My One and Only Duke

My One and Only Duke

Grace Burrowes / Jul 20, 2019

My One and Only Duke New York Times bestselling author Grace Burrowes introduces us to the unconventional Wentworth family in this charming Regency romance with a Cinderella twist A funny thing happened on the way

  • Title: My One and Only Duke
  • Author: Grace Burrowes
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  • New York Times bestselling author Grace Burrowes introduces us to the unconventional Wentworth family in this charming Regency romance with a Cinderella twist.A funny thing happened on the way to the gallowsOne minute, London banker Quinn Wentworth is facing execution The next, he s declared the long lost heir to a dukedom Quinn has fought his way up from the vilest s New York Times bestselling author Grace Burrowes introduces us to the unconventional Wentworth family in this charming Regency romance with a Cinderella twist.A funny thing happened on the way to the gallowsOne minute, London banker Quinn Wentworth is facing execution The next, he s declared the long lost heir to a dukedom Quinn has fought his way up from the vilest slums, and now he s ready to use every dirty trick he knows to find the enemy who schemed against him.There was just one tiny problemJane Winston, the widowed, pregnant daughter of a meddlesome prison preacher, crosses paths with Quinn in jail Believing his days are numbered, Quinn offers Jane marriage as a way to guarantee her independence and provide for her child Neither thinks they ll actually have a future together.They were wrong.He s a wealthy gutter rat out for vengeance She s a minister s daughter who must turn a marriage of desperation into a proper ducal union Are they doomed from the start or destined for a happily ever after Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Mass Market Paperback, 442 pages Published November 6th 2018 by Forever first published November 5th 2018 More Details Original Title My One and Only Duke ISBN 1538728958 ISBN13 9781538728956 Edition Language English Series Rogues to Riches 1 Characters Quinn Wentworth, Jane Winston Other Editions 9 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about My One and Only Duke, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book 2018 Historical Romance July December 291 books 142 voters 2018 Historical Romance 248 books 377 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Dec 02, 2018 Julie rated it really liked it Shelves 2018, e book, historical romance, netgalley My One and Only Duke by Grace Burrowes is a 2018 Forever Romance publication A good mystery mingled with a wonderful and warm love story Quinn is in prison for a crime he did not commit Jane, a minister s daughter, visits him shortly before his execution date From these visits Quinn learns that Jane is widowed, pregnant with her first child, and is under her father s manipulative power With nothing left to lose, Quinn offers to marry Jane, giving her independence, and the financial freedom t My One and Only Duke by Grace Burrowes is a 2018 Forever Romance publication A good mystery mingled with a wonderful and warm love story Quinn is in prison for a crime he did not commit Jane, a minister s daughter, visits him shortly before his execution date From these visits Quinn learns that Jane is widowed, pregnant with her first child, and is under her father s manipulative power With nothing left to lose, Quinn offers to marry Jane, giving her independence, and the financial freedom to provide for her child Seizing the opportunity, Jane agrees to the marriage But, literally, at the very last minute, Quinn is saved from the gallows He is immediately informed that he is the lost long heir to a dukedom His good fortune also means he and Jane must now live together as husband and wife No matter how awkward it is, the couple has no choice but to make the best of the situation However, before they can earnestly begin a life together, Quinn must discover who is out to destroy him, while protecting his family, which now includes Jane and her unborn child What a wonderful blend of mystery and romance I love a mystery with intrigue, especially in a historical setting This story has plenty of that, but intrigue shouldn t be compared with other forms of mystery, because the pacing is usually slower, and the plot may take a little longer to develop However, this one did move a little too slow at times, and the wrap up was a little frenetic Still, the plot was still pretty smart and challenging, which is what I liked about it the most.The romance also takes its time to develop, but I thought that made much sense because, although this couple may have had a bit of chemistry working for them while Quinn was in prison, they were both stunned by Quinn s last minute reprieve While Quinn feelings deepen for Jane each day, his mind is preoccupied, leaving it to Jane to gently prod the relationship forward After thinking about it, I think the slow burn was realistic, although I do admit I did get frustrated with Quinn s reticence, at times Jane s bravery in facing her new normal is admirable, as is her support of Quinn The one area of weakness for Jane is the relationship she endures with her father, who continues to interfere in her life With her new circumstances and the inner strength she acquires, her character develops in the most wonderful of ways Overall, this variant on the rags to riches theme does move at a leisurely pace, but is an evenly balanced combination of an intriguing suspense and a tender love story I don t know how I managed to lose track of Grace Burrowes over the past couple of years, but it has been a great pleasure to reconnect with her again 4 stars This version of the book also includes Once Upon a Christmas Eve a novella by Elizabeth Hoyt flag 37 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Oct 09, 2018 Maureen Carden rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves detective, family, historical, netgalley, romance, set in england I ve been reading mostly historical romances this year because after 50 years of reading mostly mysteries I was getting tired of all the bodies in my library Well damnme, if I didn t score My One and Only Duke from NetGalley and was shocked to find it started with a soon to come hanging of a man in Newgate prison.Further shocks to my poor system when I realized the man to be hanged was none other than banker extraordinaire Quinn Wentworth I first encountered Wentworth in My Own True Duchess an I ve been reading mostly historical romances this year because after 50 years of reading mostly mysteries I was getting tired of all the bodies in my library Well damnme, if I didn t score My One and Only Duke from NetGalley and was shocked to find it started with a soon to come hanging of a man in Newgate prison.Further shocks to my poor system when I realized the man to be hanged was none other than banker extraordinaire Quinn Wentworth I first encountered Wentworth in My Own True Duchess and fell madly in crush with him He was a secondary character but almost took over the book.Quinn Wentworth is the most discreet man in London, the banker with the mysterious painful past, the odd family, and evidently not much future until he is rescued from the noose and proclaimed the Duke of Walden How did he come to such a sorry pass When the noose is put around his neck he is a common criminal, when the rope is cut from his neck he is a Duke This is something Wentworth is determined to discover, especially the first part Who wanted to ruin him and disgrace his family Meanwhile while in prison Quinn has acquired a few souvenirs Jane Winston MacGowan, a pregnant widow and terribly mistreated daughter of a prison minister being the major acquisition He marries her as a means of liberation from her father and as a way to give a future to her and the child The new Duke also insists on exiting Newgate with a few pick pockets and whores You can find family in the darndest places Speaking of family, Wentworth already has a doozy of a family waiting for him at home His entire life has been spent protecting them None of them are sure how to take the change in their circumstances I m pretty sure we will be hearing about them in this new series Rogues to Riches of which My One and Only Duke is a stellar start.The new Duchess is wonderful She is resilient, and determined to make the best of her new circumstances This is easy for her because she finds herself falling in love with Quinn who doesn t.So this is a strong love story, but it certainly isn t hot like most of Ms Burrowes earlier books If this book was a menu in a Peter Chang restaurant this wouldn t even rate half a pepper.This is a real mystery, a tightly plotted whodunnit This sets the usual HR HEA formula totally on its head, with some terrific writing I don t think there is a character in My One and Only Duke who couldn t carry their own story.Don t miss My One and Only Duke, it is way ahead of the pack of most HR books Pay attention to the dedication of this book Might explain the strengths exhibited in the writing, plotting and characters.Thank you to Net Galley for an ARC in exchange of my fair and honest review flag 31 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Nov 09, 2018 WhiskeyintheJar Kyraryker rated it really liked it Shelves historical, series 3.5 starsI received this book for free in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review If the eyes were windows to the soul, Mr Wentworth s soul was a bleak, silent moor under a gray December sky. First in a new series and an introduction to the Wentworth family, My One and Only Duke, stars the oldest Wentworth, Quinn, and a minister s daughter Jane This was a slow burn story from both accounts, the romance and mystery The beginning 3.5 starsI received this book for free in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review If the eyes were windows to the soul, Mr Wentworth s soul was a bleak, silent moor under a gray December sky. First in a new series and an introduction to the Wentworth family, My One and Only Duke, stars the oldest Wentworth, Quinn, and a minister s daughter Jane This was a slow burn story from both accounts, the romance and mystery The beginning with Quinn imprisoned in Newgate awaiting to be hung dueled with the investigators from the College of Arms as they searched for an heir to the Walden Dukedom This gave the start of the story a suspenseful and tense back and forth as Quinn s time was running out and the investigators were closing in In the complicated economy of a