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A duke meets his match in the last place he'd ever expect in this charming Regency romance by the New York Times bestselling author of My One and Only Duke. 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 A duke meets his match in the last place he'd ever expect in this charming Regency romance by the New York Times bestselling author of My One and Only Duke. 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!


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A duke meets his match in the last place he'd ever expect in this charming Regency romance by the New York Times bestselling author of My One and Only Duke. 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 A duke meets his match in the last place he'd ever expect in this charming Regency romance by the New York Times bestselling author of My One and Only Duke. 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!

30 review for Forever and a Duke

  1. 4 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    It kills me to pull the plug on this story, but I had to DNF at just over 50%. There were aspects that I LOVED, including the personality of the female MC, but the story got SO convoluted. And I hate, hate, hate multiple POV (two is my max per story). All of the POV shifting made me so annoyed. I'm stopping while I'm ahead.

  2. 4 out of 5

    WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. “You seek to be silly?” Ellie did have a devious turn of mind, no need to take offense at the truth when the same quality kept a roof over her head. His Grace's expression remained utterly serious. “Dukes are never silly.” This duke was. “Good to know. Auditors are never frivolous.” Ellie shared a smile with Elsmore, which felt both silly and frivolous, also I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. “You seek to be silly?” Ellie did have a devious turn of mind, no need to take offense at the truth when the same quality kept a roof over her head. His Grace's expression remained utterly serious. “Dukes are never silly.” This duke was. “Good to know. Auditors are never frivolous.” Ellie shared a smile with Elsmore, which felt both silly and frivolous, also slightly dangerous. Ellie comes from a family of scapegraces, sometimes by choice and sometimes by chance but now that she has a respectable job as an auditor at a bank, she doesn't want to do anything that could jeopardize that. Rex is a duke that has never begrudged the large family his estate provides for but when it becomes clear that money is leaking or being siphoned off somewhere, he knows he has to do something. Ellie and Rex are from two different worlds but as they get to know one another, they're going to realize that love doesn't let a little thing like class distinction trouble it. Third in the Rogues to Riches series, we get the romance between two previous secondary characters. Readers of the series will remember Ellie as the no nonsense bank auditor for Quinn Wentworth (My One and Only Duke) and the duke that befriended him, Rex Elsmore, even though Quinn came from the lower classes to inherit the title. You could comfortably start the series here as even though the Wentworth family appear in some scenes, you won't feel lost as the author does a good job of incorporating them with just the right amount of background information. What would it be like, to cast prudence out the window, and seize the duke? I am an idiot. But was she an idiot for declining what Elsmore offered or for craving it? I was very fond of Ellie's character, she was a tough cookie but the background on her family and how that affected her childhood gave reasoning behind it. She came from a lower class background and the author wrote in how opportunity and power can hinder people looking to make a living and provide for their family. Ellie visits her sister a couple times and we get some internal dialogue about her parents but her cousin Jack and former fiance, is where readers get great insight into why Ellie thinks and acts the way she does. I thought the author did a good job keeping Jack in the grey, even though he committed what could be seen as black and white actions (I would actually love Jack to get his own book). I thought a little more and revealed sooner information about Ellie's family would have helped make her trying to deny and push Rex away more emotional and allow readers to really sink into the angst. Rex was the other side of the coin from Ellie, he grew-up with wealth and prestige and had nothing but love and trust for his family members. He has a couple scenes with his mother and sisters, then a few with his cousins but I wish there had a been a couple more with his immediate family, to really show the warmth between them. When he hires Ellie to audit his books, he doesn't want to consider that his family could be stealing from him and I think showing him with his family more could have provided a deeper angst between him loving them and starting to not trust them. A duke did not become attached to a party far beneath his station. Except...he did. The romance between the two was the sweet, insistent, slowly but constantly building to forever that Burrowes does so well. These two surprise each other with how much they like one another and I loved how Rex's gentle charming humor invited in Ellie even when she tried to keep him at arms length. This story only takes place across a couple weeks but their romance development didn't necessarily feel rushed. However, the ending did feel abrupt as Ellie was protesting if they could be together only a few pages before and the question of who and why Rex was losing money is revealed a bit disorderly. Nonetheless, if looking for a kind and teasing duke and a tough exterior but a strong beating heart underneath auditor, Forever and a Duke has a sweetness to it that would make a reading experience pleasurable.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    This is third in a series and it's probably best if you read at least the first one before this. I'd recommend reading them in order, but only because the other books are pretty good. Both characters in this one were only tangential in the others so there's not a very strong tie. I was only mildly interested in either of these characters in the previous books. I thought Mrs. Hatfield was an interesting side character, but to make her a main character Burrowes gave her a preposterous past and This is third in a series and it's probably best if you read at least the first one before this. I'd recommend reading them in order, but only because the other books are pretty good. Both characters in this one were only tangential in the others so there's not a very strong tie. I was only mildly interested in either of these characters in the previous books. I thought Mrs. Hatfield was an interesting side character, but to make her a main character Burrowes gave her a preposterous past and Snidely Whiplash relatives. It just felt so clichéd and it wasn't hard to deduce that they'd be huge marplots while twirling their mustaches and I just couldn't bring myself to care. It might have been one thing if the bit we saw included any kind of care, kindness, or even flat-out human decency. But no, it's all scheming and using and threats and I decided I have better things to do with my time. Which is too bad because I kind of liked Elsmore. Well, I liked Ellie, too, but I liked his obvious decency, kindness, and care for his family even more. He intrigues me and has since the first book when he was the first peer to attempt normalizing relations with Quinn. But I don't want to see him tossed about on the sea of drama headed for him through Ellie and whatever dastardly doings are going on with his estate/bank/whatever. So I'm going to call it good after only a very little way in. And maybe I'll take a break from Burrowes for a while because now I think about it, all of the books in this series had plots with mustache-twirling, heartless scoundrels at their base...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: Rogues To Riches #3 Publication Date: 11/26/19 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 Series: Rogues To Riches #3 Publication Date: 11/26/19 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.

