ROMANCE

How To Forget a Duke

Avon. (Misadventures in Matchmaking, Bk. 1). Jun. 2018. 371p. ISBN 9780062685483. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062685490. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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Jacinda Bourne's investigative methods are anything but conventional, but when it comes to ensuring a happy marriage for her family's matrimonial agency clients, she'll stop at nothing—not even haring off to the Duke of Rydstrom's Sussex estate to discover what he, their most prestigious patron, is hiding. Unfortunately, she wakes up on a rock, drenched in seawater, with no memory. The locals who rescue her assume she's the Duke's bride-to-be, setting the stage for a comedy of errors that becomes a romance of dukely proportions. A persistent, unorthodox heroine and a protective hero find love in a story that benefits from a beautifully realized supporting cast and an assortment of charming apropos quotes and references to Jane Austen's Emma.
VERDICT With clever wit, heady sexuality, and lush description, Lorret's title puts an enticing spin on the classic amnesia trope and launches a series (the author's Avon print debut) in fine style. Lorret (Just Another Viscount in Love) lives in Indiana.

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