Only a Duke Would Dare by Collette Cameron

A reluctant duke. A vicar’s daughter. A forbidden love.

Only a duke would dare

Marriage—an unpleasant obligation
A troublesome addendum to his father’s will requires Victor, Duke of Sutcliffe to marry before his twenty-seventh birthday or lose his fortune. After a three-year absence, he ventures home, intent upon finding the most biddable and forgettable miss in Essex. A woman who will make no demands upon him and won’t mind being left behind when he returns to London. Except, Victor meets Theadosia Brentwood again and finds himself powerless to resist her—even if she is promised to another and the exact opposite of what he thought he wanted in a duchess. 

Marriage—an impossible choice

Secretly in love with Victor for years, Theadosia is overjoyed when he returns. Until she learns he must marry within mere weeks. When he unexpectedly proposes, she must make an impossible decision. How can Thea elope with him when he’s marrying out of necessity, not love? Besides, if she does wed Victor, her betrothed—a man she loathes—will reveal a scandalous secret. A secret that will send her father to prison and leave her sister and mother homeless.


This sweet, childhood friends Regency historical by a USA Today bestselling author will make you smile, laugh, and sigh with contentment. Victor and Theadosia’s love-story will carry you away to another time and place where they dare to indulge in a forbidden love.

If you enjoy reading friends to lovers, dukes, arranged marriages, or class difference love stories with a pinch of mystery, a dash of humor, and gripping emotion then you’ll adore Collette Cameron’s enthralling SEDUCTIVE SCOUNDRELS SERES. Buy ONLY A DUKE WOULD DARE and settle into your favorite reading nook for a page-turning, entertaining Regency world adventure you can’t put down.    

Though this book can easily be read as a stand-alone, most readers prefer to read the series in order.

Genre: FICTION / Romance / Historical

Secondary Genre: FICTION / Romance / Regency

Language: English

Keywords: 19th Century royalty & aristocrats wealthy dukes English Lords, World literature women's fiction historicals, Historical Regency Romance friends to lovers forbidden love, Historical fiction classic historical fiction lords & ladies, Regency historical romance Regency dukes, Literature & fiction classics historical fiction, British romance historical romance series

Word Count: 34,200

Sample text:

Twilight’s gloom lengthened the shadows in the old cemetery as Theadosia—humming Robin Adair, a Scottish love song certain to vex her father—wended her way through the grave markers and the occasional gangly rose bush or shrubbery in need of pruning.

Having lived at the rectory her entire life, she found the graveyard neither frightening nor eerie. Those lying in eternal rest included a brother who’d died in infancy, several townspeople she’d known, and even a few gentry and nobles for whom Father had performed funerals. As children, she and her sisters and brother had frolicked amongst the stones and statuary, playing hide and seek and other games.

Situated on the east side of All Saints Church to catch the rising sun each morning, the churchyard provided a convenient, often-used shortcut to the parsonage’s back entrance.


A deep, anguished whisper drifted across the expanse.

Though she didn’t believe in ghosts and despite her velvet spencer, an icy prickle zipped down her spine, causing the hairs on her arms to stand at attention.

Lifting her robin’s egg blue chintz gown with one hand, she paused and glanced around but saw nothing out of the ordinary. A plump, greyish-brown rabbit, enjoying a snack before finding its way home for the evening, watched her with wary, black-button eyes. After another moment of studying the familiar landscape, Theadosia continued on her way.

She must’ve imagined the voice.

The wind had whipped up in the last few minutes. Sometimes, the two ancient oaks acting as sentinels at the cemetery entrance groaned in such a way that the swaying branches sounded as if they were moaning in protest.



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