  5. 5 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    Interesting, somewhat different.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Keri

    3.5 Stars because it ended so abruptly. It was really good up until that point. Really looking forward to the next book. I think I need a pack of roving sows to menace my neighborhood. Get off my lawn or I shall release my sows to go all pig knuckle on you! I am sure the HOA wouldn't approve. :-)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mel

    I am always dumbfounded when authors like GB take perfectly crafted characters and then throw everything but the kitchen sink in the premise. This could have been a lovely romance but GB went too far with the heroine's antecedents. Way to far. I could not believe that last bit of nastiness that the poor girl was saddled with!! So I don't BELIEVE for one fricking minute in this romance. Never could of happened. Badly done and insulting to readers.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lu

    I had a hard time finishing this book, which makes me sad because I love other books by Mrs. Burrowes. The characters are fine, but maybe just too fine. The heroine is independent, and nice, and a perfect employee, and an amazing auditor/ accountant, and a good sister and even a good cousin for her villain relatives. I just could not believe or identify with her. The hero is rich, handsome, powerful (a Duke), courteous, smart, honorable, have no regard for station, in other words, simply I had a hard time finishing this book, which makes me sad because I love other books by Mrs. Burrowes. The characters are fine, but maybe just too fine. The heroine is independent, and nice, and a perfect employee, and an amazing auditor/ accountant, and a good sister and even a good cousin for her villain relatives. I just could not believe or identify with her. The hero is rich, handsome, powerful (a Duke), courteous, smart, honorable, have no regard for station, in other words, simply perfect. They get together because he needs her help sorting out his account books (I could not manage to make myself care for all their conversations about ledgers and fraud schemes). It all sounded so fantastic and their personalities so unreal that I could not make it work, in spite of the fact that I liked them (how could I not, when there was nothing to dislike?). I think I’m done with this series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Zubee

    An interesting premise ... we have a H who plays the dumb blonde role - he is not dumb but he really does not understand why his finances are not adding up ... An bank auditor h .. not sure if women were employed as bank auditors in the 1800's but ...' A funny and witty read ... enjoyed it

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sissy's Romance Book Review

    Forever and a Duke By Grace Burrowes is book Three in the Rogues to Riches Series. This is the story of Eleanora Hatfield and Wrexham, Duke of Elsmore 'Rex'. I have read the previous book but feel you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so. Rex is working to get his footing on his Title but has many obligations that are pulling him in different directions. When he goes to look into the estate title he see that they are on the brink of losing everything. Eleanora is a bookish lady Forever and a Duke By Grace Burrowes is book Three in the Rogues to Riches Series. This is the story of Eleanora Hatfield and Wrexham, Duke of Elsmore 'Rex'. I have read the previous book but feel you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so. Rex is working to get his footing on his Title but has many obligations that are pulling him in different directions. When he goes to look into the estate title he see that they are on the brink of losing everything. Eleanora is a bookish lady who has a knack for the numbers. When she goes to help Rex they start to build a friendship but more importantly they can't resist the attraction they are feeling. Enjoyed their story.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

