Anyone But a Duke

Anyone But a Duke

by Betina Krahn

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New York Times bestselling author Betina Krahn delivers an irresistible romance shimmering with light-hearted wit and thrilling twists . . .
The youngest of four spirited American sisters, Sarah Bumgarten has studiously avoided her mother’s attempts to find her a titled husband among London’s aristocracy. Now, after an earl’s very public rejection, it seems her ideal mate will be anyone but a duke, a marquis, a baron, or a viscount . . .
Thankfully, there are no noblemen in sight at Betancourt, the country estate where Sarah takes refuge. Its rightful owner, the Duke of Meridian, sibling to Sarah’s brother-in-law, has been absent for years. Accompanied by her bevy of beloved animals, Sarah delights in refurbishing the once-grand property. But even a self-assured frontier heiress needs help when greedy tenants are threatened by her presence . . .
Out of nowhere, a stranger jumps into the fray when ruffians attack. Nothing about “Art,” the roguish interloper—now recuperating in the ducal bedchamber—smacks of nobility, with his brazen sensuality, worldly knowledge, and deeply seductive voice. Yet could he be the errant duke? If so, Sarah soon realizes this homecoming promises to be filled with unexpected challenges and passionate possibilities . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420143515
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 11/26/2019
Series: Sin & Sensibility Series , #3
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 126,452
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Betina Krahn is a New York Times bestselling author of more than 30 historical and contemporary romances. Her works have won numerous industry awards, including the Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award for Love and Laughter. Visit her on the web at

