The Duchess Hunt by: Lorraine Heath

Once Upon a Dukedom book 2

New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath continues her Once Upon a Dukedom series with this lush love story of a duke who discovers what he desires in a wife may not be what he needs…

Hugh Brinsley-Norton, the Duke of Kingsland, is in need of a duchess. However, restoring the dukedom—left in ruins by his father—to its former glory demands all his time, with little room for sentiment. He places an advert encouraging the single ladies of the ton to write why they should be the one chosen, and leaves it to his efficient secretary to select his future wife.

If there exists a more unpleasant task in the world than deciding who is to marry the man you love, Penelope Pettypeace certainly can’t imagine what it might be. Still, she is determined to find the perfect bride for her clueless, yet ruthlessly charming employer.

But when an anonymous note threatens to reveal truths best hidden, Kingsland has no choice but to confront the danger with Penelope at his side. Beguiled by the strong-willed, courageous beauty, he realizes he’s willing to risk everything, including his heart, to keep her safe within his arms. Could it be the duchess he’s hunting for has been in front of him all along?

Content Warnings: Sexual scenes, sexual harassment, child abuse, and violence.
Mention of: infertility, exploitation of a minor [of a sexual nature], domestic abuse, death of a parent(s), loss of a sibling, and forced institutionalization.

Since meeting Hugh in SCOUNDREL OF MY HEART, book one in the series, I have been excited to see what kind of woman would have him falling in love. It was hilarious that he would fall for someone, who’s been such a huge part of his day-to-day life, that he’s known for roughly 8 years but just now started to really see.

After an embarrassing last season, when the woman he courted married another, Hugh is determined that this year he’ll find his future duchess. Leaving nothing to chance he gives the job, of finding a suitable wife, to his extremely hardworking secretary Penelope.

For 8 years Penelope has been the best secretary anyone could ask for. Determined to always prove how competent she is she works tirelessly to ensure the Duke’s day-to-day life runs smoothly. Though she’s been in love with him for years she takes her job very seriously and is determined to find the perfect future duchess no matter what it takes.

This was such a fun read, I always adore it when one character out of nowhere sees the other as if it’s the very first time. So focused on work and ensuring financial success Hugh never truly noticed how much Penelope does for him. He also never truly noticed just how perfect she is…until now. When someone mention’s that she may leave her position when a duchess is found he’s shocked to imagine how dreary it would be without seeing her daily. He struggles to understand why another woman would be intimidated by the close working relationship Hugh and Penelope have.

Later this month they’ll be releasing another book, though this was originally a duology, which I’m excited about. The third book will focus on the fallen [almost] Duke Stanwick, whose brother falls in love in book one. I’m hoping we get more about the Chessman as well as seeing a long-awaited return to good fortune for Stanwick as he finds his own love story unfold.

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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