The Lady and The Duke by Olivia Kelly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Description from Goodreads:
Miss Audrey Ellis has failed to catch a wealthy, titled husband in her two London Seasons,and merely wishes to return to her quiet country life, leaving high society behind her for good. But when an unexpected encounter brings the Duke of Halford into her life, she will have to decide if she has the courage to change her prudent, unadventurous plans and reach for something more.
William Langston, the Duke of Halford, wasn't looking for love. He came to Town to track down his sister's blackmailer, hoping to head off a scandal in the making. But the Viscount Claremont is more elusive than the duke was prepared for, and leads him on a chase through society's drawing rooms and balls. Will soon finds himself distracted from his mission by Audrey's fresh beauty and lack of pretension, something scarce in his rarefied world.
The pair are drawn together despite their differences, but as scandal looms and rumors spread, danger is closer than ever before.
This was a really cute, quick read. This story hits all the right points of a romance. There's our heroine who wants nothing more than to leave London and escape society. Add our hero, who isn't interested in a romance, he's got his plans and won't be deterred. They meet and both their plans change. There's the bump in the road that causes a misunderstanding and brings to light some truths that neither was ready to admit. William's reason for being in London part of the story was as good as the romance. I'll admit I was thrown a bit as to what really was going on between William's sister and Viscount Claremont.
If you like regency romances and need a read for a lazy afternoon, this book is a must!
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