Also in this series: The Scottish Duke
Series: Duke Trilogy #2
Published by Avon on March 28th 2017
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
In the second in New York Times Bestselling Author Karen Ranney’s scintillating series, society’s most coveted duke finds the one thing wealth and position cannot buy—the perfect partner…
For years, Martha York has been fascinated by a man she’s never met—Jordan Hamilton, the new Duke of Roth and protégé to her inventor father. Could the elusive gentleman possibly live up to his brilliant letters? When Martha travels to his estate to carry out her father’s last bequest, she discovers that the answer is a resounding yes, for the duke’s scientific mind belies a deep sensuality…
Jordan was determined to complete his prototype alone, but it’s impossible to resist the alluring young woman who shows up at his door. Working together, they grow ever closer, until a case of mistaken identity leaves him bound to another. A woman’s heart may be more complex than the most intricate invention, but Jordan must find a way to win Martha’s, or lose the only woman who can truly satisfy him…
The English Duke, is the second book in the Duke Trilogy. After reading book one and LOVING it, I had some high expectations for this one, and I am gratified to say that I truly enjoyed this one quite a bit. It definitely can be read as a stand alone, I am not sure how the trilogy is connected. So they are easy to read on their own.
In The English Duke we have a story that brings together two great minds. Our heroine, Martha York, has been working with her father on a certain invention, which could aid their country in the long run. But then her father passes away, and desired that all his research and items go to his one friend and colleague….The Duke of Roth. A man who has been ignoring her letters, so trying to fulfill her father’s dying wish, she gathers everything together including her grandmother and her sister and head to his estate. Their welcome is less than warm and she realizes that Jordan is not what she expected and she makes it clear to him his rudeness and soon Jordan and Martha end up working together and developing an affection for each other only there is a plan to seperate them.
I have so much love for this book, and it just hit the right spot for me. Many of the players in the story I truly had a good time with except for two. Martha’s sister Josephine and Jordan’s close friend Reese. Josephine has had everything handed to her, been the “special” child, and is too spoiled for her own good. When they arrive at the Duke of Roth’s home, Josephine makes it her mission to win the favor of Jordan. But Jordan, is drawn to Martha and not just for her looks. He appreciates her mind and her kind heart. What was most wonderful about their romance, was how comfortable they get along with each other. They both have intellectual minds and they are able to connect in this way first, but we see how content they are in each other’s presence. Now I will admit I did NOT like Jordan at first. I thought he was rude and selfish. But then we learn of his leg injury, where he has pushed himself hard to make sure no one sees him as lame. We see that he uses certain defensive mechanisms. But once you learn his reasons, you start to soften toward him. Now Martha was a heroine I truly loved. I could see so much of myself in her. She isn’t full speed ahead, she is more calm and relaxed. She is very patient and smart. Especially in seeing how she deals with her sister, who is completely horrid to her. I love that she is still such a wonderful human being, and hasn’t let how others have treated her to effect how she treats them.
The only thing I couldn’t figure out happened toward the end, so I don’t want to spoil anything for those that haven’t read this one yet. But I couldn’t figure out why Jordan and Martha didn’t speak up earlier but no worries because these two find their happy ending in the best way and this book left me happy and content!!