The Duke in Question

Sourcebooks Casablanca. (Daring Dukes, Bk. 3). Nov. 2022. 384p. ISBN 9781728262635. pap. $8.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Lady Bronwyn Chase has accidentally, but happily, become a spy, working as the “Kestral” under the direction of a minor figure in the UK government. On her heels is Valentine Medford, the Duke of Thornbury, a royal agent with orders to apprehend the Kestral. While they have similar values, they are pitted against each other since the Kestral has stolen important documents Valentine must retrieve. Thrown together on an ocean liner bound for the States, the two trade barbs but eventually work to uncover a plot to end the Lincoln presidency. Howard excels in quips and wit and has a deft hand with characterization. Some readers might find that the abundance of sex scenes defies the logic of the danger that the two face, but others will just be happy to read another of Howard’s smart, steamy, and on-point stories.
VERDICT Perfect for fans of Howard’s “Daring Dukes” series, but those who haven’t read Rules for Heiresses and The Princess Stakes shouldn’t start with this installment, which assumes knowledge of characters’ backstories.
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