This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Forever
Released on November 6, 2018
Sometimes a premise is just too good to pass up. I couldn’t help myself when I saw a man condemned to hang at Newgate for murder is suddenly given a stay of execution when he is discovered to be the next duke. I already enjoy this author’s stories and would have picked this one up anyway, but this new Rogues to Riches series is certainly starting off with a bang.
My One and Only Duke introduces the eccentric Wentworth family and the first one, Quinn, presents the reader with a fantastical story of rags to riches to prison and dukehood. Quinn is a forceful man and a successful banker. Someone wanted him out of the way for good so he was framed for murder. While awaiting his execution, Quinn decides to do a good turn for an engaging widow expecting a child and stuck living in poverty and the situation grows worse. He marries her and promises that she will have independence and no fear of need.
The fun begins when Quinn is pardoned when he is discovered to be a ducal heir. Quinn and Jane now have to figure out the being married to strangers part even while adjusting to their newfound status in the highest tier of society while the danger from Quinn’s past is still lurking.
As I said, the premise really grabbed me and I was enchanted from the early pages with both taciturn Quinn and surprising Jane. They had chemistry right away even when they are in his cell at Newgate getting a feel for each other while she awaits her sanctimonious and eccentric preacher father and Quinn awaits his own death. Quinn intimidated nearly everyone else, but not Jane. She was good for him and it was neat seeing them build a life together.
His siblings are all odd and a little mysterious because of the hard life the Wentworths lived growing up in abuse and poverty before making good with the bank. They will be the source of the rest of the series stories no doubt.
Normally, I’m not drawn to pregnant heroines when the baby is not the hero’s, but I thought this situation worked and was just part of the whole zany ball of circumstances facing this pair who thought Jane would end up his widow, but found they were stuck together and chose to make the most of it including falling in love. I got nervous that it would get angsty or weird, but it had the amount of conflict one could expect in such a situation. There was some awkwardness that distracted me a bit in the middle of the story where I felt there was either too much going on around this pair or something with the romance itself. Can’t put my finger on it. That said, they were a good pair and I liked them both.
The suspense element was good, but I confess I was more taken up with the pair trying to make a go of what was essentially an arranged or slightly forced marriage situation.
There was a bonus novella included with my copy, but I didn’t read it for this review.
So, a new series is launched and I had a good time with Quinn and Jane’s story. It will get interesting with the other Wentworths. While many of the author’s series are spin-offs and connected closely to past series, this one is not and its a good place for a newbie to the author to start. For those who want a little something different in their high society historical romances, I point you to this one.
My thanks to Forever Romance for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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