The Duke I Once Knew

The Duke I Once Knew

Olivia Drake / Sep 21, 2019

The Duke I Once Knew 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 positi

  • Title: The Duke I Once Knew
  • Author: Olivia Drake
  • ISBN: The Duke I Once Knew
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  • Page: 465
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  • 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 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 hea 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 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store CAOnline StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages Published December 31st 2018 by St Martin s Paperbacks More Details Original Title The Duke I Once Knew ISBN 1250174376 ISBN13 9781250174376 Edition Language English Series Unlikely Duchesses 1 Other Editions 2 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Duke I Once Knew, please sign up Recent Questions How to read the book with downloading like 17 days ago Add your answer See 1 question about The Duke I Once Knew Lists with This Book 2018 Historical Romance 248 books 377 voters 2018 Historical Romance July December 291 books 142 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Dec 03, 2018 Chris C A Midlife Wife rated it really liked it Shelves adult romance, historical romance, reviews, romance, st martins press, womens historical fiction Perfect change of pace and sweet romance 3.5 stars This is one book that I had a love hate relationship with I loved the theme Older women in the Regency era definitely were frowned upon when it came time to try and marry Plus, I love the second chance romance portion too So sweet But I had issues with some of the personality characteristics the author chose to give Abby Just some of the things that came out of her mouth didn t sit right She was bitter that Max was able Perfect change of pace and sweet romance 3.5 stars This is one book that I had a love hate relationship with I loved the theme Older women in the Regency era definitely were frowned upon when it came time to try and marry Plus, I love the second chance romance portion too So sweet But I had issues with some of the personality characteristics the author chose to give Abby Just some of the things that came out of her mouth didn t sit right She was bitter that Max was able to live his life in London and have plenty of women friends Even after the mystery of the letters was solved, she held the fact that he was free to see whomever he wanted against him She got quite snarky a time or two Plus her family was something else Treating her like an employee instead of a family member Not cool So yay that she finally stood up to them all I did really enjoy Max s character He never forgot her and was curious why she was still un married and why she was even working You could definitely tell that he still had feelings for her even though she was kind of rude to him off and on Max definitely made the story come to life and made it a pleasure to read.This is the first time I have read a book by Olivia Drake I enjoyed the story in many ways Traditional Regency style romance with a female character that did have some great redeeming qualities and a hottie, Max, who understood her better than anyone Sweet and a great change of pace Looking forward to reading from this author copy received for review consideration flag 29 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Dec 23, 2018 WhiskeyintheJar Kyraryker rated it liked it Shelves historical, regency, series 2.5 starsI 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 Though she loved her family dearly , she yearned for something Something of her own choosing. First in the Unlikely Duchesses series, we have a heroine wanting to make a change Abby was the surprise baby, her older siblings were already out of the house as she grew up She ends up taking care of her older parents, missing a debut in London, and 2.5 starsI 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 Though she loved her family dearly , she yearned for something Something of her own choosing. First in the Unlikely Duchesses series, we have a heroine wanting to make a change Abby was the surprise baby, her older siblings were already out of the house as she grew up She ends up taking care of her older parents, missing a debut in London, and eventually landing into a role as caregiver for her nieces and nephews It is when her family is arguing over who gets to have her that Abby decides she would like some control and freedom in her life She decides to become a governess for the younger sister of the Duke of Rothwell, who just so happens to be her childhood love Her rapt gaze followed the dusting of black hair that narrowed to a line, trailing downward across his flat belly to disappear inside his breeches He looked every inch the wicked rake that young ladies were warned to avoid Thirty year old spinsters ought to know better, too. This story was filled with cliches and tropes that help make up the backbone of romance and while they provided the, somewhat, requisite sweet and romantic moments, it also gave this a been there and done that feel You won t get a fresh take or be particularly inspired by this story but you will like the heroine, she saves this from getting the mediocre tag and raised the rating from two to three stars Her family is not malicious in their selfishness or obliviousness to Abby possibly having her own wants and needs but they are still selfish and oblivious The author did a wonderful job infusing and relaying Abby s emotions to the reader, her quiet determination and fear from stepping out on her own There wasn t villainous family members or a one eighty change from Abby, she still wanted to be in her family s lives but didn t want theirs to be hers I thought towards the later half we lost a little bit of Abby as the focus shifted to the hero, Max, and the tired Don t love because it can weaken you It was an unsettling thing for a man to question the state of his life Especially when only a few days ago, he d found it to be perfectly satisfactory. The cliches I mentioned before, really hit hard on Max He is the child of a marriage where his father loved his mother than she loved him and he now feels he has to shun all love connections There is a Misunderstanding