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Publisher's Summary

Treat yourself to a delightful Regency romance with a fairy-tale twist "much in the manner of Mary Balogh". (Kirkus)

BookPage's "2019 Most Anticipated Romances"

Bookish's "Spring 2019 Must-Read Romances"

Duncan Wentworth once tried his hand at rescuing a damsel in distress long ago, and he's vowed he'll never make that mistake again. Yet when he comes across a stranger in the poacher-infested woods of his estate, decency compels him to offer the lady aid. Matilda is whip-smart, she can read Duncan's horrible penmanship, and when she wears his reading glasses, all Duncan can think about is naughty Latin poetry.

Widowed Duchess Matilda Wakefield can't entrust her secrets to Duncan without embroiling him in the problems that sent her fleeing from London, but neither can she ignore a man who's honorable, a brilliant chess player, and maddeningly kissable. She needs to stay one step ahead of the enemies pursuing her, and falling into Duncan's arms is a distraction she can't afford - or they'll both pay the price.

"Grace Burrowes is terrific!" (Julia Quinn)

"Smart, sexy, and oh-so romantic." (Mary Balogh)

"Grace Burrowes is a romance treasure." (Tessa Dare)

"Burrowes is a writer of towering talent." (USA Today Happy Ever After)

©2019 Grace Burrowes (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Grace Burrowes writes from the heart - with warmth, humor, and a generous dash of sensuality, her stories are unputdownable! If you're not reading Grace Burrowes you're missing the very best in today's Regency Romance!" (Elizabeth Hoyt, New York Times best-selling author)

"An intelligent, resourceful heroine and a hero who comes into his own bond over fierce games of chess, spirited banter, rapier wit, and mutual attraction in a sweet, passionate romance that is sure to enchant." (Library Journal, starred review)

"An unusual pair of smart and worldly but reticent lovers; a modern sensibility about themes of consent, class, and disability; and a surprising and adventurous plot make Burrowes' latest Rogues to Riches Regency satisfyingly relatable nerdy escapism...will warm readers' hearts to the core." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

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  • 05-21-19

Good Romance with a good reader

A story, with an interesting twist that keeps you interested to the last word.
I stayed awake until 3am to finish listening. My audible library contains over 1000 very good books. This book could be placed in the top 50 . I enjoyed the authors story line and the people who filled it.

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Well-written, well-developed characters

I really enjoyed this book....primarily because of the characters. Grace Burrowes is masterful in character development. The story was entertaining...kept me interested. James Langton is really talented in the variety of his voices. He did Quinn's refined Yorkshire accent as well as the female voices. I thought it very clever that he made a slight distinction between Quinn's voice and Duncan's. Both have Yorkshire accents, but Duncan's had a Scottish flare. All in all this was a great book that I will listen to again...and again. To me that's testament to a really good book.....one that can pull you in regardless of how many times read/listened to.

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didn't finish

so boring, even attraction & love scenes between 2 main characters were explained like a chess game.

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Finding his love

Loved the book. Grace Burrowes is such a talented writer. Matilda had been on the run for months. When she comes upon 2 poachers holding a knife at another man she steps in with her gun and helps the gentleman. Duncan was grateful to the woman and has her comes back to the estate.
Duncan offers her a position to scribe his travel diaries. Matilda is tired from all her running and she accepts his offer temporarily.
Duncan knew she was hiding from someone but how can he get her to trust him.
A beautifully written story where both the hero and heroine are meant to be together. The narrator James Langton did an exceptional read.

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Unexpected for second series, but sweet story

If I had just read this book on its own I think I would have enjoyed it more. I really liked the heroine. Loved her thrill with chess, admired her pluck and strength. The spy story element that triggered her flight was a little too convoluted for my taste, and I was left unsatisfied with certain aspects of it. That said, I loved her and appreciated how Duncan was pulled out of his reserve into connecting and supporting her. Theirs was a beautiful love story.

What was a puzzle was why or how this was the second book in this series. We start the series squarely in London, the Duke returns home to three vivid and dynamic siblings and this slightly aloof cousin. The last thing I expected was to have book 2 be about the cousin and be set in the countryside. I had to go back a couple times to make sure this book (and the next one) were in the proper sequence and I hadn't missed anything.