The Reluctant Duke - Christine Donovan

The Reluctant Duke

By Christine Donovan

  • Release Date: 2014-05-15
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 311 Ratings


Although this book is part of a series, it can also stand alone.

Thomas Seabrook, the penniless Duke of Wentworth, walks into White’s for a night cap.   He leaves no longer in need of coin. In fact, he has become a wealthy man and owner of Hamilton Whaling Industries of New Bedford, Massachusetts and guardian of a seventeen-year-old girl. Thomas travels to Boston intent on bringing his ward back and marrying her off to the first eligible gentleman who requests her hand. Except the first gentleman to ask for her, is his own brother, Sebastian. Thomas refuses, because bloody hell, he wants her for himself.

Emma Hamilton is not happy with her new situation. Her papa brought her up to be independent and assertive. How dare this stranger, this moody noble, dictate what she can do and not do? When she finds herself thrown into a London Season, being introduced from one gentleman to another, looking for a husband, she realizes only the duke will do. How can she break through the duke’s hard exterior and find the loving, caring gentleman she knows he hides from everyone.


  • Joe’s thoughts

    By Anne Emily
    I read this story and enjoyed it. Anyone who reads a historical romance and thinks it should end differently, needs not to read them. This book is about another era with different rules. One of the things I really enjoyed was the three men backed each other up without question.
  • amateurish

    By ajerzeygirl123
    i expect this kind of writing from someone taking a writing course, and even then i think any instructor would provide strong feedback and require revisions. i certainly wouldn't expect an actual publisher to put out something like this in print. poor writing, scattered story, odd dialogue, current day vernacular, no regard for protocol for this time was just an altogether bad read & too boring to finish. i have no patience for what is clearly unskilled writing.
  • Don't bother with this book

    By Silveplated
    This book was all over the place not worth the time I gave it
  • Ehhhh...

    By amyserafin
    I found the writing to be weak, littered with modern phrasing that elite people back then simply wouldn't use. I found myself skimming at times as it was predictable and the characters tiresome.
  • Exciting

    By Louisianablondie
    Couldn't leave this story alone. Great reading and I just have to read the rest in this series. Romantic, suspenseful. Loved all the characters.
  • The reluctant duke

    By Dottieguionnaud
    Good but predictable.
  • To Marry A Duke

    By Chabs23
    Great Book Loved It
  • Too bad. It had potential.

    By zodiacring
    The male characters are all weak and childish. I cannot understand how desperate these women must be to pine over boys.