that has him hardening his childhood heart against Abby but other than a quick plot trick, it is discussed Thank you and while not completely solved, figured out enough to not be a problem between them any in the first half Abby does outshine him but he also doesn t ever break out of the duke, rake, and scared of love mold he just isn t interesting or memorable Their sex scenes do come in the second half but as there wasn t much emotional build up to them, they still ended up feeling abrupt As a consequence, I can t say I was ever too invested in their romance or caught any sparks from them Along with the sweet, fun, and romantic cliches and tropes, there were some very tired ones There is a villainous woman who wants Max and plays into the one dimensional social climbing, jealous other woman This used to be a favorite of romance but it has been tending to move away from it and at this time, I much rather see female friendships or at least villainous women with some depth in a time period where it was tough for women, this can be written as intelligent and powerful stratagem All in all, this had a sweet inspiriting heroine, Basic Ben hero, tired other woman character, and some possible interest in reading their stories secondary characters Oh, hell, why deny it He was in love with Abby And nothing in his life had ever shaken him so much. flag 24 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Dec 16, 2018 Lover of Romance rated it really liked it Shelves characters bookish, characters brooding hero, characters governess, characters lairds dukes and lords, characters playboy manwhore, characters spinster, characters teachers tudors, genre historical romance, pub 2018, setting england This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from St Martin s Paperbacks in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Duke I Once Knew is the first book in the newest series by Olivia Drake I just love this author because I always know that I can easily get into her books I was very curious to see how she would handle this book here though And it was such a great book to read here I was This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from St Martin s Paperbacks in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Duke I Once Knew is the first book in the newest series by Olivia Drake I just love this author because I always know that I can easily get into her books I was very curious to see how she would handle this book here though And it was such a great book to read here I was really fascinated with seeing how this book evolved It does have some enemies to lovers qualities, but its over a misunderstanding between Max and Abigail They fell in love when they were teenagers, but then Max was sent off to school and his father deliberately seperated them because he knew that Max was falling in love and wanted to give him distance.And now its been many years, both Max and Abigail are older in their early thirties, and when Max comes home, Abigail has taken a position as a governess for Max s sister We see though that both of them had tried to communicate with each other but somehow the letters never reached their intended destination We see Max and Abigail reconnect with each other and seeing them get over their past assumptions and hurts and be honest with each other is truly refreshing I loved seeing them find each other again and the love that has always been there between them What I really admired about the complexities about their relationship especially since we have other factors involved With all the distractions that could cause some contention between Max and Abigail we see that they have something vibrant and real that rises above all the negative moments that they have to face and seeing them come together in this book was simply an adventure and a fun filled journey to join them on A true pleasure to read in every way flag 26 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Oct 26, 2018 Debby Piene Raven rated it really liked it Shelves a netgalley read, authors c d First time read by Olivia Drake The Duke I Once Knew was a very nice read that had me turning pages at certain parts of the story The pacing of the story was very good, and I thought the HEA could have been done a bit better than what was presented in the story I did feel that the author rushed the ending a bit to get there but I was glad to see the MC s finding that they still loved one another.Abigail Abby Linton, approaching her 30th birthday is finding herself slowly becoming the spin First time read by Olivia Drake The Duke I Once Knew was a very nice read that had me turning pages at certain parts of the story The pacing of the story was very good, and I thought the HEA could have been done a bit better than what was presented in the story I did feel that the author rushed the ending a bit to get there but I was glad to see the MC s finding that they still loved one another.Abigail Abby Linton, approaching her 30th birthday is finding herself slowly becoming the spinster that her family see her as and this was due to devoting herself to care for her parents now recently deceased with no assistance from her much older siblings Yet she also has dedicated her life to assisting her older siblings with their housekeeping, children and other things because they see her as nothing than a pawn to do their bidding Because of their own shellfish needs, Abby has never had the life that she should have had when she was younger, but they could care less She finds herself at the family estate having to listen to her bickering siblings try to determine where Abby should live and why her services to them is needed the most Unfortunate for them, she decides to try to find her own way in life and takes on the position of governess to the sister of an absent Duke Maxwell Bryce, her first love in the estate neighboring her family Maxwell Bryce, now the Duke of Rothwell, at age 15 years found friendship, romance with promises towards Abby when they use to meet by the lake to discuss everything They secretly pledged devotion and love towards one another each time they met However, on the day of his mother s funeral, his father decides to take him and his infant sister to London Max finding comfort in Abby s arms was seeking from her that day, but she never relented her