    Wrexham, Duke of Elsmore is having a few financial issues on the home front. Something, quite literally, isn’t adding up. Which, as an owner of a bank, would be a disaster if people ever found out. After all, if he can’t look after his own financial affairs, how can he be trusted to look after anyone else’s? The solution: Mrs Eleanora Hatfield. Ellie is an auditor and well known for her talent with numbers and she is exactly who Rex needs in more ways than either of them can imagine. Competence Wrexham, Duke of Elsmore is having a few financial issues on the home front. Something, quite literally, isn’t adding up. Which, as an owner of a bank, would be a disaster if people ever found out. After all, if he can’t look after his own financial affairs, how can he be trusted to look after anyone else’s? The solution: Mrs Eleanora Hatfield. Ellie is an auditor and well known for her talent with numbers and she is exactly who Rex needs in more ways than either of them can imagine. Competence in a heroine has always been sexy, but in recent times I’m glad to see this being recognised and it more blatantly being shown by authors. Which, is exactly what this book does. Ellie is a Math’s savant, she understands numbers and how they work and is recognised as the best auditor in the business. Which, is exactly what Rex needs, being in charge of a Dukedom is a complicated business, his “domestic” affairs involve supporting an army of sisters, cousins and aunties and his properties are spread across Europe. He needs our extremely competent heroine to untangle the neglect of generations to see where his money is being drained. Is it accidental? Or is it something more nefarious? Like all Grace Burrowes romances this moves at a steady pace with two characters who, although don’t have a bonfire of angst and emotion, gradually and maturely come to the realisation that they’re in love. I know it doesn’t sound exciting, but I loved the ever mounting tension between them as they come to respect each and value each other. I also really loved seeing Ellie in action, she was an expert on all the ways money can be scammed out of someone and it was genuinely interesting to learn about some of the hustles that were/are carried out. As always with Grace Burrowes, this was a good read with a solid romance. But, what stood out the most for me was Ellie, our heroine, I loved seeing her get recognition and admiration for her skills, especially from Rex, our her. Is there anything sexier than a hero who applauds a heroines competence?

  12. 4 out of 5

    NhaughtyV says Damn the Zon Save the Reviews

    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 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. **

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay S

    One plus one usually adds up to two… but when you add in a very extended ducal family on one side along with schemers and outcasts on the other, how can the columns ever add up??? Eleanora Hatfield is comfortable with numbers. Numbers make sense. Numbers don’t lie. Eleanora has used her innate skill with numbers to create a comfortable life for herself. As the Auditor to one of London’s most reputable banks she is comfortable. Wrexham, the Duke of Elsmore is about to come in and alter her life in One plus one usually adds up to two… but when you add in a very extended ducal family on one side along with schemers and outcasts on the other, how can the columns ever add up??? Eleanora Hatfield is comfortable with numbers. Numbers make sense. Numbers don’t lie. Eleanora has used her innate skill with numbers to create a comfortable life for herself. As the Auditor to one of London’s most reputable banks she is comfortable. Wrexham, the Duke of Elsmore is about to come in and alter her life in a. Way she never could have calculated. Wrexham is not comfortable. He is overrun with family and obligations. He loves his family and will do anything to see them well situated. In order to complete this he needs to sort out his family finances… too bad all his ducal training never taught him how! It’s time to get an expert. Wrexham enlist the skills of Mrs. Eleanora Hatfield to put his house in order. Who could have guessed the while ordering and setting his financial house she managed to create a place for herself. Can love bloom over abacuses and ledgers? This delightful tale is the third in the Rogues to Riches series. This story includes familiar characters but it definitely can stand alone. I alway enjoy reading about smart women and a mathematical savant assisting a humble duke was great fun to read! Forever and a Duke by Grace Burrowes is scheduled to release November 26th, 2019. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Forever (Grand Central Publishing) through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. #ForeverAndADuke #GraceBurrowes #NetGalley #pinkcowlandreads

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anne Z.

    3.5 ish There are many things that make this a great story, and although the book can easily be read as a stand alone, I confess that one of my favorite things about Forever and a Duke were the short but oh so lovely scenes with Quinn and his lovely wife (My one and Only Duke)! Eleanora's tenacity, strength, and intelligence is to be respected. Life has not always treated her well but she has done and continues to do all she can to leave it behind her. She works hard to be respected for what she 3.5 ish There are many things that make this a great story, and although the book can easily be read as a stand alone, I confess that one of my favorite things about Forever and a Duke were the short but oh so lovely scenes with Quinn and his lovely wife (My one and Only Duke)! Eleanora's tenacity, strength, and intelligence is to be respected. Life has not always treated her well but she has done and continues to do all she can to leave it behind her. She works hard to be respected for what she does and is brilliant at it. It is difficult not to be impressed by her and so it is understandable that Rex was taken by her. Rex snuck up on me. I wasn't sure what to think about him to start. His relationship and blind trust on his family seemed a little misplaced to me and a tad strange. But as Eleanora and so me, the reader, gets to know him falling in love is inevitable. He is loyal, trustworthy, gentle, but also a fighter. I liked how he dealt with things in the end and appreciated him for it. The only negative is that it got a little long at times. I don't particularly enjoy when things get repeated too often and we got to go over Rex's finances a few times too many. A third POV was added as well, although I understand why the author did it I can't say I enjoyed it. But those are small details, they were in no way bad enough to make me want to stop reading. This was another great historical romance by Grace Burrowes and it will undoubtedly make to the list of 2019 favorites. Go Read Sunnies!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jessica (the naptime writer)

