To prevent an impoverished governess from marrying the wrong man, a duke lives up to his bad reputation and steals her away.
Marian Langley is crouched under a table, hiding from one of her creditors, when she first bumps into Nate, the so-called “depraved” Duke of Warrington. She’s heard rumors that he hides courtesans in his home, but at least he lets Marian hide under his table until her creditor leaves. Rather than marry an unappealing rich man to settle her debt, Marian asks Nate to train her in the art of seduction so she can become a courtesan and live on her own terms. Her one condition is that he can’t deflower her—she’s saving that honor for the highest bidder once she’s skilled. At first, Nate isn’t interested in ruining a nice girl’s prospects. His own beloved wife is dead, and his loneliness requires professional help. But he’ll do it to win a bet with his man of affairs. Nate and Marian agree to be discreet, but their lessons quickly pick up steam, and it’s not long before someone uncovers their secret. To protect her from ruin, Nate abandons his plans, follows his heart, and insists on marrying her. But before she can claim her happily-ever-after, Marian will have to settle her debt to an unhappy creditor. She isn’t exactly a free woman now, but she is much less inhibited. And despite his reputation for depravity, Nate proves his true skill as a lover by following her lead.
Depravity is no match for true love in this sweet and steamy read.