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Anyone But a Duke 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Brownac101 6 months ago
After the earl’s very public rejection Sarah Bumgarten is set against marring especial a marquess or a duke. Sarah takes refuge at her brother-in-law’s brother place, after all his brother the Duke of Meridian has been absent for years. A stranger jumps in to help her, she wonder who the rugged, tanned and tattooed stranger who helps her. He sons finds himself shot and she nurses him back to health in the ducal chambers. He knows she’s not the Duke’s sister since the Duke does not have any sisters so just who she is and what’s she doing at the estate running around like she owns it. An excellent story with wonderful characters I voluntarily wrote a review for.
Pokeybooboo 7 months ago
Anyone But a Duke is the third and final book in Betina Krahn's Sin and Sensibility series. I haven't read the first two yet (though I most definitely plan to!), but this installment stands alone perfectly well. I especially want to read the book in which our hero of this one initially appeared. Warning: The song "Clementine" will be stuck in your head after reading, whether you like the song or not...and I don't. Sarah Bumgarten is the youngest of four sisters who were brought to England to wed. When she is publicly humiliated by the man she cares for at a party, she retreats to the country estate belonging to her brother-in-law while he and her sister Daisy are in America. The estate is in disrepair, and Sarah is bringing it back to rights, being kept company by her contingent of pets and farm animals. When an injured man is brought to the house for her to render treatment, she is drawn to the handsome stranger. Could this man possibly be the duke, who was missing for five years? And what's up with a group of men who are terrorizing the tenants of the estate and villagers? This was a sweet, fun story with plenty of intrigue and action. Sarah is a wonderful heroine; I totally loved her affinity for critters. She was a knowledgeable healer, besides being a strong woman who is revitalizing a run-down estate on her own. Arthur is a great character, too, though I'm not entirely sure why he kept his identity a secret from Sarah. It was heartbreaking to learn of the hardships he endured during the time he was missing. Both characters had a sense of humor that I found engaging. I really liked the family dynamics, especially those between Sarah and Daisy, and Arthur and his brother Ashton. The scene where the two brothers are reunited was both funny and touching. My favorite characters, however, were the animals...they had great personalities all their own. All-in-all, a fun romance not to be missed. Except that I can't get "Clementine" out of my head! I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley. I received no compensation for my review, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own.
Historical_Romance_Lover 7 months ago
Sarah is excited to have finally settled on a titled husband, but when he arrives back home after traveling abroad, he brings along a fiancée with him. After his very public rejection, she definitely doesn't want to get married to a titled gentleman. She ends up settling in at Betancourt, the family home of her sister's husband. She is having fun restoring the place to it's former glory and enjoying living in the country. Arthur has been gone for years and when he finally arrives home, he is shot by an unknown assailant. When he awakens, he finds himself in his own home...even more specifically the duke's chambers, which are rightfully his own. Although no one knows he is actually the rightful heir as he has not told anyone of his true identity. When someone starts wrecking havoc across the duke's property, Sarah and Arthur start to investigate. Spending so much time together brings them closer together. But what happens when Sarah learns that Arthur is really the long lost duke. Will she get her heart broken all over again? I loved Sarah and Arthur's story!! I loved watching these two fall for one another. Having met Arthur in the first book in the series, it was interesting to see all the changes his travels had made. But under it all he was still the kind hearted man that he was when we first met him. This was a great conclusion to the Sin & Sensibility series and I'm excited to see what Krahn has in store for us next!!
Noire 7 months ago
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. Anyone But A Duke by Betina Krahn is the third and final book in her delightful Sin and Sensibility Series. I do think you should read the first two in order to understand and enjoy this book completely. Sarah the youngest of the Bumgarten sisters heartbroken when she discovered that man she thought she would marry had returned from a trip to Italy with a fiancé. Wanting to escape London society she has retreated to Betancourt, the estate of her brother-in-law the new Duke of Meridian and has taken on the task of caring for the estate as it was becoming run down in the absence of the Duke. Arthur Michael Randolph Graham the 6th Duke of Meridian long presumed to be dead has returned to England after a series of harrowing adventures and not quite sure is he will be welcomed gives his name as Michael Grant when he is shot in the shoulder and brought to Betancourt to be treated by Sarah who also acts as a medic for the estate and the village. As they work together to help save the village and estate from a band of roving thieves and he deals with the machinations of his nasty cousin they become friends and perhaps something more … but she’s afraid that he still loves her older sister and he knows that she would rather anyone but a duke for a husband. A thoroughly enjoyable read. Medium Steam. Publishing Date November 26, 2019 #NetGalley #AnyoneButADuke #BetinaKrahn #KensingtonBooks #ZebraRomanceNovels #Bookstagram #HistoricalRomance
Synergy 7 months ago
This is an engrossing tale of promises, rejections and the joy of finding exactly where, and with whom you belong. Once upon a time there was a duke, Arthur, who was promised to an American heiress, Daisy. Daisy jilted Arthur for his brother, Ashton. After the wedding, Arthur left the country on a grand adventure. The happy couple move to America even though Ashton is supposed to assume the title if his brother doesn’t return after 5 years. Sarah, Daisy’s sister, had her hopes of marriage crushed in London and retreats to the ducal estate to lick her wounds. An heiress in her own right, in Ashton’s absence, Sarah funds repairs and cares for the ducal estate. The townsfolk call her “Duchess”. When the Arthur returns, six years later, no one knows who he is, and they definitely don’t recognize him as the missing duke. He got more than he bargained for on his grand adventure. He was captured, imprisoned, escaped, and returns big, tattooed and bleeding. The shire has been under attack by ruffians who’s destruction and thievery are escalating. As Arthur and Sarah join forces to combat the danger facing the town, hard truths are revealed, stakes are raised and hearts are claimed. It’s pretty great! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
georgia1 7 months ago
When American Sarah Bumgarten is rejected by an earl, she decides she's had enough of the marraige mart for now. She decides to goes to an estate that is in her brother in law's family, with the current Duke of Meridian being absent for several years. Relieved to be away from the Ton, she and her wonderful menagerie of animals, decide to make improvements to the country estate. But not everyone is happy about her being there and when a stranger shows up who gets injured, he ends up recooperating at the manor. Then the journey begins! Arthur, the Duke who has been away has suffered a lot of heartbreak but after being away many years. He has come back to take back his life and he finds Sarah in his home. I have to say, this story had a little of it all! Humor, heartache, suspense, romance, wonderful secondary characters and of course a hero I could not help but love with a strong heroine. Just adored this story!
Robindpdx 7 months ago
This was a well-written, entertaining book. Sarah experiences an embarrassing rejection and leaves town to take refuge at the country estate of a relative of her sister's husband. One day she encounters a group of ruffians and a stranger jumps in to defend her. The story develops in an interesting way and the story held my interest. I enjoyed this book and would read other books by this author.
BookloverUT 7 months ago
I loved this book. It had everything I like in a romance- great characters, a wonderful plot full of intrigue, deception, and suspense, and a romance that will curl your toes. Although, I wish that Ms. Krahn would write more stories with these characters. I wouldn't mind a story about Sarah's mother!?! I received an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 6 months ago
too slow, lacked heat.