    Last year I discovered Grace Burrowes and I’ve fallen pretty hard for her unconventional heroes and heroines, the way her books are both somehow sedate and stirring, and her beautiful writing style—cuz make no mistake, it’s a real style. . . Reading her books gives me similar feelings to watching the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice: admiration mixed with quiet joy. . . FOREVER AND A DUKE features the formidable bank auditor Eleanora Hatfield and the “charming” Wrexham, duke of Elsmore. Suspecting Last year I discovered Grace Burrowes and I’ve fallen pretty hard for her unconventional heroes and heroines, the way her books are both somehow sedate and stirring, and her beautiful writing style—cuz make no mistake, it’s a real style. . . Reading her books gives me similar feelings to watching the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice: admiration mixed with quiet joy. . . FOREVER AND A DUKE features the formidable bank auditor Eleanora Hatfield and the “charming” Wrexham, duke of Elsmore. Suspecting that there’s something wrong with his finances, Rex temporarily hires Eleanora and the sparks fly over ledgers and bowls of soup. . . But of course there are significant barriers between them, in addition to Eleanora’s own obstinate nature. . . I love how feminist Burrowes books are. Eleanora refuses to be cowed and she’s forged her own respectable path which she defends from the less scrupulous members of her family. She’s brilliant and self-assured and she wields words like they’re swords. Let me just tell you, the cutting remarks in this book are truly special. . . And Rex is dashing but not without substance, and that becomes increasingly apparent with each chapter. His devotion, his courage in chasing a HEA...well, it’s lovely. . . This book isn’t super steamy—there’s some on page build-up then it goes off page—but there’s still plenty of heat for anyone who savors witty banter and opposites-attract and a sigh-inducing closing chapter. . . 4.25⭐️ . . Thanks to Forever Pub and Grand Central Pub for my complimentary finished copy of this book. All opinions provided are my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    "Forever and a Duke" was a charming and delightful story, just as Grace Burrowes's books always are. I adored the main characters, Ellie and Rex. Their banter was a lot of fun, and the way they looked after each other was incredibly sweet. For example, Ellie made Rex a soothing drink when she noticed that he had a headache, while he was always making sure that she ate and was warm enough. To me, small gestures like those are the signs of true love. Grand gestures can be lovely and certainly have "Forever and a Duke" was a charming and delightful story, just as Grace Burrowes's books always are. I adored the main characters, Ellie and Rex. Their banter was a lot of fun, and the way they looked after each other was incredibly sweet. For example, Ellie made Rex a soothing drink when she noticed that he had a headache, while he was always making sure that she ate and was warm enough. To me, small gestures like those are the signs of true love. Grand gestures can be lovely and certainly have their place (especially in romance novels!), but IMO, what matters most is how one shows love every day. Ellie and Rex complemented each other very well in their various skills and personality traits, but I found it interesting that those interests and talents led to kind of a role reversal for the times in which they lived. Rex had the social acumen and knew how to navigate the ton, while Ellie had a head for business and was the perfect candidate to help him manage his estates and the bank. The two of them were a great team both personally and professionally. I can't wait to read the next book in this series! I understand that Quinn's sister Althea will be featured in book #4 and I'm looking forward to getting to know more about her. I hope that his brother Stephen will get a book of his own at some point, too. Stephen has been through so much in his life, and I would love to see him finally find the perfect partner. *ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    ARC REVIEW Rogues to Riches#3, Even though I really didn't care for the second book in the series I did enjoy a book from another series written by Grace Burrowes so I thought I'd give this one a try, unfortunately it wasn't as good as I hoped. I did like it a bit more than the previous book the synopsis sounded good but once again just fell short for me. I liked the idea that a woman could be the best auditor in all of London and that a competing bank would seek her help. Beauty and ARC REVIEW Rogues to Riches#3, Even though I really didn't care for the second book in the series I did enjoy a book from another series written by Grace Burrowes so I thought I'd give this one a try, unfortunately it wasn't as good as I hoped. I did like it a bit more than the previous book the synopsis sounded good but once again just fell short for me. I liked the idea that a woman could be the best auditor in all of London and that a competing bank would seek her help. Beauty and intelligence are not mutually inclusive so I had no problem that she happened to be both, Elenora puts no stock into her appearance with her family's background she's just trying to remain respectable enough to work for a living. The Duke of Elsmore, Wrexham has been so busy keeping up appearances and taking care of his mother and sisters and the Dukedom the bank that his family owns has fallen on to some issues and it turns out his family finances are also a bit mucked up. Elenora agrees reluctantly, with her family history she doesn't really like titled lords. The more time they spend together the more they realize there is more to each other than meets the eye. It not hard to see why Rex fell for Elenora but she needs a bit more, she likes him and sees that he's loyal to his family but she still doesn't know if she can trust him. Little by little she opens up and hopes he doesn't break her heart and ruin her reputation. Overall, it was a nice read. The romance between Elenora and Rex just fell a little flat for me.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gerry Bartlett

