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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by St. Martin's Press
Released on February 2, 2016
While I wasn’t really into the first book based on Colt King, I really wanted Duke King’s story. You get a hint that he went to prison, but not really sure why other than it was a little shady what he was accused of doing. Then there is the whole secret kid while I have been gone that he just finds out about. So I knew a little going in, but not much in the way of details.
Duke King and his brothers never really had a good life growing up. Their mother passed away and their father was a drunk that caused an accident the town couldn’t forgive. Then their dad up and leaves. Duke is forced to raise them alone for a bit before their aunt takes them in to her life. Well, she isn’t the nicest lady. Now ten years later, she’s in the hospital and has called the boys home to Destiny.
Duke King was never really a trouble maker no matter what everyone thought. He did his best to feed his brothers and take care of him, but he was labeled all kinds of bad stuff. With not much of a future, he in now way was considered good enough for the judge’s daughter, Grace Truman. At an early age Grace knew Duke was her one and only, but convincing him was a different matter. She knew he would never hurt her and all the dreams her parents had for her were their own. Duke pushes her away wanting what was best for her and it wasn’t him.
When Duke sees a young man slap Grace, he intervenes and is sentence to prison for attempted murder. The judge and sheriff throw the book at Duke and he is sent away never to hear from Grace again. Unbeknownst to both of them, they were being kept away and Grace sent letters he never received. Important letters like telling Duke she is pregnant.
So we pick up in the future with Duke back in Destiny and Grace having moved back to take care of her parents. The jig is up and Duke knows he has a son. No way is he leaving to be an absentee parent. He wants to know his son and can’t quite forgive Grace for hiding him all these years. Grace on the other hand is afraid of losing her son to Duke, but also falls right back in love with Duke.
This isn’t a terribly long story and Duke and Grace do fight a lot, but they are also in bed bumping uglies….without protection….every time. I wanted to bang my head on the wall for them. She’s even a school nurse for goodness sake. I knew what was going to happen from sex scene number one.
You get to see the same scenes that you saw Colt in a few times, but from Duke’s perspective. The same set up of moving back to Destiny. Even the famous roll-up scene comes back from the first book.
Overall, I like Duke so much more that Colt. This book had some holes, but overall you felt these two were handed a raw deal when they were young. They needed to walk carefully, make love often and become a family. Now I can’t wait for the last brother’s story. It’s bound to be a dosey with a school teacher!
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