Nell And The Runaway Duke by Sofie Darling is a novella in the Shadows And Silk series. Miss Nell Tait is a seamstress to the aristocracy. Lucas Kendall, the Duke of Amherst, is a different kind of duke; Lucas is looking for a bride that wants the man, not the title. In a fated meeting, Lucas and Nell find an instant connection. Lucas decides to hide the fact that he is a duke from Nell. It’s love at first sight, yet Lucas must find a way to Nell’s heart after discovering his lies.
Lucas and Nell were down-to-earth, relatable characters. Lucas wants to be seen as a man, not the duke. He has searched for a suitable bride and has been disappointed. Lucas lies to Nell, yet I couldn’t fault him; he knew lying was the only chance he’d have at getting to know Nell. I love that Lucas had no pretense; he was grounded and kind.
Nell has scraped to a good life as a seamstress at a famous dressmaker in London. Nell has a heartbreaking tragedy in her past. Nell knows not to trust men, yet Lucas disarms her. I loved Nell’s determination and drive. Nell is an independent woman who is lonely and has a huge heart.
It is an instant connection when Lucas and Nell meet. I loved the friendly yet sensual dynamic the couple has. Lucas and Nell were perfect together. They made a couple that I cheered for their happily ever after.
This is an easy-to-read, sparkling jewel of romance! My attention was caught on page one, and the plot captivated me. It is a quick read; I finished it in a couple of hours. Lucas and Nell’s romance was a joy to see unfold. Sofie Darling created a love story that is eye-catching, unique, and endearing. Nell And The Runaway Duke pulled at my heart and made me smile!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through BookSprout. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Release Date: December 27, 2022