The Duke in Denial (Scandal in Sussex, #1)

The Duke in Denial (Scandal in Sussex, #1)

by Alexandra Ainsworth

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Sebastian Lewis never expected to become a duke. But with the sudden deaths of his cousin and uncle, Sebastian’s position changes. He is determined to fulfill his new responsibilities with grace, even if it means remarrying, and even if the attractions of women, so often lauded by poets, fail to interest him.

Captain William Carlisle, newly returned from India, is elated when he meets Sebastian. Nobody knows of his inclinations, but his harrowing experiences in battle have prompted him to reach for the type of companionship he longs for. He thinks Sebastian might feel an attraction as well, but to his dismay, he discovers that Sebastian is courting his sister Dorothea.

After a semi-arranged engagement and a disconcerting romantic tangle with William, Sebastian escapes London to look after his manor, only to face mysterious thefts, a headless ghost, and the arrival of his fiancée, her brother, and his family. Sebastian’s new estate sits on the south coast, England’s most vulnerable location, and Napoleon has set his sights on conquering the area. Amid this growing turmoil, Sebastian must sort out his feelings for his fiancée’s brother and keep his home safe . . . and determine if he has the courage to reach for his own happiness in the process.


This is a gay historical romance set in the regency period during the napoloneonic wars. Spies, smuggling, wounded soldier, aristocrat, gay for you. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780992911515
Publisher: Alexandra Ainsworth
Publication date: 05/22/2014
Series: Scandal in Sussex , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 889,947
File size: 1 MB

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The Duke in Denial (Scandal in Sussex, #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written: smugglers, spies, betrayal, romance and forbidden love. One man fighting for his country and the feelings growing in his heart for the man engaged to his sister. The Duke, his status recently acquired, strives to be exactly what society expects. Widowed and now responsible for land and title, he takes on his responsibilities while denying his heart.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its 2018 and im shook okay this is so good? Shookshookshook
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
The Duke In Denial by Alexandra Ainsworth is a great read. It is a M/M romance though, so it may not be for everyone. Ms. Ainsworth has given us a well-written book packed with fantastic characters.Sebastian inherits and becomes a Duke when his cousin and uncle die. Sebastian becomes engaged to his dead cousin's fiance, even though he's drawn to her brother, William. William and Sebastian's story is packed with drama, action, sizzle and humor. I enjoyed reading The Duke In Denial and would happily read more from Alexandra Ainsworth in the future. The Duke In Denial is book 1 of the Scandal In Sussex Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3 1/2 stars, rounded up to 4. Good twist on the Regency Romance, which is one of my favorite genres. Homosexuality is not a new concept, so I like that it was used in a historical setting that was not Greek or Roman. Two male MC's finding love with each other at a time when that was considerably more difficult to do. The book was written well, with a mystery, some intrigue, and most of all, a romance thrown in. Great for a free read and an excellent way to get attention for the next book, which I have already bought. 225 pgs.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Alexandra Ainsworth has written a Regency Romance with an M/M twist. Having read many books of this genre I had an idea what to expect but wondered how this subject matter would be handled. I enjoyed the story but had trouble believing the Duke was so very clueless to his true desires, had married, procreated, lost a wife and child and still remained clueless. This was a well written and enjoyable read in keeping with the genre.