ROMANCE

It's Hard Out Here for a Duke

Avon. (Keeping up with the Cavendishes, Bk. 4). Dec. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780062386816. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062386793. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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American-born horse breeder James Cavendish never wanted to be a duke. He'd never even thought about it until his father died, and now he's heading to England with his three younger sisters in tow, expected to assume the responsibilities of the Durham title. Still, for one more night he wants to be just James, having a pint at the pub and maybe finding connection. He certainly doesn't hope for an unforgettable evening or for the mysterious woman he meets to be his aunt's companion Meredith Green. Determined to keep her distance, Meredith understands the danger of scandal even if James does not. Though class and culture clash fiercely as James struggles to learn his "Duke Lessons," he's a bit too American to let social station taboos keep them apart. A reluctant duke who comes into his own and a gently bred commoner with a past risk disgrace for love.
VERDICT A lighthearted romp enhanced by witty quotes from The Rules for Dukes; a perfect addition to the series. Rodale (Lady Claire Is All That) lives in New York City.

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