A Duke By December (A Year Without A Duke, #5)

A Duke By December (A Year Without A Duke, #5)

by Sabrina Darby

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BN ID: 2940152263206
Publisher: Sabrina Darby
Publication date: 02/08/2016
Series: A Year Without A Duke , #5
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 212,069
File size: 7 MB

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A Duke By December (A Year Without A Duke, #5) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*** I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review, which was originally published on my book blog The Avid Bookivore. I finally got to know who the Duke of Beckworth is and I was not disappointed! Nathanial Hughes left England and never thought he would return until he finds out that he has a healthy title. Now with that title comes responsibilities...including marriage to a respectable woman of noble birth. But Nate has his eyes and heart set on another, less noble woman. Elizabeth Smith and her brother was rescued by Nate and has lived with him since. Wherever he went, they went and going to England to assume his duties as Duke will be no exception. As hard as he tries, Nate cannot keep his feelings hidden and goes on to win the heart of secretarial love interest.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
It's bittersweet to know that the end is near and the answers sought in the previous four books will be revealed. Duke by December is the stunning conclusion to the Year Without A Duke saga and Sabrina Darby gets to do the big reveal. However before that happens there is one more love story to appease this sad goodbye. Nathan is a man that has made his own way and amassed his own money far away from England's influence. His experiences in America have brought him success and have given him an adventurous spirit and the courage to endure anything. Lizzie has been friend, employee and secretly pining for Nathan for a long time. A surprising development sends the two to England and their lives may never be the same. A fitting conclusion to a whirlwind series.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This is the fifth and last story in the 'A Year without a Duke' series, which can all be read as standalone novellas, but with a story arc that continued from the beginning of the 5 book linked series. The series has culminated with, lo and behold, the finding of the Duke! From a brief stint in the wilds of the American frontier where we meet Nate ( a secondary character in book 4, An Affair in Autumn) and the young woman, Lizzie that he rescues, it's a quick trip overseas to England where Nate must assume his new duties. Lizzie has been his assistant in his business in New York since he brought her there with him, but it was strictly a hands off arrangement. Now though he must find a bride to carry on the familial line, something both he and Lizzie realize is going to affect their friendship. Will it make them realize that what they have between them will be lost if they don't act soon? I enjoyed this tying together of the series with a sweet a lovely romance between Nate and Lizzie. Nate's reasons for leaving England in the first place are dwelt upon briefly, and he again feels the tension of English society and his expected duties. But with Lizzie at his side, it's different than when he was a younger man. He's come to rely on her for many things, and he's always kept his more desirous feelings locked down, until the truth of her beauty and strength can no longer be put aside. Lizzie comes across as a strong and intelligent woman who has managed to take her own future in her hands and become invaluable to Nate as his assistant. That she's in love with him doesn't change her determination to do what is best for him, even if that means finding him a wife. It's a slow burn romance, but as the end of the story nears, they both finally acknowledge that what they really want is right there in front of them. Lizzie's half brother John, a boy of mixed black and white blood, gives the opportunity to look a bit into the issue of slavery in America as well as its lingering prejudices in England. As well, at the start and end of each of the stories there has been a correspondence between a lawyer and the housekeeper of Beckworth Park, which culminates in a sweet ending of its own. 4 stars for this final installment and the series as a whole.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 5 in the A Year Without a Duke series, a multi-author series. The Duke has finally been found and it is Nathaniel Hughes. Having been poor most of his life, Nathaniel went to America and amassed his fortune. No one is more surprised than he, that the dukedom became his. Taking his secretary and her brother, Nate heads to England to take controls of his estates. Having been rescued by Nate and made his secretary, Elizabeth Smith had hidden her attraction for Nate, as she knows there is no way that her reciprocates her feelings. But as Nate comes to count on Lizzie more and more, he realizes that the only way he can make everything work is with her by his side...for the rest of their lives. This is the last book of five that tells the story of the residents of the Duke of Beckworth's estate. Having read all 5 of them, I would definitely recommend reading them all together, although they could each be read as stand alone. This was a great conclusion to this series. We finally get the duke settled in, all he needs now is a wife! When Nate rescues Lizzie, he is given the impression that she wants nothing romantic from him. So he keeps his attraction to himself and tries not to be in situations where they are alone. Because of this, when Lizzie starts to have feelings for Nate, she thinks that her feelings are not reciprocated. All of this leads us on a merry chase following these two to the alter!! I really liked the way the authors came together to do this multi-author series. I'm hoping that they do it again in the future! Thanks go out to the author via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Year Without a Duke - Book 5 After spending many years in America making his fortune, Nathaniel (Nate) Hughes has just learned that he is the new Duke of Beckworth. Thus, he is traveling to England along with his secretary, Lizzie. Nate met Elizabeth (Lizzie) Smith in America when he rescued her and her brother from their brutal uncle. When they arrive at Beckworth Park, they are amazed at the size of the estate. Nate immediately meets with the steward and assigns Lizzie to work with the housekeeper and oversee the household. Along with her other secretarial duties, Lizzie is the ideal one to take on this task as she knows how Nate likes things done. As they settle in, Nate is very kind to the other family members who have made their home there for some time, letting them know that they are welcome to remain at Beckworth. As they slowly meet the neighbors, the are encouraged to host a masked ball. The ballroom at Beckworth is lovely and has not been used in a long time. Privately, Lizzie has loved Nate for a quite awhile. He is attracted to her as well but has tried to keep their relationship a business one. Lizzie has always chosen plain, practical dresses but decides that she wants to spend some of the money she has saved for a beautiful dress and mask for the ball. Nate and Lizzie dance at the ball and end up kissing under the mistletoe. This sparks a now undeniable attraction between them that has been smoldering for some time now. Although the ton may not approve of a match between them, can they ignore that and marry anyway? This is the fifth and final book in the series. I especially enjoyed this particular book because the author had the pressure of wrapping up the entire story and series. She did a magnificent job and the story of Lizzie and Nate is so very sweet. Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a delightful short story.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Nate’s friends have tracked him down in American and he is shocked to learn of his change in circumstances, he is now a Duke. Nate is heading back to England and bringing his secretary with him, Nate rescued Lizzie and her brother and gave her a job. She is worried what will happen when they are in England, will things between Nate and her change? This is a fast paced read with lots of drama and suspense. A plus was glad to hear about the previous characters in the series. Just wish it was a bit longer.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
This novella wraps up the series and provides the Duke of Beckworth that everyone has been waiting for. Nathaniel Hughes is a self-made man who has built his holding and wealth in the New World after leaving England over a decade previously. On one of his trips he defends Elizabeth and her brother John from their overbearing uncle then takes them under his wing. Not much is said about the year they spend together in New York as the story picks up again with all three in London. From there they move to the estate and settle into a new way of life. How Nathaniel and Lizzie will manage their happily ever after is the question. Will Nathaniel be able to see Lizzie as a woman and not a girl he is protecting? Will he do what is required of a Duke – provide heirs for his estate? Will he find happiness as a duke? The book was well written and fun to read. I enjoyed it. I liked the other stories in the series a bit better so am reflecting that in the 4 I am giving it. Thank you to NetGalley and CrushStar Multimedia LLC for the copy of this ARC to read and review.