Forever My Duke is the second novel in a brand new Regency romance series from Olivia Drake about rakish dukes and the governesses who steal their hearts.
“I find Miss Fanshawe to be quite charming—for an American.”—The Prince Regent
Hadrian Ames, the Duke of Clayton, needs a bride. He even has the perfect one picked out. That is, until he meets the lovely, free-spirited Natalie Fanshawe. She’s the opposite of what a man of his high rank should desire in a wife—an outspoken American who has never even set foot in a London ballroom.
But Natalie doesn’t have time to be swept off her feet by a handsome duke who must be a spoiled scoundrel like every other British lord. And she couldn’t care less about Hadrian’s title. After all, it’s not as if he actually worked to attain his wealth and status. He surely can’t understand what it’s like to be a busy woman, planning to open a school while trying to reunite a six-year-old orphan with his English relatives. Nevertheless, Hadrian launches his campaign to win her heart. Can the utterly delightful American beauty ever find a way to love him…despite his being a duke?
The fluffy second regency romance in Drake's Unlikely Duchesses series (after The Duke I Once Knew) features a refreshing heroine but a lackluster hero. Feisty American school teacher Natalie Fanshawe abhors the foibles of the British aristocracy. But when her best friend dies, Natalie must travel to England to fulfill her deathbed promise to deliver newly orphaned six-year-old Leo into the arms of his grandfather, a peer of the realm. Once in England, an ice storm strands Natalie and Leo in the same inn as Hadrian Ames, the haughty Duke of Clayton. Though Hadrian is on his way to propose to another woman and Natalie is considered an old maid at 26, sparks fly between them from their first meeting. Natalie's disdainful, outsider's view of the peerage adds a new complication to typical regency tropes, but Hadrian is painted with broad strokes that will keep readers from fully embracing him as a love interest. Still, this light outing is sure to keep returning readers invested in the series.
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Opposites Do Attract
Natalie Fanshawe is a proud American. She doesn’t care much about the class system in England or the arrogance of the Aristocracy. She is in England because she promised her dying best friend to return her son to his grandfather in England. While traveling, she and Leo meet Hadrian Ames, Duke of Clayton. Hadrian is not at all what she thought an aristocrat would be. They are opposites, to be sure, but they like and respect each other, and Hadrian likes Leo. Their arrival is less than pleasant, and Natalie isn’t sure she and Leo are welcome. What will happen if Leo is not accepted by his grandfather?
This is an entertaining story with healthy doses of drama, humor, and romance. There is some danger, and it is a little unpredictable. It is well-paced and holds your attention. Natalie and Hadrian are fun to watch and perfect for each other. Leo is a delightful little boy. Lady Ellen, who does not want Hadrian to court her (long story) is absolutely charming. I really enjoyed and recommend Forever My Duke.
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Forever My Duke
Natalie is American born, although she has British ties. She is against the idea that anyone is better then any one else. When she makes a death bed promise it brings her right back to old ties and into a stuffy Duke named Hadrian. That’s when all the fun and things get interesting. Leo is a sweetheart that gets into all sorts of mischief. Wonderful read and well written romance.
OMG!! Sensual and passionate and with an unconventional, intriguing storyline that was utterly captivating. Beautiful writing, intricate characters with scorching chemistry that made FOREVER MY DUKE another winner for me. Deliciously tantalizing that will have you begging for more and weak in the knees.
Hadrian Ames the eighth Duke of Clayton, is ready to get married, and put his days of being hunted as society’s biggest matrimonial prize behind him. He has the perfect bride already in mind. His second cousin, Lady Ellen. She fit his criteria and standards for the ideal wife, she is attractive, a blue-blood of impeccable background, and is not overly chatty. Now he just needs to see how they get along. But on his way to meet with her family and his prospective bride, he is delayed by an ice storm. Forced to take a room at an Inn for the night, where his dinner is interrupted by a little boy who quickly hides under his table. When a woman steps in to the room looking for the little boy, he can’t stop staring at the beautiful, fascinating woman in front of him. When she reaches forward to shake his hand, he felt as giddy as a school boy, meeting his first pretty girl. It made no sense.
Natalie Fanshawe has been acting as Leo’s guardian since his parents were killed in a massacre in America. As her best friend was dying she begged her to bring Leo to her family in England. She isn’t sure what type of reception awaits them since she had never received a reply to her letters. But Natalie knew she didn’t like British aristocracy, her whole life her father had told her about the class system in England and she felt it was all just based on the luck of your birth. She was used to equality for all. Hopefully his family would welcome Leo into their home and give him all the love he deserved. But what will happen if they don’t? Is Natalie and Leo destined to go back to America? Or will a new ally give them everything they never knew they wanted?
American and English cultures will clash in the parlor as well as the bedroom, when these two come together for the sake of a little boy. Get ready for intense desire, delicious shivers, passionate kisses, tempting touches, as these two opposites captivate and seduce one another. As Natalie a woman of character, warmth, and charm, not to mention great beauty, and Hadrian a enthralling, enticing Duke, that under all his cool hauteur, is really a kind chivalrous gentleman, who can tempt a woman with one smoldering look, fall hard for each other. Because nothing in all the world could be better than Forever with a Duke!
“It seemed the both of them had needed to learn that love was the most precious gift of all-and that all else in life paled by comparison.”
Complimentary copy received for an honest review.