(Duke & Dandy II)
The Duke of Waterford has returned home in the wake of being snatched by the infamous Raff of the Rookeries and feared dead. To the fine folk of the ton, it had seemed that he'd vanished without trace, save for a singular cocked hat found at the scene of the crime. Nevertheless, it transpires that Padraic, far too foxed to sit atop a horse, had become quite lost and spent the night in a barn, sleeping off his excesses. Apparently.
The Duke himself? Is resigned to the fact that duty must be done. His thirtieth-year looms large and thus, the Potent Prince has a potential Duchess to woo, win, and wed.
In the meantime, Padraic's misadventures have ensured that he is the talk of the Ton. Where better to brazen it out, than at a Grand Ball, hosted by the notorious gossip, Lady Melbourne? A crush at which his latest scrape would serve as ducal dish of the day, for those ever hungry for tittle-tattle. With nary a hope of getting his just deserts. From the dandiest of highwaymen out on the prowl…