An exciting new historical romance series from USA Today Bestseller Grace Callaway
“A very hot and perfectly paced page turner.” -NPR
He saved her life when she was a girl. Now she is a woman determined to heal his heart…
Spirited debutante Lady Olivia McLeod, cherished daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Strathaven, has two interests: solving mysteries and winning the love of her rescuer and secret crush, the infamous Duke of Hadleigh. When Livy joins Lady Charlotte Fayne’s charity for young ladies and discovers that it is a front for a covert investigative agency, she is thrilled. Livy dedicates herself to solving a deadly case; little does she realize that the path to danger will also lead to her heart’s deepest desire.
Notorious widower Ben Wodehouse, the Duke of Hadleigh, has only one goal in mind: redemption. After his tortured past, he channels his demons toward helping others, and the last thing he wants or deserves is innocence. Yet temptation taunts him by transforming the little girl he once saved into an alluring young woman. A dozen years younger than him and the daughter of his friend, Livy is everything he cannot have…and everything he needs.
Will perilous secrets, past and present, tear Livy and Ben apart? Will succumbing to their forbidden desires lead to their happily ever after? Find out in this steamy friends-to-lovers romance filled with mystery and adventure!
Grace's books feature sizzling hot historical romance, fun and feel-good happily ever afters, and exciting mystery and adventure. Her books are standalones which can also be enjoyed as part of her interconnected series.
LADY CHARLOTTE’S SOCIETY OF ANGELS (hot Victorian romance)
#1 Olivia and the Masked Duke
#2 Pippa and the Prince of Secrets
#3 Fiona and the Enigmatic Earl (Preorder today!)
GAME OF DUKES (hot Victorian romance)
#1 The Duke Identity (Tessa & Harry)
#2 Enter the Duke (Maggie & Ransom)
#3 Regarding the Duke (Gabby & Garrity)
#4 The Duke Redemption (Beatrice & Wick)
#5 The Return of the Duke (Fancy & Severin)
#6 Steamy Winter Wishes: A Hot Historical Romance Short Story (featuring characters from all of Grace's series)
HEART OF ENQUIRY (The Kents) (hot Regency romance)
Prequel novella: The Widow Vanishes (Will & Annabel)
#1 The Duke Who Knew Too Much (Alaric & Emma)
#2 M is for Marquess (Gabriel & Thea)
#3 The Lady Who Came in from the Cold (Marcus & Penny)
#4 The Viscount Always Knocks Twice (Richard & Violet)
#5 Never Say Never to an Earl (Sinjin & Polly)
#6 The Gentleman Who Loved Me (Andrew & Rosie)
MAYHEM IN MAYFAIR (hot Regency romance)
#1 Her Husband’s Harlot (Helena & Nicholas)
#2 Her Wanton Wager (Percy & Gavin)
#3 Her Protector’s Pleasure (Marianne & Ambrose)
#4 Her Prodigal Passion (Charity & Paul)
What Readers Are Saying:
“An exciting rollercoaster of a love story! This book delivers on a variety of levels. A slow burn, friends to lovers story. The plot is intricate, intimate, and all consuming. The couple’s passion burns through the pages.” -Jenna’s Historical Romance Reviews
“Olivia and Ben are so wonderful together. It is rare to find a match where the H & h share such a deep bond…. This book has it all—lead characters you truly love, fabulous side characters, murder, mystery, action, and a generous helping of steam and romance!” -Nazmin, Goodreads
“This book has pretty much reduced me to describing it in one-word sentences. RAWR. YUM. YES!! SWEET. MORE... Livy and Ben together were ***swoon***. I really couldn’t get enough of them. The writing, as always with Grace Callaway, was beautiful, heartfelt, and full of emotion. Every time I read something she writes, I can feel it completely. The storyline was fantastic, and I was captivated from beginning to end.” -Candace, BookBub
“Despite the age gap, Ben and Livy's friendship is so natural. Their friendship never feels awkward and the transition from friends to lovers is done tastefully (and steamily). Grace Callaway is always reliable when it comes to writing romances that are both romantic and steamy.” -Romance Library
“The platonic friendship between the two main characters was haunting and beautiful at the same time. The friendship defined both their lives. Watching the platonic love blossom into romantic love was breathtaking. Both characters had such an emotional journey.” -Jenna, Goodreads
I was worried.
I had read anther review that had me a little concerned. There is nothing wrong with this book. It seems everyone is looking for secret despicable hidden meanings. Grow up! Sometimes a story is just a story. I also think yellow may be this authors favorite color. What do you think that might mean? In all seriousness this is a good story. A little tongue in cheek. Certain references you might get. I thought it was cute.
I am usually a big fan of this author but this one just did not work. The choice of creating a relationship between these two characters struck me as odd. When they first meet, the female protagonist is twelve and the male is twenty-four; they strike up a “friendship” that turns romantic pretty soon after she turns eighteen. I know this is “historical fiction” and that age differences were common, but the decision to have an adult develop a “friendship” with a child like this is enough to make a lot of people uneasy. Especially where the author talks about how this adult in his twenties feels like this twelve year old is the only one who understands him/that he can trust/that has stood by him-it is just so uncomfortable. There’s also a lot of language that the author uses to justify the switch in perspective that just adds to the problematic nature of it; at some points she talks about the female’s “women’s body” or “adult body masking the same heart” or something along those lines. There’s also the weirdly paternalistic and sometimes controlling nature of the male for much of the story. And calling her “little one” or “my little angel” given how they started is just bizarre.
I know there are people who will read this review and think I’m making too much of a fictional story, but it bothers me that this book normalizes and glorifies a relationship that anyone looking at it today would be horrified by. I also doubt there are many younger girls reading this author, but if there are, why put this out there as ok? Who is this book trying to cater to by deliberately using language that emphasizes their past power imbalance when she was a child and he was a fully grown adult? There are times it feels like the author wants you to revel in what she knows is problematic while excusing it with “oh well but she’s an adult now.”
This unrelated adult who feels this type of “we’re the only ones who understand” level of connection with a child is a creep, and any relationship between them the second she becomes an adult is not normal or heroic or beautiful. It asks for too much suspension of disbelief to portray it a such.