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What the Dashing Duke Deserves by Sandra Sookoo
My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋💋💋
Nothing found in the sands of Egypt is as valuable as the treasure of the heart.
Crispin Herrick, the newly minted Duke of Litton is anxiously awaiting his first mission as a King’s agent. Until then, a dig in the King’s Valley he’s sponsoring occupies his time… until he chases down a criminal at the Antiquities Museum. Once he catches her, he’s shocked and delighted to discover she’s the same woman he flirted with in London a year ago, but now she’s as skilled in lying as she is in keeping secrets.
Miss Juliana Barrington lives under an assumed identity in Cairo, exiled there when her last mission for the Crown went catastrophically awry. All she wants is to redeem herself by finding a powerful relic before her enemies can, but when her path crosses that of the handsome ex-pawn broker, she can’t help but panic. No matter how her heart twinges, mixing desire with duty is a horrible idea.
Crispin and Juliana join forces to find the pieces of the Staff of the Gods, allegedly belonging to Moses himself. Danger dogs their footsteps while romance flickers to life as the days go by, and when the trail leads to a mysterious tomb in the Valley of the Kings, treasure hunting evolves into running for their lives. Staying ahead of disaster is critical; evildoers and death are powerful foes, but hard-fought victory might bring happy endings… if they can survive long enough.
Sandra does it again with another thrilling adventure and the heartbreaking story of Juliana. They both get a shock when they run into each other again in Egypt and a bigger shock when they realize they are both agents. Mile knew putting them together was what they both needed for different reasons. I loved every bit of the story they uncovered about Moses and the Staff. I didn’t see the reason the villain wanted it coming and was holding my breath for that whole part of the book.
Juliana and Crispin balance each other out perfectly when they need to. They never denied the passion between them. They were faced with many challenges and were both willing to die for the other. I loved the added magic to the ending and the gesture of Crispin’s with the file.
Juliana is a shattered woman that blames herself for a failed mission that hit close to home for many. She coped in the only ways she could and held everything in. My heart broke for her when she finally opened up completely. She had to learn that it wasn’t her fault and to believe in herself again.
Crispin wasn’t going to let Juliana blame herself or give up on herself. I loved how levelheaded he was until someone said the wrong thing about Juliana. He was willing to do whatever she needed to heal and feel again.
Miles grows a bit more with every book as the head of the agents.