Review: MY ONE AND ONLY DUKE by Grace Burrowes ~ an unusual and titillating read.


my one and onlyTitle: My One and Only Duke  Rogues to Riches Book 1
Author: Grace Burrowes
Genre: Historical Fiction, Regency
Pages: 465
Published by: Forever
Published Date: November 6, 2018
Sold by: Hachette Book Group
ASIN: B07B8F42K2

 

Publisher’s Summary:

From a New York Times bestselling author and one of “the very best in today’s Regency romance” (Elizabeth Hoyt) comes the story of the unconventional Wentworth family in this charming new series with a Cinderella twist.

One minute, London banker Quinn Wentworth is facing execution. The next, he’s declared the long-lost heir to a dukedom. Quinn has fought his way up from the worst slums, and now he’s ready to use every dirty trick he knows to find the enemy who schemed against him.

Jane Winston, the widowed and pregnant, crosses paths with Quinn while her father is preaching to the prisoners. Believing his days are numbered, Quinn offers her marriage as a way to guarantee her independence and provide for her child. Neither thinks they’ll actually have a future together.

He’s a wealthy gutter rat out for vengeance. She’s a minister’s daughter who must turn a marriage of desperation into a proper ducal union. Are they doomed from the start or destined for a happily-ever-after?

Also includes the bonus novella Once Upon a Christmas Eve from New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt!

When his carriage wheel snaps in a snowstorm, Adam Rutledge, Viscount d’Arque, is forced to seek shelter at the home of the most maddening, infuriating, and utterly beguiling woman he’s ever met.

“Skillfully crafted and exquisitely written, Burrowes’ latest is pure gold; a brilliant launch to a promising series.” —Library Journal, starred review

 

My Thoughts:  This happens to be the first book I’ve read from author Grace Burrowes.  It seems I’ve been missing some serious talent!

The story began with death or close to.  The last days of a man, who apparently is rather a good man for he looks out for those who are less fortunate them himself.  Yes, even in Newgate prison. Quinn Wentworth is to be hanged.  We know he didn’t do anything to warrant the hanging.  He was set up.  But Quinn was a man of methodical talent – he took care of those around him first – his sisters, a couple of young boys thrown into Newgate, a couple of prostitutes and then, surprisingly a woman, whose tale you will weep at, Jane Winston. Burrowes paints a dismal picture, smells and all, of Newgate which actually existed and was finally torn down in 1904.

The tale is rather grim and there are many dark moments, but after Quinn’s hanging, events rapidly change.  Quinn is a man to be respected.  He is certainly a man of wealth and as a banker one of some reputation.  However, that being said, there are those who don’t think kindly of him, and the story is one where he must ferret them out.  After all, his family and now the extended family may be in danger.

As the story unfolds, we find that Jane Winston, daughter of a man of ‘God’ (that I must use loosely), is made of stern stuff and certainly one with courage, someone to be admired.  I enjoyed how Burrowes wove her character and wisdom into a character of strength.  A boon to Quinn and much needed to balance out his life.

At the same time, Quinn Wentworth offered much to Jane.  She was malnourished, and thought little of who she was.  Each of them helped to discover the other.

Quinn has a very curious family.  A younger brother who although can walk, prefers to stay in a wheelchair and play the invalid. He also has two sisters who are used to being ostracized in society and have a difficult time when Quinn’s familial circumstances in society change.  I was left with the hope the series will continue giving me a chance to know what is really behind Stephen’s act and what choices Quinn’s sisters will have in gaining a footing in society.

All in all, this intriguing story with its depth of emotion, while exposing societal problems of the time gives much to the reader to contemplate and anticipate coming events, waiting for the next of the sequel to be released.

Bonus Material:  Elizabeth Hoyt’s Once Upon a Christmas Eve novella was a welcome surprise.  This novella is a racey and entertaining read. Adam Rutledge, a viscount gets marooned with his grandmother at a mansion in the county for a couple of weeks while his grandmother’s health improves.  A rake, like no other, his reputation precedes him and Lady Margaret is no easy catch!  A spitfire and them some.

We find that Adam is more than his reputation.  While Lady Margaret comes out with pistols loaded, we find she does have a heart.

 

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About eileendandashi

I am a lover of books, both reading and writing. 2018 marks the beginning of my own journey from writer to published author. This blog will showcase various authors' thoughts on the elements of novel crafting, and my attempts to find my voice in writing. While journaling this journey, I hope to encourage others to follow their dreams. Book reviews continue as I have the last four years, only making time for my new pursuits.
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