Miss Amelia Lands a Duke (The Caversham Chronicles Book 0)
Spinster Amelia accepts a position as a companion to her social-climbing aunt who is planning her next wedding before she is even out of mourning for her second husband. And the man her aunt is stalking is none other than the wealthy widower, the Duke of Caversham.
Horrified by her aunt’s behavior, Amelia decides to hide away in their host’s library and gardens for the duration of their visit. On an evening walk through the maze she meets an older gentleman who intrigues and arouses her. She flees without learning his name, only to stumble across that same handsome gentleman in the library days later, where to Amelia’s astonishment, he kisses her. And she kisses him back!
Amelia and the duke are caught in their passionate embrace by her aunt. Embarrassed at her own wanton behavior, Amelia flees the room believing he’s used her to avoid her aunt. After confronting her aunt, the duke does what he believes is the honorable thing and makes plans to marry Amelia.
Only he never asks her.
After they have sex she hopes she hasn’t killed from over exhaustion?!
I read two of the other books in this series and have to say I need to go back and refresh my memory. I really enjoyed this book for what it was. The story is about the Duke of Caversham or Marcus. Widowed for 10 years, he swears he will never marry again. This sounds like a typical historical romance but what makes it different is the age difference between Marcus and Amelia.
Amelia is soon to be 29 years old and following her fathers death becomes a companion for her horrible aunt. It is actually her aunt who sets her cap for the duke but when Marcus and Amelia meet it changes everything for both as the duke will not rest until he finds out her true identity. He only knows her by miss and she calls him sir. He is a stickler for most of societies rules. He’s not a saint but come on ladies would really want him to be?
I loved how Marcus did not tolerate any BS from her aunt. I mean when it came to protecting Amelia, god was he awesome. He did not just defend her…
Must read for fans of this series
After the deaths of her parents and the loss of her brother to impressment by the British navy, Amelia, now 29 years old, goes to live with an aunt as a companion. Amelia’s father, the third son of a high ranking nobleman, married a Parson’s daughter, resulting in his father disowning him. The aunt, twice widowed, is now scheming to continue to marry up by ensnaring the Duke of Caversham. After a chance encounter with Amelia, the Duke is interested in knowing more about her, but before this can happen in a more conventional way, an unfortunate encounter in the Library at night occurs between the Duke, Amelia, and the Aunt. Amelia is no shrinking violet and stands up to her aunt and the Duke, refusing to marry him. He has to work hard to persuade her that he wants her and is serious about marrying again. It turns out that one of his long-time friends is Amelia’s uncle and he arranges for her to meet the family she never knew. Her paternal grandfather is now deceased and the rest of the…