    Burrowes has always written unusual characters. What I loved about this book was a Regency heroine who is blessed with a head for math. There's a back story that could make your heart bleed for her, but we don't dwell on that. Instead we are treated to a great love story with a duke who has the kind of personality we all long for in a mate. He's inundated with family and takes care of all of them with good humor. You have to love this man. Then there's Eleanora, who certainly doesn't expect to Burrowes has always written unusual characters. What I loved about this book was a Regency heroine who is blessed with a head for math. There's a back story that could make your heart bleed for her, but we don't dwell on that. Instead we are treated to a great love story with a duke who has the kind of personality we all long for in a mate. He's inundated with family and takes care of all of them with good humor. You have to love this man. Then there's Eleanora, who certainly doesn't expect to ever find her own happiness. I enjoyed every bit of this story. I hope you will too. I ran out and found the first in this series, Quinn's story. I can't wait to read about this rogue who finds his own riches and mate. Great concept!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    *I received a finished copy of this title from Forever in exchange for an honest review. A gifted woman auditor whose family history is filled with scandal and misfortune is assigned to evaluate a Duke’s finances—a Duke who, whilst busy managing his large family, has neglected to manage his own accounts which may be on the verge of ruin. I’ve never been very good at interpreting classic literature as I generally find decoding old English quite challenging. As I read this, I definitely faced those *I received a finished copy of this title from Forever in exchange for an honest review. A gifted woman auditor whose family history is filled with scandal and misfortune is assigned to evaluate a Duke’s finances—a Duke who, whilst busy managing his large family, has neglected to manage his own accounts which may be on the verge of ruin. I’ve never been very good at interpreting classic literature as I generally find decoding old English quite challenging. As I read this, I definitely faced those struggles which made it personally difficult to enjoy the story, but also (hopefully) encouraged me to improve my “classic lit” reading skills. Though I don’t read much of historical romance, this seems pretty typical of the genre, what with the “handsome rich hero” and the “smart and savvy heroine” combo. I was not especially moved by this couple, except for those tender moments when Ellie allows herself to be vulnerable to Rex, while he holds her and braids her hair. A little more steam might have excited me, but this is very much a slow-burning romance. While I didn’t not enjoy this story, I’m glad there wasn’t an epilogue—I was quite ready for this one to be finished.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Book

    This author writes love stories for the ages and this book is definitely one of those stories. The brave, courageous and super smart heroine, Eleanora who is forced to help out the kind, charming but a little oblivious to his reality, hero, Wrexham, Duke of Elsmore in finding fraud in his ducal holdings and bank. As Eleanora starts an audit of Elsmore’s books, he starts falling for the fiercely smart Eleanora but she tries to keep her distance due to her complicated past riddled with secrets. This author writes love stories for the ages and this book is definitely one of those stories. The brave, courageous and super smart heroine, Eleanora who is forced to help out the kind, charming but a little oblivious to his reality, hero, Wrexham, Duke of Elsmore in finding fraud in his ducal holdings and bank. As Eleanora starts an audit of Elsmore’s books, he starts falling for the fiercely smart Eleanora but she tries to keep her distance due to her complicated past riddled with secrets. Now, as they grow closer, they both need to figure out what is most important for them, stay safe or take a risk and hold on to a love that will never be found again. I will definitely recommend this beautifully written romance. On a side note, I really want Jack, Eleanora’s cousin to get a HEA. The part of the book where he goes to Eleanora for help when he is on the brink of destitution but wanting to find honest work, made me tear up and I want him to get his own story that ends in happiness. I hope the author writes him his own story too. * I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher for an honest review*

  21. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Reviewed for NetGalley: I quite enjoy reading Grace Burrowes novels, and this one was no exception. I always appreciate the care and concern the hero and heroine have for each other, and their friendships also seem full of that. I really appreciate seeing people help out their friends and family and love them, it's nice to read about. I felt like the ending was a little bit rushed. It just kind of ended. I often feel that way about Burrowes novels though. This book also had a novella in it by Reviewed for NetGalley: I quite enjoy reading Grace Burrowes novels, and this one was no exception. I always appreciate the care and concern the hero and heroine have for each other, and their friendships also seem full of that. I really appreciate seeing people help out their friends and family and love them, it's nice to read about. I felt like the ending was a little bit rushed. It just kind of ended. I often feel that way about Burrowes novels though. This book also had a novella in it by Kelly Bowen. I think I had read it before. I might have even received it from NetGalley. If I am mistaken and it is a new novella, it is very similar to another story she has written. Either way, I enjoy the story, and hope more people read it, and continue to read the series it's connected to.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rose Blue

