SINS OF A WICKED DUKE
Jordan's story of two people haunted by their past, feeling unwanted and looking toward a dark future is beautifully told. She deftly proves you can't judge a book by its cover or a person's depth of character until love gives them power.
After she's orphaned, Fallon O'Rourke is sent to live at the Penwich School for Virtuous Girls, where her beauty draws unwanted attention. She is emotionally and physically abused by her teacher.
When she leaves the school she finds work as a servant in several homes but is dismissed due to her unwillingness to become a plaything for the family's son. In desperation, she cuts her hair, dresses as a boy and obtains a position as a footman in the household of the Duke of Damon, Dominic Hale, known as the Demon Duke.
Few of his peers know of the abuse Dominic suffered at his grandfather's behest. Fallon feels nothing but contempt for members of society, but she discovers Dominic is not at all what he seems and develops strong feelings for him. He, on the other hand, even after discovering her masquerade, keeps her employed and attempts to hide his feelings for her. In the unexpected events leading up to the explosive climax, Dominic and Fallon's depth of feelings about the proper treatment of others leads to an uplifting finale. (AVON, Apr., 380 pp., $6.99)