A NYT bestselling author kicks off a new Regency series of “irresistible romance and a family of delightful scoundrels” as a woman looking to recover a stolen painting accidentally kidnaps a duke instead. (Eloisa James)
Chloe Wynchester is completely forgettable—a curse that gives her the ability to blend into any crowd. When the only father she’s ever known makes a dying wish for his adopted family of orphans to recover a missing painting, she’s the first one her siblings turn to for stealing it back. No one expects that in doing so, she’ll also abduct a handsome duke.
Lawrence Gosling, the Duke of Faircliffe, is tortured by his father’s mistakes. To repair his estate’s ruined reputation, he must wed a highborn heiress. Yet when he finds himself in a carriage being driven hell-for-leather down the cobblestone streets of London by a beautiful woman who refuses to heed his commands, he fears his heart is hers. But how can he sacrifice his family’s legacy to follow true love?
The Duke Heist by Erica Ridley is one exciting adventure after another. A big family of orphans each with their own special skill are brought together as family by a wealthy man. he dies and the orphans want his painting back that was stolen from him. One of their siblings has found it. Now, they just need to make a plan and swipe the original with a fake. However, complications arise the minute the young sibling, Chloe, ends up taking her enemy’s coach. He believes she’s wanting to get him alone to make a scandal. In doing so, he thinks she wants to force his hand in marriage. Chloe allows him to think what he wants. But she tries to shake him away. Only he feels sympathy for this woman who feels unseen by him. He understands what it feels like to be alone and no one notice him. She makes him feel like he owes her. Chloe makes him teach her to be suitable so she can find a husband. This allows her and her family to search his place for the painting. Only they cannot find the exact painting. The more time Chloe spends with her enemy the more she falls for him. Their attraction is instant, raw, and grows with each page. Surprises and twists are plenty in this fun, engaging, romance read. Erica Ridley professionally combines humor, action, and romance into one splendid historical romance novel. I enjoyed the protagonists and minor cast members.