Kristin Vayden is someone I had not heard of before Fortune Favors the Duke was announced and Sourcebooks told me she is local to Washington State. I am planning a signing event with her and Lucy Gilmore this December at Inkling Bookshop and of-course I had to read the book ahead of time.
Fortune Favors the Duke was utterly adorable! I managed to read this beauty in two sittings and I will be reading the other books in the series.
Quinton Errington is perfectly happy teaching at Cambridge, with his elder brother carrying the duties of being the Duke of Wesley. But when a trip to celebrate Wesley's last week of bachelorhood ends in tragedy, Quinton, who becomes the Duke of Wesley, would give anything to have his brother back.
Now, under the most heartbreaking circumstances, Wesley's would-be bride, Catherine Greatheart, is left wanting. Her only protection left, her grandmother, has fallen ill, and Catherine has nowhere left to turn but to the family she was so close to being part of. The new Duke is kind, and she could use a friend who understands what she's going through.
Between learning how to be the head of his family's estate, mourning his brother, and trying not to fall in love with his late-brother's fiancée, Quinton will need some help—and it's a good thing he's not alone.
Quinton was a charming character and it is impossible not to feel for him. He is trustworthy, dependable, and all in all the perfect beta hero. He becomes the Duke of Wesley solely because of a tragic accident that took his brother's life and has now to leave the life he loves in Cambridge and move to London to manage things.
Catherine lost her fiancé, Quin's brother, and we find her grieving a the beginning of the book. She slowly comes out of her shell and it turns out she has a very strong and present personality. Her grandmother was absolutely hilarious. And to be fair, all family and friends side characters were really well written and fun, not just the grandmother.
They formed a really sweet couple. He supports her and defends her at all times. Their romance is a private affair and most certainly falls into the slow burn category.
Now, if you like your historical romance "spicy" I should warn you that this one is very mild. Honestly, this was the most mild and clean historical romance I've read since... humm... ever!? That is not a bad thing, but I have to say it lacked some passion.
There is another side story that happens when her grandmother gets ill. Its... odd. I don't dislike it, but I do wish that instead of that side story we had a little more chemistry written between the characters.
It is a very good book. As a bookseller I can think of quite a few customers that will love this one. As a romance reader myself that prefers a little "bite" in her books, that be with plot or character chemistry, the book was lacking a bit.
3 out of 5 stars.