Along with his stepsiblings, Sheridan Wolfe, Duke of Armitage, is determined to finally solve the mysteries behind the suspicious deaths of their mother’s three husbands. Tasked with investigating a possible suspect, Sheridan finds himself in dangerous proximity to her captivating daughter, Vanessa Pryde. But still haunted by a tragically lost love, the duke is resolved to resist the attraction—and avoid any “scheming” husband-hunters. Besides, lovely Miss Pryde seems utterly smitten with a roguish London playwright . . .
Vanessa thinks a little scheming may be in order—for it’s Sheridan she truly has her sights, and her heart, set on. Her theatrical flirtation is intended only to break through his business-like demeanor and guarded emotions. And as Sheridan’s jealousy becomes aroused, the two soon find themselves propelled into a scheme of an altogether different kind, involving a pretend engagement, a secret inquiry—and a perhaps not-so-secret leap into true love . . .
Title: Undercover Duke
Series: Duke Dynasty #4
Author: Sabrina Jeffries
Genre: Regency/Historical Romance
Published: May 25, 2021
Publisher: Kensington Books
My Rating: 4.5 stars
I have loved the Undercover Duke series throughout all of the siblings finding their perfect matches and I’ll admit that although there may be a novella connection around Christmas, I am a bit bittersweet about this series coming to a conclusion. Yet it’s time for Sheridan to find love, even though he doesn’t believe he can or will ever love again after his wife’s death… stubborn man.
Undercover Duke will finally point out the murderer of the Dukes, and while many of us may have suspected this particular character I don’t believe I ever expected that “reason” to be behind the crimes. Still, on the way to this final discovery, we’re treated to Sheridan finally meeting his match in wit and cunning in the lovely Vanessa who has had her heart set on Sheridan for a very long time now. If she leads him on a bit with a tall tale of using him to make another unsuitable gentleman jealous, well, it certainly got his attention. Or did it, at first? Since Sheridan is determined to get some answers from Vanessa’s mother concerning that ongoing investigation the siblings have about the murders – why not use the daughter’s surprisingly devious plot to not only get answers but to lead a lovely lady away from a man who is truly not the best catch for her… if there is a bit of jealousy in Sheridan’s motives he’s not acknowledging it.
I enjoyed myself back in this world again. I adored Vanessa, for a woman of her time she certainly did her best to outthink Sheridan in the cunning department. I liked Sheridan, always have, yet he is so stubborn that there were times that he deserved either a sharp shaking or a stern talking to. They worked so well together that it was a joy to watch them work through everything else going on around them to their own happy ending. I cannot say I was surprised by the ending or the reveal of the murderer – but I was caught off guard on the reasons. I always love to see previous couples appear throughout a series and it was fun to see everyone back again for a quick catch-up on events in their lives.
In all, Undercover Duke is an emotional, sizzling, heartfelt romance that kept me flipping pages and at the same time, not wanting the story to come to an end. I had fun here, and that’s the entire point. If you love a very good Historical Romance then I would recommend the Duke Dynasty series. Because of the over-arcing storyline that runs through each story, I would strongly suggest reading this series in order if you possibly can.
*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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