactory as a friend, but wholly unsuited as more, including a gambler with his reckless disregard of skill and odds, no one is more shocked (or frankly, threatened) by Ware’s outrageous demand: a five thousand pound wager if she wins, a week with Ware should she lose. Of course, shock, anger and the little devil on her shoulder tweak her into taking the bet, and soon she is being whisked out of the club with the Duke, and driven out of London with nary a word. Oh these two are lovely! Ware’s first “love” used and abused him badly, so he’s convinced that while marriage is necessary, his will be one well-made with all thoughts to convention and a proper Duchess, not entertaining thoughts of love. Sophie has kept her ties to the Makepeace name a secret: her parents married for love, but she’s hoping for esteem, stability and security: she wants to marry but those concerns come first. She’s never thought of herself as desirable to a Duke or other member of the ton, in fact a solid middle-class opportunity would suit her perfectly. But the chemistry between them sparks something between them: soon Jack is seeing the world through her eyes: her quick wit, her intelligence and her pointed questions all have him reeling. More importantly, he’s unable to not wonder about her, think about her. Together, the two are electric, and moments between them shine until the return to London with a vow to never see one another again. Sure enough, not a full week has passed before the temptation is too great: neither was happy alone, and while Sophie doesn’t believe that this affair will lead to more than her broken heart, the comfort, excitement and enjo
Anonymous 1 days ago
Great read
Anonymous 18 days ago
Excellent book, enjoyed very much.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Enjoyable plot witty dialogue drawback heroine had one previous lover , ruined it for me
Anonymous 6 months ago
Two people with great chemistry and a genuine love for one another. Loved it.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I loved Sophie....looking forward to the next book in series!!!
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
The Wagers of Sin series has giving me a feel for Caroline Linden style of writing and I must say that I am impressed and have found me another historical romance author to follow. I found getting to know Jack and Sophie was fun. The two of them together were a pair. Separate the were different yet not. There was a difference between the Duke and Jack even though they were the same person. Sophie was that woman that had almost everything taken away from her and cast out. She did what she had to do to make sure she was cared for. She could have went many ways but chose this direction. One night could set her up for life or it could ruin her even more. She was willing to gamble on that. Thus began Jack and Sophie.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
I'm trying to read some new to me historical romance authors this year, and Caroline Linden is one of them. I picked a winner with this romance! It's the story of a self made woman, Sophie, who when she lost her parents at age 12 and was thrust into boarding school by an elderly relative, determined that she would have to be the master of her own fate. She makes a living at gambling (never winning too much at a time to avoid suspicion that she might be a little too good at the game) with the ultimate goal of making enough to live comfortably on her own. Of course, should she come across a decent man to marry she would also take that into consideration, though she knows she's not a catch for someone in high society. All bets are off however when she meets Jack. The Duke of Ware is determined to prevent his brother Philip from throwing away any more of the family fortune by his reckless gambling, and believing Sophie to be part of the problem he presents a wager to her that she can't resist - 5000 pounds if she wins, a week spent with him if she loses. He doesn't have designs on her virtue per se, though he can't deny he's attracted to her. It's a reckless gamble that they both take part in, and when Sophie loses Jack whisks her off to his country house. As it turns out, they develop a friendship that soon leads to a steamy affair. It doesn't seem like there can be any future relationship other than a secret one when they return to London and there are some interesting plots twists that almost wreck their happy ending but they do get their HEA. I loved the characters and the plot, Sophie's strength and how Jack is torn being doing his duty and finding his own happiness. It's a sexy and entertaining romance, and I look forward to reading more from this author.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
I devoured this book! Jack and Sophie's story was so much fun to read--the first half, when they make their wager and spend time together, is the strongest part of the story, though the HEA was satisfying as well. Watching them initially clash but then gradually grow to like and respect each other was delightful--seeing how Jack's demeanor changed from cold and proper to warm and relaxed, especially through Sophie's eyes, was wonderful. The second half, where they're back in London and trying to hide their relationship from everyone is slightly more problematic (neither one of them worries about unintended consequences? Not once? Hardly seems in character for either of them...) and their dark moment felt not quite in character either, especially for Sophie. Still, Jack knows when to bring out the big guns, and did I mention the HEA was nicely done? ;) My Once and Future Duke is the start of a new series for Ms. Linden (The Wagers of Sin), so it's a great place to start if you've never read her books before. (Though Jack does get some help from an earlier Linden character, the hero in What a Gentleman Wants ; now I definitely need to read his book too...) Quick warning, though--the epilogue contains a major teaser for the next book in the series ( An Earl Like You --I had it on my TBR before I was even halfway done with this one) which is going to make waiting for it to come out twice as difficult... ;) Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
janeeyre01 More than 1 year ago
Great cast of characters. Enjoyable read, can't wait to read the next in the series
RWBrock More than 1 year ago
While overall I enjoyed this book (as I have all of Linden’s work), I have a few mixed feelings about it. There were parts that were a bit unbelievable (a cold, rigid duke becoming instantly obsessed at first sight with a female gambler he thinks has led his younger brother to gamble beyond his means, and that same strong-willed duke being managed by his mother and others for much of the book). While it ended sweetly, and I loved the strength and determination of the heroine, I felt it was a bit uneven getting there. This ARC was provided by Edelweiss and the author in exchange for an honest review.
