"Ashford soars to new heights of literary excellence by creating a cleverly conceived story that takes all the traditional elements readers love in Regency romances and making everything seem refreshingly new. "—Booklist
After making his fortune overseas, Royal Navy captain James Gresham is ready to settle down with a proper wife, but dark-eyed half-Polynesian Kawena is making that very difficult for him.
Captain James Gresham is the fifth son of the Duke of Langford and has made his fortune in the Royal Navy. The time has come to find a proper wife and establish his home, but the adventurous possibilities of the sea entice him.
Enter Kawena Benson-half-English, half-Polynesian, and all spunk. She has one mission: avenge her father and reclaim the jewels stolen from him. And she has her target: Lord James Gresham. His protests of innocence mean nothing to her. After all, isn't that what every man says when facing down the barrel of a gun?
If James is going to get out of this situation alive, he'll have to throw propriety to the wind and aid Kawena in her quest for vengeance. But will he be able to watch her sail away once her mission is complete?
The Duke's Sons Series:
Heir to the Duke (Book 1)
What the Duke Doesn't Know (Book 2)
Lord Sebastian's Secret (Book 3)
Nothing Like a Duke (Book 4)
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I really enjoyed James and Kawena's story! Kawena is convinced that James has stolen her father's cash of jewels and demands that they be returned at gunpoint. James tells her that he doesn't have them and she believes him. Now they embark on an adventure to find them. As they spend time together, their attraction grows stronger. They end up being intimate and James proposes. Kawena turns him down, knowing that he wants a proper bride and she id definitely not that. Can James convince her that she is what he needs? This was a great addition to the Duke's Sons series!
Loved the book, now off to read all the others, of course not in order. Lol!
Lord James Greshan was at Oxford University at his brother Alan’s garden party. James ship had been destroyed from a storm seven hundred miles off shore. As long as James could remember he had been crazy about the sea. Leaving home at sixteen to start as a midshipman on a man- of war- ship. All James had wanted to do was captain a navy ship. His lost his ship -The Chares- after only two years after he became captain. After ten years of service they had given James a medal and told him to enjoy some well deserved rest. Now James was waiting for a new posting. James was seriously thinking of settling down and leaving the navy. There was a conflict in James with his love of the sea and the closeness of his parents marriage that men in the navy couldn't hope to have being away from their family so much out of the year. James sister in law Ariel had become a wizard at matchmaking and James asked who she could come up with for him. Then someone slipped into the party looking like a boy wanting to shoot James only she wasn’t a boy but a female calling James a thief and murderer . James had already taken her to the ground . the James picked her up and threw her over his shoulder and took her into the house. James had no idea what he supposedly had done. The woman’s name was Kawena and believed James killed her father who was an English gentleman . Kawana came from the island Valatu . with her father's death Kawana had lost more than a parent but the one person who accepted her completely as she was especially with her dual heritage. Kawana’s father had been her anchor and without him she was lost. Kawana was determined someone that had been on James’s ship had robbed her father and she wanted to find the crew even though James’s ship had been decommissioned. I couldn’t really get into this story . especially as it seem to drag for me really bad in some parts. The plot wasn’t that good as far as I am concerned. The story was also predictable. This story just wasn’t for me.
Lord James Gresham was made captain of the navy ship, The Charis, and two years ago the ship became no longer usable. Now, he is waiting and hoping for a new posting. James’s father is the Duke of Longford and James is one of six brothers. James’s younger brother, Alan, and Alan’s wife Ariel, are at a garden party when an intruder runs in and James is able to stop the intruder from shooting him. Dressed as a man, the intruder turns out to be a female. Her name is Kawena, age 20, from the Polynisian island of Valuta. The young woman believes that when James’s ship stopped at her island, James killed her father. But when she meets and talks to James, she realizes that he is not lying and he did not harm her father. Her father was English and married to a Polynesian woman. Kawena claims that when James’s ship stopped at her island, someone from his ship stole her father’s cache of gemstones. Since the ship is now disabled, an Admiral must be located to help find the men who had been on James’s ship and try to discover who might be the thief. As they work together, they are attracted to one another. However, Kawena realizes that since she is not a proper English woman, she would not make him a good bride. This was a different type of plot and Kawena is a stubborn young miss. However, the story did not appeal to me for I found it difficult to believe that a family would simply accept this young lady’s story and invite her into their home and lives. However, I’m sure others will enjoy the story. Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest and fair review.
She needs love but wants revenge. He lives for the adventure of the sea, but knows he has responsibilities to keep. What the Duke Doesn't Know is a journey vengeance, finding inner peace and being true to one's self. Kawena has to learn how to move forward without bitterness and anger and accept what cannot be changed, as well as all the traits that make her unique. James needs to discover that being true to your heart does not mean letting go of what he loves but understanding what it requires to blend his heart'safe desire and his life's responsibilities in a way that proves to be both beneficial and relaxing. Kawena and James' pathway to acceptance is enlightening and inspiring but monotonous at times.