Never a Duke
by Grace Burrowes
Rogues to Riches - Book 7
Release Date: April 26, 2022
Reviewed by PJ
Ned Wentworth has to be one of the most endearing heroes I've ever read. I adored him. And that's without experiencing his back story in the first six books of the series. I can only imagine how much deeper my affection for this character will be once I've read those other books. And I will be reading them! Meeting the couples from the earlier books in Never a Duke has guaranteed that.
It was going to take a strong, special heroine to convince Ned that he deserved a happy ending and Rosalind was just that. I loved how her values lined up with his. I loved the chemistry and banter between them. Burrowes' dialogue simply sparkled and there was plenty of it. These two talked, often, and about a variety of topics from the lighthearted to the deeply emotional. It was a wonderful way for them to get to know one another while working to find the missing maids, unveiling hidden depths - and surprises - about each of them. I loved the respect between them, the genuine affection (they liked each other), Ned's determination to protect Rosalind, and the way she supported and defended him. I loved how she defended him!
Secondary characters were plentiful in this book with Ned's adopted family members (meddling but good people) sharing the spotlight with Rosalind's greedy, cold-hearted ones. I do love a well-developed villain and Burrowes gave readers one in particular who was easy to despise.
Never a Duke is the final book in a seven-book series with many characters from the earlier books having significant page time in this last story. Kudos to the author for creating a story that never left me confused or out of the loop. Instead of feeling like I was missing something, meeting the earlier couples so important to Ned's life only made them more intriguing, and me more eager to read their stories. Speaking of which...
Do I have an incredible giveaway for you! Grand Central Publishing (Forever) has generously offered print copies of all seven books in this series to one person who posts a comment before 11:00 PM, June 22. If the first six books are even half as good as the seventh, they will be incredible.
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So, tell me...
Have you read any Grace Burrowes books yet?
Do you read a series in order or jump in wherever is most convenient?
Who is the last hero who captured your affections or the last heroine who had you cheering?