OMG! This is what historical romance is all about! If you are not into historical romances, then I strongly suggest that you read “The Duke I Once Knew” by Olivia Drake. It might be set during the Regency period, but it still resonates to contemporary settings.
Why, you ask? First, the heroine is 30 years old. A spinster during that era, but today, 30 is when most women think of getting married.
Second, the hero is sort of a jerk. He is a Duke, which in contemporary romances can be a tech billionaire, a successful athlete or a Wall Street whiz kid.
It’s a romantic comedy. “The Duke I Once Knew” can easily be translated into one Hallmark Channel’s romances. It’s not Downton Abbey but the elements are all there. After all, it’s rom-com, Regency style.
I can go on with my praises, but it all boils down to one thing. Read the book! It’s hilarious… it’s fun… and most of all, something you will enjoy, though you might not be a historical romance fun.
“The Duke I Once Knew” is Rated T for Teens.
The Duke I Once Knew
Award-winning author Olivia Drake begins her new Unlikely Duchesses series with THE DUKE I ONCE KNEW (St. Martin’s Paperbacks; December 31, 2018). With compelling characters and skillful plot twists, Drake’s latest novel will take your breath away.
First love is always the sweetest…
For years, Abigail Linton devoted herself to caring for her parents and her siblings’ children. Now, eager to create a life of her own, Abby seizes upon a position as a governess on a neighboring estate. Unfortunately, her absentee employer is Maxwell Bryce, the Duke of Rothwell, the notorious rake who once broke her youthful heart. But since he hasn’t set foot on his estate for fifteen years, Abby assumes she’ll never have to lay eyes on him ever again.
Then, from out of nowhere, Max appears. He is stunned to come face to face with the girl next door he fell for years ago—before he went away, and she stopped writing to him … even though Abby swears that he is the one who left her without a word. Could it be that this spirited, witty spinster has won Max’s heart all over again—and that they may have a second chance at love?