Men of Circumstance, Book One: The Duke’s Temptation, by Addie Jo Ryleigh


Three men. Each born into different circumstances. Each fighting to overcome their own situation.

A duke, Runner, and an earl all wishing to change their past . . .

Born into a dukedom, most men would praise their circumstances. For Gabriel St. James, Duke of Wesbrook, he wishes for any birthright other than being the son of an unscrupulous man. But Gabe can recall the exact moment he became his father—a night that has haunted him for seven years. Even still, Gabe vows that he will never possess all his father’s devious traits, especially the ones that center on littering England with his by-blows. Just when Gabe becomes resigned to his future as a scoundrel, his life is thrown into disorder the moment his illegitimate, and more importantly unknown, daughter appears on his London doorstep. Particularly, since she has no one to care for her but him.

Lady Elizabeth Blakely has loved only one man—her brother’s longtime closest friend, Gabe St. James. Even his rakish and, at times, wicked behavior is not enough to dissuade her. And yet, it all seems hopeless when he continues to treat her as the mischievous child she once was. Failing to see the woman she has become. Not even her brother’s connection to Gabe enables her to break through the friendship exterior of their semi-relationship.

The moment Elizabeth learns of Gabe’s need for someone to assist with his daughter, she seizes the opportunity. Gabe, on the other hand, is less than thrilled with the circumstances—mostly due to his fierce sexual desire for his friend’s sister—but with no other option, he concedes. Besides, he has a more sinister problem to attend to, a man intent on blackmailing him with his darkest secret. Through it all, Gabe’s vow to avoid the temptation of Elizabeth but will it prove futile as each episode brings them closer and begins to suggest he is far from the man his father was?

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