prison, a returned bribe meant one of two things Somebody else had paid a much bigger bribe, or had made a effective threat. The mystery is the engine that keeps the story going, but it does start to putter around midway through There s a lot of talked about danger but even though Quinn has a good idea who he thinks is behind wanting him dead, his investigations are pretty slow to get to and it ends up feeling like no one is really doing anything as the focus seems to revert back to Jane and the household whenever someone goes off The eventual wrap up and reveal ended up feeling a tad convoluted tight as character connections, money, and motivations flew from everywhere we also don t get to form much of a connection to the villain s and supposed villain s Don t give me that Yorkshire growl, as if you d tear me to pieces when I know you feed wild birds, marry stray widows, and work yourself half to death for your family It won t wash, Quinn You can intimidate every rolled up title in Mayfair with that performance, but I know better. The romance is that cherished Burrowes hero and heroine connection that speaks of soulmates but also has some slow burn as they learn each other Our heroine starts the book pregnant, she s a widow and our hero marries her to help her gain freedom from her zealot father, which kind of keeps her home bound Jane was a wonderful showcase of growing into her own, standing up to father, and being the emotionally courageous one in putting herself out there to connect with Quinn We get a lot about the background of Quinn but his character still felt too blocked off to me There was some seeing with the large amount of telling about Quinn and the Wentworth family but only a couple of the emotional connections filtered through for me I felt stiff armed by Quinn for most of the story Quinn was big hearted stoic and Jane was emotionally courageous, which provided for some sexy scenes but if Quinn had been unveiled just a little , their romance would have popped some The daft woman like swiving him, liked touching him, liked talking with him The touching was bad enough Quinn well knew the danger of sweet touches but the talking would be his doom. The mystery was a bit slow and drawn out but I m excited to read about this family a possible Althea, hero s sister, and Joshua, hero s business partner, romance has me intrigued and I absolutely demand Ned eventually gets his own book This was gentle and methodical, with some dry cheekiness from and between characters that will tickle your fancy This was a solid start to a series that I m looking forward to reading about each family member flag 26 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Oct 12, 2018 Em rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves 10 2018, earc from author, first in series, historical romance, mystery suspense, ng for review, protagonist widow, newgate, regency, series Ms Burrowes was an early favorite of mine when I first discovered historical romance and realized most of her books were available for check out at my local library I binged her back catalog hard and the deeper I got, the I realized that although the author purposefully links her stories, eventually so than other authors I ve binged they all start to sound and feel the same With this in mind or maybe it was after one to many Christmas anthologies , I took a prolonged Burrowes bre Ms Burrowes was an early favorite of mine when I first discovered historical romance and realized most of her books were available for check out at my local library I binged her back catalog hard and the deeper I got, the I realized that although the author purposefully links her stories, eventually so than other authors I ve binged they all start to sound and feel the same With this in mind or maybe it was after one to many Christmas anthologies , I took a prolonged Burrowes break.When I received an early arc of My One and Only Duke, the start of her new Rogues to Riches series, I was wary, but hopeful a new series would see her breaking out of the close confines of the Wyndham family taking on slightly different darker subject matter Hmmshe does and doesn t It s a brand new family the Wentworth s featuring eccentric and clever siblings, a hero with the weight of the world on his shoulders, and a disturbing history of abject poverty and physical and emotional abusebut it s all couched in rainbows and sunshine and happy endings and frankly, the style of writing doesn t fit the material.Our hero, Quinn Wentworth, has had a hard life, but he s managed to rise above his origins to become a wealthy and powerful banker to London s elite He s tough, honest, unsentimental and disciplined in life and work Unfortunately, someone has it out for him When the story opens, he s imprisoned at Newgate, convicted of murder He s forbidden his family from visiting him in prison and limited himself to contact with a small group of prisonersbut when his executioner catches a cold, his hanging is delayed During Quinn s brief reprieve, he meets Jane Winston, the widowed, pregnant daughter of a meddlesome prison preacher, when she pops into his cell during one of her father s regular visits to the prison The two form a bond she can tell he s a good person despite the murder thing, and he guesses she s pregnant everyone else somehow misses it and he wants to help her she s nice and so shortly before Quinn is to be executed, he offers to marry Jane and provide her with a comfortable living away from her father as a single mother widower Oh reader The whole thing is so rushed and ridiculous, but had potential I did like these two together and then Quinn is suddenly free oops and a duke yep and married surprise and focused on revenge and exhausted by his family and in love when did this happen with his wife and blah, blah, blah There are surprise twists, ridiculous plot contrivances, villains, odd non sexy love scenesand oops, it s all a big mess.Jane and Quinn play at husband and wife whilst living amongst the eccentric and odd members of the Wentworth family Jane is the perfect wife, Quinn is the perfect husband except for his lying and deceitful behavior but you re supposed to ignore that , and Jane s father is a complete asshole No character is fully realized and their behaviors are out of sync with this revenge story marriage of convenience story redemption story I m still not sure The eventual resolution of who set Quinn up is completely predictable, and Quinn s actions afterwards totally out of character Oh, the whole thing is just silly.The author, unfortunately, spends so much time trying to be clever and witty stylistically much like her previous novels setting up the premise for the series, she completely forgets to tell an engaging or interesting story The characters are flat, the story line is underdeveloped and dull and everything about it is so vague and awkward including the abrupt PoV jumps between the principal pair I struggled to get through it I wish this was the start of something great It isn t flag 13 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Dec 17, 2018 Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it Shelves steamy, romance I really enjoyed this, though I cringe at the detailed look of life in Newgate prison Looking back it wasn t that much of the book, but it stands out in my memory like it was half I loved both characters from the start, though, and that s in no small part due to the realities they face in that destitute place I had a bit of a setback after Quinn got his reprieve, however They were both so unfiltered and genuine in that prison and I loved that Quinn would step up to help her out by giving her I really enjoyed this, though I cringe at the detailed look of life in Newgate prison Looking back it wasn t that much of the book, but it stands out in my memory like it was half I loved both characters from the start, though, and that s in no small part due to the realities they face in that destitute place I had a bit of a setback after Quinn got his reprieve, however They were both so unfiltered and genuine in that prison and I loved that Quinn would step up to help her out by giving her his name and enough of his fortune to ensure that she and her child would be provided for It was generous and said a lot about him that I found admirable.Once out, though, real life intrudes and that closeness in the prison wanes Exactly like it would, yes I know that But I still regretted seeing them pursue their goals separately for a while And I need to be careful because it isn t anything like you re probably imagining where they blow up or are estranged or anything It s just that they have differing views on how to handle their respective challenges and they start off by pursuing their own challenges the way they would have pre marriage I m a huge softy at heart and think the whole point of love and marriage is being able to come together as a team and work issues out applying the strengths of both partners So it s completely realistic for their inexperience and I love that they are learning to come together as a team, even as I was frustrated at some of the miscues.That s the only thing keeping this from a full on five stars And it s totally a personal taste thing that it bugged me at all The rest of the story is incredibly good, though, so the four stars is dead solid I loved both their characters I love that they learned from one another And I love, love, loved that they end the story a believable team and force to be reckoned with And some of their domestic interactions were extremely funny as an added bonus.And this is where I point out that the rags to titled riches story is a complete fantasy at its core Having the College of Arms discover in Quinn the heir to a dukedom three years dormant and with a sovereign anxious that someone not him assume the associated debts is unlikely But it is possible and it s obvious Burrowes did her research so that at least the fabric of the falsehood holds together And beyond that, she does an even better job making it a fundamental and true part of the characters and their story It was remarkably well done and so slick that I bought everything that followed completely so that the plot just flowed from that origin very well Okay, I had a bit of a problem with the eventual reveal The person at the bottom of everything turns out not to be terribly clever and they d have had to be clever indeed to have achieved their initial success But again, small quibble in a story I rather liked.A note about Steamy There are three explicit sex scenes, all