The Duke I Tempted

The Duke I Tempted

by Scarlett Peckham

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He's controlled. Meticulous. Immaculate. No one would expect the proper Duke of Westmead to be a member of London's most illicit secret club. Least of all: his future wife.

Having overcome financial ruin and redeemed his family name to become the most legendary investor in London, the Duke of Westmead needs to secure his holdings by producing an heir. Which means he must find a wife who won't discover his secret craving to spend his nights on his knees – or make demands on his long scarred-over heart.

Poppy Cavendish is not that type of woman. An ambitious self-taught botanist designing the garden ballroom in which Westmead plans to woo a bride, Poppy has struggled against convention all her life to secure her hard-won independence. She wants the capital to expand her exotic nursery business – not a husband.

But there is something so compelling about Westmead, with his starchy bearing and impossibly kind eyes -- that when an accidental scandal makes marriage to the duke the only means to save her nursery, Poppy worries she wants more than the title he is offering. The arrangement is meant to be just business. A greenhouse for an heir. But Poppy yearns to unravel her husband's secrets – and to tempt the duke to risk his heart.

"An astonishingly good debut...The whole book is a breath of fresh air, both a complex, layered story and a soaring romance with two very real people at its heart." -- The New York Times Book Review

*Author's Note: Dear readers, please be aware this is an angsty, twisty book written in the style of a gothic romance, and there are some dark moments along the path to a happy ending for our characters. No spoilers here, but if you are a sensitive reader please do consult the reviews before diving in. Yours, Scarlett

Product Details

BN ID: 2940162120322
Publisher: NYLA
Publication date: 07/31/2018
Series: The Secrets of Charlotte Street , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 2,671
File size: 619 KB

About the Author

Scarlett Peckham is a four-time Golden Heart® finalist in Historical Romance who writes steamy stories about alpha heroines. Her Secrets of Charlotte Street series follows the members of Georgian London’s most discreet – and illicit – private club. She splits her time between London and Los Angeles and when not writing can be found on Twitter and Instagram @scarlettpeckham.

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The Duke I Tempted 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great debut novel!!! Another author recommended this book & while wasn't sure about very glad took chance on new author. It is definitely a twist to historical romance books but loved the characters & have next book on wish list. Would say for more mature audience as subject matter may not be to everyone's tastes but author handled it very well. Dialogue between characters was good & read book in one afternoon as wanted to know how it ended
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Emotional, sweet, incandescently feminist, and cozy. Well worth the intense reading hours.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Well written, captivating, characters that came to life.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I've read hundreds of romance books and this one made my top ten. I fell in love with the characters from the start and was emotionally hooked at the end. I will definitely read the next in the series.
Anonymous 4 months ago
This is a true love story with an air of true conflict not forced by the author. The characters are enjoyable and easy to relate to while being entertaining and I couldn't put it down.
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I have read plenty of books and this one was like nothing that I recall ever reading. Excellent, excellent. I am a fan now for life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book with wonderful complex characters.
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georgia1 More than 1 year ago
This was an unexpected story with a topic I have not read. But with this being the first book by this author I thought I would go ahead and finish once I started. Archer, the Duke of Westmead has overcome a lot and become a wealthy investor in London. Needing to marry and have a heir, he really wants to keep his secrets and deep scarred heart well hidden. Poppy Cavendish is a botanist who is know for garden designs but needs funds to expand her nursery business. When Poppy takes a commission to decorate a lavish garden setting for the ball of Archer's sister, she ends up staying with them until she can get the project finished. As she and Archer interact, there is a great attraction but Archer is has such low self esteem, he is convinced Poppy would not care for him and his secrets. But you can never overestimate the power of love and these two have an interesting journey getting there. Lori Dykes
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
Fabulous debut by Scarlett Peckham! It's a BDSM themed romance, with Archer feeling he needs to atone for a loss in his life by experiencing pain. No one knows of his secret, and when he's faced with having to marry and produce an heir, he ends up with a most unlikely woman - the female botanist Poppy whom his sister hires to make a lavish forested setting for her ball. Poppy discovers Archer's secret desires and finds that rather than repel her, they fascinate her. This historical details are well written and engaging, drawing the reader into the world with ease. The sex is steamy, and the emotional connection between Archer and Poppy grows as they share details of their lives with each other. But revealing that they are falling in love with each other is a step that requires trust and there are some ups and downs for them as they strive to understand and be the person the other one needs. The happy ending is worth the wait and the story kept me enthralled all the way through. Archer and Poppy turn out to be a perfect match. I can't wait to read the next in the series!
Sunshine1006 More than 1 year ago
On my, what an absolutely great book. It's filled with love and yearning and angst. Poppy Cavendish grows plants and flowers. She has been asked to decorate the house for Constance. She is the sister of Archer Stonewell who is the Duke of Westmead. Poppy is busy trying to get her plants and flowers off the land of a relative. She can't decorate and move her plants both. Constance speaks to her brother about getting help for Poppy so she can decorate the house. Constance and Archer li!e each other but he is getting ready to ask someone else to marry him. Due to someone seeing them together in a compromising situation, he offers for her. She agrees after a contract is filed that she will be able to keep her business and and Archer will help her every way he. But Archer has a deep, dark secret. It is one he cannot share with anyone for he is afraid he would lose everything. Will he be able to tell Poppy, will she accept him as he is? I loved this book. It hits upon many aspects of a marriage and relationship. I received this book teNet Galley for an honest review and no compensation otherwise.