My One and Only Duke
Rogues to Riches #1
“New York Times bestselling author Grace Burrowes introduces us to the unconventional Wentworth family in this charming Regency romance with a Cinderella twist.
A funny thing happened on the way to the gallows…
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 vilest slums, and now he’s ready to use every dirty trick he knows to find the enemy who schemed against him.
There was just one tiny problem…
Jane Winston, the widowed, pregnant daughter of a meddlesome prison preacher, crosses paths with Quinn in jail. Believing his days are numbered, Quinn offers Jane marriage as a way to guarantee her independence and provide for her child. Neither thinks they’ll actually have a future together.
They were wrong.
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? ”
As the series name implies this novel follows the rags-to-riches troupe, and that hard work pays off. This story was throwing me off at first but definitely redeemed itself. The story begins with a man falsely imprisoned for manslaughter. While imprisoned, he married a pregnant woman to better her circumstances days before he was scheduled to be hung. At the last second a royal pardon comes down and Quinn survives, falls in love with his wife, and uncovers who accused him.
Quinn is a self-made man, a banker, who by an unlikely chance falls into a title, a duke no less. Jane is a preacher’s daughter who was recently widowed and pregnant is worried about her and her child’s future.
This novel was a rocky read at first, but it flowed well and ended strong. Despite the common troupe, having a duke begin in Newgate and finagling a way out unscathed was fascinating, I definitely recommend.
About the Author
“Grace Burrowes started writing as an antidote to empty nest and soon found it an antidote to life in general. She is the sixth out of seven children, raised in the rural surrounds of central Pennsylvania. Early in life, she spent a lot of time reading romance novels and practicing the piano. Her first career was as a technical writer and editor in the Washington, DC, area, a busy job that nonetheless left enough time to read a lot of romance novels.
It also left enough time to grab a law degree through an evening program, produce Beloved Offspring (only one, but she is a lion), and eventually move to the lovely Maryland countryside.”
I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.