virginity to him He went away angry, hurt and in the process caused her emotional heartbreak To patch things between them, they sent several letters but neither receive them Believing that Abby did not care any for him, Max remained in London which accumulated to a 15 year absence from his estate.After getting comfortable in her role as governess, Abby is surprised to see Max back at his estate and with what she believes is his now mistress For Max, after seeing Abby he finds himself not wanting to leave his estate ever again One problem, he must find a way to get rid of the want to be Duchess who interferes with his intentions of rekindling his love for Abby.The MCs in the story were okay and adaptable although I did become irritated with Abby because of her tendency to jump to conclusions and voicing her opinions without thinking first She had no problem confronting Max when he did something wrong, but never did the same with her family whenever they tried to take advantage of her kindness or had her acting as a servant I too thought Max was a bit condescending at times and was lacking towards his affections for his sister He in some ways did the same as Abby s family when he took advantage of her position as governess because he wanted to devote himself to his prize fighter Although there were some rough edges in the story, I thought it was well written and presented I did enjoy the characters and the story ending in a HEA I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley Thank you All thoughts and opinions are my own.4 Stars flag 13 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jan 06, 2019 Leigh Anne rated it really liked it Shelves 2018 12, historical romance, publisher st martins, second chance, heroine governess, heroine spinster, virgin heroine, other woman drama, hero rake The Duke I Once Knew delivers a charming second chance romance with recognizable cliches and tropes of the romance genre It is refreshing to read a historical romance book that doesn t try to anything but a historical romance book Warning the heroine is thirty year old virgin spinster and the hero is a complete rake Their first meeting after fifteen years, the hero is getting handsy with his wannabe mistress But don t let this dissuade you from taking a chance on this book Once upon a time The Duke I Once Knew delivers a charming second chance romance with recognizable cliches and tropes of the romance genre It is refreshing to read a historical romance book that doesn t try to anything but a historical romance book Warning the heroine is thirty year old virgin spinster and the hero is a complete rake Their first meeting after fifteen years, the hero is getting handsy with his wannabe mistress But don t let this dissuade you from taking a chance on this book Once upon a time the hero and heroine formed a teenage love and promised to marry each other when the heroine became of age, but due to some unknown force their letters never reached each other Now, this type of miscommunication reasoning for a second chance romance is usually one I stay clear of, but Olivia Drake managed to have the couple confront each other early on about the miscommunication Despite that, they didn t fall head over heels in love with each other again I liked that They understood that the past was the past and nothing they could do to change it However, I did find the resolution concerning why they never received each other s letters to be anti climatic I was expecting something a bit dramatic It made the reasoning for their separation minuscule The story mainly focused on how the hero and heroine connected again after fifteen years, which was fine by me I enjoyed seeing how their feelings resurfaced again and bloomed into mature feelings The hero especially I think had a lot growing up to do before he could commit himself to the heroine He didn t get much character development unlike the heroine which I would have liked He didn t take much actions towards his character growth until the end and we only got a glimpse of his past what the heroine inferred about it Their chemistry was sweet with a little heat I mostly felt the chemistry and angst from the heroine s POV What made this book special was the writing style The author did a wonderful job of balancing out the internal emotions with the story narration I m definitely looking forward to reading about the next couple in this series flag 12 likesLike see review View 1 comment Oct 04, 2018 Lili Marcus rated it liked it Shelves historical fiction, historical romance Full review will be posted a month before this book s out Lili s Blissful PagesDue to being so devoted to her family, Abigail Linton reached spinsterhood but she s set to change that She went to the neighboring estate as a governess which is a perfect job for Abby as she spent most of her life caring for her parents and then her sibling s children The only problem is her absentee employer is her first love, Maxwell Bryce, the Duke of Rothwell It was the man she used to meet in secret when th Full review will be posted a month before this book s out Lili s Blissful PagesDue to being so devoted to her family, Abigail Linton reached spinsterhood but she s set to change that She went to the neighboring estate as a governess which is a perfect job for Abby as she spent most of her life caring for her parents and then her sibling s children The only problem is her absentee employer is her first love, Maxwell Bryce, the Duke of Rothwell It was the man she used to meet in secret when they were both young and also happened to be the man who seemed forgotten her when he went to London and became the rake that he is But when they met again, it seemed like Max is as displeased as Abby is Could it be that they really don t know what went wrong in their relationship As much as I love the idea of this book, I can t say I loved every part of it I love second chance romances and especially misunderstood circumstances between the couple that made their relationship in the past ended But in this book, I feel like it s lacking some thing or things Am I gonna make sense if I said, the BEGINNING and the ENDING seemed rush for me Let me explain The book started with Abby kinda annoyed to her siblings fighting as to where Abby should stay, not giving her the chance to decide for herself Worse, all of