    4.5 stars, as reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-132 Wrexham “Rex” Dorset, Duke of Elsmore, suspects there is something very wrong with his finances. Any hint of impropriety will be a death knell for his bank and his reputation. Since Elsmore has also decided that it’s about time he started to look for a wife, it’s even more critical to put his house in order now, before marriage settlements cause attorneys to scrutinize his ledgers and find discrepancies. Elsmore’s fellow duke, 4.5 stars, as reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-132 Wrexham “Rex” Dorset, Duke of Elsmore, suspects there is something very wrong with his finances. Any hint of impropriety will be a death knell for his bank and his reputation. Since Elsmore has also decided that it’s about time he started to look for a wife, it’s even more critical to put his house in order now, before marriage settlements cause attorneys to scrutinize his ledgers and find discrepancies. Elsmore’s fellow duke, Walden, also owns a bank, and has an auditor whose stellar reputation is known throughout the industry. Elsmore asks his friend to temporarily lend him the services of Mrs. Hatfield to unravel his mess. Eleanora “Ellie” Hatfield has worked hard to earn her reputation, and she has no desire to perform any tasks for someone outside of her own bank. She especially has no desire to keep company with another duke. However, she can’t refuse when her boss requests that she meet with Elsmore, have a preliminary look at his records, and advise him. Ellie soon sees that there is definitely a problem, and chances are that it’s very close to home. Though unwilling, her own nature causes her to reluctantly agree to help Elsmore. Ellie is a bit of a curmudgeon. Her dislike of peers stems from a betrayal by an earl years ago which upended her whole family, taking them from respectable to having to survive literally on the streets. Though Ellie admits she might admire the duke’s form, she has no need for sweet talking, charming men. She soon learns that Elsmore is genuine, not just superficially charming. He offers her every courtesy that he would show a lady of the ton, he’s honest and caring, and he cheerfully supports a seeming multitude of relatives. When they are forced to retreat from town to one of Elsmore’s outlying estates to complete the investigation of his books, Ellie decides to indulge the attraction she’s begun to feel for this outstanding man. While Elsmore is just as eager, he’s not looking for a temporary affair. He’s found a lovely and intelligent lady, one who has a mind of her own and isn’t afraid to stand up to him. He’s found the woman he wants to be his duchess. I love Elsmore’s character – he’s a genuinely good man who wants to do the right thing. He has no qualms about Ellie being not good enough for him. To him, a lifetime spent with her is worth any gossip or fleeting scandal. But Ellie is determined to not destroy the duke’s life and reputation. He doesn’t know that she’s keeping another secret, one in which a member of her own family has wronged him. He is persistent, but Ellie is resistant. I always find it so sad when someone close betrays another, especially when that person has been nothing but good to them. When the disloyalty is brought to light, it’s just another burden that Elsmore must bear. His strength of character carries him through, and allows him to win his reluctant lady love. FOREVER AND A DUKE is a warm and charming read, with a strong and unusual heroine and a swoonworthy hero. Though part of the Rogues to Riches series, this book easily reads as a standalone. For those who have read book one, you’ll enjoy the glimpses of Quinn (Walden) and Stephen, whose book I eagerly await. I recommend FOREVER AND A DUKE to historical romance fans who prefer character depth and an unusual plot.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Marsha Keeper Bookshelf

    Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf FOREVER AND A DUKE is a slow burn romance that brings a somewhat financially clueless Duke together with a numbers wizard with surprising results. Ellie has no desire to leave the safety of her spot at the bank where she’s carved out a career working with numbers, finding patterns, and exposing any fraud. That her boss and the man who took a chance on placing a woman in her job position has offered her financial services to a friend in need is annoying but not all Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf FOREVER AND A DUKE is a slow burn romance that brings a somewhat financially clueless Duke together with a numbers wizard with surprising results. Ellie has no desire to leave the safety of her spot at the bank where she’s carved out a career working with numbers, finding patterns, and exposing any fraud. That her boss and the man who took a chance on placing a woman in her job position has offered her financial services to a friend in need is annoying but not all that surprising. Ellie has a long-held dislike for anyone with a title since she and her family fell on extremely hard times because of a member of the peerage. Intellectually she knows that not all men are alike, but the mistrust is as deeply ingrained in her spirit as are the secrets she carries to this day. She never expected to care for a man so above her, or to believe that he could overlook those secrets in her past. Rex is surrounded by a large, boisterous, dedicated family – some more than others – that he has enjoyed tending to, spoiling, and caring for over the years. As the time approaches for marriage to be spoken about by family members he decides to take a closer look at his holdings and discovers that things are not at all what he expected to find. The magician with numbers that his friend provided to help him unclutter this mess is a beautiful, intelligent woman who wants as little to do with Rex as is humanly possible. Yet, there is a mystery here and most definitely wrongdoing by someone close to him. Together they’ll work the puzzle to its end – and along the way should they fall in love in spite of themselves that’s all the better in Rex’s mind. Although, Ellie may think differently. I enjoyed FOREVER AND A DUKE and found both Ellie and Rex to be likable, believable characters. The puzzle isn’t terribly hard to unravel from the reader’s viewpoint but it was fun to watch the emotions growing between this couple as they followed clues and faced down the culprits. I stepped into this series with this title and wasn’t the least bit lost as we meet some people from the previous stories along the way. It is a series that I would like to go back to the beginning of, perhaps sometime next year. And now I’m going to be watching for the next release in this series for I’m very curious – and I think you will be, too, by this story’s end. *I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

  24. 5 out of 5

    Meghan Lloyd

    Grace Burrowes is always a solid read for any romance reader, and the latest installment in the Rogues to Riches series is no exception! It was a slow burn romance, which keeps the reader on the edge of their seat the whole way through. Sometimes slow burn romance can feel lukewarm and lack the attraction between the main characters that romance readers hope to see. What I loved the most about this one was how natural it all felt. It was sweet, gentle, and calming in a way - like they were two Grace Burrowes is always a solid read for any romance reader, and the latest installment in the Rogues to Riches series is no exception! It was a slow burn romance, which keeps the reader on the edge of their seat the whole way through. Sometimes slow burn romance can feel lukewarm and lack the attraction between the main characters that romance readers hope to see. What I loved the most about this one was how natural it all felt. It was sweet, gentle, and calming in a way - like they were two puzzle pieces that clicked into place without any effort at all. It worked, and by the time their romance blossomed, it felt like they had been a couple the whole time. Eleanora Hatfield is no-nonsense, logical, and above all, completely devoid of any interest in relations with the peerage. Though she makes an exception for her current employer, given that he didn't start out titled, she prefers to sit in the offices at the bank and focus on her career. Her completely legal, crime-free career. She can't say the same for her family, however, and she despairs of them ever finding their way back to becoming law-abiding citizens. When Rex, Duke of Elsmore, needs her help in auditing his finances, suspecting potential foul play, she agrees reluctantly. As they grow closer, things begin to click into place, and her past begins to collide with her future. I took an immediate liking to Rex - he had so much respect for Eleanora, even before he really got to know here, just from her handling of him and his peers. He recognized a strong, independent woman, and while he still wanted to maintain his traditional chivalry, he understood that he could learn a lot from her. Eleanors was a hard nut to crack, so to speak, because she had such a thick shell around her heart. Her past had taught her to not count on anyone, not to let anyone in, and even though Rex tempted her, she tried so hard to fight it. Their coming together was slow yet satisfying, because it felt so natural. She didn't suddenly fall for him, he didn't proclaim his love for her in some grand fashion - instead, their soft, gentle kisses turned into more, and their friendly affection turned into love. It was truly one of my favorite slow burn romances to date. Grace never fails to disappoint! If you like slow burn romances with a strong heroine, you'll love this book. **I received a free copy from the publisher and this is my honest review.**

  25. 4 out of 5

    Smut Report

    Heat Factor: This is not a steamy book, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t delightful Character Chemistry: it’s sweet, not spicy Plot: A duke needs help untangling his finances as quickly and discreetly as possible and calls upon Eleanora Hatfield, current accountress (I made that up) with a dark past, to clean things up. Things get real cute. Overall: It’s not going to be for everyone, but it’s a genuinely good read. I know it sometimes seems like you’re either into romance for the steamy sex or youre Heat Factor: This is not a steamy book, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t delightful Character Chemistry: it’s sweet, not spicy Plot: A duke needs help untangling his finances as quickly and discreetly as possible and calls upon Eleanora Hatfield, current accountress (I made that up) with a dark past, to clean things up. Things get real cute. Overall: It’s not going to be for everyone, but it’s a genuinely good read. I know it sometimes seems like you’re either into romance for the steamy sex or youre into it for the chaste true love, but I don’t think that’s really the truth. I think sometimes you might have a sexy itch and sometimes you might have a sentimental itch, and it’s simply a matter of finding the right book to scratch it with. Hmm? This one is right up my alley. Strong female lead. Silly, sweet, sentimental man. A little suspense. And just the right amount of tasteful smut. Most importantly, the mystery of what was going on with the Duke’s accounts was engaging. I had no idea there were so many ways to cook the books, and I could see exactly how it might happen. I also loved that the urgency was so believable - the Duke’s sisters were being courted and he knew he’d need to share his financials soon. He also had business interests that would be damaged by a hint of impropriety. And Eleanor wouldn’t be able to say no because she was so clearly a rule-follower and would HAVE to figure out what was going wrong with the accounts! I think some of the side-characters were a little silly, but necessary to the plot. I could also tell that this was a series book and it was harder to connect with having not read book 1 and 2. None of these things impeded my enjoyment, however. One thing I have to gush about? Grace Burrowes has the most incredible word choice and crafts sentences that should be put in fancy gold frames. I have never read a more dignified or proper sex scene in my life. It might be off-putting to some, but it really took me by surprise in a good way because for someone who reads a lot of romance (and can rarely remember who wrote which Duke book), Grace Burrowes’ voice was quite memorable and unique. I voluntarily read and reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. We disclose this in accordance with 16 CFR §255. This review is also available at The Smut Report.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dannie

