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?
Rating: Narration – B+ : Content – C
I generally find Grace Burrowes’ books work for me as comfort reads/listens – they’re not complicated or taxing, the characters are decent people trying to do the best for those they care for, and I enjoy the author’s slightly quirky writing style. In audio, James Langton’s narrations generally add something to the overall experience, and I’ve found myself more often listening to than reading her recent novels.
My One and Only Duke is the first in her new Rogues to Riches series, and it’s fairly typical Burrowes fare. We’ve got a gruff hero with a heart of gold, a no-nonsense heroine who is, by no fault of her own, in a bit of a pickle and a mystery to be solved – it’s not ground-breaking or original, but in my post-Christmas haze, it seemed like the sort of undemanding listen I wanted.
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