Friday 3 August 2018


He’s controlled. Meticulous. Immaculate. No one would expect the proper Duke of Westmead to be a member of London’s most illicit secret club. Least of all: his future wife. A marriage to a duke has never been such fun in THE DUKE I TEMPTED by Scarlett Peckham

The Duke I Tempted
Secrets of Charlotte Street #1 
By Scarlett Peckham
Releasing July 31st, 2018

He’s controlled. Meticulous. Immaculate. No one would expect the proper Duke of Westmead to be a member of London’s most illicit secret club. Least of all: his future wife.

Having overcome financial ruin and redeemed his family name to become the most legendary investor in London, the Duke of Westmead needs to secure his holdings by producing an heir. Which means he must find a wife who won’t discover his secret craving to spend his nights on his knees—or make demands on his long scarred-over heart.

Poppy Cavendish is not that type of woman. An ambitious self-taught botanist designing the garden ballroom in which Westmead plans to woo a bride, Poppy has struggled against convention all her life to secure her hard-won independence. She wants the capital to expand her exotic nursery business—not a husband.

But there is something so compelling about Westmead, with his starchy bearing and impossibly kind eyes—that when an accidental scandal makes marriage to the duke the only means to save her nursery, Poppy worries she wants more than the title he is offering. The arrangement is meant to be just business. A greenhouse for an heir. But Poppy yearns to unravel her husband’s secrets—and to tempt the duke to risk his heart.

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In The Duke I Tempted (Secrets of Charlotte Street #1) by Scarlett Peckham, Poppy Cavendish is having a hard time saying no to the Duke of Westmead's sister when it comes to designing the interior of their home for a ball. So, finally agreeing to the task in exchange for things she asks for in return, she finds herself working hard on the job she's offered while trying to expand her exotic plant business. However, when the Duke of Westmead comes to her with an offer, she finds it hard to say no, especially when the terms are so tempting. Will Poppy and the Duke fight for their happy ever after or will their marriage only ever be one of convenience?

What an interesting and emotional read Ms. Peckham has delivered in this book where emotions run high due to the main characters back stories and whether the hero is willing to let the heroine in by telling her everything about his past and the guilt he feels over what happened? However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine come face-to-face for the first where this story really takes off, as the heroine shouldn't be taking on the work the hero's sister wants her to do. Not when she already has her hands full when it comes to her nursery. Will she be able to keep her nursery and business afloat, considering what she's having to do with her plants?

As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories and I could understand why they're both so against relationships because the hero has already suffered when it comes to love while the heroine is determined to keep her independence. Who says she needs a man? Moreover, the heroine is sassy, very independent, resilient, courageous and I liked her determination to follow her dreams. I also liked that the heroine took a chance on the hero, even knowing he might never be able to give her the love she deserves. Will she be able to protect herself from hurt? While the hero, he's tortured by things that have happened in the past and I couldn't help but sympathize with his situation. Since he takes drastic measures in order to forget, which isn't easy. I also liked that he took a chance on the heroine because he needs her in order to be whole again. Will the hero open up to the heroine about his past?

Overall, Ms. Peckham has delivered a really good read in this book where the chemistry was tangible; the growing relationship and romance between these two was pleasing and had me loving how the heroine challenges the hero; and the ending had me liking the hero's determination to win the heroine back because they're good for each other. I would recommend The Duke I Tempted by Scarlett Peckham, if you enjoy Historical Romance, the marriage of convenience trope or books by authors Nicola Davidson, Jess Michaels, Elise Braden and Sophie Jordan. 


Poppy sat at a round table in the corner, surrounded by piles of drawings. She still wore her gardening clothes, and her eyes were heavy lidded. She looked intense and flushed and disheveled.
No. He must stop doing that. Must chasten his reactions to her.
Hardworking. She looked tired from her labors.
He cleared his throat. “Poppy. You’re still awake.”
She looked up at him with a guilty expression. “Your Grace. Yes. And it seems I have invaded your study — I’m so sorry. The others were playing whist in the library and I thought to finish my work in the quiet. I’m just finishing — I’ll leave you.”
“Never mind. Stay. Please. Show me what it is you’re sketching.”
She hesitated. He felt her eyes linger on his face, like she was trying to discern something about him. No doubt, her downcast expression had something to do with his invasion of her bedchamber the previous evening. He needed to address that. No woman who’d been raised in Grove Vale would be ignorant of the stories about his father. He could not have her think that he expected similar liberties of her. He had taken far too many as it was.
“Poppy, last night — I hope I didn’t alarm you. I apologize for intruding. I would not normally disturb a lady’s privacy, and I hope I gave no offense. I was concerned. You seemed quite distressed.”
Her face flickered. “It was only a nightmare,” she said finally. “I shan’t disturb you again.”
“I was not disturbed,” he said quickly.
She smiled. “When I awoke this morning I wondered if I had dreamt you.”
“No,” he said, drinking in her languid eyes.
She reached up and touched his face above his cheekbone. “No,” she agreed. “Here you are. Real indeed.”
Damn him, but he caught her hand and dragged it down to his lips and placed a kiss inside her palm.
Her mouth parted. Perhaps in shock. Perhaps in something closer to the feeling surging behind his sternum, overriding his judgment, his propriety, his will to be the kind of person he had spent a decade refashioning himself into.
“Forgive me. I am not myself tonight,” he forced himself to say, releasing her. He looked into her green eyes and told her the truth of it: “You should leave me.”
He meant it.
And yet.
And yet.
He hoped she wouldn’t listen.

Scarlett Peckham fell in love with romance novels as a child, sneaking paperbacks from the stash in her grandmother's closet. By the time she came of age she had exhausted her library's supply and begun to dream of writing one of her own. 

Scarlett studied English at Columbia University and built a career in communications, but in her free hours always returned to her earliest obsession: those delicious, big-hearted books you devour in the dark and can never bear to put down. Her steamy historical romances about alpha heroines have been finalists for the Golden Heart® Award four times. Her debut book, THE DUKE I TEMPTED, will be out July 31, 2018.

Scarlett splits her time between London and Los Angeles. When not reading or writing romance she enjoys pretending to know about wine, discussing The Real Housewives, and cooking enormous pots of soup.

Scarlett is represented by Sarah Younger at the Nancy Yost Literary Agency, and spends far too much time on Instagram and Twitter. 

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