ROMANCE

The Duke Heist

Forever: Grand Central. (Wild Wynchesters, Bk. 1). Feb. 2021. 352p. ISBN 9781538719527. pap. $8.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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Lawrence Gosling, the Duke of Faircliffe, is in want of a family but, more important, he’s in need of a rich wife. After years of his father gambling away their fortunes, Lawrence must play everything perfectly if he’s to turn around the reputation and outlook of his estate. Miss Chloe Wynchester has no need for a husband but is happy to pretend otherwise on her quest to recover a family painting stolen by the late Duke of Faircliffe. The reputation of the wild Wynchester siblings allows Chloe to convince the duke to help her wrangle a husband while her sister and “chaperone” searches his home. The more time spent together, the more each defies the other’s expectations. But Lawrence is responsible for keeping the estate—and its employees—going, and Chloe knows society will never accept her, a Wynchester and an easily forgotten one at that, unless one of them is willing to take a drastic leap.
VERDICT Schemes, heists, and forgeries abound in this charming series starter by Ridley (Forever Your Duke). This unconventional and quirky Regency will have readers falling for the plucky family and rooting for Chloe and Lawrence to buck tradition.

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