THE DUKE by Kerrigan Byrne
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Imogen Pritchard keeps crossing paths with Cole Talmage, Duke of Trenwyth. Will time and mistaken identity keep them apart?

To pay off her father's gambling debts, Imogen does double duty as a nurse by day and a serving maid in a brothel, where she's called Ginny, by night. After Cole's entire family dies in a train accident, he comes to The Bare Kitten seeking solace. Not satisfied by any of the girls for hire, Cole pays a steep price for Ginny's virginity and they spend a perfect night together. Flash forward to a year later when Cole is returning from a military assignment. He's admitted with typhus to the hospital where Imogen is a nurse. Luckily, she's assigned to his service and realizes that he's been misdiagnosed and is suffering from septicemia. Because she's a woman, no one believes her, and she's forced to work in secret with a new, young doctor to treat Cole. In pain and anesthetized, Cole doesn't recognize his former lover, and she's summarily fired from the hospital for insubordination. Flashing further forward, Cole is healed and living next door to Imogen (whom he still doesn't recognize as Ginny) after she marries a rich, older earl who dies and makes a wealthy widow of her. Time and circumstance have left the former lovers greatly changed, though. Imogen, free to paint and make a safe home for her family, is also inspired to help women who find themselves in the same dire circumstances she overcame. Cole's trauma has hardened him, however. He searches desperately for the one piece of his past that makes him feel human—Ginny—not recognizing her as his neighbor.

This sexy romp has it all—a mystery, a feminist heroine worth rooting for, and moments of heat so intense they might need a nurse.

Pub Date: Feb. 7th, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-250-11824-0
Page count: 384pp
Publisher: St. Martin's
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2017


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