Wendy Drew is a seamstress that is struggling to pay her debt with Demon Damon the local crime boss. She thinks she has enough for the final payment when Damon springs additional debt on her and gets her evicted from her and her mother's apartment so he can control her more. Radley Lyncott is a sailor that grew up with Wendy and has wanted her since he was a teenager. Now, that his has been made Captain of his own ship, he wants to marry her. Also, Radley is now the Duke of Bucklynde (a Welsh title) due to small pox wiping out "the ducal seat, wiping out nearly the entire family, the associated village, and a good deal of the neighboring hamlets." He was the grandson of the disgraced third son and went from a sailor to a Duke.
To me, the book read more as a gothic romance than a Regency or Historical. I found the plot fast and the characters well drawn out. Wendy is an unusual heroine because she stands firm for herself and her family. The ending was a little crazy, but all in all, I enjoyed the book.
3.5 out of five stars (I couldn't give it four because I HATED the male hero's name!)
I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley.