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?
The Duchess Hunt by Lorraine Heath is an engaging historical romance with a huge dose of humor. I loved the female secretary with a mysterious past. One that her employer, the Duke, does not know. The Duke has always been intrigued by his employee. Hiring her, was a risk worth taking. Yet he has wondered what her past includes. Only Penelope knows her past or so she thought. The past has a way of coming out when least expected. In the meantime, she has fallen for her employer, Kingsland. But he only seeks her help in finding a wife. A wife whom he will never love but will be quiet. Although, spending time with Penelope, Kingsland wants a spitfire like her. He finds himself falling more and more deeply for her. This scares the man who knows no love. I was intrigued and entertained the whole way through this novel. Lorraine Heath has a way with words. She has created another fabulous adventure that will forever be my new all-time favorite. I love how two independently strong characters ignore or run from what is right in front of them the entire time. Funny, heartbreaking, romantic, and well-written-The Duchess Hunt is a book that will stay with me forever. I cannot wait for the next grand thrill from Lorraine Heath.