A Good Duke Is Hard to Find Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Get swept away by a Regency romance of broken engagements, second chances, and stolen kisses from the author whom Publishers Weekly calls "irresistible".
After her third fiancé leaves her at the altar, Lenora Hartley is beginning to think she's cursed. One thing's for certain: She needs to escape London and her father's tyrannical attempts to find her yet another suitor. The Isle of Synne, an isolated and idyllic retreat off Britain's northern coast, is blessedly far from society's gossip, but it also carries haunting reminders of her first fiancé. Letting go of the past to find happiness seems impossible - until Lenora is thrown in the path of a gruff, mysterious blue-eyed man who makes her pulse race.
Next in line for a dukedom he doesn't want to inherit, Peter Ashford is only on the isle to exact revenge on the man who is responsible for his mother's death. Once he's completed the task, he'll return to America where his life can finally be his own. Yet when he meets the beautiful and kind Miss Hartley, he can't help but be drawn to her. Can Peter put aside his plans for vengeance for the woman who has come to mean everything to him?
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 31 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||June 30 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #45,763 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#810 in Historical Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#4,788 in Regency Historical Romance
Top reviews from Canada
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This romance offers valuable life lessons, but the agonizing doubts and indecision that plague the conflicted protagonists do drag on at length.
The prose is light and authentic. The characters are intelligent, unsettled, and warm. And the plot is a push-pull blend of Regency lifestyle, familial expectations, palpable attraction, undeniable chemistry, desire, friendship, heartbreak, and steamy romance.
Overall, A Good Duke is Hard to Find is an entertaining, passionate, delightful read by Britton that may be the first novel I’ve read by this author but definitely won’t be my last.
Top reviews from other countries
If you like stories of star crossed lovers that go through lots of hardship before finally maturing enough to admit they love each other you will love this book. I didn't.
Lenora and her best friend, Margery, go to the country to visit a wonderful woman who loves them both. Lady Tesh is Margery’s grandmother, and she treats Lenora as though she is also her grandmother. Lady Tesh is one of the best characters in the story.
Peter is a relative of Lady Tesh and Margery. He has been living in America and making a fortune. Because of family relationships, Peter is now heir to a duke. The duke is someone who is hated by Peter because he ignored Peter’s pleas for help for his ill mother. That heartless attitude has never been forgotten nor forgiven. Peter plans to lay waste to everything the duke holds dear.
This is a story about family histories. It is also a story about learning to look back with different eyes.
I felt at times there were too many pages referring to things that had already been explained. The repetition is the one main disappointment I had with this story.
I liked Lenora and Peter. It took her quite some time to realize that she was not a doormat. Her father convinced her that she had no rights, intelligence or talent. After so many years, she believed him. Peter helped her see herself in a new light. As she learned to become more confident, she becomes a much more interesting woman.
Peter is a strong man who has worked since he was a child and had to support himself, cross the ocean and become a co-owner of several businesses. He is intelligent, kind hearted and humorous. His blind spot is his hate for the duke who hurt him so. Lady Tesh uses her charm to nudge Peter along to finding himself. And his attraction to Leonora doesn’t hurt either.
I enjoyed the story. This book is first in a series and I look forward to reading the next book in line.
After being jilted by her third fiancé, Lenora Hartley decides to take a break from London and her father’s attempts to find her another match. The Isle of Synne, an isolated island off Britain’s northern coast, is exactly the right place to avoid the gossip. But soon after arriving, she runs into a mysterious man who attracts her far more than she expected. Peter Ashford is set to inherit a dukedom he doesn’t want, but his only thoughts are of getting revenge on the man who let his mother die. Determined to ruin the man and his legacy, he heads to the Isle of Synne to set his revenge in motion. But once there, he meets Miss Hartley who has him questioning all of his plans.
Lenora was an intriguing character and one I was interested to learn more about after seeing she had three failed engagements. It quickly becomes clear Lenora’s father plans to use a marriage to Lenora to further his own political career and Lenora has had very little input on her betrothals. It was easy to feel for Lenora in her situation and I think my one complaint about her character was how long it took for her to stand up for herself. Peter left England thirteen years ago after the death of his mother and it is only his own sense of debt to the woman who helped his mother that has him returning now. Peter’s situation as a child was heartbreaking and it definitely made it easier to understand why he was so intent on revenge.
Lenora and Peter’s relationship was very much an opposites attract romance with the added bit of forced proximity due to the small isle they’re on. Peter is definitely a pessimistic person compared to Lenora, but as a fan of the grumpy-sunshine trope, that worked for me. Both Lenora and Peter have issues opening up to others which meant it took a while for their romance to progress. Plus, with Lenora’s father arranging another betrothal for her, she knows she’s not entirely free to follow her heart and Peter’s quest for revenge means he has no plans to marry. My one issue with their romance was how long it took for both of them to admit that their relationship was something they wanted. They definitely admitted their attraction to each other right away, but it took much longer for them to admit they wanted more.
Overall A Good Duke is Hard to Find was a very enjoyable read and I will definitely be picking up the second book in the series, Someday My Duke Will Come, when it releases next year.