post marriage, of course, and they aren t terribly long, either So this is the middle of my steam tolerance They are, however, the least likely aspect of the story, all told, and I include the central fantasy of acquiring a dukedom in that assessment flag 9 likesLike see review Jan 03, 2019 Caz rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves audiobook, audiogals, romance 1800 1850 I ve given this a B for narration and a C for content at AudioGals that averages out at a B , which is 3.5 stars rounded upI generally find Grace Burrowes books work for me as comfort reads listens they re not complicated or taxing, the characters are decent people trying to do the best for those they care for, and I enjoy the author s slightly quirky writing style In audio, James Langton s narrations generally add something to the overall experience, and I ve found myself often list I ve given this a B for narration and a C for content at AudioGals that averages out at a B , which is 3.5 stars rounded upI generally find Grace Burrowes books work for me as comfort reads listens they re not complicated or taxing, the characters are decent people trying to do the best for those they care for, and I enjoy the author s slightly quirky writing style In audio, James Langton s narrations generally add something to the overall experience, and I ve found myself often listening to than reading her recent novels.My One and Only Duke is the first in her new Rogues to Riches series, and it s fairly typical Burrowes fare We ve got a gruff hero with a heart of gold, a no nonsense heroine who is, by no fault of her own, in a bit of a pickle and a mystery to be solved it s not ground breaking or original, but in my post Christmas haze, it seemed like the sort of undemanding listen I wanted.You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals flag 6 likesLike see review Nov 11, 2018 Jan rated it really liked it Shelves historical 3.5 stars An interesting premise, although the story did drag a little in parts I liked that this is a new series, although it took me a little while to start getting to know the cast of new characters I also liked that it s a little different the whole rogues to riches idea has quite a bit of interest and merit I will read on in the series when the next one comes out flag 6 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Oct 16, 2018 Jessica Grogan rated it it was ok While the beginning of this book was rather engaging, the events in the blurb were done by the 30% mark and the mystery subplot just wasn t enough to hold my attention For the most part, I find Burrowes heroines to be severely lacking in any real personality and I often have trouble getting to know them or understanding what draws the hero to them Also, as in many of Burrowes books that I ve read, this title had a bizarre tone that I just can t wrap my head around The subject material is qu While the beginning of this book was rather engaging, the events in the blurb were done by the 30% mark and the mystery subplot just wasn t enough to hold my attention For the most part, I find Burrowes heroines to be severely lacking in any real personality and I often have trouble getting to know them or understanding what draws the hero to them Also, as in many of Burrowes books that I ve read, this title had a bizarre tone that I just can t wrap my head around The subject material is quite serious, but the book itself is not flag 5 likesLike see review Nov 13, 2018 Tracy C rated it liked it review of another edition 3 1 2 stars My One and Only Duke was a likable story with an good plot My issue was that it tried a bit to hard on the mystery thread I loved how Quinn and Jane found each other and how they came to be married When Quinn gets released he is determined to find out who framed him Unfortunately, I felt like almost every character was written for the reader to suspect them I also had to use the dictionary on my Kindle for some of the dialogue I think easier, common words could have been 3 1 2 stars My One and Only Duke was a likable story with an good plot My issue was that it tried a bit to hard on the mystery thread I loved how Quinn and Jane found each other and how they came to be married When Quinn gets released he is determined to find out who framed him Unfortunately, I felt like almost every character was written for the reader to suspect them I also had to use the dictionary on my Kindle for some of the dialogue I think easier, common words could have been used to get the same idea across flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 06, 2018 Brenda rated it it was amazing Description From a New York Times bestselling author and one of the very best in today s regency romance Elizabeth Hoyt comes the story of the unconventional Wentworth family in this charming new series with a Cinderella twist.One minute, London banker Quinn Wentworth is facing execution The next, he s declared the long lost heir to a dukedom Quinn has fought his way up from the vilest slums, and now he s ready to use every dirty trick he knows to find the enemy who schemed against him Th Description From a New York Times bestselling author and one of the very best in today s regency romance Elizabeth Hoyt comes the story of the unconventional Wentworth family in this charming new series with a Cinderella twist.One minute, London banker Quinn Wentworth is facing execution The next, he s declared the long lost heir to a dukedom Quinn has fought his way up from the vilest slums, and now he s ready to use every dirty trick he knows to find the enemy who schemed against him There was just one tiny problemJane Winston, the widowed, pregnant daughter of a meddlesome prison preacher, crosses paths with Quinn in jail Believing his days are numbered, Quinn offers Jane marriage as a way to guarantee her independence and provide for her child Neither thinks they ll actually have a future together He s a wealthy gutter rat out for vengeance She s a minister s daughter who must turn a marriage of desperation into a proper ducal union Are they doomed from the start or destined for a happily ever after My Thoughts This is the first book in a new series by this wonderful author Grace Burrowes has done it again She never fails to amaze me with her novels of very correct historical facts and dry wit and charm.Who on earth would plot the death of London banker Quinn Wentworth How could this man be responsible for the death of another He has no way of proving his innocence so he just goes with the flow helping his fellow inmates as best he can until the day of his execution Only that execution is stayed at the last possible minute with him dangling at the end of a rope only to be cut down just before his inevitable death.Jane who has married him to give her babe a name now has an unexpected surprise Her convict husband is now a Duke.This wonderful story is full of surprising twist and turns and is a delight to read.I gave this newest Grace Burroughs book 4.85 of 5.0 stars for storyline and characterization and a mild sensual rating of 3.5 of 5.0 flames We know there is intimacy between our couple but the descriptions are not overt.I received a complimentary digital ARC of this title to read from the publisher.This in no way affected my opinion of this book which was given freely and without influence from any entities flag 4 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 09, 2018 HR ML rated it really liked it Shelves grace burrowes Regency England I 1st met Quinn Wentworth in the short story contained in the anthology entitled Tis the Season Regency Yuletide Short Stories Quinn was the banker slated to be hung for murder widowed Jane, dtr of a sanctimonious preacher who forced her to accompany him to his prison ministry Dad lost his regular job for disrespecting the bishop Dad pawned Jane s personal items w her knowledge We saw the horrors of Newgate prison IE the dirt, the lousy food, the poor w o hope, the Regency England I 1st met Quinn Wentworth in the short story contained in the anthology entitled Tis the Season Regency Yuletide Short Stories Quinn was the banker slated to be hung for murder widowed Jane, dtr of a sanctimonious preacher who forced her to accompany him to his prison ministry Dad lost his regular job for disrespecting the bishop Dad pawned Jane s personal items w her knowledge We saw the horrors of Newgate prison IE the dirt, the lousy food, the poor w o hope, the diseased, the bribes I liked these two lost souls The author depicted H asdeeper complex than in her Christmas shortstory He did any job available even dug graves to support his sibs, before he made wise investments secured wealth His eccentric sibs were hard to take times Rescued young street urchin Ned nearly stole the story w his humor loyalty These 2 felt like love to me One of my fav romances for 2018 flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 20, 2018 Under the Covers Book Blog rated it really liked it I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.When pregnant widow Miss Jane Winston marries Mr Quinn Wentworth she never expected to have to be his wife He was after all scheduled to be hung the next day Only the culmination of a very unlikely set of circumstances saves Quinn from the noose So, when he arrives home he brings with him his pregnant wife and a dukedom He has to adjust to bo I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.When pregnant widow Miss Jane Winston marries Mr Quinn Wentworth she never expected to have to be his wife He was after all scheduled to be hung the next day Only the culmination of a very unlikely set of circumstances saves Quinn from the noose So, when he arrives home he brings with him his pregnant wife and a dukedom He has to adjust to both But, now that Quinn is free he is determined to find out who has framed him for murder and condemned him to hang.As this is my first Grace Burrowes book I didn t know what to expect, but as it was the start of a new series Rogues to Riches I wanted to give it a try I am so glad I did I really enjoyed this book It s a promising start to the series that introduces the intriguing and very unconventional Wentworth family.With most romances which are based around a family, with each new book pairing them off, the members tend to be very close What was so different about this book was that although they were all fiercely protective, they didn t trust one another In fact, Quinn who is imprisoned at the beginning of the book is first suspicious that it s either his brother, cousin or sister that put him there This