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THE DUKE’S TEMPTATION
Men of Circumstance #1
Addie Jo Ryleigh
Released Oct 14th, 2015
Soul Mate Publishing
A Duke. A Runner. An Earl. Three men, each born into different circumstances. Each fighting to overcome their own adversity. All striving to change their past.
Gabriel St. James, Duke of Wesbrook, desires any birthright other than being the son of a hideous man. Unfortunately, Gabe knows the exact moment he became like his father—a night that has haunted him for seven years. Resigned to his future, he is unprepared when his illegitimate—and more importantly unbeknown—young daughter appears on his London doorstep. With no one to care for her but him.
Lady Elizabeth Blakely has loved only one man—her brother’s longtime friend, Gabe St. James. Not even his rakish and, oftentimes, wicked behavior dissuades her. Yet it all seems hopeless as he continues to overlook the woman she has become.
When Elizabeth learns Gabe is in need of assistance with his daughter, she seizes the opportunity. Gabe, less than thrilled with the situation—mostly due to his fierce desire for his best friend’s sister—has no option but to concede. Besides, a more sinister threat lurks; someone is blackmailing Gabe with his darkest secret. Through it all, Gabe vows to resist Elizabeth, no matter how tempting.
Sometimes it’s better to surrender . . .
Addie Jo Ryleigh writes historical regency romances that feature rakish heroes and strong feisty heroines.
Addie Jo lives in the same cold winter and hot summer area of Minnesota where she was born and raised. And frankly, wouldn’t live anywhere else. Sharing in the raising of her three extremely rambunctious boys is her very understanding husband that so graciously enabled her to fulfill her dream of writing. Keeping Addie Jo company while she writes (besides her wonderfully loud children) is her yorkipoo, Bella, who is never far from Addie Jo’s side.
Addie Jo has always had a love and passion for romance books and became engrossed in historical romance (particularly Regency) soon after graduating from Lurlene McDaniel’s young adult books. Currently, Addie Jo reads any genre that has a great emotional story that keeps her reading into the early hours of the morning.
Addie Jo has a bachelor degree in accounting and is a financial coordinator when not driving her children around central Minnesota, cuddled up with a good book, or writing her next story.
Review (4 Stars):I loved Gabe and Elizabeth together as a couple and I was so glad to see that love will always find a way. Gabe learns that he is the father of a young child and has no idea how to take care of her. On the search for a governess, he finds that Lady Elizabeth Blakely would be the perfect choice to help with his daughter. Elizabeth has always loved Gabe but he has never seen her as anyone but the younger sister of a friend. He has never seen how she has matured and this is her one chance to show him that she could be the love of his life. Will he give her the chance she has always wanted?
The Duke’s Temptation is a clever and charming historical romance that is sure to please readers. I loved Ms. Ryleigh’s writing and I wanted to spend as much time as I could with Gabe and Elizabeth during this story. The mystery that was involved in The Duke’s Temptation kept me guessing until the end and I loved that I couldn’t figure out who it was. This is the first book in the Men of Circumstance series and I’m already a fan of this series. Can’t wait to read book number two to see who gets their happy ending next.
Addie Jo Ryleigh
Thank you so much for supporting my book tour and your kind review 🙂 It means a lot that you enjoyed Gabe and Elizabeth’s story and took the time to share your thoughts!! Thanks again.
Side note, you have a beautiful website. I love the colors with the cream and purple. I’m a sucker for pretty things ;o)
Crystal, Tasty Book Tours
Thank you for introducing me to a new author and for the review. I am looking forward to reading this book.