The Duke's Suspicion

The Duke's Suspicion

by Susanna Craig

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Overview

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781516104024
Publisher: Lyrical Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/18/2018
Series: Rogues and Rebels , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 64,504
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

A love affair with historical romances led Susanna Craig to a degree (okay, three degrees) in literature and a career as an English professor. When she’s not teaching or writing academic essays about Jane Austen and her contemporaries, she enjoys putting her fascination with words and knowledge of the period to better use: writing Regency-era romances she hopes readers will find both smart and sexy. She makes her home among the rolling hills of Kentucky horse country, along with her historian husband, their unstoppable little girl, and a genuinely grumpy cat. Visit her at www.susannacraig.com.

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The Duke's Suspicion 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This+story+was+a+quick+read+because+plot+moved+you+to+turn+the+pages.++I+will+certainly+buy+more+of+her+books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed both Erica, an Irish botanist (a nice take) and the duke Tristan. I think the take on a female Irish botanist was nicely done and much needed.
clarkws More than 1 year ago
Major Tristan Laurens, The Duke of Raynham has just returned from duty when an Irish beauty named Erica Burke quite literally stumbles across his path during a storm. Laurens is an intelligence officer and he has been told that someone close to him is leaking secrets. When he takes the Irish beauty to his home for her protection, he wonders if she is the breach. Could she be a spy? I enjoyed this book but wished for a few things. Because of his distrust, Tristan doesn’t really seem all that attracted to Erica. There are a few sex scenes. The first one felt a bit off sense I just didn’t get the feeling that Tristan really wanted Erica. He has spent so much time suspicious of her that the sex seemed unlikely. I did like Erica’s character. She is a botanist and has a raw passion for learning. I did enjoy the humor in the book. It definitely has its laugh out loud moments. This is book 2 in a series and it can be read as a stand alone; however, reading book 1 will only help deepen the story.
cayks More than 1 year ago
A spy who's now a Duke, an Irish beauty who might be a rebel, an old friend, a stepmother and sister, and a house full of guests all stuck in the ducal home due to weather. Combine secrets being given to the enemy, love a possibility and the everworkings of the ducal estate Tris never wanting all combine for a great read. Love, intrigue plus a highly guarded journal that is in code but all about botany makes an enjoyable book intriguing.
Noire More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. The Duke’s Suspicion by Susanna Craig is the second book in her Rogues and Rebels Series. It can be read as a stand-alone but I enjoyed it so much I am definitely going to go back and read the first one. About to continue her journey to the Lake District Irish botanist Erica Burke realizes that she forgot her precious journal at the inn. She runs back in to recover it and discovers that her family thinking she was in one of the carriages has left her behind. She decides to set out on foot and ends up taking shelter from a severe rain storm in an abandoned cottage where she meets Major Tristan Laurens also taking shelter. Tristan doesn’t tell her that he recently became the Duke of Raynham after the deaths of his father and older brother in a carriage accident, a role he never expected to occupy. Tristan invites her to stay at his estate until her sister can be located and they find themselves part of a house party with the guests his stepmother invited to welcome him home. With the land flooded and bridges washed out because of storms things get rather tense because there may be a traitor amongst the guests and everyone is under suspicion. Quite steamy with a hint of spice. Publishing Date December 18, 2018 #NetGalley #TheDukesSuspicion #SusannaCraig #Kensington Books #Lyrical Press
MLH438 More than 1 year ago
Tristan Laurens is an intelligence officer with a love of order and precision and a reputation for cool detachment. He is the spare who becomes the Duke of Raynham after the deaths of his father and elder brother. Erica Burke is an Irish botanist traveling with her family who inadvertently gets left at an inn - a "Home Alone" situation fraught with danger for an unprotected woman. When they both seek shelter in an abandoned cottage during a thunderstorm, it's the beginning of an attraction that changes the trajectory of their lives. Tristan has always been the straight arrow, and Erica blows into his life and tugs him off balance. Everything she says or does is unexpected and unpredictable, and he is drawn to that element of surprise. The Duke's Suspicion is the second book in Susanna Craig's Rogues and Rebels series, but reads well as a stand-alone. It was well-written and enjoyable with engaging characters, including Tristan's sister Vivi, who is as unconventional as Erica. I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Susan's Craig's fifth book may be the best so far! It is easy to see why she is an upcoming star in historical romance. Erica Burke, a strong-willed neuro-atypical Irish woman who loves to study botany is a character anyone can love---including a duke, it turns out. This is wonderful and you should read it now!
georgia1 More than 1 year ago
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
Sunshine1006 More than 1 year ago
Erica Burke was accidentally left behind at an inn when her sister and new brother in law were on their way to their estate. She went back into the inn to retrieve her journal. It is precious to her because it has pictures and notes on plants and flowers as she is a botanist. When she realizes that she has been left, she starts walking toward their house. It is raining and she sees a deserted cottage where she takes refuge. She goes in thinking she is alone but there is someone there. Major Lord Tristan Laurens has take refuge as well although he lives only a few miles from his house. The next morning, Erica wants to start walking again but it is muddy and has been flooding. She goes to Lord Tristan's house until the weather has cleared and she can leave. He is home to take over as the Duke of Raynham, after his father and brother died in an accident. It's something he has never wanted. Working for the Crown as an agent who deals with spies is what he wants. The Irish Rebellion is still going on and there are spies and traitors everywhere. Could Erica be one? Her family are part of the United Irishmen who participated in the uprising. What is in the journal that she keeps so close to her?There is great attraction between Erica and Lord Tristan, but can be trust her? Tristan gets word that there is a spy in their midst. Since his stepmother is giving a house party, there are many suspects. Setting a trap may be the best way of determining who it may be. Will it be Erica or someone closer? I really liked this book. It is a story of two people looking for where they belong and find each other. The chemistry between them is great and I loved the storyline. It received this book from Net Galley and Kensington Books for a honest review and no compensation otherwise.The opinions are my own.