Thursday, January 03, 2019

The Duke I Once Knew (#1 Unlikely Duchesses) Olivia Drake - Blog Tour

Olivia Drake 

Publication Date 
31 December 2018 

Historical Romance 

Award-winning author Olivia Drake begins her new Unlikely Duchesses series with THE DUKE I ONCE KNEW (St. Martin’s Paperbacks; December 31, 2018). With compelling characters and skillful plot twists, Drake’s latest novel will take your breath away.

First love is always the sweetest…

For years, Abigail Linton devoted herself to caring for her parents and her siblings’ children. Now, eager to create a life of her own, Abby seizes upon a position as a governess on a neighboring estate. Unfortunately, her absentee employer is Maxwell Bryce, the Duke of Rothwell, the notorious rake who once broke her youthful heart. But since he hasn’t set foot on his estate for fifteen years, Abby assumes she’ll never have to lay eyes on him ever again. 

Then, from out of nowhere, Max appears. He is stunned to come face to face with the girl next door he fell for years ago—before he went away, and she stopped writing to him … even though Abby swears that he is the one who left her without a word. Could it be that this spirited, witty spinster has won Max’s heart all over again—and that they may have a second chance at love?

4 Stars 

This is a second chance historical romance, when one becomes a "spinster" at thirty. It's quite acceptable to be married before the age of twenty. 

Abby and Max were childhood friends and sweethearts. Unfortunately, Max and his sister were whisked off to London when he was only fifteen. 

Fast forward to fifteen years later, and Abby wants a change in her life. She loves her family dearly, but answers to every beck and call, and now they are talking about her as if she isn't there. She makes the decision of earning her own way. She applies for a governess position and now that she feels secure, Max reappears. 

Max is the most eligible bachelor and the rake of London. He has to make a last minute change to stop at his Dukedom for the forthcoming week. He has brought his questionable entourage, including his mistress. Imagine his surprise on encountering the governess. It would appear that there has been a misunderstanding, but the old spark is still present. Will they clear up the misunderstanding or will Max continue to be the rogue that he is renowned for? 

It's a well written historical romance. The two main characters are very well portrayed as are the secondary characters. 

I was kindly issued with an eARC from Netgalley and the views expressed are my personal opinion.

Olivia Drake is the author of the Cinderella Sisterhood series (Seducing the Heiress, Never Trust a Rogue, Scandal of the Year, If the Slipper Fits, Stroke of Midnight, Abducted by the Prince, Bella and the Beast, His Wicked Wish, and The Scandalous Flirt). She has been a member of Romance Writers of America since 1981, and her novels have won the Golden Heart Award, Best Historical Romantic Suspense and Best Regency Historical from Romantic Times. She has also won the prestigious RITA award. She currently resides in Houston, TX.