Never Doubt a Duke

Never Doubt a Duke

by Regina Scott

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BN ID: 2940159094384
Publisher: Edwards and Williams
Publication date: 05/18/2018
Series: Fortune's Brides , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 24,511
File size: 298 KB

About the Author

Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t actually sell her first novel until she had learned a bit more about writing. Since her first Regency romance was published in 1998, her stories have traveled the globe, with translations in many languages including Dutch, German, Italian, and Portuguese. She and her husband of 30 years reside in Washington State on the way to Mt. Rainier. Regina Scott is a decent fencer; owns a historical costume collection that takes up over a third of her large closet; and is an active member of the Church of the Nazarene.

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Never Doubt a Duke 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
An enjoyable read. Jane as a governess was great! Recommend to read.
Heidi_Reads 8 months ago
I loved Jane and her personality! She brought a new dynamic to the family and won them over, though some members took longer then others... There is a strong cast of characters, including the formal and stodgy butler, the dowager duchess, and three daughters with very different personalities. I loved how Jane let them be themselves and encouraged them in their interests. The duke is supportive of her and her efforts with his daughters, and they have a lovely friendship that blossoms slowly over time into something more. Society's standards for the duke bring the conflict that prevents them from feeling like they could be together, but with some harrowing incidents that make the duke realize his true priorities, there is a wonderful happily-ever-after for them. A well-balanced Regency romance that kept me reading and invested in the characters. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
What a sweet and clean historical this is! Of course there are a couple of mysteries--but nothing too serious. The Duke's eldest daughter tries to get Jane Kimball to leave--but Jane is made of sterner stuff and will not easily be frightened by knocks and howling in her wardrobe! The eldest of the Duke's daughters wanted a REAL Governess--one who could teach her everything about when she would make her come out--Jane was more worried about teaching them all math, etc. She manages to get the aloof Duke on her side (much to his eldests distress). And before too long--well sparks begin to fly but neither will do a thing about it! Will Jane be able to overcome the resistance from the Duke's Mother and his daughter--read it to find out. It took me no time at all to read and I savored every second!
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
What an absolutely delightful tale! These characters were so likable and believable. Never Doubt a Duke had a great combination of romantic chemistry between the main characters, strife from those who did not believe Jane to be a suitable governess, some danger, and just the right bit of light humor. I so enjoyed Jane Kimball. I could feel how strongly she cared for the well being of the three girls she became governess to. I also thoroughly liked Alaric, the Duke of Wey. He had been told by his first wife that it wasn’t his duty to bring up the girls or to be close to them, and to leave their care to the women and staff. I enjoyed watching, in this story, as his father’s heart began to feel for these children who so desired love from him. I’m really looking forward to reading future books in this series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
Never Doubt a Duke by Regina Scott Fortune's Brides Series Book One Jane Kimball is a young widow who has been ousted from her last job. Thankfully she Met Miss Thorn through an ad for her Fortune Employment Agency. A duke needed a governess. Jane had her work cut out for her with the eldest, a ten-year-old who was way beyond her years as she planned for her come out. A dowager duchess who liked having things her way, two adorable younger girls, and a too-handsome widowed duke. Alaric Dryden, Duke of Wey, preferred to let his mother handle his three daughters. His late wife had said it was the mother's job to watch over daughters and the man's to raise the sons. Only...he didn't have an heir. He did have plenty of other work though. Until the new governess came along and everything changed. I really enjoyed this first book in this new series and from the teaser for book two—I can't wait for that one. Great characters, villains, and story line.
Phyllis_H More than 1 year ago
Never Doubt a Duke by Regina Scott Never Doubt a Duke is a great start to a new series! I love the concept of Miss Thorn’s cat having a sense about people, and author Regina Scott did a great job in creating the “character” of Fortune (or more formally, Miss Fortune), the cat who resembles one of the neighborhood cats who visits me every day. The character of Alaric is so commendable. I can’t think of the last Duke in a story who displayed such a strong sense of responsibility to his title, his people, and his land. I loved that he had such compassion and interest in caring for those in his care. The fact that he had neglected his daughters wasn’t exactly his fault, and he was so wonderful in acknowledging that he had been wrong to do this and to mend his ways. And then there is Jane. Plucky and outspoken, prone to love with all her heart, she is a gem. But she is far from perfect, which Alaric’s older daughter will be quick to corroborate. I loved the recital when the Duke’s daughters sang for him and his mother. Having been taught by their slightly (or more than slightly) tone-deaf governess with no musical accompaniment, the versions of the songs they learned were less than perfect. The book is charming and delightful and the characters are full of life. I can highly recommend this book. I am glad that this will be a series. There is a hint of what is to come in the following books and I am looking forward to seeing how things will turn out. This review was originally posted on You can read a brief exerpt at I would like to thank Regina Scott for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm More than 1 year ago
Jane Kimball has spent the last ten years following her late husband's regiment in England. Now, a widow, she finds herself in need of employment to support herself. She answers an ad by a Miss Thorn, of the Fortune Employment Agency, and finds herself a governess to the 3 young daughters of Alaric, Duke of Wey. Alaric is a widow and has never concerned himself with the raising of his daughters in the least. After all, his mother lives with him to take care of it. However, his daughters are sadly lacking in schooling. Jane insists on a meeting with him each evening to discuss his daughters' progress in the school room. Alaric has never met a governess like Jane. Jane, irrepressible Jane, who is full of wit and seems not the least bit concerned about how the stuffy butler feels about her. Jane is determined to be herself. But there is some mischief afoot here and Alaric and Jane are going to have to discover the culprit. I have enjoyed Regina Scott's books for years and she does do a good Regency novel! This one is very clean and sweet and quite good indeed. I loved Jane's character so much! She made me laugh and she brought some much fun to this stuff household. Recommended. *My thanks to the author for a copy of this novel. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
eLynda More than 1 year ago
While I thoroughly enjoyed the Wallin family story from the Frontier Bachelors series, I first discovered Regina Scott’s writing through the Regency, my favorite time period. I am thrilled that her latest novel returns to that era and begins a new series with this delightful story about duty, family, and love. The historical detail is outstanding. With as many books set during this time as I have read, I am still learning new things, even searching Google to be sure I was understanding a phrase correctly--I really enjoy it when historical fiction makes me want to do some research to learn more. And while women have a strictly defined “place” in Regency society, I love that the heroine refuses to allow the three girls in her care to limit themselves completely to that which society says they should aspire. This is a book that kept me perpetually smiling, whether at the antics of the girls, the comments that escaped Jane’s lips, or even the swoon-worthy ending; from start to finish I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. With just a touch of mystery, wonderful characters, and a fantastic love story, I highly recommend Scott’s latest for fans of the Regency and those who enjoy a good romance. The next book cannot come soon enough to suit me! I received an advanced copy of this book from the author but was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
Regina may have just hooked me on the Regency genre! I read a lot of historical books but steer away from the 'regency' area but I really like Regina Scott books and said I'd give it a try. Needless to say she has pulled me in and I'm anxiously waiting for the next book in the series! There is determination, a little mystery, inner fear and of course you can't leave out the love. I would recommend this book even if you don't do the 'regency' storylines, I'm hooked!