is an aspect of the story that I had mixed feelings about I liked that it was something unusual and how Jane somehow managed to bring the family together in a way they hadn t experienced before But, for me, the reason for the distrust was never really clarified It seemed to be a combination of Quinn s guilt for not being able to save his siblings from their poverty stricken and abusive childhood sooner and their naturally wary personalities But I was never really sure.As for the romance, if you re looking for a book with something grandiose and full of passion, this isn t the book for you Instead, this was of a slow burn dictated by Quinn and Jane s very practical natures I liked this about the romance, neither character s past would have meshed with a flowery romance and showy gestures But I really enjoyed Jane s drive to make the marriage real She wouldn t accept any less than a partnership with Quinn, which also included his emotional engagement.A great start to the series and I can t wait to read If you like your heroes stoic, but full of secret kindness and your heroines brave but sensible then this is the perfect book for you ARC provided by publisherReviewed by Suzanne Don t want to miss any of our posts Subscribe to our blog by email flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 25, 2018 The Angry Reader rated it really liked it Shelves arcs, historicals, 2018 I remain enthralled by Grace Burrowes low key alpha males and interesting story lines And I m excited that she has a new series in the works Burrowes writes historical romance with an underlying practical streak that endears me to her characters one and all Quinn is a working man from York with an awful childhood who struggled mightily to make something of himself Now he finds himself imprisoned and facing execution for a crime that he may not have committed Jane is the daughter of a frenzi I remain enthralled by Grace Burrowes low key alpha males and interesting story lines And I m excited that she has a new series in the works Burrowes writes historical romance with an underlying practical streak that endears me to her characters one and all Quinn is a working man from York with an awful childhood who struggled mightily to make something of himself Now he finds himself imprisoned and facing execution for a crime that he may not have committed Jane is the daughter of a frenzied preacher Her life motto is don t rock the boat Quinn s family needs to be set to rights, and Quinn needs to decide what s important his future or his past At times the writing felt uneven And Burrowes stories are always pragmatic enough to not dredge into the stronger emotions However, there is something be said about a good honest story And that s what you get from Grace Burrowes again and again She remains an author I will buy without even glancing at the back cover flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 10, 2018 Debbie Glenn Brown rated it it was amazing Rags to riches London banker Quinn Wentworth is facing execution for a murder he didn t commit He meets the Jane Winston, a widowed, pregnant preacher s daughter in Newgate prison He takes quite in interest in Jane and her child Quinn decides to do one last thing before he dies, he decides to marry her and provide an income for her and her child Quinn goes to the gallows and hangs, and then he s saved at the moment by a quirk of fate when he s declared the long lost heir to a dukedom I love Rags to riches London banker Quinn Wentworth is facing execution for a murder he didn t commit He meets the Jane Winston, a widowed, pregnant preacher s daughter in Newgate prison He takes quite in interest in Jane and her child Quinn decides to do one last thing before he dies, he decides to marry her and provide an income for her and her child Quinn goes to the gallows and hangs, and then he s saved at the moment by a quirk of fate when he s declared the long lost heir to a dukedom I love how this author develops her characters and secondary ones to I love all the interaction between Jane, Quinn and his sibling there s a lot going on in the Duke s household, a mysterious murderer to unveil, secrets coming to life and misunderstandings to resolve before the Duke and Duchess finally trust each other completely This my honest opinions is resolved to build a school for ladies in after I voluntarily read a copy of this book that was provided to me with no requirements for a review flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 21, 2018 Keri rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018 read, romance historical Awesome new series I want the next book now Funny that the entire family doesn t trust each other, but would flay the skin off anyone that dared talk about any family member The characters are flawed and intriguing Do the ladies have a drinking problem Why is Stephen hiding what his capabilities truly are and was that a mistake with the gun Is the cousin really as nice as he seems or did the clergy force him out versus him leaving willingly Then there is the business partner, what is hi Awesome new series I want the next book now Funny that the entire family doesn t trust each other, but would flay the skin off anyone that dared talk about any family member The characters are flawed and intriguing Do the ladies have a drinking problem Why is Stephen hiding what his capabilities truly are and was that a mistake with the gun Is the cousin really as nice as he seems or did the clergy force him out versus him leaving willingly Then there is the business partner, what is his aim in all of this I think there is going to be an overarching story arc over the entire series as the series progresses I am really looking forward to the next book The little tiger that the Duke brought from the prison almost stole the show flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 17, 2018 Sheila Melo rated it really liked it FINAL DECISION I so much loved the hero in this book Restrained and understated, this hero is incredibly kind and responsible I loved how he treated the heroine with respect and dignityE STORY Self made banker Quinn Wentworth finds himself framed for a murder he didn t commit and sentenced to hang While waiting for his sentence to be executed, Quinn generously marries a woman he barely knows Jane Winston, a widow in desperate straights, marries a condemned stranger to provide for her un FINAL DECISION I so much loved the hero in this book Restrained and understated, this hero is incredibly kind and responsible I loved how he treated the heroine with respect and dignityE STORY Self made banker Quinn Wentworth finds himself framed for a murder he didn t commit and sentenced to hang While waiting for his sentence to be executed, Quinn generously marries a woman he barely knows Jane Winston, a widow in desperate straights, marries a condemned stranger to provide for her unborn child But on the way to the gallows, Quinn is saved from death by the news that he has inherited a dukedom Now, of course, he also has a wife Quinn and Jane must determine if they can make their marriage a real one at the same time Quinn is hunting for who framed him.OPINION I really found this a lovely book The beginning chapters, before Quinn is saved from hanging, were quite beautiful in how Quinn and Jane build a foundation for what will be their marriage Quinn s kindness is on display.I especially loved in this book how these are restrained characters build a relationship based on their mutual respect for one another I couldn t put this book down despite it being a quieter book without an action packed plot There are some exciting moments, but the focus on this book are these two strangers getting to know one another.Quinn, especially, was a quite a wonderful hero We get to see very early in this book his true characters as he spends what he thinks are his last days on earth helping as many people as he can He is simply adorable and thus I was not surprised by how gentle he treats the heroine in their marriage.My only complaint is that I wanted to know what happened with Jane s child I expect, however, that we will find out in future books in the series I think that Quinn will make a wonderful father.I ve never actually read an entire book by Grace Burrowes before I picked up this one after reading a connected novella and I m certainly glad I did.WORTH MENTIONING The book introduces the members of Quinn s family who hopefully will have books of their ownNNECTED BOOKS MY ONE AND ONLY DUKE is the first book in the Rags to Riches seriesAR RATING I give this book 4.5 stars.This review was originally posted on Top10RomanceBooks flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 11, 2018 Laura J rated it it was amazing Quinn Wentworth is waiting in Newgate prison to be hanged where he meets Jane, a widow, who is visiting prisoners with her preacher father Quinn, who has come to care for some other prisoners, the prison cat and feeds crumbs to the birds on his window sill, offers the pregnant Jane a lifeline marriage and enough money to escape her domineering father This was a bit of a page turner how will Quinn escape the noose, how will two strangers married to each other deal with their changed circumsta Quinn Wentworth is waiting in Newgate prison to be hanged where he meets Jane, a widow, who is visiting prisoners with her preacher father Quinn, who has come to care for some other prisoners, the prison cat and feeds crumbs to the birds on his window sill, offers the pregnant Jane a lifeline marriage and enough money to escape her domineering father This was a bit of a page turner how will Quinn escape the noose, how will two strangers married to each other deal with their changed circumstances and how did Quinn end up in Newgate in the first place What I enjoyed about this book was Jane s honesty and goodness Quinn s personal history of coming from poverty and an abusive father to become a very successful banker and protector of his family as well as a prison cat made him an admirable character Many of Grace Burrowes books are on my keeper shelf and I ll be adding this one, as well as looking forward to reading about the other Wentworths especially Ned Sometime Ms Burrowes misses the mark with me too much dithering and needless drama due to an inability to trust and communicate This was a five star hit.I received an advanced copy thanks to Netgalley flag 3 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Dec 07, 2018 Jackie rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley 3.5I ve been off reading Burrowes for