What the Duke Doesn’t Know

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WDDKLord James Gresham, the fifth son of the Duke of Langford, is at a loss over what to do next. He’s made his fortune as a captain in the Royal Navy. Perhaps now he should find a proper wife and set up his nursery. But the sea calls to him, while his search for a wife leaves him uninspired. And then, a dark beauty with a heart for revenge sweeps into his life.

Half-English, half-Polynesian Kawena Benson is out to avenge her father and reclaim a cache of stolen jewels. Her chief suspect is Lord James, as she points out with a pistol. There’s nothing for James to do but protest his innocence and help Kawena search for the treasure, even though it turns his world upside down.


Delightful…resonates with the humor of English seafaring comedy such as The Pirates of Penzance Publishers Weekly starred review

Kudos to Ashford for bringing a free-spirited Polynesian heroine into strict Regency society, adding diversity and interest to a charming romance.  RT Book Reviews 4 stars

a joy to read  Fresh Fiction

Ashford soars to new heights of literary excellence by creating a cleverly conceived story that takes all the traditional elements readers love in Regency romances and making everything seem refreshingly new. Throw in Ashford’s gift for creating intriguingly different characters and her dry sense of humor, and you have a romance worth cherishing.  Booklist starred review