After the tragic death of his wife, Jasper, the 8th Duke of Bainbridge buried himself away in the dark cold walls of his home, Castle Blackwood. When he’s coaxed out of his self-imposed exile to attend the amusements of the Frost Fair, his life is irrevocably changed by his fateful meeting with Lady Katherine Adamson. With her tight brown ringlets and silly white-ruffled gowns, Lady Katherine Adamson has found her dance card empty for two Seasons. After her father’s passing, Katherine learned the unreliability of men, and is determined to depend on no one, except herself. Until she meets Jasper. In a desperate bid to avoid a match arranged by her family, Katherine makes the Duke of Bainbridge a shocking proposition; one that he accepts. Only, as Katherine begins to love Jasper, she finds the arrangement agreed upon is not enough. And Jasper is left to decide if protecting his heart is more important than fighting for Katherine’s love.
Rating: B- for narration; B- for content
For Love of the Duke was a “new-to-me” listen in terms of both author and narrator, but the book seems to have been fairly well received so I decided to give the audio a try.
Twin sisters Lady Katherine and Lady Anne Adamson are shopping at a frost fair on the Thames in the run-up to Christmas when disaster strikes. Katherine literally steps onto thin ice, plunging into the frigid water beneath – and would have drowned but for the quick thinking and actions of Jasper, the Duke of Bainbridge, who dives in and pulls her out.
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