PegC51 More than 1 year ago
Jack, Duke of Ware, never gambles, but his brother does – excessively. In an effort to teach his brother a lesson, he breaks his rules and makes a bet with Sophie Campbell, with whom his brother is prone to gamble. He wins – her company for a week – and off they go to the country. From there, the story becomes quite interesting and engaging. There is definitely an attraction, but how will they handle it? This is a charming, sometimes funny love story. The chemistry between Jack and Sophie is irresistible. The secondary characters fit their roles perfectly. The story flows right along at a nice pace and has a couple of twists and surprises you’ll like. This is a good one; don’t miss it. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss.
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
My Once And Future Duke is the first book in "The Wagers of Sin" series. This is the story of Sophie Campbell and Jack Lindeville, Duke of Ware. Sophie life was wonderful up until her parents died of consumption when she was about twelve years old. Sophie's grandfather became her guardian but he was a bitter mean man who had disowned her father earlier for marrying her mother. The grandfather dropped her off at Miss Upton’s Academy For Young Ladies and told her that he would pay for her schooling until she was 18 years old. The grandfather left her there but Sophie was able to make two great friends. But this put Sophie life into motion that she needed to have money and be independent. So it started her life of bring in money to met that goal. Jack has the weight of the world on him along with his family. A once fun loving man now is a serious Duke who has to take care of his family and even his friends. When his younger brother is out messing around again Jack goes to the Vega Club to get him out but stops when he spies a beautiful women. Jack never gambles but he goes forward to Sophie and makes a life changing bet. This was a great story I thought it started off really strong and kept me wanting to see their ending. Loved it!
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
My Once And Future Duke is the first book in "The Wagers of Sin" series. This is the story of Sophie Campbell and Jack Lindeville, Duke of Ware. Sophie life was wonderful up until her parents died of consumption when she was about twelve years old. Sophie's grandfather became her guardian but he was a bitter mean man who had disowned her father earlier for marrying her mother. The grandfather dropped her off at Miss Upton’s Academy For Young Ladies and told her that he would pay for her schooling until she was 18 years old. The grandfather left her there but Sophie was able to make two great friends. But this put Sophie life into motion that she needed to have money and be independent. So it started her life of bring in money to met that goal. Jack has the weight of the world on him along with his family. A once fun loving man now is a serious Duke who has to take care of his family and even his friends. When his younger brother is out messing around again Jack goes to the Vega Club to get him out but stops when he spies a beautiful women. Jack never gambles but he goes forward to Sophie and makes a life changing bet. This was a great story I thought it started off really strong and kept me wanting to see their ending. Loved it!
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
My Once And Future Duke is the first book in "The Wagers of Sin" series. This is the story of Sophie Campbell and Jack Lindeville, Duke of Ware. Sophie life was wonderful up until her parents died of consumption when she was about twelve years old. Sophie's grandfather became her guardian but he was a bitter mean man who had disowned her father earlier for marrying her mother. The grandfather dropped her off at Miss Upton’s Academy For Young Ladies and told her that he would pay for her schooling until she was 18 years old. The grandfather left her there but Sophie was able to make two great friends. But this put Sophie life into motion that she needed to have money and be independent. So it started her life of bring in money to met that goal. Jack has the weight of the world on him along with his family. A once fun loving man now is a serious Duke who has to take care of his family and even his friends. When his younger brother is out messing around again Jack goes to the Vega Club to get him out but stops when he spies a beautiful women. Jack never gambles but he goes forward to Sophie and makes a life changing bet. This was a great story I thought it started off really strong and kept me wanting to see their ending. Loved it!
