Forever and a Duke: Includes a bonus novella

Forever and a Duke: Includes a bonus novella

by Grace Burrowes

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Overview


A duke meets his match in the last place he'd ever expect in this charming Regency romance.



Wrexham, Duke of Elsmore, is overrun by family obligations. With three sisters to escort about Town, a legion of cousins to look after, and aunties who insist he dance with every eligible young woman, he barely has time to manage his dukedom. When he finally carves out a moment to evaluate his family's finances, he learns that he -- and his sisters -- are on the verge of social catastrophe.


Eleanora Hatfield has an uncanny knack for numbers, but she knows from experience that dealing with the peerage can only lead to problems. Though she wants nothing to do with any titled gentleman, she reluctantly agrees to help when Rex seeks aid from her employer. What starts out as an unwanted assignment soon leads to forbidden kisses and impossible longings. But with scandal haunting Ellie's past and looming in Rex's future, how can true love lead to anything but heartbreak?


Includes the bonus story "The Lady in Red" by Kelly Bowen!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538700273
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 11/26/2019
Series: Rogues to Riches Series , #3
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 13,615
Product dimensions: 4.15(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author


Grace Burrowes grew up in central Pennsylvania and is the sixth out of seven children. She discovered romance novels when in junior high (back when there was such a thing), and has been reading them voraciously ever since. Grace has a bachelor's degree in political science, a bachelor of music in music history, (both from Pennsylvania State University); a master's degree in conflict transformation from Eastern Mennonite University; and a juris doctor from the National Law Center at the George Washington University.


Grace writes Georgian, Regency, Scottish Victorian, and contemporary romances in both novella and novel lengths. She's a member of Romance Writers of America, and enjoys giving workshops and speaking at writers' conferences. She also loves to hear from her readers, and can be reached through her website, graceburrowes.com.

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Forever and a Duke: Includes a bonus novella 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Historical_Romance_Lover 4 days ago
Eleanora wants nothing to do with the nobility. So when her boss asks her to go over the accounts of the Duke of Elsmore, she wants to decline. But her love of numbers and a good challenge, has her changing her mind. Since Eleanora has many questions along the way, she and the duke end up spending time together. She starts to see that not everyone in the ton is bad news. Rex has not been paying close enough attention to his family finances and sees that there are discrepancies. His sisters will soon be married and his finances will be looked at by many as the settlements are made, so he needs to get everything in tip top shape. He hopes that by getting help from Eleanora, he can right his own finances and not bring a bad name to the bank that he oversees. He quickly learns that there is another side to Eleanora that she doesn't show to anyone else. While these two are mutually attracted to one another, their stations in life are very far apart. Can anything come of the attraction? I loved Eleanora and Rex's story!! I loved all the bantering between the two of them. I loved that they fell in love gradually as they got to know one another. This was a great addition to the Rogues to Riches series!!
Pompie1999 5 days ago
Wrexham (Rex) Dorset, Duke of Elsmore is a loving but clueless son, nephew, brother, cousin to his very large family. He loves them all – especially his mother, sisters, and the aunties. He delights in seeing to their welfare and they delight in managing him. He’s noticed some discrepancies in some of his books and has become concerned. His holdings are vast and far-flung and since it is time for him and his sisters to wed, he needs to assure that all is in order. He’s heard that his friend and fellow bank owner, the Duke of Walden has an auditor that can spot an error in a column of figures at fifty paces away – during a rainstorm. So, it is natural for him to ask – nay – beg – for the loan of that auditor to go over the estate’s books. Eleanora Hatfield has a past – and she does her very best to keep it deeply buried. Life has not always treated her well and she wants – needs – craves – respectability above all else. She’s worked hard to become the well-respected woman she is today. She has a knack for figures and spotting patterns – and she knows every possible con and scheme that can be used to defraud someone. To say that she is invaluable to the bank that employs her would be a gross understatement. So, just imagine her unhappiness and distress when her employer asks her to take on the task of auditing all of the Duke of Elsmore’s accounts. She is not a happy camper and wastes no time telling both Elsmore and Walden. However, she is beholden to Walden for giving her employment when no one else would hire a woman to do what she does – and Walden is beholden to Elsmore – so – there is no way out of the task. Rex can’t help but admire the feisty, outspoken, confident, straight-forward, no-nonsense, diminutive woman who is asking more and more probing questions about his holdings and his books. Her insight and intuition about what is happening are awe-inspiring and he is more and more curious about her. As he asks questions of his own, he manages to get her to let things about her past slip out – and she intrigues him even more. Poor Rex was desperately smitten early on and Eleanora was smitten as well, but she was determined to hold Rex at arm’s length. She knew there was no future for them – he was so very far above her station. Rex definitely had his work cut out for him when it came to convincing her they could have a future together. I always love a good mystery to be included with my romances and this one had a nice mystery. It won’t be much of a challenge for you to figure out who the culprit(s) are, but it is great fun to see Rex come to terms with who it is and what he is willing to do about it. This was a fun read and I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
gamom56 9 days ago
Have you ever read an author that just grabs you, so that you become an instant fan? That is what happens to me with Grace Burrowes. My usual genre is contemporary suspense romance, but I had the opportunity to read on of Grace's books a few years back, and I was hooked. FOREVER AND A DUKE is the third novel in the Rouges to Riches series. It is interesting to me how different the rules were back in the Regency period. Most never moved above their station in life. Our heroine, Elenora, is an exception to that rule. She is smart and learned to use her talents with numbers to create a better life for herself. Our hero, the Duke, has too many people to care for and someone in the family can't be trusted! The suspense builds as Wrexham turns to Elenora for help. The story leads us in many directions as they try to determine who the thief is. I love that the author allows us to visit the characters from the previous novels in the series, as they continue their stories. This book is full of romance and suspense, and will keep the reader engaged all the way to the end. Thank you to Forever and Grand Central Publishing for the advance copy.
AmyHi 11 days ago
Eleanora overcomes her mistrust of the peerage to help Rex find out who is stealing money from him. I liked the strong accounting genius heroine! Rex ignores convention to go for what he wants. I received an Arc from NetGalley for my honest review.
NhaughtyV 11 days ago
Wrexham, Duke of Elsmore, suspects that someone is embezzling from his accounts, but with so many holdings, he is unsure how to go about ciphering out the culprit. Knowing he is over his head, he seeks the help of friends at a neighboring banking institution and is amazed when their solution is offering the talents of their own auditor…one that just happens to be one of the most beautiful and smart women he has ever had the pleasure to meet. But will he be able to convince her to assist him before everyone in London discovers his failures. Eleanora Hatfield has fought to have a steady job and income with one of the most sought-after banking institutions. Her quickness in sums and figures has gained her a solid reputation in auditing, so when she is asked to assist a Duke with determining who is stealing from his accounts, she agrees, but only on her terms…and never did she dream this endeavor would lead to the possibility of friendship…love…and so much more. Rex and Ellie start their journey to happily ever after in one of the most unlikely of situations, and with each day and each turn of the ledger page, their comradery and friendship grows into something beyond what they could have ever planned. Forever and a Duke is a well written regency romance, but…I just couldn’t seem to form a connection between Ellie and Rex. Perhaps it is that I have zero interest in math and/or auditing procedures, and that aspect of the story just didn’t interest me. The mystery as to who was stealing from Rex dragged on to the point, I started skimming pages just to get to the end, and by that time, I really didn’t care. Again, this plot was just not to my liking, and I’m sure there are readers out there that will adore these characters! If you are a reader of this genre, I would recommend you give it a try. **I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. **