Sunday, January 3, 2016

Jilted in January (A Year Without a Duke) by Kate Pearce

The year is 1816.  The Duke of Beckworth has died without a direct heir.  As the solicitors attempt to find the next Duke, what happens with the people that depend on Beckworth for their livelihood?  There are five books in this series, each written by a different author.

Rose Leyton is an impoverished relative of the Duke and has been living at the country estate while she waits for her fiance and brother to return from war.  Colin Ford is the assistant land agent  He is the youngest son of an impoverished Earl.  When the land agent mysteriously disappears, Colin breaks into the locked office and discovers a disaster.  Rose is just the gloried companion for her great-aunt and wants something to do, so she volunteers to help Colin straighten out the mess left by his boss.

Rose is shocked to learn in a letter from her brother that her fiance has gotten married.  When her brother wants her to marry an unexcaptable man, Colin steps up to the rescue and announces that he has proposed to her.  Will Colin be her hero and HEA?

I have read other books by Kate Pearce and this wasn't what I expected.  As I was reading, I realized that I really liked it.  It was the perfect start to the series and the characters were wonderful.  I loved how the romance slowly developed and how Colin was a true hero.  This was a wonderful novel.  Kate Pearce is such a talented author that can switch styles with grace.

I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Thank You.

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