the past year or two, because I was feeling that all of her characters end up feeling the same self contained, dryly witty, kind, and never emotionally overwrought , despite the very different plots in which they are placed But when I saw this one on NetGalley, I decided to give her another try.Burrowes proves a remarkably consistent, as well as a speedy, writer book 76 here has all of the same strengths as her previous historicals detailed but never 3.5I ve been off reading Burrowes for the past year or two, because I was feeling that all of her characters end up feeling the same self contained, dryly witty, kind, and never emotionally overwrought , despite the very different plots in which they are placed But when I saw this one on NetGalley, I decided to give her another try.Burrowes proves a remarkably consistent, as well as a speedy, writer book 76 here has all of the same strengths as her previous historicals detailed but never intrusive historical research kind, caring protagonists a light but always intelligent wit and heartwarming, but never treacly romance And it also has the same issue with character similarity noted above.The story opens with high powered banker Quinn Wentworth contemplating his upcoming death in his cell in London s Newgate Prison, having been recently convicted of manslaughter His interactions with the young urchin who is serving as a sort of footman are interrupted by the arrival of a lady, a Miss Winston, who needs a place to sit while her preacher father ministers to or hectors the other inmates Quinn s cell is the most comfortable place in the prison being a rich man, he s been able to buy barter for a lot of creature comforts , a suitable waiting place, thinks the warden Jane Winston is no zealous do gooder herself the death of her mother, her elopement with a man who proved less of a prince than she d thought, and her recent widowhood have left her with few aspirations for godliness, for herself or for others After Quinn discovers Jane is pregnant by her dead in a duel husband, with her father refusing to even acknowledge that she was legally married, he offers to wed her and give her a competence, knowing he s soon for the gallows.But in the way of historical romances, Quinn is saved at the last moment, by the news not that he s innocent but that he s the heir to a debt ridden dukedom, a debt that the King doesn t wish to revert to the crown And so now Quinn and Jane must somehow make a marriage out of what was supposed to be a short term arrangement Each have to navigate their own issues Jane in dealing with her self deceiving hypocritical father Quinn in searching for the person who framed him for murder , while butting heads over whether revenge is worth it, if it puts one, as well as one s family, at risk.Both Burrowes as narrator, as well as Jane and Quinn as characters, often keep their own counsel, not revealing key events feelings when the reader would like to know them, but instead only when Burrowes wants to You know you re being manipulated by the author when you read a Burrowes book, but most readers so enjoy the smart wit and the bone deep niceness of her characters that they are willing to put themselves in her hands.Jane and Quinn seem to fall fairly easily for one another of the story focuses on the mystery plot than on the romance I did appreciate the depiction of Jane s relationship with her father it s often difficult to deal with a parent or lover who has falsely convinced him herself of his her own righteousness than an overtly cruel evil one.Yes, I m glad I tried Burrowes again, but this new one doesn t make me inclined to search out the books of hers I haven t yet read When I m in the mood for her particular brand of storytelling, yes, but not immediately whenever a new book comes out flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 06, 2018 Sophia rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves historical romance, net galley reads Sometimes a premise is just too good to pass up I couldn t help myself when I saw a man condemned to hang at Newgate for murder is suddenly given a stay of execution when he is discovered to be the next duke I already enjoy this author s stories and would have picked this one up anyway, but this new Rogues to Riches series is certainly starting off with a bang.My One and Only Duke introduces the eccentric Wentworth family and the first one, Quinn, presents the reader with a fantastical story o Sometimes a premise is just too good to pass up I couldn t help myself when I saw a man condemned to hang at Newgate for murder is suddenly given a stay of execution when he is discovered to be the next duke I already enjoy this author s stories and would have picked this one up anyway, but this new Rogues to Riches series is certainly starting off with a bang.My One and Only Duke introduces the eccentric Wentworth family and the first one, Quinn, presents the reader with a fantastical story of rags to riches to prison and dukehood Quinn is a forceful man and a successful banker Someone wanted him out of the way for good so he was framed for murder While awaiting his execution, Quinn decides to do a good turn for an engaging widow expecting a child and stuck living in poverty and the situation grows worse He marries her and promises that she will have independence and no fear of need.The fun begins when Quinn is pardoned when he is discovered to be a ducal heir Quinn and Jane now have to figure out the being married to strangers part even while adjusting to their newfound status in the highest tier of society while the danger from Quinn s past is still lurking.As I said, the premise really grabbed me and I was enchanted from the early pages with both taciturn Quinn and surprising Jane They had chemistry right away even when they are in his cell at Newgate getting a feel for each other while she awaits her sanctimonious and eccentric preacher father and Quinn awaits his own death Quinn intimidated nearly everyone else, but not Jane She was good for him and it was neat seeing them build a life together.His siblings are all odd and a little mysterious because of the hard life the Wentworths lived growing up in abuse and poverty before making good with the bank They will be the source of the rest of the series stories no doubt.Normally, I m not drawn to pregnant heroines when the baby is not the hero s, but I thought this situation worked and was just part of the whole zany ball of circumstances facing this pair who thought Jane would end up his widow, but found they were stuck together and chose to make the most of it including falling in love I got nervous that it would get angsty or weird, but it had the amount of conflict one could expect in such a situation There was some awkwardness that distracted me a bit in the middle of the story where I felt there was either too much going on around this pair or something with the romance itself Can t put my finger on it That said, they were a good pair and I liked them both The suspense element was good, but I confess I was taken up with the pair trying to make a go of what was essentially an arranged or slightly forced marriage situation.So, a new series is launched and I had a good time with Quinn and Jane s story It will get interesting with the other Wentworths While many of the author s series are spin offs and connected closely to past series, this one is not and its a good place for a newbie to the author to start For those who want a little something different in their high society historical romances, I point you to this one.My thanks to Forever Romance for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 19, 2018 Vikki Vaught rated it it was amazing It s been quite some time since I ve read a novel by Grace Burrowes, glad I received an invitation from the publisher, via Net Galley for this one I appreciate the opportunity to read and review My One and Only Duke prior to publication My opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.I thoroughly enjoyed the characters in this romance and found the plot interesting The ultimate villain in this work was a surprise, which is always a joy The suspenseful scenes are well written and ver It s been quite some time since I ve read a novel by Grace Burrowes, glad I received an invitation from the publisher, via Net Galley for this one I appreciate the opportunity to read and review My One and Only Duke prior to publication My opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.I thoroughly enjoyed the characters in this romance and found the plot interesting The ultimate villain in this work was a surprise, which is always a joy The suspenseful scenes are well written and very exciting, keeping me on pins and needles Ms Burrowes has the ability to make common day occurrences interesting, and she does this in My One and Only Duke with her usual expertise Jane Winston is a delightful Heroine She is such a sensible woman and takes things in her stride Her patience with her father is admirable, and her ability to give the hero what he needs is touching.Quinn Wentworth makes a great hero He is a warrior determined to protect his family, even if it costs him his life, and it almost does He quickly sees Jane s value and adds her to the loved ones he needs to keep safe.I enjoyed the gently, growing relationship between Jane and Quinn and they are perfect for each other While this novel didn t have quite as much sexual tension, it was still a satisfying love story between two individuals who certainly need and deserve to find love I loved the affection between the pair, and the unhurried tender moments.If you enjoy Regency romance with all the elements that appeals to lovers of this historical period, then you will like My One and Only Duke I look forward to reading the next book in this fascinating series Happy reading flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 20, 2018 mperfectofferng rated it really liked it A solid start to a new series As a post script, however, I do wish the Hoyt bonus short story had not been included It tantalized but could not deliver, suffering from the usual too short to develop syndrome However, The Princess Frog installments introducing each chapter was hilarious Prince Brad Ha flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 11, 2018 Lubnaa rated it it was ok Shelves 2018, arc, historical romance, married couples, everyone loves it except me, own 2.5 stars I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewUninspiring That s the word that comes to mind when I think of my reading experience