    Ok, only one star sounds a bit harsh but I had such high hopes for this book. I first read an excerpt from another book I was reading at the time, and the start seemed so good that I put down the other book (an anthology) and bought this one. Even paid more dearly than I usually do for Ebooks, such was my will to read this book. And it did had some good authors recommending it! How could I be let down? And yet. And yet I was. Oh it started really well, and I had no complaints up until the Ok, only one star sounds a bit harsh but I had such high hopes for this book. I first read an excerpt from another book I was reading at the time, and the start seemed so good that I put down the other book (an anthology) and bought this one. Even paid more dearly than I usually do for Ebooks, such was my will to read this book. And it did had some good authors recommending it! How could I be let down? And yet. And yet I was. Oh it started really well, and I had no complaints up until the middle, but then past it, all went to hell. The main characters became not interesting anymore, the plot was getting tiresome and my attentions turned to another character, Jack, that honestly has not a very big role in that book. I think the story lacked emotions. Feelings. She started well, though, so I'm not sure what happened afterwards that made her loose interest in her main characters. It is a shame, that book could have been great, really great. I actually wouldn't even have given such a low note if it had not been for the ending. It suddenly felt that the author had enough and just went "Ok that's it. The end". I mean, what?? Not a proper ending at ALL. Almost, ok and then they got married and a lot of kids and the end. No tidying loose ends or even giving us a satisfactory ending and epilogue. What happens to the rest of the characters? how are the main characters faring after the decisions they took? We don't know, the author didn't care. So why should we? I guess even one star is too much for that one, but there you go. Not feeling particularly motivated to read another book from her.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Connie Fischer

    Eleanora (Ellie) Hatfield is a no nonsense bank auditor and very good at math. She works at a bank of which Wrexham (Rex), the Duke of Elsmore is on the board. When Rex realizes that somewhere in his many properties and the family members he supports, there is someone who is cheating him. So, he hires Ellie to review all of his estate books to ensure they are in good order. When she realizes how vast his estates are and the many relatives depending upon him, she is determined to find the culprit Eleanora (Ellie) Hatfield is a no nonsense bank auditor and very good at math. She works at a bank of which Wrexham (Rex), the Duke of Elsmore is on the board. When Rex realizes that somewhere in his many properties and the family members he supports, there is someone who is cheating him. So, he hires Ellie to review all of his estate books to ensure they are in good order. When she realizes how vast his estates are and the many relatives depending upon him, she is determined to find the culprit or culprits who are stealing from him. As they spend time together, they learn a lot about one another, yet Ellie is determined to hide her own background from him as her family has been rather unsavory. But, when they fall in love, will Ellie be able to push Rex aside knowing her background could result in a disastrous marriage for them? I really wanted to like this book by a very good author, but I kept wondering if perhaps I should have read other books in the series because I felt lost. Ellie is hiding her family members of which there are many, and the way the book is written, it’s as if the reader should know all about them. Bits and pieces are leaked out here and there but there’s no huge revelation that I could find. There is the usual “oh I’m not good enough for you and I can’t marry you” which gets quite close to the boring point. Unfortunately, this is a simple love story but nothing truly special. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amy Alvis

    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 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!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Vicky

    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 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 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 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.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Miriamgreen

    A quite novel approach to the nuts and bolts of accounting when ledgers were essential. A wealth of information set this title apart, with appreciation for the author's thorough period research. Begun in the 15thc, the nature of this book keeping was complex, and that Eli through her gift of math was a savant was quite unusual. Amid all the details, the plot fell out early, that the duke was quite taken with a self-effacing and testy female whose command and love of the mystery of ledgers was A quite novel approach to the nuts and bolts of accounting when ledgers were essential. A wealth of information set this title apart, with appreciation for the author's thorough period research. Begun in the 15thc, the nature of this book keeping was complex, and that Eli through her gift of math was a savant was quite unusual. Amid all the details, the plot fell out early, that the duke was quite taken with a self-effacing and testy female whose command and love of the mystery of ledgers was unique. From a family of truly artistic talents falling to larcenous out of necessity she kept her privacy intact. As the romance grew Eli was hounded by her family secrets, her sister, and her cousins, all living on the edge with scams. It took a short time to realize that Lord Stephen and Duncan Wentworth had been introduced to me in Duncan's book which was a treat. As was this one. the details of meals from the chop shop, the long weekend get away with the consummation of their affair, their recognition of a mutual desire for marriage which Eli could not entertain, the unraveling of the mystery of the bleeding of bank coffers, all well handled. another excellent Burrowes tale.

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