The Duchess Hunt by Lorraine Heath
Once Upon a Dukedom #2
On Sale: September 28, 2021
Look for the Smexy review tomorrow morning! (I really enjoyed this one.)
New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath continues her Once Upon a Dukedom series with this lush love story of a duke who discovers what he desires in a wife may not be what he needs…
Hugh Brinsley-Norton, the Duke of Kingsland, is in need of a duchess. However, restoring the dukedom—left in ruins by his father—to its former glory demands all his time, with little room for sentiment. He places an advert encouraging the single ladies of the ton to write why they should be the one chosen, and leaves it to his efficient secretary to select his future wife.
If there exists a more unpleasant task in the world than deciding who is to marry the man you love, Penelope Pettypeace certainly can’t imagine what it might be. Still, she is determined to find the perfect bride for her clueless, yet ruthlessly charming employer.
But when an anonymous note threatens to reveal truths best hidden, Kingsland has no choice but to confront the danger with Penelope at his side. Beguiled by the strong-willed, courageous beauty, he realizes he’s willing to risk everything, including his heart, to keep her safe within his arms. Could it be the duchess he’s hunting for has been in front of him all along?
“Has no gentleman ever kissed you, other than that lad when you were eight?”
Glancing away, she shifted her stance slightly, and he was beginning to realize she did that when she was striving to determine exactly how much to reveal. So maybe there had once been a man for whom she’d considered giving up everything.
“When I was sixteen,” she began before meeting his gaze, “a lad kissed me. I recall it being quite awkward. We bumped noses, then chins. Eventually, his lips landed on mine and lingered for a bit. To be honest, I didn’t understand what all the fuss was about.”
“A boy and a young, callow lad. Would you like to know what it is to be kissed by a man?”
About the Author;
Lorraine Heath always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals, press releases, articles, and computer code, but something was always missing. When she read a romance novel, she not only became hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She’s been writing about them ever since. Her novels have been recognized with numerous industry awards and appeared on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists.