It is rare to find a historical romance that defies convention, has an intriguing mystery, and off-the-chart chemistry. The Return Of The Duke delivers this and more.
Marcus Stanwick has been stripped of his title and has lost everything due to his treacherous father. Marcus stays in the shady, criminal areas of society, disenchanted and alone with a vendetta for those complicit in his father’s guilt. Esme Lancaster has a plethora of secrets and a mysterious background. Esme is also after what Marcus seeks. The two are sworn enemies yet find that fire and ice are combustible. The sensuality and physical connection is pure fire. I could feel Marcus’ bitterness and anger towards his situation. I respected Esme and loved the many layers of her personality. Marcus and Esme’s spark is instantaneous and undeniable.
The plot is unique as both characters are outside society, and each has specific burdens that affect their lives. There is a mystery angle that worked splendidly. I didn’t guess the outcome until the end. The book is intricate and intriguing, yet it moved fast and was easy to read. I flew through this novel; I couldn’t put it down. The return of the Duke is the third book in the Once Upon A Dukedom series. Lorraine Heath’s ability to weave captivating, passionate, unique romance is incomparable. I was mesmerized by Marcus and Esme’s journey; they took me on a rollercoaster of emotions. The Return Of The Duke is a crowning jewel in an outstanding series.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through Netgalley and the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Release Date: July 26, 2022