A Duke a Dozen (Survivors, #6)

A Duke a Dozen (Survivors, #6)

by Shana Galen

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They call him the Doomed Duke.

Phineas Duncombe, ninth Duke of Mayne, should not be the duke. After all, he had four—count them—four older brothers! Phin never wanted the dukedom, and the suspicious circumstances of the eighth duke's death lead Phin to question the Countess of Longstowe. The beautiful widow isn't at all what Phin expected. He's intrigued by her and determined to seduce her. The countess is not interested in Phin romantically, but when she comes to him with another request, he can't deny it. A few days in the country with Lady Longstowe reveal two truths to the new duke. One, he cares for the countess much more than any other woman he's ever known. Two, Phin either has very bad luck or someone is trying to kill him.

They call her the Wanton Widow.

Annabel was barely eighteen when she was married to the elderly Earl of Longstowe. A harsh, sadistic man, the earl's death was not something Annabel mourned. Now in her mid-forties, Annabel enjoys her widowhood and has no desire to ever be under a man's thumb again. Not even a handsome duke like Mayne, who is far too young for her anyway. Annabel's one desire is to find the daughter who was taken away from her. For that she needs a man with power and status. She needs the Duke of Mayne. When the two are thrust together, Annabel struggles to fight her attraction to the charming Phin. She's losing the battle. But can she ever trust another man, especially with the one part of herself she's never given away—her heart?

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940156618668
Publisher: Shana Galen
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Series: Survivors
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 8,358
File size: 490 KB

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A Duke a Dozen (Survivors, #6) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
def618 More than 1 year ago
Phineas Leopold Duncombe, the 9th Duke of Mayne, and his friend Stratford Fortescue wonder about the four strange early deaths of Phin’s older brothers. One of the brothers died after visiting the “Wanton Widow” (Lady Anabel Longstowe) and Phin decides to ask her some questions. He also finds her very attractive, even if she is older than he. Annabel knows nothing about his brothers’ deaths, but she would like his help finding her child. Her husband had sent the child to a hospital that takes cares of special needs patients and she’d like to find her daughter. He decides to help her find her daughter and they set off to Ceald House, where the current Earl and his mother live. Anabel has horrible memories of the house but needs to find her daughter. She is also worried about Phin’s numerous attacks and injuries. They can’t be random, and he is determined to find the cause. After they find the culprit Phin convinces her to marry him and poor Colin Fitzroy is given the task of telling Phin’s mother of his marriage. I can’t wait for Colin’s story. I so enjoyed this book and can highly recommend it. Thanks for another great one Shana Galen.
Pwalley01 More than 1 year ago
The great character and storyline development kept me totally engaged as I turned each and every page until the very end!
Heather Wamboldt More than 1 year ago
A great historical romance... A Duke a Dozen is the sixth book in The Survivors series and the first I have read by this author. I really enjoyed the story of Phin and Annabel, a younger man with an older woman, as they set about trying to find her disabled daughter who was taken from her as well as finding a killer who is after Phin. The characters are well developed and the storyline is original and sometimes emotional. A side plot is that of the romance of Meg, Annabel’s housekeeper and Reynolds, Phin’s valet. They were also a wonderful and fun couple. I am looking forward to reading more books by this author. I voluntarily read and reviewed a copy of this book with no obligation.
georgia1 More than 1 year ago
An intriguing addition to this series with the hero, Phineas (love that name), the new Duke of Mayne one of the soldiers who survived the war. Unfortunately as the title he now held was going, he may not live long enough to do anything. After all, his four brothers had all met their demise and he was left. He had to find out what happened to his last brother and retrace his steps. Was that what he really wanted when he went to visit the "Wanton Widow", Annabel, Countess of Longstowe? He had seen her and his brother together and thought she might have been one of the last people to talk to him. But is that really why he wanted to visit her? Oh yes his knees almost buckled when she came into the room. Annabel hardley remembers how she earned that moniker, but after being married to a cruel man for years, she is not about to give her heart to any man. She just wants to find her daughter and she asks him for his help. Such a truly wonderful story of second chances at happiness no matter their age differences and a journey to find answers and true love.
RWBrock More than 1 year ago
This is the sixth in her Survivors series about a group of “suicide squad” soldiers who returned from fighting Napoleon. This one is a May-December romance (Annabel is almost 15 years older than Phin) which is rather rare in this genre. Sometimes I have a little problem with believability in these types of stories, but this one is well done and also adds in love-at-first-sight to the mix. I think it also helps here that Phin is a reluctant duke and does not seem to fret much over giving up having children/heirs when it means having the love of his life. I enjoyed the banter between them, how he helped her overcome trust issues from a former abusive relationship and how she saw him as the man (and not the title). Phin is especially kind and compassionate (almost too perfect) as he helps Annabel through an emotional and heart wrenching period. As they were both older, experienced characters (32, 46), the love scenes were especially . Good chemistry. I received an ARC from the author for early review. The opinions are strictly my own.