She Tempts The Duke is the beginning of a new series. It starts off when Sebastian Easton at fourteen, is Heir to the Eighth Duke of Keswick. His father died from a riding accident. After the funeral, uncle Lord David locked Sebastian, his twin brother Tristan, and Rafe ten the youngest in The Tower of Pembrook Castle, Yorkshire. They were guarded by an armed man. Without blankets, they were cold, and what food was taken to them had been poisoned by their uncle. Lady Mary Wynne-Jones, is a neighbor and friend. Mary is two-years younger than Sebastian. They are close friends and grew up together. She hasn't seen Sebastian, Tristan and Rafe since the funeral. Mary overheard Sebastian's uncle give an order to kill the three young boys. On the way to the Tower of Pembrook Castle, Mary saw a guard. She knocked him out, then went to the tower to tell Sebastian that his uncle is planning to murder them. Sebastian thought it best for them to go separate ways. In ten years, we'll meet at the abbey ruins.
Ten years went by, Tristan and Rafe went to the abbey ruins to meet up with Sebastian. He didn't show up. Rafe hired a man to live near the abbey ruins to watch for his brother. Sebastian was a captain in Her Majesty's army. He was in the battle of Balaclava in the Crimea when cannon fire brought him down. Meanwhile, Sebastian is in the hospital suffering with so much pain. He lost an eye and wears an eye patch. One side of his face is disfigured, and there is scarring on his body.
Twelve-years later, Duke of Keswick, Lord Tristan, and Lord Rafe made a grand entrance to his uncle's and Lady Lucretia Easton's ball standing on the balcony. Lady Lucretia demanded these men to be remove from the premises. Sebastian gave his uncle one day to pack up his things and leave. Mary was shocked to see Sebastian. She thought he was dead. Mary reached the stairs, and said that "He is telling the truth, and he is Duke of Keswick." Lady Mary is betrothed to Viscount Fitzwilliam. He forbade Mary from seeing Sebastian in any capacity. However, when she saw Sebastian, and he saw her, there was instant chemistry.
I liked Lady Mary from the beginning; she was only twelve when she rescued Sebastian, Duke of Keswick, Lord Tristan, and Lord Rafe. Mary and Sebastian bonded when they lived in the country. They were best friends. Mary could tell the difference between the twins, Sebastian and Tristan, by their own personalities. Mary is independent, she speaks her mind, and doesn't allow the ton to interfere with her way of thinking. Mary does what she thinks is best for her friends, Sebastian, Tristan and Rafe, whom she grew up with in the country. She has the need to protect them and get them involved in aristocratic society.
I am looking forward to the second book in the series. Although, I am not certain who will have their story told first, Tristan or Rafe, from the bits and pieces, I've read about them. It will no doubt be an exciting read.