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
When twelve-year old Sophie Graham was orphaned, her grandfather Viscount Makepeace unceremoniously shipped her off to school, and at eighteen she was on her own. At twenty four, now Sophie Campbell, she is a professional card player, halfway to the ten thousand pounds she needs to be independent, and hopefully marry a nice man. Jack Linderville, Duke of Ware, is at Vega’s to pay his brother Philip’s debts, again. It happens that the beautiful woman Jack has been ogling is partly responsible for Philip’s debts, and Jack is immediately smitten with Sophie; he is fixated on her bosom, he wants her. So Jack, who doesn’t gamble anymore, proposes a wager: five thousand pounds if she wins, if she loses, Sophie has to spend a whole week with Jack. MY ONCE AND FUTURE DUKE started off so well; the prologue is enchanting, and I loved Sophie until she behaved stupidly. She’s a professional gambler, she has been successful for years; Jack had lost all their games until his scandalous offer. I ask you, what are the odds that he would lose again? That Sophie accepts went against everything I had been told about her: the logical woman suddenly became entirely irrational, greedy, and risked her reputation; the Sophie I had encountered before would not have behaved so foolishly. This was not going to go well. I disliked Jack’s attitude: he’s arrogant, and basically buying her, although mentally he is not. He is teaching his brother a lesson … Okay, then. And I hated Jack. Sophie accepts the wager, and when she loses, she has the nerve to be offended! I mean, woman, acknowledge your loss and your idiocy, and be done with it; she had basically agreed to prostitute herself for a week, at least that’s the way I would have seen it. But Jack is so handsome. Hmmm. I thought they deserved each other and that was the purpose of the exercise, wasn’t it? The forced proximity situation had to be reinforced in another way to make matters more palatable, I suppose. Jack and Sophie talk and get to know each other, which was lovely and charming, and I don’t think it was deliberate from the author, but Sophie came off a little bit like a fortune hunter because of how she gushed over Jack’s country home. So, they talk and chat, but God forbid they should tell each other everything, or ask the questions that beg asking, to avoid misunderstandings later on. Had I been able to forget Sophie behaving so out of character at the beginning, the romance might have worked for me, but I simply could not. Especially when Sophie agrees to something later on that irked me and went against her lifelong ambition. Instead of the sordid wager, Sophie and Jack could have been made to work together to stop Philip’s gambling; my problem was that Sophie acted in greed, and not like the professional she had been, and it all felt it was only for storyline purposes. I really liked Philip, as a character in spite of his many shortcomings; he was foolish but interesting. And the poor Mr. Carter. Then there was the whole Lucinda episode that was entirely superfluous and needlessly upsetting, and one of Sophie’s school friends, Eliza’s escapades, which I suspect is to set up the next book in the series. I also hope in the final edition “vingt-un” will have been corrected to “vingt-et-un”; I can’t recall having seen that mistake before. If you like your Regency romance with steamy sex and you have no problem with the premise, you will love MY ONCE AND FUTURE DUKE, because the writing is gorgeou
georgia1 More than 1 year ago
Entertaining from beginning to end, I loved this story. A tale of two people with very different upbringings that manage to find each other in an unusual way. Or is it fate? I think it may have been with the engaging heroine Sophie who has learned to survive since her parents died when she was very young. Left in the care of a grandfather who wanted nothing to do with her, he packaged her off to school as soon as he could. Then she made her way to London and that is where she meets our hero, Jack, the Duke of Ware. An unconventional meeting and a gamble of importance throws them together and as I said, I think fate had a hand. Jack, having taken his duties as Duke very seriously had pretty much kept all his emotions under control. Upon meeting Sophia an adventure began that kept me turning the pages with the wonderful descriptions and dialogue. The strong emotions and feelings came alive as Caroline Linden took me through this wonderful story that anything is possible. I truly cannot wait to read more in this series and know I will remember this one for awhile to come!!