Defending the Duke

Defending the Duke

Can love grow between a reluctant duke and an illegitimate shop girl?

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Anthony Godwin, trusted staff officer to the Duke of Wellington, returns from the Napoleonic Wars to learn both his father and brother are dead and he is the new Duke of Linfield. His anger and bitterness have grown through the years and he despises the Linfield name—because his father gave Anthony away when he was eight years old. Now he finds himself a part of the ton, with men seeking his advice and women vying to become his new duchess, all because of a title he now holds and never wanted.

Laurel Wright grew up in poverty. When her mother dies, Laurel learns she and her twin brother are the illegitimate offspring of the deceased Duke of Everton. Penniless and starving, she turns to the new Duke of Everton in desperation. Suddenly, Laurel is swept into a glittering, unfamiliar world as she is launched into the Season. Navigating her way proves daunting and when she is discovered in a compromising position with a man she’s only met, it leads to a quick marriage in which both partners agree that love will never be a part of their relationship.

Anthony never wanted a wife and is abruptly saddled with one. He tries to keep his distance from the raven-haired beauty who is now his duchess, but Laurel proves to be irresistible. Passion erupts between them and he finds himself longing for a child, though he fights growing closer to this new wife.

Will Laurel and Anthony be able to put the past behind them—and let love rule their future?

Find the answer in bestselling author Alexa Aston’s fourth book of The St. Clairs, Defending the Duke.

Each book in The St. Clairs Trilogy is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.

The St. Clairs
Book #1 Devoted to the Duke
Book #2 Midnight with the Marquess
Book #3 Embracing the Earl
Book #4 Defending the Duke
Book #5 Suddenly a St. Clair (Coming soon!)

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    Defending the Duke Reviews

  • InD'tale Magazine

    Rating: 4.5/5.0This wonderful regency story definitely goes through many changes! The book goes from harsh gritty emotional scenes of neglect to vicious fights, yet still the overall tone is not too d...

  • Maggie Whitworth

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️💋💋Adorable and beautiful, I love this story ! It’s a story of survival, surprises and hope .A beautiful soul of a woman and a damaged soul of a man , coming toget...

  • Edwina

    "Defending the Duke" is an easy 5 stars plus. But the beginning with the villain Julius Farnon cutting a fathers throat in front of his 6 yr. old daughter and then selling the 6 yr. old into sexual sl...

  • Lori D

    My new favorite book of Alexa's in this series! Yes, I said that about the last one, but she keeps getting better and better if that is possible! A story of the heart, once awakened and with the right...

  • Cherylbestlife

    Anthony and LaurelI really enjoyed Anthony and Laurel's love story. In the beginning I was frustrated by the H/h denying their feelings. But, I still enjoyed the story. I really loved how Laurel and H...

  • Somia

    Anthony Godwin, trusted staff officer to the Duke of Wellington, returns from the Napoleonic Wars to learn both his father and brother are dead and he is the new Duke of Linfield. A reality which he h...

  • niteskycs

    1.5 stars...

  • Buffy Lynn

    Awesome I truly believe this book was one of the best that I have read lately. This series is a must read. Lots of romance and excitement....

  • Madison Vonne

    Good bookThis was my first in the series but I'm definitely planning to read them all. I couldn't help being drawn to this one, with both H and h feeling like outcasts. This was very nearly perfect fo...

  • E J

    Loved it!Laurel and her brother Hudson live in poverty in a bad neighborhood in London. They each work more than one job to support their ailing mother and themselves. A series of unfortunate events r...