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  • I'm blown away by this outstanding romance!

    This is the first book I've read by this author, and Wow, I have been missing out! The writing is refreshingly erudite, clever, and witty and showcases the intelligence of her characters at every step. The elegant vocabulary, the intricate descriptions of emotionally-driven thought processes, the sophisticated, elegant use of language -- it all beautifully captures the spirit of verbal sparring for position and influence with highly sophisticated and nuanced observations of societal interactions. These characters instantly come alive off the page as Althea and Nathanial find they have so much in common despite having been raised at opposite ends of the class spectrum. The story starts with a simple plan wherein Althea requests Nathaniel's help in navigating "polite" society. What actually ensues is a carefully orchestrated series of minor events that erode the status quo, expose its structural weaknesses, and force every character, including a few other not-inconsequential relatives, to examine their lives and desire to do better, to be more than they ever dreamed. I loved the cheeky way Althea stood up to Nathaniel, which is more than balanced by his direct but not-quite-condescending manner with her. As they lean more toward and on each other, secrets are revealed that seem insurmountable, which resulted in a series of beautifully haunting descriptions of a love that can't be pursued. Just when we think things can't become any more complicated, an unexpected twist shakes everything up all over again. This story delicately demonstrates a juxtaposition of the best and worst of society before revealing a truly brilliant resolution. Nathaniel and Althea get a solid and sigh-inducing HEA, and another couple is hinted at having just started their equally complex journey of the heart. Every now and then I'm treated to a book that is so brilliantly executed that it rises above all its competition while raising the genre itself. This book is one of my all-time top ten favorites and I can't recommend it highly enough. It's time now to go find another of this author's books to dive into. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.

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  • Nathaniel, Duke of Rothhaven, secrets

    Nathaniel, Duke of Rothhaven, has secrets, huge, life altering, treasonous secrets. Brooding and secluded, carefully guarding his intimidating reputation, he avoids interactions with even his closest neighbors. But when Lady Althea Wentworth allows her sows to graze in his orchard, he is forced to interact with the insightful, but bullied, relative of the peerage. Late to prosperity and society after a horrifying childhood, Althea recognizes a wounded soul when she sees one. As in many of Ms. Burrowes novels, readers are presented with an (apparently) unsolvable set of circumstances. We readers KNOW that Nathaniel and Althea deserve to have their HEA, but for the life of us, we can’t see any possible resolution. Slowly and steadily, Ms. Burrowes reveals Nathaniel’s secrets, showcasing his true nature, that of a loyal, loving, and lovable family man. I confess that reading one of Ms. Burrowes novels takes me longer than other comparable length books simply because her use of language is just so beautiful that I find myself frequently rereading paragraphs, just to revel in the sentence structure. I read many (MANY!) historical romances and often find myself kicked out of the time period by an author’s use of a contemporary phrase (a character says “NOT!” after a statement, or “rolls her eyes”) or by applying a contemporary moral. You won’t find this error in Ms. Burrowes books. Her language and customs are true to the setting, whether it be ancient Scotland or Regency England. I highly recommend “A Duke by Any Other Name.’ You won’t be disappointed! I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from the publisher and am voluntarily reviewing it.

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  • everyone has secrets

    A Duke By Any Other Name, by Grace Burrowes, will be available in booksellers on 4-28-20. Rogues to Riches series book 4, begins with a laugh, and it drew me in at first chuckle. Who knew pigs could make me laugh if they weren't flying or talking. Our hero, Nathaniel, comes across as part Heathcliff and part straight guy in a comedy act. Althea, our heroine, is witty and outspoken which is also her social downfall. The repartee between these two is an homage to classic movies of the 1930's where everyone is slinging fabulous set-downs at each other. I've read a 4 chapter extended preview and it's given me a taste of what a compelling book this will be. I must know what happens when these two get together, bet it's going to be a good journey. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. #Netgalley #GraceBurrowes #ADukeByAnyOtherName #RoguesToRiches #Forever #HachetteBookGroup #Historical Romance #Romance

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  • An absolute joy!

    An absolute joy to read from start to finish! This book is beautifully written and so witty, I found myself wanting to go back and reread passages. I can’t wait to read more.

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  • So good I started re-reading it immediately

    I loved it! It has the usual Grace Burrowes' book hallmarks - humor (pigs in the orchard), independent women, bromance, mouthwatering teas by the fire, family love and conflict, with the addition of a positively gothic location and the duke racing across the moors in midnight on a black horse. I can hardly wait to read the whole thing! The above review is of an extended ARC from the publisher via Netgalley . I have since then read my own purchased copy and am even more in love with this book. It's just about perfect, in my opinion.

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