A brooding duke finds his beautiful new neighbor way too intriguing for his liking in this delightful Regency romance.
"Grace Burrowes is terrific!" --Julia Quinn
Nathaniel, Duke of Rothhaven, lives in seclusion, leaving his property only to gallop his demon-black steed across the moors by moonlight. Exasperated mamas invoke his name to frighten small children, though Nathaniel is truly a decent man -- maybe too decent for his own good. That's precisely why he must turn away the beguiling woman demanding his help.
Lady Althea Wentworth has little patience for dukes, reclusive or otherwise, but she needs Rothhaven's backing to gain entrance into Polite Society. She's asked him nicely, she's called on him politely, all to no avail -- until her prize hogs just happen to plunder the ducal orchard. He longs for privacy. She's vowed to never endure another ball as a wallflower. Yet as the two grow closer, it soon becomes clear they might both be pretending to be something they're not.
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Set in rural Yorkshire, the fourth book in the Rogues to Riches series is exactly what we need right now: A tranquil and soothing portrait of pastoral Regency life. Nathaniel, Duke of Rothhaven, lives in seclusion in order to protect a potentially ruinous family secret, but his new neighbor, the spirited Lady Althea Wentworth, might be the one person who can draw him back into the world—and heal his heart. Part slow-burn romance, part comedy of manners, A Duke by Any Other Name has enough matchmaking mommas, gossipy neighbors, and meddling vicars to delight Jane Austen fans and anyone looking for a lighthearted escape.
Burrowes showcases her talent for combining smart Regency romance with modern sensibilities in the fourth Rogues to Riches novel (after Forever and a Duke), which follows the newly titled Wentworth siblings as they fight for society's acceptance. Duke Quinn Wentworth's sister, the competent, forthright Lady Althea, retreats from the brutal gossip and bullying of the London season to Yorkshire, where she provokes a visit from her neighbor Nathaniel Rothmere, the Duke of Rothhaven and an "intimidating sort of eccentric," by letting her wandering hogs trample his gardens. Having captured his attention, Althea entreats Nathaniel to mentor her in refining her social skills. He agrees and they strike up an unconventional friendship, though Nathaniel fears growing too close, lest Althea discover a secret he's protecting. But as their attraction deepens, so too does their connection, and they bond over their shared experiences with abusive fathers and resilient disabled siblings. All of Burrowes's secondary characters shine with wit and personality, and her sensitive development of two characters living with disabilities in the unaccommodating Regency era is particularly notable. This sparkling romance does not disappoint.