Wrexham, Duke of Elsmore, is overrun by family obligations. With three sisters to escort about Town, a legion of cousins to look after, and aunties who insist he dance with every eligible young woman, he barely has time to manage his dukedom. When he finally carves out a moment to evaluate his family’s finances, he learns that he―and his sisters―are on the verge of social catastrophe.
Eleanora Hatfield has an uncanny knack for numbers, but she knows from experience that dealing with the peerage can only lead to problems. Though she wants nothing to do with any titled gentleman, she reluctantly agrees to help when Rex seeks aid from her employer. What starts out as an unwanted assignment soon leads to forbidden kisses and impossible longings. But with scandal haunting Ellie’s past and looming in Rex’s future, how can true love lead to anything but heartbreak?
Titles in the Rogues to Riches series include – My One and Only Duke – When A Duchess Says I Do – Forever and a Duke – A Duke by Any Other Name –
*Includes the bonus story “The Lady in Red” by Kelly Bowen
Title: Forever And A Duke
Series: Rogues to Riches #3
Author: Grace Burrowes
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Published: November 26, 2019
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
My Rating: 4 stars
FOREVER AND A DUKE is a slow burn romance that brings a somewhat financially clueless Duke together with a numbers wizard with surprising results. Ellie has no desire to leave the safety of her spot at the bank where she’s carved out a career working with numbers, finding patterns, and exposing any fraud. That her boss and the man who took a chance on placing a woman in her job position has offered her financial services to a friend in need is annoying but not all that surprising. Ellie has a long-held dislike for anyone with a title since she and her family fell on extremely hard times because of a member of the peerage. Intellectually she knows that not all men are alike, but the mistrust is as deeply ingrained in her spirit as are the secrets she carries to this day. She never expected to care for a man so above her, or to believe that he could overlook those secrets in her past.
Rex is surrounded by a large, boisterous, dedicated family – some more than others – that he has enjoyed tending to, spoiling, and caring for over the years. As the time approaches for marriage to be spoken about by family members he decides to take a closer look at his holdings and discovers that things are not at all what he expected to find. The magician with numbers that his friend provided to help him unclutter this mess is a beautiful, intelligent woman who wants as little to do with Rex as is humanly possible. Yet, there is a mystery here and most definitely wrongdoing by someone close to him. Together they’ll work the puzzle to its end – and along the way should they fall in love in spite of themselves that’s all the better in Rex’s mind. Although, Ellie may think differently.
I enjoyed FOREVER AND A DUKE and found both Ellie and Rex to be likable, believable characters. The puzzle isn’t terribly hard to unravel from the reader’s viewpoint but it was fun to watch the emotions growing between this couple as they followed clues and faced down the culprits. I stepped into this series with this title and wasn’t the least bit lost as we meet some people from the previous stories along the way. It is a series that I would like to go back to the beginning of, perhaps sometime next year. And now I’m going to be watching for the next release in this series for I’m very curious – and I think you will be, too, by this story’s end.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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