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    Win some, lose some

    When twelve-year old Sophie Graham was orphaned, her grandfather Viscount Makepeace unceremoniously shipped her off to school, and at eighteen she was on her own. At twenty four, now Sophie Campbell, she is a professional card player, halfway to the ten thousand pounds she needs to be independent, and hopefully marry a nice man. Jack Linderville, Duke of Ware, is at Vega’s to pay his brother Philip’s debts, again. It happens that the beautiful woman Jack has been ogling is partly responsible for Philip’s debts, and Jack is immediately smitten with Sophie; he is fixated on her bosom, he wants her. So Jack, who doesn’t gamble anymore, proposes a wager: five thousand pounds if she wins, if she loses, Sophie has to spend a whole week with Jack. MY ONCE AND FUTURE DUKE started off so well; the prologue is enchanting, and I loved Sophie until she behaved stupidly. She’s a professional gambler, she has been successful for years; Jack had lost all their games until his scandalous offer. I ask you, what are the odds that he would lose again? That Sophie accepts went against everything I had been told about her: the logical woman suddenly became entirely irrational, greedy, and risked her reputation; the Sophie I had encountered before would not have behaved so foolishly. This was not going to go well. I disliked Jack’s attitude: he’s arrogant, and basically buying her, although mentally he is not. He is teaching his brother a lesson … Okay, then. And I hated Jack. Sophie accepts the wager, and when she loses, she has the nerve to be offended! I mean, woman, acknowledge your loss and your idiocy, and be done with it; she had basically agreed to prostitute herself for a week, at least that’s the way I would have seen it. But Jack is so handsome. Hmmm. I thought they deserved each other and that was the purpose of the exercise, wasn’t it? The forced proximity situation had to be reinforced in another way to make matters more palatable, I suppose. Jack and Sophie talk and get to know each other, which was lovely and charming, and I don’t think it was deliberate from the author, but Sophie came off a little bit like a fortune hunter because of how she gushed over Jack’s country home. So, they talk and chat, but God forbid they should tell each other everything, or ask the questions that beg asking, to avoid misunderstandings later on. Had I been able to forget Sophie behaving so out of character at the beginning, the romance might have worked for me, but I simply could not. Especially when Sophie agrees to something later on that irked me and went against her lifelong ambition. Instead of the sordid wager, Sophie and Jack could have been made to work together to stop Philip’s gambling; my problem was that Sophie acted in greed, and not like the professional she had been, and it all felt it was only for storyline purposes. I really liked Philip, as a character in spite of his many shortcomings; he was foolish but interesting. And the poor Mr. Carter. Then there was the whole Lucinda episode that was entirely superfluous and needlessly upsetting, and one of Sophie’s school friends, Eliza’s escapades, which I suspect is to set up the next book in the series. I also hope in the final edition “vingt-un” will have been corrected to “vingt-et-un”; I can’t recall having seen that mistake before. If you like your Regency romance with steamy sex and you have no problem with the premise, you will love MY ONCE AND FUTURE DUKE, because the writing is gorgeous, the descriptions visions of loveliness, and the dialogues inspired. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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    Loved this Story!!

    Entertaining from beginning to end, I loved this story. A tale of two people with very different upbringings that manage to find each other in an unusual way. Or is it fate? I think it may have been with the engaging heroine Sophie who has learned to survive since her parents died when she was very young. Left in the care of a grandfather who wanted nothing to do with her, he packaged her off to school as soon as he could. Then she made her way to London and that is where she meets our hero, Jack, the Duke of Ware. An unconventional meeting and a gamble of importance throws them together and as I said, I think fate had a hand. Jack, having taken his duties as Duke very seriously had pretty much kept all his emotions under control. Upon meeting Sophia an adventure began that kept me turning the pages with the wonderful descriptions and dialogue. The strong emotions and feelings came alive as Caroline Linden took me through this wonderful story that anything is possible. I truly cannot wait to read more in this series and know I will remember this one for awhile to come!!
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    Loved it!

    My Once And Future Duke is the first book in "The Wagers of Sin" series. This is the story of Sophie Campbell and Jack Lindeville, Duke of Ware. Sophie life was wonderful up until her parents died of consumption when she was about twelve years old. Sophie's grandfather became her guardian but he was a bitter mean man who had disowned her father earlier for marrying her mother. The grandfather dropped her off at Miss Upton’s Academy For Young Ladies and told her that he would pay for her schooling until she was 18 years old. The grandfather left her there but Sophie was able to make two great friends. But this put Sophie life into motion that she needed to have money and be independent. So it started her life of bring in money to met that goal. Jack has the weight of the world on him along with his family. A once fun loving man now is a serious Duke who has to take care of his family and even his friends. When his younger brother is out messing around again Jack goes to the Vega Club to get him out but stops when he spies a beautiful women. Jack never gambles but he goes forward to Sophie and makes a life changing bet. This was a great story I thought it started off really strong and kept me wanting to see their ending. Loved it!

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