Definitely going on the re-read shelf.
I think what struck me most about Jack and Sophie's story is how very unfailingly decent they both are. My Once and Future Duke is a pure comfort read, with an intelligent heroine who doesn't shy away from doing what she must to survive, yet does it with the utmost grace and without ever losing sight of what's important, and a hero who is just swooningly wonderful.
I did have a moment when Jack made that wager with Sophie, but every move he made after that was pure gold. I loved their back and forth, how Sophie kept haranguing him about his inept kidnapping, and how much she turns him on his head. Yes, dear readers, if you love a cinnamon roll hero who always tries to do the right thing and whose normally sharp brain gets tossed into a tizzy because of the heroine - run for the buy button.
The side characters were wonderful as well, from her friends Eliza and Georgianna to Forbes and Dashwood - I wanted to see them all with their own happy endings. Especially dear Uncle Henry. I especially hope for a happy ending for him.
The book ends on a bit of a hook. Not quite a cliff-hanger, but my interest was definitely piqued and I'll be waiting on tenterhooks for the next installment. Can't wait, and hopefully I'll see a bit more of Jack and Sophie in later books as well.
What happens at the infamous Vega Club . . .
Sophie Campbell is determined to be mistress of her own fate. Surviving on her skill at cards, she never risks what she can’t afford to lose. Yet when the Duke of Ware proposes a scandalous wager that’s too extravagant to refuse, she can’t resist. If she wins, she’ll get five thousand pounds, enough to secure her independence forever.
Stays at the Vega Club . . .
Jack Lindeville, Duke of Ware, tells himself he’s at the Vega Club merely to save his reckless brother from losing everything, but he knows it’s a lie. He can’t keep his eyes off Sophie, and to get her he breaks his ironclad rule against gambling. If he wins, he wants her—for a week.
A week with Jack could ruin what’s left of Sophie’s reputation. It might even cost her her heart. But when it comes to love, all bets are off . . .