ROMANCE

A Duke by Any Other Name

Forever: Grand Central. (Rogues to Riches, Bk. 4). Apr. 2020. 384p. ISBN 9781538700327. pap. $7.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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Althea Wentworth refuses to be the laughingstock of polite society for another London Season. Despite her brother’s ducal title and wealth, she still has not risen above her status as a street beggar with a mean drunkard of a father. Licking her wounds in Yorkshire, she strives to be neighborly and visits the reclusive Nathaniel Rothmere, Duke of Rothhaven. If anyone knows how to ascend the gossip and claim his place in society, it’s Nathaniel. Upon first meeting, Thea finds the duke not only helpful in dealing with judgmental busybodies but also kind and burdened with secrets. Masquerading as the duke to protect his older brother, Robbie, Nathaniel knows his developing relationship with Thea threatens exposure. Yet with Thea by his side he wouldn’t face society alone. As emotions soar and passions ignite, the couple grapples with whether to continue the charade and be miserable or risk revealing all and possibly find happiness.
VERDICT The latest in Burrowes’s stunning Rogues to Riches” Regency-era series shines as a standout in the historical romance subgenre but is also a powerful story all on its own. The determined Althea charms readers right alongside the taciturn yet deep down tender Nathaniel. Highly recommended.

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