Title: Duke in Denial
Author: Alexandra Ainsworth
Publisher: Sanguinity Press
Characters: Sebastian Lewis and Captain William Carlisle
Sub-Genre gay Romance
Sebastian Lewis never expected to become a duke. But with the sudden deaths of his cousin and uncle, Sebastian’s position changes. He is determined to fulfill his new responsibilities with grace, even if it means remarrying, and even if the attractions of women, so often lauded by poets, fail to interest him.
Captain William Carlisle, newly returned from India, is elated when he meets Sebastian. Nobody knows of his inclinations, but his harrowing experiences in battle have prompted him to reach for the type of companionship he longs for. He thinks Sebastian might feel an attraction as well, but to his dismay, he discovers that Sebastian is courting his sister Dorothea.
After a semi-arranged engagement and a disconcerting romantic tangle with William, Sebastian escapes London to look after his manor, only to face mysterious thefts, a headless ghost, and the arrival of his fiancee, her brother, and his family. Sebastian’s new estate sits on the south coast, England’s most vulnerable location, and Napoleon has set his sights on conquering the area. Amid this growing turmoil, Sebastian must sort out his feelings for his fiancee’s brother and keep his home safe . . . and determine if he has the courage to reach for his own happiness in the process.
Wonderful story with beautiful characters that will capture your attention from the beginning. Sabastian was happy being by himself in his home making a moderate living. When his wife and child die he is quite content being alone at home. But when his cousin and uncle die he is forced to become a Duke, and with that all of the responsibilities that come with it fall on his shoulders. One of those responsibilities is to remarry and father a child. A chance encounter on the street with a very attractive man, then to find that the man is his fiancee’s brother he is truly unsure of his course. Does he follow his heart and find out more of Captain Carlisle or does he marry the sister and produce an heir.
Reviewed By: Jerry