with this book My One and Only Duke is my first Grace Burrowes book, but unfortunately, it did not live up to the hype surrounding the author This book could have been really good if only the author had stayed on track Writing I have heard many fantastic things about this author, mostly that her writing is reminiscent of Mary Balogh, 2.5 stars I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewUninspiring That s the word that comes to mind when I think of my reading experience with this book My One and Only Duke is my first Grace Burrowes book, but unfortunately, it did not live up to the hype surrounding the author This book could have been really good if only the author had stayed on track Writing I have heard many fantastic things about this author, mostly that her writing is reminiscent of Mary Balogh, whose books I enjoy Burrowes is a fine writer and I can see how her prose is similar to Balogh s However, Burrowes spends way too much time inserting her so called witty interventions into the story in an attempt to sound clever, snarky, and superior She spends so much time doing it that she entirely forgets to write an interesting plot and heartwarming romance In fact, she only seems to catch herself in the last third of the book That was the section of the book where the author finally remembers that she has a story to tell and scrambles to pull all the loose ends together conveniently tied together in a neat bow, might I add In addition to the author constantly interjecting her voice into the story, her writing is not in tune with the subject matter The author is dealing with some dark issues, yet her writing style does not reflect that She does not adapt her writing to the dark tone of the story, which makes the plot sound satirical My other issue with the writing has to do with the abrupt changes in conversation with no transition, which felt jarring and confusing Story Like I said, the story and romance don t pick up until the last third of the book I did enjoy the last couple of chapters, but that s about it The only character that I loved from beginning to end was Ned The rest of the book honestly just felt like I was watching a play where the actors characters are reading lines from their script, with zero intonation and emotion It was flat, boring, and filled with irrelevant scenes There was zero chemistry and tension between the hero and heroine In fact, the two barely spent time together because the hero is too busy wallowing in misery and brooding about how sinful and bad he is There were many wasted opportunities that could have been expertly used to develop the romance At first, it felt as if the romance was happening backstage because it certainly didn t take the spotlight or start developing until the last third of the book As such, it took me a long time to be invested in the romance and to be convinced that Quinn and Jane are in love There are also scenes with irrelevant characters that are inserted into the story a waste of space and words I had a hard time understanding the family dynamic as well it seemed as if the family is tight but at the same time the siblings were suspects Made no sense to me The whole thing with Quinn s father was also super confusing, mentioned randomly here and there just to play with Quinn s moodiness I honestly spent so much time being confused at what was happening It felt as if I was in the Twilight zone or something.Overall, I did not enjoy the book The last third of the story was the only section that remotely got my attention The other saving grace the Elizabeth Hoyt short story that comes with this book Regardless of my lack of enjoyment, I m not ready to give up on this author yet I will give her older books a try, perhaps even the next installment in this series We ll see flag 2 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 29, 2018 Kiki Belle rated it did not like it Shelves unfinished, writing style fail DNF d at 65%.I ve never read a book where I cared so little about the characters Usually, I like Grace Burrowes, and I especially like her characters But Quinn is so unemotional and cut off from the world, but halfway through, we re not really given any reason for it His father was abusive, and he came from a poor family, but those aren t reasons for him to ignore what everyone s trying to tell him There s something about the Countess of Tipton seducing him when he was a sixteen year old foo DNF d at 65%.I ve never read a book where I cared so little about the characters Usually, I like Grace Burrowes, and I especially like her characters But Quinn is so unemotional and cut off from the world, but halfway through, we re not really given any reason for it His father was abusive, and he came from a poor family, but those aren t reasons for him to ignore what everyone s trying to tell him There s something about the Countess of Tipton seducing him when he was a sixteen year old footman, but that also doesn t seem to affect him at all Quinn is one of those characters who holds onto hurts for years afterwards and as such just irritates me Jane isn t much of a character at all She s pretty much defined by her innate goodness, her issues with her dead husband and father, and her pregnancy I can literally forget about her when she s not in the scene.The romance is not there The sex scenes are awkward, Quinn s detachment and deliberate deception pardon the alliteration renders any confidences shared meaningless, and Jane has positive interactions with his sister and cousin.As for the mystery, it s sadly there I just don t care Someone put his neck in a noose, and it was probably the Countess of Tipton, but I didn t make it to the end flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 19, 2018 Annie rated it it was ok I wanted to read the novella Once Upon a Christmas Eve by Elizabeth Hoyt which is included at the end of this books so I foolishly went ahead and read it Ugh, mistake This was The heroine was pregnant with another man s child for the entirety of the book I mean it was novel and all but meh I just never cared about them flag 2 likesLike see review View 2 comments Aug 29, 2018 Minx The Genre Minx Book Reviews rated it really liked it Shelves read in 2018, got house martell, arc, romance historical My One and Only Duke was such a lovely read It kept me in suspense for quite a while in in the beginning and I very much enjoyed that I was completely drawn into the story wondering what was going to take place next The main character, Quinn, might have recently been imprisoned but he had been a prisoner of his past for far longer No matter how successful he became he was always running from both himself and the past that he and his family had escaped from Despite having a life of comfort t My One and Only Duke was such a lovely read It kept me in suspense for quite a while in in the beginning and I very much enjoyed that I was completely drawn into the story wondering what was going to take place next The main character, Quinn, might have recently been imprisoned but he had been a prisoner of his past for far longer No matter how successful he became he was always running from both himself and the past that he and his family had escaped from Despite having a life of comfort that was far beyond where they had started, they all bore scars from their beginnings He was a conflicted man who was hardened by life but he was not cruel and was benevolent to those he could be.Jane was daughter to a preacher who was a nasty piece of work I definitely did not like him at all Jane had tried to escape once but that only ended up with her being widowed and pregnant When Quinn offered her an opportunity to be his widow I know that sounds weird but he was on death row , Jane was conflicted but she considered the circumstances for her child and agreed Jane had liked Quinn because he was kind although brooding and very reserved, what she never considered was that he would somehow escape the hangman s noose and that she would have to consider a marriage to a complete stranger Not only would she have to accept Quinn into her life but his family as well and they were quite odd, intense, and not very trusting at all.I loved the romance building between Quinn and Jane It was a slow process as they grew to know each other but it was entertaining All of the supporting characters were memorable and a few I am quite invested in and hope they get their own story in this series What I didn t like was that the ending did not wrap up all the loose ends I was left wondering what was going to happen next for certain characters and it felt incomplete This is a series starter and maybe the story will continue and the answers I was seeking will be in the next book but I really wanted them now Overall, My One and Only Duke did indeed have a bit of a Cinderella twist and it was a story that I very much enjoyed I cannot wait to see where the Rogues to Riches series takes me This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley It is an honest and voluntary review The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Find this review and at The Genre Minx Book Reviews flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 03, 2018 Meghan Lloyd rated it really liked it I don t typically read romances where the heroine is already pregnant, because generally, this makes for a very sticky situation for whoever the hero is However, Grace Burrowes did a great job of writing a romance that captured my attention from start to finish with its witty dialogue between the two main characters and her honest portrayal of life between the classes during that time period It was really interesting to read about the Newgate Prison and how prisoners were treated, as well as h I don t typically read romances where the heroine is already pregnant, because generally, this makes for a very sticky situation for whoever the hero is However, Grace Burrowes did a great job of writing a romance that captured my attention from start to finish with its witty dialogue between the two main characters and her honest portrayal of life between the classes during that time period It was really interesting to read about the Newgate Prison and how prisoners were treated, as well as how some were released at the crown s whim A great romance with historical elements and diverse characters made for a fascinating book Quinn Wentworth is in prison and scheduled to be hung for manslaughter, a crime he did not commit And when given the opportunity to do something good before his death, he marries the widowed, pregnant daughter of