Heir to the Duke

Jane Ashford (Author)


A dazzling Regency romance from bestselling author Jane Ashford.Life is predictable for a Duke's first son. Or so he once thought...

He was delighted that she shared this pleasure with him. And howlovely she looked, out here on the water. The wind had whipped color into hercheeks. Her sandy hair leaped and curled around her face. And her gray eyesshimmered and sparkled. Violet's beauty--for it was undoubtedly beauty--arosefrom animation, he realized. When she was subdued and distant, as she'd alwaysbeen when he saw her before their marriage, it was hidden. A secret, like theflower she was named for, obscured by broader leaves in the forest. But nowhe'd discovered a different Violet--vibrant, responsive. Watching her laugh asspray spattered her sleeve, he felt extremely fortunate. His instincts hadsomehow led him to a prize.

As eldest son of the Duke ofLangford, Nathaniel Gresham sees his arranged marriage to Lady Violet Devere asjust another obligation to fulfill--highly suitable, if unexciting. But asViolet sets out to transform herself from dowdy wallflower to dazzling youngduchess-to-be, proper Nathaniel sets out to prove he's a match for his newbride's vivacity and daring.

Oppressed by her family all her life--especiallyher domineering and horrible grandmother--Lady Violet can't wait to enjoy thefreedom of being a married woman. But then Violet learns her family's sordidsecret, and she's faced with an impossible choice--does she tell Nathaniel andrisk losing him, or does she hide it and live a lie?

Product Details

Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publish Date
January 05, 2016
4.1 X 1.0 X 6.8 inches | 0.3 pounds
Mass Market Paperbound
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About the Author

Jane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was captivated by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight was part of what led her to study English literature and travel widely. She's written historical and contemporary romances, and her books have been published all over Europe as well as in the United States. Jane has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by RT Book Reviews. Find her on the web at www.janeashford.com and on Facebook. If you'd like to receive her monthly newsletter, you can sign up at either of those sites.


"Graced with lively wit, excellent period detail, and appealing protagonists, this fetching romp enthusiastically launches Ashford's new series. " - Library Journal
"With her keen knowledge of the Regency era, Ashford, in the first installment of her new Duke's Sons series, tempts the reader with engaging characters, plenty of passion and a devastating secret in this nicely written, heartwarming and compelling read." - RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
"Ashford (Married to a Perfect Stranger) makes a strong start to her Duke's Sons Regency series with a story that affirms the value of being yourself and having fun in the process. " - Publishers Weekly
" Heir to the Duke is a fabulous romance with wonderful characters... I couldn't put this book down. 4.5 Stars and Reviewer Top Pick!" - Night Owl Reviews
"Delightful... engaging and fun... B+" - Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
"Violet and Nathaniel are likeable from the first moment we meet them. What is so delightful about the story of their relationship is the marriage itself-the change in their circumstances gives them the freedom to become more themselves. " - Heroes & Heartbreakers