Also in this series: The Scandal of It All, The Duke Buys a Bride , This Scot of Mine
Series: The Rogue Files #5
Published by Avon on October 22, 2019
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
An urgent dilemma…
To save her impoverished family, Marian Langley will become a mistress. But she will not be just any mistress. Marian intends to become so skilled, so coveted, that she can set her own terms, retaining control over her body and her fate. Only one problem remains: finding a tutor…
A scandalous solution…
Other men deprive themselves of pleasure for propriety's sake. Nathaniel, Duke of Warrington, would much rather be depraved. He slakes his desires with professionals who ask nothing of him but his coin. Marian's proposal—that he train her without taking her virtue—is an intriguing diversion, until their lessons in seduction spin out of control.
And a most unlikely duchess…
When Marian is blackmailed into engagement by a man she despises, Nate impulsively steals her away. Though he never intended to take a wife, he can't tolerate the idea of Marian forfeiting her freedom to another. But can he bear to give her what she demands—a real marriage?
This review may contain spoilers, so fair warning, upon reading the review.
The Duke’s Stolen Bride is the fifth installment in the series and I have had a fun time with these books. I was really pleased to see that this one was available at my local library. I just adored this one in many ways, and even though it had one of my least favorite themes/tropes in it (heroine learning to be a mistress) Sophia Jordan did a great job in creating this scenario and making it seem realistic and relatable.
Our heroine, Marian, is determined to save her family. Her father passed away and left them destitute. And now they are barely making it by, with little food and warmth in their home. Her sisters are doing what they can but its just not enough for what they need to survive. When she encounters a Duke at a inn who saves her in a round about way, she is intrigued. So she goes to him, knowing he is a reputable rake and has experience in making money on the back. She wants to be a courtesan, never had a desire for marriage and wants to not worry about money. So she goes to him to tutor her in lessons….but these lessons soon turn into something deeper and an attachment forms between them both….one that could lead to love and marriage and family, a path Marian never expected to desire until she found the right man
The Duke’s Stolen Bride was such a fun story and so engaging. I just sped through this story and boy its been a while since I have read a print book but it was fun to delve into a printed library book (and yes I got one since my library is offering curbside service now) and I didn’t know what to expect with this story. To be honest the whole tutoring mistress lessons isn’t my favorite theme in historical romance to be honest. And the plot was pretty predictable at times but I did love seeing a bit of suspense at the end of the story. Really added something different to the story that really needed it.
It was quite interesting the match that Nate and Marian made together. Nate is a bit of a Mr. Darcy in some ways but he tends to shield his character at times. But as we delve more into his character you see so much more respect begin to form about him. Marian was a character I did like. I loved how much she loved her sisters and what she was willing to do to protect them and make sure they were taken care of even at the cost of herself.
Overall I found The Duke’s Stolen Bride to be a very interesting story that had a unique dynamic and a stunning sensuality to be endeared with