One of Amazon’s Best Romances for October 2021
New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath continues her Once Upon a Dukedom series with this lush love story of a duke who discovers what he desires in a wife may not be what he needs…
Hugh Brinsley-Norton, the Duke of Kingsland, is in need of a duchess. However, restoring the dukedom—left in ruins by his father—to its former glory demands all his time, with little room for sentiment. He places an advert encouraging the single ladies of the ton to write why they should be the one chosen, and leaves it to his efficient secretary to select his future wife.
If there exists a more unpleasant task in the world than deciding who is to marry the man you love, Penelope Pettypeace certainly can’t imagine what it might be. Still, she is determined to find the perfect bride for her clueless, yet ruthlessly charming employer.
But when an anonymous note threatens to reveal truths best hidden, Kingsland has no choice but to confront the danger with Penelope at his side. Beguiled by the strong-willed, courageous beauty, he realizes he’s willing to risk everything, including his heart, to keep her safe within his arms. Could it be the duchess he’s hunting for has been in front of him all along?
The Duchess Hunt
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and I am voluntarily reviewing it.
This is the second book of the series. You don’t have to read the prior story to thoroughly enjoy this one. I would love to give this more than 5 stars if I could.
The author did a fabulous job in creating a tale that completely enchanted me. I was hooked. I couldn’t figure out the dark secret that Penelope Pettypeace was hiding. When it was revealed it, it was so different from anything else that I had read before in a historical. Kingsland was also hiding a secret from everyone, that for me was also an original. It along with his childhood, helped to shape and to carve him into a man who thought he had no heart for love.
The story of how these two people from totally different spectrums of society come together and form a bond beyond employer and employee really was outstanding. The story flowed beautifully. It was witty, loving, tender and at times heart-wrenching. A tale so different from the norm that it kept me glued to my e-reader to discover their secrets.
This is a sexy read. There are just a few scenes at that and nothing that I would consider to be erotica. I would highly recommend this to someone over the age of 18.
This was a slow and steady book, the H and h were a great compliment to each other. Unfortunately, this book had a tendency to drag on and on….and on. Could have been 150 pages shorter. And the ending was anticlimactic and predictable. It was just ok. Towards the middle the author changed who the H was and it messed with the flow of the book IMO.
Absolutely loved this book and can’t wait for more of this series. It captured my attention and held it throughout the book. I require a good problem , be it a mystery , good murder or kidnapping not the sweet little lavender fluff the popular Brigerton books have but a real problem. It adds so much meat to a story that grabs your attention and this is exactly what Lorraine Heath has done again. I loved seeing hopefully more stories come from new characters introduced. Hurry with the next book please!!!