the prison s visiting preacher A kind young woman who only wants her freedom from her virtue signaling father, Jane Winston is grateful for Quinn s generosity Fully expecting him to be dead within the next few days, she is astonished and overjoyed when he shows up on her doorstep alive and well Presented with a last minute pardon accompanied by a new ducal state of affairs, Jane is now a duchess and things are about to get a lot complicated I wavered a bit on rating this book, because while I liked the historical detail and the characters as individuals, the romance was a bit lukewarm for my taste I felt like they fell into the role of husband and wife almost too easily, and they were too comfortable with each other too quickly I like a bit angst in my romance, a bit trial and error That being said, when looking at it objectively, it was really a very well written relationship and one not often seen in historical romances Jane and Quinn justfit Perfectly, really I loved how Jane was so practical and kind towards Quinn, and she was so judgment free when it came to the people around her She really just wanted to live her life on her terms Quinn was in a bit of a daze for part of the book, as he went from being on the verge of death to then being a free man with a title It was great seeing him come out of his shell and develop a fondness for Jane, which eventually turned into a stronger emotion As a couple, they worked really well together, and given the circumstances, they were truly fortunate.I am eager to read about the Wentworth family, so I hope to read the next book in the series soon Grace Burrowes is in her element with this series and is sure to continue with entertaining stories for Quinn s siblings I received a free copy from the publisher and this is my honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 29, 2018 Alison rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 read, annoying homilies, annoying siblings, cats, disabilities, english, fake relationship, historical, irritating seniors, low angst Quinn Wentworth is in Newgate prison, sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit A wealthy banker, he grew up in the slums of York the son of a violent drunk When the daughter of a prison preacher is sent to wait in Quinn s quarters they strike up a conversation which leads to Quinn offering to marry her, and leave her a generous allowance after his death, in order to provide for her and her unborn child from a brief marriage which ended in her husband s death.But Quinn is, unbeknownst t Quinn Wentworth is in Newgate prison, sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit A wealthy banker, he grew up in the slums of York the son of a violent drunk When the daughter of a prison preacher is sent to wait in Quinn s quarters they strike up a conversation which leads to Quinn offering to marry her, and leave her a generous allowance after his death, in order to provide for her and her unborn child from a brief marriage which ended in her husband s death.But Quinn is, unbeknownst to him, the heir to the Dukedom of Walden rescued from the noose he must now enter London society with a new wife and uncover the identity of the enemy who put him in prison.I am a great fan of Grace Burrowes writing, I find her attention to detail fascinating and I admire that she takes the time to research the places that she writes about Her characters are intriguing and her plots are carefully woven Yet while I did enjoy this book, I didn t love it and I think there are two things which contributed to that First, I didn t buy into Quinn at all This is a man who worked any job, no matter how dirty or disgusting, to earn coins to support his brother and sisters A man born into the slums of York, who has worked day and night to earn coin, someone who didn t learn to read and write until he was almost a man Yet he has also taken the time to take elocution lessons to lose his Yorkshire accent and dresses as finely as any lord whilst in prison There are hints early in the book that he has also done some bully boy work, although later that seems to be refuted, but overall he seems too charming and sophisticated for his rough start in life.Second, I felt that the plot was a bit choppy, almost as though it was originally going in one direction and then changed tack part way through Quinn has a deep, dark secret which he is afraid to tell his wife in case she looks on him differently, but, unless my lack of sleep has led me to miss the great reveal, I didn t think it much of a secret, or even something to be terribly ashamed of As with many books like this the deep secret is alluded to time and again in connection with the unnamed person who plotted to get Quinn hanged, but then there is a scene with the people intimately connected with that secret which sort of makes the secret a whole lot less secret There are side plots that don t seem to go anywhere and seem to be intended to cast suspicion on various people but just seem like plot ideas that didn t pan out Yet, Quinn and Jane s romance was touching and realistic A couple who enter a marriage of convenience suddenly find themselves in entirely unforeseen circumstances Each of them must shake off the habits of the past and learn to live this new life.So this feels like a negative review but it isn t really, just me being picky Overall this was still a charming, intelligent, historical romance with great characters and a believable plot and I can t wait to see who is the next rogue in the series.I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 22, 2018 Monique rated it it was amazing Quinn Wentworth was to be hanged that Monday for manslaughter, but due to circumstances he got a short reprieve He had accepted his fate, but was feeling melancholy, when Jane Winston appeared in his cell Jane is accompanying her father, the visiting preacher Jane is doing her duty, then she and Quinn start talking When he learns of Jane s dire situation a widow with a babe on the way and no money to speak of Quinn knows he can pose one last gesture for a person in need he will provide Quinn Wentworth was to be hanged that Monday for manslaughter, but due to circumstances he got a short reprieve He had accepted his fate, but was feeling melancholy, when Jane Winston appeared in his cell Jane is accompanying her father, the visiting preacher Jane is doing her duty, then she and Quinn start talking When he learns of Jane s dire situation a widow with a babe on the way and no money to speak of Quinn knows he can pose one last gesture for a person in need he will provide for her and her unborn child by marrying her Then Quinn s destiny is shockingly altered the boy who grew up in York s slums is now the Duke of Walden He is a free man, now a married one as well, but the most important thing has not been taken care of finding who wanted Quinn permanently out of the way ONE AND ONLY DUKE is the spectacular start of Grace Burrowes new Rogues to Riches series, and it promises to be epic From the first pages, I was mesmerised by Ms Burrowes dazzling and exquisite prose, and it felt like I had been transported through time than reading an oeuvre written by a contemporary author The narrative is highlighted by the delicious humour and wit, and the brilliant and witty dialogues The plot is riveting and flawlessly structured, and lovely period details, meticulous research, and historical accuracy add additional layers to this fabulous story Quinn and Jane are marvellous, so vibrant and alive, and exceedingly complex characters Their strength and loyalty know no bound, and they never ceased to surprise and delight me, especially Jane Both are reasonable, engaging, and very determined people, and one of my favourite couples ever The romance progressed organically, and quite different than the usual marriage of convenience it was utterly delicious and absolutely convincing MY ONE AND ONLY DUKE also features several marvellous secondary characters, amongst them other Wentworth siblings and relatives Quinn s banker partner Joshua Penrose and newly acquired staff and that was one brilliant and inspired touch Let s not forget the mystery part of this superb book, which had me guessing all the way to the end it was far from obvious who the villain was We always expect excellence from Grace Burrowes, and she never lets us down MY ONE AND ONLY DUKE is Regency romance at its finest And the icing on this scrumptious cake is the gift of a novella by Elizabeth Hoyt Once upon a Christmas Eve I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book All thoughts and opinions are my own flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 28, 2018 Jennifer rated it it was ok Shelves 2018 reads, romance First, the good news Grace Burrowes gave My One and Only Duke one hell of a plot.Banker Quinn Wentworth managed to claw his way up from the stews of Yorkshire and out from under the rule of his abusive father into wealth and respectability, dragging his only moderately reputable siblings with him But the ton hates a social climber, and there s nary a whisper of protest when Quinn is accused of murder and sentenced to Newgate to await hanging Staring at his cell walls and counting down the day First, the good news Grace Burrowes gave My One and Only Duke one hell of a plot.Banker Quinn Wentworth managed to claw his way up from the stews of Yorkshire and out from under the rule of his abusive father into wealth and respectability, dragging his only moderately reputable siblings with him But the ton hates a social climber, and there s nary a whisper of protest when Quinn is accused of murder and sentenced to Newgate to await hanging Staring at his cell walls and counting down the days to his death is a hell of a way to pass the time, so he s not entirely displeased when a guard allows Jane Winston, the pregnant widowed daughter of an overzealous and impoverished preacher, to sit with him, and when he discovers she s as trapped in her life as he currently is in his, he offers her the protection of his name and a settlement large enough to guarantee her and the babe freedom Desperate, Jane accepts.Smashcut to the College of Arms suddenly discovering that Quinn Wentworth is actually the heir to a dukedom on the verge of financial collapse that Prinny really does not want to have to shore up, and suddenly Quinn s a duke and a free man and very, very motivated to find out just who set him up A business rival His too competent partner at the bank One of his resentful and untamed family members As he struggles to unravel the