Checkmating the Duke by Cassie O’Brien
In a game of high-stakes, who will hold the winning hand?
After years of joyless Commonwealth rule King Charles II has reclaimed his throne, and London is ready to party. Extravagant exuberance being the order of the day, Lady Emma, sets out for the capital to join the fun but with an ulterior motive in mind.
Widowed six months previously, she seeks to gain the attention of the king and enlist his help to foil the ambition of her avaricious uncle, the Duke of Portchester, to snatch her young son’s inheritance. Emma is aided by her godmother’s son, Viscount Francombe, and the game begins…
But the Duke has also been busy, moving his own pieces into play on the board until Emma realizes she’s no longer merely a player, but a very unwilling part of the prize.
Danger looms. Threatening and real. Emma stands to lose everything. Her child, her home and the man who holds her heart.