The Duke I Once Knew: Unlikely Duchesses #1 by Olivia Drake- publication date December 31st, 2018 by St. Martin’s Press – Romance
First love is always the sweetest. For years, Abigail Linton devoted herself to caring for her aging parents and the children of her siblings. Now, eager to make her own life, she takes a position as a governess on the neighboring estate. It shouldn’t matter that her absentee employer is Maxwell Bryce, the Duke of Rothwell, the infamous rake who once broke her youthful heart. Surely he’s forgotten her, for he hasn’t set foot on his estate for fifteen years. At least, that is, until he arrives unexpectedly.
Max is incensed to meet his sister’s new governess. But why does Abby appear just as displeased to see him when it was she who’d rejected him all those years ago? Why is he so drawn to the independent spinster she has become? And why is there a sparkle in her beautiful blue eyes that suggests they might have a second chance at love?
About the author: Shortly after graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in journalism, Olivia Drake sold her first novel two weeks after sending it to a publisher. She now lives in Texas in a cozy cottage with a feisty cat, a loving husband, and two wonderful daughters who still come back whenever they want a home-cooked meal.
Many of you already know Olivia as Barbara Dawson Smith, author of 24 historical romance novels. She is a New York Times bestseller and winner of numerous honors, including the Golden Heart Award and the coveted Rita Award for excellence in the historical romance genre.
My Review: The Duke I Once Knew is a lovely story of second chances. A romance novel that is full of drama and heated love scenes. Max and Abby have a history that began when they were children. A romance that was full of drama, love, and a betrayal that hurt throughout the years. When they reunite after all these years the attraction is undeniable and a head-on collision that cannot be avoided. The Duke I Once Knew is a delightful romance that is entertaining and sweet. A story that will stay with you long after reading and is sure to leave you wanting more. I cannot wait for the next book in The Unlikely Duchesses series. ** I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.**