ROMANCE

The Truth About Dukes

Forever: Grand Central. (Rogues to Riches, Bk. 5). Nov. 2020. 400p. ISBN 9781538700334. pap. $7.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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The moment Constance Wentworth locks eyes with Robert, Duke of Rothmere, at her sister Althea’s ball, they quickly rekindle an old, secret friendship that turns to love. Years ago, Constance had fled home to work in a private hospital where Rob was locked away for treatment of epilepsy. In the fifth installment of the acclaimed “Rogues to Riches” series (after A Duke by Any Other Name), Burrowes delightfully twists many of historical romance’s traditional beats. Constance and Rob become engaged in the first half, and their commitment to each other never wavers—instead they face their challenges as a team, as outside forces do their best to ruin them. Rob deals with constant inquiries into his competence that threaten to jeopardize the guardianship of his estate, while Constance seeks out the illegitimate daughter she gave up for adoption and desperately wishes to find. Constance grapples with understanding Rob’s epilepsy, but her focus remains on him as a person, endearing her to him and to readers. Burrowes beautifully conveys the couple’s growth as they come to believe they are worthy of happiness.
VERDICT A refreshing, remarkably crafted Regency that will garner the multi-award-winning Burrowes (When a Duchess Says I Do) legions of new fans.

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