This is the first book in The Duke's Men series. The novel, 'Twas the Night After Christmas, links this series to The Hellions of Halstead Hall series.
Maximilian Cole, the Duke of Lyons, has received a mysterious note from Tristan Bonnaud claiming that his long thought dead brother might be alive. When Bonnaud fails to meet him at the appointed time, Max seeks out the man's half brother Dominick Manton.
Upon storming into the residence of Manton, he mets Lisette who he mistakenly thinks is Manton's mistress. Lisette Bonnaud is actually Manton's half sister and sister to the missing Tristan Bonnaud.
Lisette knows that her brother, Tristan, would never set foot back in England because he would be arrested for theft if he did. She talks Max into letting her accompany him to France to find Tristan and the truth about Max's brother.
They travel to France as husband and wife making it virtually impossible not to spend time together. Max doesn't trust Lisette as he thinks that she might be in cahoots with her brother to bring some impostor home as his long missing brother. Lisette is just as mistrusting of Max, wanting to make sure her brother is safe.
Their road to love is a struggle as Max has vowed to never marry for love and Lisette's fear of being like her mother, the mistress of a nobleman.
I really enjoyed this story. The ending of the story had many twists and turns that will keep you guessing. I also really enjoyed the secondary characters and eagerly await their stories. The next in the series, When the Rogue Returns, is about Victor Cale the cousin to Max.