Seduction of a Duke


Seduction of a Duke

by J R Salisbury

GENRE:   Historical Romance (Victorian)

You never know when cupids arrow is going to strike…
Lady Cora Keats, the only daughter of the Duke of Dover is not only beautiful, she’s confident, self-assured and sometimes a wee bit outspoken. She knows one day she’ll have to marry and settle down – her father constantly reminds her. Cora has other plans - she doesn’t want to marry…at least not now. She’s grown into an independent woman with an occupation few women dare pursue. She cannot…no she will not give up a successful business for a man. Not even if he’s an obscenely handsome duke who shares her interests.
Sebastian Steele, Duke of Hightower was sought after by all the eligible young women. Tall, muscular and stunningly good-looking, the former rake has quietly begun his search for a wife. Drawn by Lady Cora’s uniqueness and confidence he realizes through all their bickering there is something more lying beneath the surface.
Can these two opposites put aside their differences and work together for the greater good or will pride and stubbornness rule?


"Move your arse! Move your bloody arse!"

Sebastian Steele, Duke of Hightower watched in fascination at the young woman standing at the rail yelling and making a fool of herself. Fascinated because he'd never seen a woman get so animated about a horserace. It was undignified and certainly unbecoming of a lady. Where was her husband? 

Though women did attend horse races with their husbands, they never behaved like this. She appeared to be a peer, well dressed and mannered, except for this outburst. Could it be her husband’s horse she was carrying on about?  

She continued watching the race, cheering them on. In the sun red hues sparkled off her mahogany hair. She wore dark green dress with charcoal piping along with a peplum jacket and skirt. The collar hugged her chin and was trimmed with black lace. The jacket closed with small black buttons on the front.

He turned his attention from the dark-haired woman to the race, which was winding down. The horses were headed into the homestretch, and his own entry, Apollo's Gold was proving once again to be a disappointment, holding at a good distance behind the winner. The stallion had shown great promise up until the last two races. Something was missing. He needed to send Apollo to someone who could salvage this horse's future before he ruined it.

"Better luck next time," Crispin Allgood, Earl of Yorkshire said, clasping him on the shoulder

About the Author:

Amazon bestselling author J R Salisbury divides her time between the U.S. and U.K. with her aging Yorkie, Rocco.

When in the U.K. she finds herself shrouded in history, making an author's imagination come alive.

J R writes Victorian era and Scottish historical romance with perfectly imperfect heroes and strong, sassy heroines.

Q&A with the Author

When did you first consider yourself to be a writer?

WAY back in high school when my creative writing teacher saw my potential and encourage me to pursue it.

What advice do you have for a new writer?

Keep writing. You have to build a backlist and the only way you're going to do that is to publish new books. And keep at it!


What is the easiest part of the writing process for you?

Getting the words out of my head and onto paper ie: the computer screen.

What is your favorite part of this story?

When Cora, after resigning herself to the fact that Sebastian will have to know her secret and then proving to him she's capable of doing what had been usually a man's job.

Which Character was the most fun to write about? Why?

Cora, the heroine. She's sassy, independent and is not afraid to let people know what she thinks.

Which Character was the hardest to write about? Why?

Cora's brother, Augustus. He's a secondary character and comes with a lot of baggage. I had to do a lot of rewrites with his scenes. He'll reappear in the next in the series.





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  1. Thank you so much for hosting me and Seduction of a Duke!

  2. This has a very attractive cover. Love her dress. I love historical reads set in the Victorian period.

  3. Sounds like a great book. I love the cover!

  4. I think that the cover of this book is very attractive and eye catching.

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  5. A fascinating time period and a genre I love to read.

  6. I love Historical Romance and this one looks amazing! I love the cover, too!

  7. I enjoyed the Q&A and the excerpt, J R, and Seduction of a Duke sounds like a great book for me and I like the cover! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a spectacular week!

  8. I think I will hve to read this just to find out how the very real difficulties a woman of that time faced in trying to run any business (let alone one that apparently would be a real 'no-no' for a female) is handled in the book.


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