From bestselling Historical Romance author Alexa Aston comes a stunning new Regency Historical Romance saga!
Book One in the exciting new St. Clair series has arrived. A lady with a dark secret refuses to marry the man of her dreams in order to protect him… but will he let her?
After returning to London from his Grand Tour, serious-minded Jeremy St. Clair, the Marquess of Sather, attends a ball and meets a luminescent beauty who draws him out of his shell. They share a searing kiss—her first—and though he never planned to wed, Jeremy desires to make this young woman his.
But his life takes an unexpected turn when he leaves her that night.
With his father’s death, Jeremy becomes the new Duke of Everton, and learns the former duke has left the St. Clair family almost penniless. Jeremy spends five years restoring the family fortunes but yearning for the auburn-haired beauty who understood him like no other before. One night with her was all he needed to remember her forever.
Lady Catherine Crawford has been inundated with offers of marriage and hasn’t cared for any of her suitors. She longs for love, seeing how devoted her parents are to one another. When she meets Lord Sather, she believes they are meant to be together. Yet her world collapses that night in a horrific carriage accident, killing her mother and seriously injuring both Catherine and her father. She retreats to their country estate and, once healed, cares her father and mothers her younger sister, Leah. But she’s never forgotten about Lord Sather… and their kiss.
When Jeremy and Catherine meet years later, the sparks are still present—though Catherine has recently learned a dark secret about her past, making it impossible to wed Jeremy without ruining his reputation. Through a misunderstanding, the ton believes them to be engaged and she goes along with the engagement, hoping to find a way to break it.
Will Catherine’s secret be revealed—and will Jeremy accept her if it becomes public knowledge?
Heartbreak is in their stars… or salvation.
The St. Clairs series Books Two and Three are coming May 2019 and June 2019.
Find the answer in bestselling author Alexa Aston’s first book of The St. Clairs, Devoted to the Duke.
Each book in The St. Clairs Trilogy is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 Devoted to the Duke
Book #2 Midnight with the Marquess
Book #3 Embracing the Earl
Targeted Age Group:: adults
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
After writing 15 Medieval Romances, I was looking for a new challenge. I chose the Regency Era for its rich history. Devoted to the Duke is the first in a Regency Romance trilogy, and I've been inspired to continue writing in this period!
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I wrote a 10-book series (Knights of Honor) that focused on a large family. Family is very important to me and a theme I enjoy exploring in writing. I wanted to have a tightknit family that had experienced some problems–and thus my 3 St. Clair siblings were born!
His head bent toward hers and Catherine knew she was about to be kissed. She’d practiced doing so for hours, pressing her feather pillow to her mouth, in case this very thing occurred.
When his lips touched hers, though, it was nothing like she had imagined. He brushed his softly against hers, causing the blood to pound in her ears. When he began to pull away, she clutched his coat and moved toward him. His hands skimmed her neck and settled on her shoulders, holding her in place.
Afraid he wouldn’t kiss her again, Catherine started to tell him why he should just as his mouth touched hers once more. Somehow, she must have given him an unspoken invitation because his tongue swept inside her mouth and, suddenly, she was falling. Her fingers tightened as a moan escaped from her. He tasted like the claret he’d drunk, as well as the strawberries they’d shared. The sandalwood soap he’d used rose from him, making her dizzy.
He broke the kiss and looked over his shoulder as he released her. Catherine swayed slightly and he took her hand and placed it on his forearm, leading her back toward the French doors and the ballroom. When they reached them, he halted.
“Forgive me, Lady Catherine. I did not mean to take advantage of you. Fortunately, no other couples were in sight.”
“You’re . . . apologizing?” All the blissful feelings fled, replaced by ones of insecurity.
“As I should. A gentleman should never—”
“I don’t care. I wanted you to kiss me,” she confessed.
His eyes widened. One brow shot up, giving him a rakish look.
“I’ve never been kissed before. I’ve practiced on my pillow at night, hoping someone would want to kiss me.” She bit her lip. “From what you say, you did so and didn’t want to. Or didn’t think you should.” Her eyes searched his. “How do you think that makes me feel?”
He let out a long sigh. “I did want to kiss you,” he said softly. “Very much. And I’m selfish enough to be pleased that I’m the first man you’ve ever kissed.”
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