The Duke of Exeter may have failed to marry, but he’s determined to find a bride for the cousin who will unwillingly inherit Sinclair’s title and his overwhelming responsibilities when he dies. With a pinch of artful planning, a hint of competition, and a healthy dose of romance, he’s sure that he’ll get his heir wed in no time at all. What he never expected was that his disagreement with an old friend would herald the return of the lady he lost long ago—and that her return to society could upset his budding matchmaking scheme.
Lady Catherine Forbes, Kitty to dear friends, is astonished that her brother’s disagreement with the powerful duke has gone so far and has had no choice but to return to London to take her stubborn family in hand. Meeting the duke again was no doubt inevitable, but being drawn to him so strongly is something that takes her by complete surprise. They were never meant to be, but old habits are hard to break. Are they too set in their ways to risk their hearts or will the needs of others separate them a second time?
2nd chance romance
I found this 2nd chance story to be entertaining. Kitty and Sinclair (The Duke of Exeter) knew each other as children and fell in love without a care for society’s strictures. Sinclair was wealthy and expected to marry well; whereas Kitty was from a poor/humble background and a companion to Sinclair’s twin sister. His sister was a horrible person and the reason that both Sinclair and Kitty were parted from each other for 30 years. Sinclair never married and Kitty never returned after leaving and marrying another. It took awhile before the two of them had an open, honest conversation about what truly happened all those years ago. It makes for a good story, but the fact that these two were parted and never stopped loving each other for all those years; yet don’t seem to have any anger towards the person who caused them pain irks me... apparently book people are much better than me. For anyone who likes mature characters and 2nd chances, this is the story to read.
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