The Duchess Hunt - House of Trent, Bk 1 Author:Jennifer Haymore THE DUKE'S DESIRE Simon Hawkins, duke of Trent, is no stranger to scandal. Rumors and innuendo have darkened the House of Trent for decades, and it has fallen to Simon to restore his tattered family name. He lives by a strict code of honor, but when he is called home to investigate his mother's disappearance, the distinguished duke will ... more »tangle with temptation. For there waits the only woman he has ever loved-and the last woman he should desire . . . Sarah Osborne has spent her life dreaming of Simon's touch. But dukes do not long for lady's maids-or so Sarah believes, until a stolen kiss sparks a passion that could be her ultimate undoing. As the couple begins a forbidden romance, a cunning enemy plots to destroy the duke and everything he loves. Now, caught in a blackmailer's web, Simon faces an agonizing choice: sacrifice his family's future or break Sarah's heart.« less
The first book in a new series by Jennifer Haymore has a well-worn plot idea. The hero is nobility(in this case a duke) and the heroine is a servant(although she grew up and was educated with the Duke's siblings). However I was pleasantly surprised. What could have been a trite story was made unique by the strong friendship between the H&h, the unusual family dynamics, and a mystery that I became engrossed in. There was also a blackmail subplot. I really like the way the blackmail problem was resolved, and I am looking forward to the continuation of the mystery in the next book. There are 5 more siblings in the Hawkins family and they all seem pretty interesting.