The Duke Undone

Berkley. Apr. 2021. 384p. ISBN 9780593198285. pap. $16. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Art student Lucy Coover has found her muse, a nude man passed out drunk in an alley. She paints his likeness as Endymion in her first masterpiece. Anthony Philby becomes the new Duke of Weston when his elder brother unexpectedly dies, but his inheritance depends on his staying sober and respectable. When he discovers Lucy’s painting of him naked and drunk, he confiscates it to avoid a scandal that would cost him the dukedom. Rather than return the painting, Anthony agrees to use his position to stop the destruction of Lucy’s impoverished neighborhood, while Lucy agrees to find Anthony’s long-lost sister. Working together to salvage Lucy’s home before it’s too late, they lose their hearts to each other, but Anthony’s addiction and an unjust system may be their undoing.
VERDICT Impeccably researched, Lowell’s latest emphasizes justice. This love story tackles weighty issues but remains suspenseful and spellbinding.
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