My Once and Future Duke
(The Wagers of Sin #1)
Jack Lindeville, Duke of Ware/Sophie Campbell
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
What happens at the infamous Vega Club . . .
Sophie Campbell is determined to be mistress of her own fate. Surviving on her skill at cards, she never risks what she can’t afford to lose. Yet when the Duke of Ware proposes a scandalous wager that’s too extravagant to refuse, she can’t resist. If she wins, she’ll get five thousand pounds, enough to secure her independence forever.
Stays at the Vega Club . . .
Jack Lindeville, Duke of Ware, tells himself he’s at the Vega Club merely to save his reckless brother from losing everything, but he knows it’s a lie. He can’t keep his eyes off Sophie, and to get her he breaks his ironclad rule against gambling. If he wins, he wants her—for a week.
A week with Jack could ruin what’s left of Sophie’s reputation. It might even cost her her heart. But when it comes to love, all bets are off . . .
My One and Future Duke is the first book in author Caroline Linden’s newest series, The Wagers of Sin. This series focuses on three young girls from different backgrounds, who become friends while being students at Mrs. Upton’s Academy for Young Ladies. Each story focuses on one of the three girls and the journey to find their HEA. Our first story features Sophie Campbell.
Sophie Campbell was orphaned at the age of twelve when both her parents died. Left in the care of her Grandfather who wants nothing to do with her, she’s sent away to Mrs. Upton’s Academy until she turns eighteen. On the morning of her 18th birthday, her grandfather stops paying her expenses, and Sophie finds herself entirely on her own.
Jack Lindeville, became the Duke of Ware at the age of twenty-four when his father drowned. The responsibility of the Dukedom and his family has been drummed into him since his inheritance, while his younger brother has been pampered and coddled by his mother. Jack is tired of bailing his younger brother Philip out of his gaming debts. When Jack goes to the Vega Club to settle yet another debt of Philip’s, he spots Philip losing to Sophie.
What an absolutely fantastic start to this series! I have to admit I adored this couple. Sophie was a fantastic heroine. She’s smart, independent, and working on securing her future. She grew up in a happy environment with two loving parents, only to be left alone under the care of her hateful grandfather after her parent’s death. As for Jack, when he walked in Vega Club and sees Sophie for the first time, he immediately knows he wants her. He’s actually shocked at how powerfully she affects him. When a wager between Jack and Sophie gets out of control, it leaves these two alone for a week together.
I really enjoyed Jack and Sophie’s time together at his country estate. The chemistry and dialogue between these two were fabulous. I liked how comfortable Jack was around Sophie and how she was able to see him and treat him like a man instead of a Duke. She’s able to bring out a side of him that has been missing since he became Duke at such an early age. I loved watching these two become friends and eventually fall in love. Their romance was believable and I was rooting for them to find a way to overcome the obstacles that kept them apart. A fabulous couple along with wonderful secondary characters had me struggling to put this book down. An absolutely fantastic start to this series that I highly recommend!
My Once and Future Duke – Caroline Linden: