The Duke I Tempted - Scarlett Peckham

The Duke I Tempted

By Scarlett Peckham

  • Release Date: 2018-07-31
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4
From 141 Ratings


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.

"An astonishingly good debut...The whole book is a breath of fresh air, both a complex, layered story and a soaring romance with two very real people at its heart." -- The New York Times Book Review

Author’s Note: Dear readers, please be aware this is an angsty, twisty book written in the style of a gothic romance, and there are some dark moments along the path to a happy ending for our characters. No spoilers here, but if you are a sensitive reader please do consult the reviews before diving in. Yours, Scarlett

2018 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart ® Winner for Best Historical Romance

"Desert Isle Keeper...The alliance is unexpected, fascinating and a refreshing departure from typical Regency romances, and I never wanted The Duke I Tempted to end." -- All About Romance

"Peckham’s meticulous character work pays off in spectacular, grandly romantic fashion and The Duke I Tempted ends with particularly cathartic and hard-won happily ever after." -- BookPage

"Gothic romances are tempestuous by definition, but this one is dramatic even by those heightened standards...If you want something to speed your heart and stop your breath as you read beneath the covers, with only the meager flashlight beam warding off the enveloping night — then you have a rare treat in store." -- The Seattle Review of Books

"A one-sitting, late-into-the-night read, The Duke I Tempted ran away with my heart." -- Book Ink Reviews


  • Good Book

    By 2qcncbje
    Enjoyed this book. Interesting. I kept reading it; didn’t want to put it down.
  • The Duke I Tempted

    By texasfan2011
    Loved the book. An unusual story with two unique main characters was a refreshing change of pace. I look forward to reading more from this author.
  • This book stands out!!

    By Joan wilder
    I loved this book. I have been reading historical romance for over 30 years. So the plots sometimes blend together but not this book. It was different than any I have read. Very creative and grabbed at my heart strings. I really felt for both characters. I seriously can’t wait to read Constance’s story.
  • The Duke I Tempted

    By JamesEDoyle
    Steamy with everything a romance novel should have…and a lot more. There is a depth of characters and setting in this book that goes way beyond the norm for the genre. The writing is superb and the story compelling and just flat out fun to read. I can’t wait for book two in the series!
  • Loved this book

    By Gallowaygirly
    This is the first book in the Charlotte Street series and I it is a great start. I loved Poppy and Archer and the unconventional marriage agreement they made but neither was able to keep from falling in love with each other. Archer has a dark secret and Poppy feels like she is on the outside looking in but after several revelations and discoveries they will have their HEA. The book is well written, full of emotion and it grabs your attention. I absolutely loved the book and would highly recommend it for a great read. Hopefully the second book in this series is close to being available.