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.
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Really enjoyed this story. Laughed out loud thru the whole first half of it. The author is very clever. This was a very unique story of which I’ve never read anything similar.
Definitely a read in one sitting delight!
Why some producer hasn’t bought the rights to this author and started churning out series to rival Poldark or Downton Abbey is beyond me. This one is the best yet and made me lose a day of work, darn her!
I sat down to read a few pages over coffee and was lost. From the fractious horse whose behavior while being tacked will have riders nodding at remembered antics to the scents of gardens to the realities of dealing with clothes that fasten up the back because no lady undressed without the help of a maid…I could even taste the wheel of cheese that won the hero’s heart it was so vividly described.
But it’s the characters, as detailed, flawed, fractious and woefully human who sucked me into this alternate reality. I simply could NOT figure out how they were going to get out of their conundrum and they had be believing. I sniffled, I groaned, and finally, I cheered!
This book has ALL the feels and I was happy to dive in and drown in it until, at last, it was over and I came up, sighing blissfully, for air. If you haven’t tried this author before, dive right in. Any of her series books are complete of themselves and don’t require reading the others before. Just be warned - once you do read one, you’ll be buying everything in front, after, around…this author is completely addictive. And then you’ll find her audiobooks and your ruin is complete.
I was given this free review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
Nathaniel, Duke of Rothhaven, has secrets, huge, life altering, treasonous secrets.
Nathaniel, Duke of Rothhaven, has secrets, huge, life altering, treasonous secrets. Brooding and secluded, carefully guarding his intimidating reputation, he avoids interactions with even his closest neighbors. But when Lady Althea Wentworth allows her sows to graze in his orchard, he is forced to interact with the insightful, but bullied, relative of the peerage. Late to prosperity and society after a horrifying childhood, Althea recognizes a wounded soul when she sees one. As in many of Ms. Burrowes novels, readers are presented with an (apparently) unsolvable set of circumstances. We readers KNOW that Nathaniel and Althea deserve to have their HEA, but for the life of us, we can’t see any possible resolution. Slowly and steadily, Ms. Burrowes reveals Nathaniel’s secrets, showcasing his true nature, that of a loyal, loving, and lovable family man. I confess that reading one of Ms. Burrowes novels takes me longer than other comparable length books simply because her use of language is just so beautiful that I find myself frequently rereading paragraphs, just to revel in the sentence structure. I read many (MANY!) historical romances and often find myself kicked out of the time period by an author’s use of a contemporary phrase (a character says “NOT!” after a statement, or “rolls her eyes”) or by applying a contemporary moral. You won’t find this error in Ms. Burrowes books. Her language and customs are true to the setting, whether it be ancient Scotland or Regency England. I highly recommend “A Duke by Any Other Name.’ You won’t be disappointed! I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from the publisher and am voluntarily reviewing it.