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In the fourth Duke Dynasty novel, New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries, one of the best-known names in historical romance, weaves an enchanting Regency romance with a mystery at its core, as stepsiblings investigate the truth about their mother’s succession of beloved husbands—and their own surprising identities as eligible young nobles. For an uptight Duke still nursing a broken heart, the last thing he needs is a pretend engagement with a vivacious and alluring young woman. As they’re drawn deeper into secret schemes, could she solve not just the mystery of his family, but the riddle of his heart as well?

Along with his stepsiblings, Sheridan Wolfe, Duke of Armitage, is determined to finally solve the mysteries behind the suspicious deaths of their mother’s three husbands. Tasked with investigating a possible suspect, Sheridan finds himself in dangerous proximity to her captivating daughter, Vanessa Pryde. But still haunted by a tragically lost love, the duke is resolved to resist the attraction—and avoid any “scheming” husband-hunters. Besides, lovely Miss Pryde seems utterly smitten with a roguish London playwright . . .

Vanessa thinks a little scheming may be in order—for it’s Sheridan she truly has her sights, and her heart, set on. Her theatrical flirtation is intended only to break through his business-like demeanor and guarded emotions. And as Sheridan’s jealousy becomes aroused, the two soon find themselves propelled into a scheme of an altogether different kind, involving a pretend engagement, a secret inquiry—and a perhaps not-so-secret leap into true love . . .


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Fly Girl’s Review

It looks like today is a day for historical romances. This is by far my favorite genre, there is no thought to determining if the details are correct or not since I didn’t live in that time. All I have to go by when analyzing and reading these is the knowledge I’ve gained from history books and other historicals I’ve read. It makes them so much fun for me. This will be the second historical review today and I think I’m reading these so much because they are easy to digest and I get swept away. I’m under a lot of stress right now at my day job and selling a long time rental and these have been able to clear my headspace. So if you aren’t really into historical romances, maybe this will give you a new perspective on them.

I always enjoy Sabrina Jeffries and have been trying to read this series, but my schedule would get to full when they were coming out. I finally was able to put this on my calendar and I’m glad I did. It didn’t turn out how I thought it would, but it helped me let go of some stress and that was the most important thing I need when I read it. I thought this would be a case of mistaken identity based on the title, however, it was simply a lying rogue who becomes reformed in the process of his investigation. I know that sounds awful, but it wasn’t. It was a cute story where the hero thinks he knows best and all. When he gets caught up in his own emotions and finds he’s more interested in the spirit of the lady rather than investigating her mother for murder is when it turns into an angsty romance.

Hilariously, the mother who’s under investigation is trying to get her daughter to decide on a husband of wealth and is not in favor of Sheridan because he’s an impoverished Duke. Funny how the tides eventually turn and Vanessa’s Mom decides a title is better than nothing. Then it’s just getting the Duke to realize wants Vanessa for always. Nothing like a little indecent compromise to make that happen.

As always we get our HEA and a little update on all the other couples in the series. The mystery gets figured out and the criminal tied up with a bow. All around we get a good finish to the Duke Dynasty. Now maybe I can get to a few of the others from the series as my schedule slows a little this summer. I’m giving this a 4 of 5 propellers.

4 of 5 Propellers

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Sabrina Jeffries is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 novels and works of short fiction (some written under the pseudonyms Deborah Martin and Deborah Nicholas).

At home in front of a crowd, Jeffries is a sought-after speaker, as evidenced by her 2010 gig as emcee for the National Romance Writers of America’s 30th Anniversary Awards Ceremony.

Whatever time not spent speaking to organizations around the country or writing in a coffee-fueled haze is spent traveling with her husband and adult autistic son or indulging in one of her passions—jigsaw puzzles, chocolate, and music.

With over 9 million books in print in more than 20 languages, the North Carolina author never regrets tossing aside a budding career in academics (she has a Ph.D. in English literature) for the sheer joy of writing fun fiction, and hopes that one day a book of hers will end up saving the world.

She always dreams big.  -Courtesy of her website