It is no surprise to anyone that has been following me for a while that I am obsessed with this series by Grace Burrowes. All the books are, no exception, historical romance heaven!
With her trademark wit, New York Times bestselling author Grace Burrowes delivers a charming Regency romance featuring a duke in disguise and a hellion trying to convince Society she’s a lady.
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.
The Review: 4 Stars
I think I can safely say that Quinn and Jane (My One and Only Duke) are still my favorite couple. As far as the overall story goes though... its a tie! Both My One and Only Duke and A Duke by Any Other Name had captivating, interesting, and touching stories.
Lady Althea's past and that of her families has been hinted at and bits have been told here and there throughout the books, it was nice however to get a glimpse at hers in particular. She has an admirable strength. Being accepted by society is all she wants but people in high places aren't always kind to newcomers and they have not been treating her well. So I in turn wanted nothing more than for her to squash every single one of the horrible ladies in society like the dirty little ants they all were. In the end I suppose she manged a little bit of both :) ...with the help a neighbor...
Nathaniel is a lonely man with many secrets. His life is a web of lies and the best way to keep things from exploding is to keep hiding. He is as distant and cold from others as he possibly can, even earning him a reputation for been ill tempered and reclusive. All that hides the fact that he has a heart of gold. Althea, not being one to being told what to think, proceeds to make her own mind about her neighbor. Invades his life and slowly but surely changes it all.
Everything about this book was delightful to read.
I cannot wait for the next one!
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