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when a duchess says i doWhen a Duchess Says I Do (Rogues to Riches #2) by Grace Burrowes

Release Date: April 2, 2019

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Synopsis: An enchanting Regency romance with a fairy-tale twist from an always witty and delightful New York Times bestselling author who Tessa Dare calls “a romance treasure.”

Duncan Wentworth tried his hand at rescuing a damsel in distress once long ago, and he’s vowed he’ll never make that mistake again. Nonetheless, when he comes across Matilda Wakefield in the poacher-infested and far-from-enchanted woods of his estate, decency compels him to offer aid to a lady fallen on hard times. Matilda is whip-smart, she can read Duncan’s horrible penmanship, and when she wears his reading glasses, all Duncan can think about is naughty Latin poetry.

Matilda cannot entrust her secrets to Duncan without embroiling him in the problems that sent her fleeing from London, but neither can she ignore a man who’s honorable, a brilliant chess player, and maddeningly kissable. She needs to stay one step ahead of the enemies pursuing her, though she longs to fall into Duncan’s arms. Duncan swears he has traded in his shining armor for a country gentleman’s muddy boots, but to win the fair maid, he’ll have to ride into battle one more time.

Review: Book two in the new series finds us with the cousin who was in charge of teaching Stephen in book 1. He was a reclusive character that clearly had a troubled past.  He now finds himself in charge of an estate he wants nothing to do with because of Quinn’s wife’s, Jane, need to take care of everyone.  They think by giving him something to be responsible for, he will settle down and be happy.  He hates the responsibility and wants to travel, not settle down. He just has to last 1 year with the estate and he will then be free once again to wander. He doesn’t expect to be threatened in his own woods by poachers or be rescued by a wisp of the woman who clearly is need of help and several good meals. Matilda is on the run and in hiding from her fiance and father.  She needs to keep moving, but Duncan’s offer of wages, a roof, and regular meals is hard to pass up, especially with winter setting in.  During the course of her stay, secrets are revealed, passions flair, and unlikely love blooms.  Their story was enjoyable. Duncan was an interesting character and I enjoyed watching him win over Matilda.  The plot was slow at times, but I did like this book better than book 1, My One and Only Duke, which I had a hard time connecting with. Overall, enjoyable, and I definitely am looking forward to Stephen’s book. His character fascinates me and I look forward to his story.

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