Hadrian Ames, Duke of Clayton, has decided to finally take a bride. Known to be cold and always proper, Clayton needs a wife that will be obedient and know precisely how to handle the running of a household and be a suitable Duchess. What he didn’t plan on was falling for the exact opposite…a forward thinking American that will bow nor scrape to any man…even if he is a Duke.
Natalie Fanshawe made a deathbed promise to her dearest friend to take her son to England to be raised amongst his family. Natalie has grown to care for the young orphan, and is unsure why her friend wished to see him raised with a family that had disowned her when she married for love rather than money and a title and moved to America. When she finds herself without transport and stranded at an inn, she begrudgingly accepts the Duke of Clayton’s assistance…after all, they are traveling to the same estate…where Hadrian will be meeting his prospective bride. Hadrian, or Mr. Clayton as she refers to him, is not at all like the stuffy British Lords she’s imagined, and as they spend more time together, these opposites find out they are better together than apart.
Forever My Duke by Olivia Drake is a well written regency romance with everything you’d expect in the genre. There were times when Natalie came off as being a wee bit unbending and preachy in her views, but overall, I enjoyed the story and would recommend. While this is the second installment to the Unlikely Duchesses series, it may be read standalone.
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**I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. **