mystery, Jane struggles to make a marriage that neither of them expected to last real.Now, the bad news For all the attention the author paid to her plot outline, she forgot to do than sketch out her characters Both leads are relatively flat, with only a couple of short hand attributes Quinn is sensitive about his checkered past, Jane is gun shy after her disastrous first marriage and pregnant Really, really pregnant They generate about as many sparks as you d expect from rubbing two pieces of slightly damp cardboard together, which is perhaps why the sex scenes are so lackluster they re also mostly of the cut to billowing curtains type Side characters, who one presumes will eventually be main characters in other volumes of the series, fair even worse, and mostly come off as obnoxious, which makes the author s decision to rotate POV randomly to minor characters completely inexplicable There s literally a scene between two new maids that s completely useless in terms of moving the plot, though maybe it s there to indicate that the strapping Nordic footmen aren t gay In which case boo, hiss As I ve never read anything by Burrowes before, I m not certain if the scattered nature of her narrative is normal or the function of an off day for both her and her editor, but it felt like all her energy went to the truly epic conspiracy wall she developed for the plot and she had none left over for the actual execution Happily for me, this volume included a novella by Elizabeth Hoyt, Once Upon a Christmas Eve, in which a notorious rake escorting his grandmother to the country finds himself forced by a carriage accident to take refuge in the home of the one woman in England who finds him less than charming Hoyt s story was charming, much better than the novel it follows, and almost managed to stir a bit of holiday spirit in my cold, dead retail heart Even if it didn t quite achieve that Christmas miracle, it did give me another author to add to my TBR, which is the one and only thing I ll take from this particular volume flag 1 likeLike see review View 2 comments Oct 22, 2018 Tonya rated it it was amazing My One and Only Duke by Grace Burrowes is a terrific historical romance novel Intense at times, fun and playful at other times The reader is allowed into the hearts of Quinn Wentworth and Jane Winston Quinn is on death row, facing his final days for a crime he did not commit when he meets Jane Winston who is needing a rest while visiting the prison with her dad Jane is a recent widow, pregnant and underneath her father s household Her father is a zealous preacher who seems to make Jane a My One and Only Duke by Grace Burrowes is a terrific historical romance novel Intense at times, fun and playful at other times The reader is allowed into the hearts of Quinn Wentworth and Jane Winston Quinn is on death row, facing his final days for a crime he did not commit when he meets Jane Winston who is needing a rest while visiting the prison with her dad Jane is a recent widow, pregnant and underneath her father s household Her father is a zealous preacher who seems to make Jane absolutely miserable Jane and Quinn make a deal to marry so that she and her baby will have security and he can go to his death knowing he helped someone This unusual marriage of convenience is turned upside down when Quinn is dramatically pardoned and is being recognized as a duke As Jane settles into the home with Quinn and his siblings, Quinn remains focused on the mystery of who was responsible for his imprisonment He chases down clues during the day and tries to be a good husband and brother at night I read through this book fast because it moves fast The intimacy that develops between Quinn and Jane is slow and dare I say normal Not the typical instantly fall in love and the chemistry carries them through one or two disagreements Oh, another thing I really enjoyed about My One and Only Duke is that Jane and Quinn have normal insecurities and both have to work through their baggage to figure out how through the issues that impact their relationship I felt like there was depth to the characters The rest of the book flows fast as Quinn and Jane set out to begin married life Virtually strangers, they have many adjustments to make including getting used to Quinn s siblings Each sibling deserves their own book This is actually Book 1 of the new Rogues to Riches series by Grace Burrowes If you like historical romances with mystery, then I can recommend reading My One and Only Duke Thank you to NetGalley, Grace Burrowes, and Forever Grand Central Publishing for the change to read and review this book As always, my opinions are my own flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed Grace eventually got up the courage to start pitching her manuscripts to agents and editors The query letter that resulted in the call started out I am the buffoon in the bar at the RWA retreat who could not keep her heroines straight, could not look you in the eye, and could not stop blushing and if that doesn t narrow down the possibilities, your job is even harder than I thought The dear lady bought the book anyway To contact Grace, email her at graceburrowes 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        Grace Burrowes started writing as an antidote to empty nest and soon found it an antidote to life in general She is the sixth out of seven children, raised in the rural surrounds of central Pennsylvania Early in life she spent a lot of time reading romance novels and practicing the piano Her first career was as a technical writer and editor in the Washington, DC, area, a busy job that nonethele Grace Burrowes started writing as an antidote to empty nest and soon found it an antidote to life in general She is the sixth out of seven children, raised in the rural surrounds of central Pennsylvania Early in life she spent a lot of time reading romance novels and practicing the piano Her first career was as a technical writer and editor in the Washington, DC, area, a busy job that nonetheless left enough time to read a lot of romance novels.It also left enough time to grab a law degree through an evening program, produce Beloved Offspring only one, but she is a lion , and eventually move to the lovely Maryland countryside.While reading yet still romance novels, Grace opened her own law practice, acquired a master s degree in Conflict Transformation she had a teenage daughter by then and started thinking about writing romance novels This aim was realized when Beloved Offspring struck out into the Big World a few years ago Mom, why doesn t anybody tell you being a grown up is hard Grace eventually got up the courage to start pitching her manuscripts to agents and editors The query letter that resulted in the call started out I am the buffoon in the bar at the RWA retreat who could not keep her heroines straight, could not look you in the eye, and could not stop blushing and if that doesn t narrow down the possibilities, your job is even harder than I thought The dear lady bought the book anyway To contact Grace, email her at graceburrowes yahoo


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    1. My One and Only Duke by Grace Burrowes is a 2018 Forever Romance publication A good mystery mingled with a wonderful and warm love story Quinn is in prison for a crime he did not commit Jane, a minister s daughter, visits him shortly before his execution date From these visits Quinn learns that Jane is widowed, pregnant with her first child, and is under her father s manipulative power With nothing left to lose, Quinn offers to marry Jane, giving her independence, and the financial freedom t My [...]


    2. I ve been reading mostly historical romances this year because after 50 years of reading mostly mysteries I was getting tired of all the bodies in my library Well damnme, if I didn t score My One and Only Duke from NetGalley and was shocked to find it started with a soon to come hanging of a man in Newgate prison.Further shocks to my poor system when I realized the man to be hanged was none other than banker extraordinaire Quinn Wentworth I first encountered Wentworth in My Own True Du [...]


    3. 3.5 starsI received this book for free in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review If the eyes were windows to the soul, Mr Wentworth s soul was a bleak, silent moor under a gray December sky. First in a new series and an introduction to the Wentworth family, My One and Only Duke, stars the oldest Wentworth, Quinn, and a minister s daughter Jane This was a slow burn story from both accounts, the romance and mystery The be [...]


    4. Ms Burrowes was an early favorite of mine when I first discovered historical romance and realized most of her books were available for check out at my local library I binged her back catalog hard and the deeper I got, the I realized that although the author purposefully links her stories, eventually so than other authors I ve binged they all start to sound and feel the same With this in mind or maybe it was after one to many Christmas anthologies , I took a prolonged Burrowes bre Ms Burrowes w [...]


    5. I really enjoyed this, though I cringe at the detailed look of life in Newgate prison Looking back it wasn t that much of the book, but it stands out in my memory like it was half I loved both characters from the start, though, and that s in no small part due to the realities they face in that destitute place I had a bit of a setback after Quinn got his reprieve, however They were both so unfiltered and genuine in that prison and I loved that Quinn would step up to help her out by giving her I r [...]


    6. I ve given this a B for narration and a C for content at AudioGals that averages out at a B , which is 3.5 stars rounded upI generally find Grace Burrowes books work for me as comfort reads listens they re not complicated or taxing, the characters are decent people trying to do the best for those they care for, and I enjoy the author s slightly quirky writing style In audio, James Langton s narrations generally add something to the overall experience, and I ve found myself often list I ve given [...]


    7. 3.5 stars An interesting premise, although the story did drag a little in parts I liked that this is a new series, although it took me a little while to start getting to know the cast of new characters I also liked that it s a little different the whole rogues to riches idea has quite a bit of interest and merit I will read on in the series when the next one comes out.


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