This Week’s Throwback Thursday Book is:Dukes are Forever by Anna Harrington
Format: Paperback (Library Checkout)
Release Date: November 24, 2015
ALL'S FAIR IN LOVE
Battlefields and barrooms hold much more interest for Edward Westover, Duke of Strathmore, than a little girl's fondness for dolls and lace. When he takes possession of his enemy's estate, everything that villain held dear-including his daughter-belongs to Edward. Hire a governess, arrange a dowry, give a few reassurances, and be off on his way-that's Edward's plan. But he's in for the shock of his life. For his new ward is a beautiful, impetuous, and utterly irresistible woman . . .
. . . AND WAR
Kate Benton is stunned. Who is this arrogant, infuriating man who's invited himself into her home and taken over her life? Her vow: to do everything in her power to convince him to leave her-and Brambly House-alone. Yet as chilly days melt into sultry nights, Kate sees glimpses of kindness underneath Edward's cool façade . . . and a passionate nature that takes her breath away. There's so much she doesn't know about this man. But does she dare trust this devilish duke with her heart?
After taking control of an enemy’s estate and his daughter, the reluctant Duke of Strathmore, Edward Westover intends on meeting the girl, providing her with a dowry for when she grows up, hiring a governess and then leaving her to the care of others. However he’s in for the shock of his life when he arrives at Brambly House with a doll for the girl he’s responsible for and finds that Kate Benton isn’t a little girl but a full grown woman with her own mind and her own ideas of just what Edward can do with his newly acquired guardianship.
When I read Along Came a Rogue not too long ago I knew I just had to read the first book and I was lucky enough to find it at my local library (30 minutes away from me but it still counts).
I might be the only one but I really enjoyed Edward’s shock when he found out that Kate was not a little girl but I also found it so sweet that he brought a toy for the ward he thought was a child. Even though that child belonged to someone he hated more than anything. It really set the tone for the story and gave such a positive, strong impression of Edward’s overall character. With that scene in mind it was easy to forgive this character for the less than charming (aka “stupid”) decisions he made as the book progressed.
As for the romance it was both sweet and sexy. Edward and Kate were both tossed into situations they weren’t prepared for and they managed to gain control and learn about themselves in the process. Anna Harrington knew how to balance out a sexy physical chemistry with some emotional heart to heart conversations and a sort of competitiveness that didn’t always have Edward as the victor. That really made things interesting to me as I love a heroine who can catch a hero off guard and keep him on his toes. Anna Harrington kept things relatively simple for the couple, making their only real obstacle Kate’s being the daughter of Edward’s most hated enemy. It was a love story that needed to add trust to it in order to work and I thought Harrington did a great job of making Edward and Kate work towards trusting each other.
Final Verdict: Edward and Kate were an impressive couple and readers really got to know them individually and as a couple. They’re both passionate characters so that made Dukes are Forever a book I didn’t want to put down. It’s official, I’m a big fan.
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