on March 7th 2017
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Could finding love be his greatest scandal of all?
The Duke of Griffin has never lived down his reputation as one of the Rakes of St. James. Now rumors are swirling that his twin sisters may bear the brunt of his past follies. Hiring a competent chaperone is the only thing Griffin has on his mind--until he meets the lovely and intriguing Miss Esmeralda Swift. In ways he could never have expected, she arouses more than just his curiosity.
Esmeralda Swift considered herself too sensible to ever fall for a scoundrel, but that was before she met the irresistibly seductive Duke of Griffin. His employment offer proves too tempting for her to resist. She can’t afford to be distracted by his devilish charms because the stakes are so high for his sisters’ debut Season. . .unless one of London’s most notorious rakes has had a change of heart and is ready to make Esmeralda his bride?
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Last Night with the Duke is the first book in the Rakes of St. James series by Amelia Grey.
In his youth the Duke of Griffin was one of three friends who set about making a wager that scandalised society when it was discovered. It was something they have never lived down, and since that day they have been known as Rakes.
Griffin thinks that after all the years that have passed his sins are behind him, except a gossip rag decided to remind everybody of the fact in a current issue, also begging the question that as Griffin’s sisters were to make their debut in the current season, would his enemies set out to hurt them. It would be retaliation for those women, somebody else’s sisters or daughters that were caught up in that earlier wager.
In order to ensure his sisters’ safety he decides that they need a chaperone, as well as himself to attend all the functions the girls would be attending. Two sets of eyes would be better than one in watching that they weren’t going to be broken hearted or worse. It’s the need for a chaperone that has him visiting Miss Fortescue’s Employment Agency for nannies, governesses, chaperones, tutors etc. He hears a woman berating, albeit gently, one of the women who was upset about not being able to control the children she was sent to look after. She handles the situation so well that he decides then and there that she must be the person to chaperone his sister.
Esmeralda Swift has taken over Miss Fortescue’s and is the boss. As soon as she sets eyes on Griffin she can’t get over how gorgeous he is. Even so, when he tells her that he wants her to be a live in chaperone for his sisters she declines. In the end she tells him that if her sister, and their dog are allowed to move into his home with her that she would take the position. She never expects him to agree, so when he does, she does indeed find herself having to take the job.
From then we watch how a relationship develops between Griffin and Esmeralda. They have a unquenchable lust for each other that they try to fight because of their different stations in life, and because Griffin would never become involved with a member of staff. Alongside their feelings for each other we also of course have to wonder if any of the men showing an interest in Lady Vera, and Lady Sara, Griffin’s twin sisters, are indeed genuine, or if they intend to try to ruin the women, or at least leave them heart broken.
I love how much Griffin cares for his sisters, and Esmeralda’s sister too. He won’t see any harm come to them, and there is a lovely scene were Josephine (Es’s sister) ends up distraught over something and Griffin wants to head out and fix the problem no matter what it takes. He is such a hero, it’s no wonder Esmeralda falls for him.
This was a very pleasant story, I did enjoy it, but I think a couple of things weren’t resolved enough for my liking. I don’t know if they will get a proper ending in the future books, but I certainly hope they do because I am left with questions at the moment. I will definitely be reading the other books in the series though, so fingers crossed.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers’ Copy of this book.