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The Duke Effect

Sophie Jordan

The Rogue Files: Book 7

October 27th, 2020

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sophie Jordan continues her bestselling Rogue Files series with this captivating romance that will thrill her many fans. She doesn’t care about love…

Despite being surrounded by her happily wed sisters, Nora Langley prefers botany to ballrooms and would rather spend a lifetime in her laboratory than consider affairs of the heart. An expert herbalist, Nora has been masquerading as her late physician father for years, dispensing invaluable medical advice. She corresponds with people all over the world, including an old army colonel. But when the man shows up on her doorstep, he is nothing like she expected—he is a young, handsome heir to a dukedom who suddenly threatens everything she holds dear.

He only cares about duty…

Constantine Sinclair arrives on the Langley doorstep in a desperate bid to save the woman who raised him, the Duchess of Birchwood … only to discover that the venerable doctor he expected is a bold and lovely charlatan. Furious at the deception, he vows to reveal her secrets. Determined to prove her skills, Nora promises to save the duchess in exchange for Con keeping her secret. Con reluctantly agrees… and soon Nora’s brilliant, headstrong ways are throwing his carefully controlled life into chaos. What happens when the rigid soldier begins to lose his grip on his heart?


Nora has always thought of herself as the Langley sister, least likely to marry and since her real passion is practicing medicine, she is perfectly fine with that distinction. Fine, that is, until the soldier she has been corresponding with for years under her father’s name suddenly shows up on her doorstep looking for DR. Langley.

After a meet-cute that rivals even Austen’s famed Darcy emerging from pond scene, Con is thrown completely for a loop to discover that the brazen young lady who ordered him naked from the family’s pond only hours early, has been deceiving him for years. Angry at the deception and having his hopes dashed so completely, he lashes out and threatens to expose Nora as a fraud.

In true Langley style, Nora sallied forth on her own to London in order to prove to Constantine that she is more than capable of finding a solution to the Duchess of Birchwood’s mysterious ailment and remorseful about her deception.

For a man as self-contained emotionally as Constantine Sinclair, Nora is a threat not only to his sanity but also to the plan he has set in place to prove his loyalty to the family who raised him. As the future Duke of Birchwood, that means a sterling reputation and marrying the lady who was once betrothed to his cousin, the former heir. An unwanted attraction to a whirlwind like Nora Langley is something he must fight tooth and nail to avoid until a night of passion proves that the fates have other plans for him in mind.

In order to avoid giving away some of the very best bits of this story—but I will say a certain concoction from the previous book in this series comes into play—I will simply say, that Con and Nora’s story was so delightful that I read it through it in one sitting, without even noticing how quickly time was flying by. Although Ms. Jordan has been responsible for many hours of lost sleep in the past, as long as the stories continue to entertain so completely as this one, you will never hear me complain about it.

So, if you are looking for a light, sexy, fun, romantic escape from the madness of today’s world, then look no further than this book!

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