|How to Catch a Duke, Grace Burrowes|
I've been waiting for this book for sometime. Lord Stephen Wentworth's past was mentioned many times in previous books and I was hoping Grace Burrowes would give him a happy ending. After everything he went through in life he most certainly deserved it.
As book opening goes, the one to How to Catch a Duke had me dying of curiosity instantly:
"I have come to ask you to kill me, my lord."
Miss Abigail Abbott is no damsel in distress, but she also knows when she can't handle an enemy on her own. She believes the only solution to her problems is to disappear and she trusts Lord Stephen will help her. Lord Stephen is a juxtaposition... charming and brutish, sad and happy, caring and ruthless, the most intelligent and most clueless... Although you don't have to have read any of the previous books in this series to enjoy this one, I would advise you to do so. I think Stephen's personality traits and past will be more touching to the reader if you do. Specially considering his rakish tendencies.
Stephen adores Abigail's tenacity and having her disappear is out of the question. He proposes a courtship of convenience that slowly but surely starts to feel rather real.
It was a delight to see Stephen grow more confident despite his difficulties. The family dynamics were also delightful! I absolute adore Quinn (the hero on the very first book in this series and Stephen's older brother) and every time he graces the pages with his presence I dance inside with happiness. It was also touching that Grace wrote this book with the story being years apart from the first and so we get a much more mature Quinn and Jane, but with the same endearing personalities we loved in My One and Only Duke. But that again makes me think and want to warn you that although this book can be read a stand alone, you might not enjoy it as much as me if you do.
I was going to end by saying I don't have a favorite in the series or that it is a three way tie... but I have given the other books 4 stars... and I can't think of one single reason this one does not deserve a 5. So I guess there we have it: How to Catch a Duke is my favorite of the 6!
Release Date: April 13th, 2021
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