her siblings just want her as a slave No kidding Her family annoyed me And then suddenly she s making the announcement of working in the neighboring estate And again, suddenly she s in the neighboring estate and already a governess Then there s Max who I was juts told became a rake, why well, because maybe Abigail just stopped writing to him.And then the first time I met Max, he s already in his way to his estate for the first time in so many years For me, there are stuffs in the beginning that just not realistic and too rushed I think I needed , or maybe if it s done in other ways, I might ve had the chance to get invested in the story and the characters first before fully diving into the plot.The best redeeming point of this story is Abby She seemed so real and smart She s the kind of character you ll find yourself caring and rooting for And I enjoy all her scenes, and the scenes with Max, I only enjoyed because of her Max was fine too but i didn t find myself rooting for him or even swooning And trust me, I only read Historical ROmance for the swoon haha That s not entirely true but still And then there s the ending Too rushed The reveal about the letters is okay but could be The only thing I love about the ending is that because I know Abby is going to be fine from now on because she has Max.Overall this is a good read but still has a big potential The beginning and end seemed rushed but everything in between is enjoyable to read The characters though not really memorable are interesting enough for me to care and root for an HEA.Happy Reading Bookstagram Instagram Facebook Twitter Blog flag 10 likesLike see review Jan 23, 2019 Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews rated it really liked it Shelves guiltypleasures kittyangel I am always enchanted with a Regency Romance and Olivia Drake made The Duke I Once Knew a totally enjoyable read The main characters were written with clarity and were very interesting The story line was riveting and kept me extremely interested in what would happen between Abigail and the Duke of Rothwell.Abby considered herself a spinster and felt greatly underappreciated by her family She sacrificed her youth taking care of her parents and now they feel as though they could count on her to I am always enchanted with a Regency Romance and Olivia Drake made The Duke I Once Knew a totally enjoyable read The main characters were written with clarity and were very interesting The story line was riveting and kept me extremely interested in what would happen between Abigail and the Duke of Rothwell.Abby considered herself a spinster and felt greatly underappreciated by her family She sacrificed her youth taking care of her parents and now they feel as though they could count on her to be there for their every need They never considered that she just may want to do something for herself They got a rude awakening when she announced that she was taking a position as a governess She knew it was risky but also assumed that she would never have to run into her employer the infamous Duke of Rothwell.Maxwell is an interesting person Swearing that he is a self proclaimed bachelor, he lives his life with carefree abandonment Mistress to mistress, he ll never give his heart to anyone again after Abby just up and ignored him But, because of circumstances beyond his control, he s back at his childhood home with nothing but bad memories surrounding him But, with him is the woman who keeps trying to make herself a Duchess When he finds himself face to face, in a compromising position, with the one woman he never thought he would see in his home, the memories besiege him and he s not really sure how he feels about the situation except for aggravated.As this story progressed, I wasn t sure if I even liked Max He was arrogant and blind at times He ended up being a very reasonable, loving and romantic man but it took a lot to get him there and my heart kind of got a little full when he did And, as for Abby she was one feisty female who said what she meant, knew how to shut someone down and knew, in her heart of hearts, that she never fell out of love with Max and knew that she could never have him Ms Drake also wrote some interesting minor characters that were both funny and infuriating I loved Finchley I hated the so called mistress I loved Gwen and cringed with Valerie All in all, the characters were all very well written and extremely interesting.The Duke I Once Knew is the first in Olivia Drake s new series, Unlikely Duchesses and I am looking forward to reading her again flag 8 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 01, 2018 Susan Kennedy rated it really liked it Shelves giveaway won kevin, giveaways won all, romance I enjoyed this romance It was remembering a past romance and a rekindling after a misunderstanding of lost letters from their past The main characters, Abigail and Max were both very likable The story was well written and easy to read.Abby was a strong woman who wanted to be independent I enjoyed getting to know her She was quick to make assumptions, although many of them were wrong She was kind and humble and I rooted her on I think she made a great protagonist Max was an arrogant rogue I enjoyed this romance It was remembering a past romance and a rekindling after a misunderstanding of lost letters from their past The main characters, Abigail and Max were both very likable The story was well written and easy to read.Abby was a strong woman who wanted to be independent I enjoyed getting to know her She was quick to make assumptions, although many of them were wrong She was kind and humble and I rooted her on I think she made a great protagonist Max was an arrogant rogue, but kind and in the end was the type of guy you loved I knew he would end up there and I rooted him along as well It was fun to watch them both thinking of the past and feeling the same way even though neither would share with the other For a romance, it was well done and not super naughty A bit of light reading that was thoroughly enjoyable with great characters flag 9 likesLike see review Oct 16, 2018 Jultri rated it liked it Shelves estranged for years, governess, spinster, rake A relatively fast read Abigail Linton finds herself a spinster nearing the age of 30 after years of devoting herself to the care of her parents now recently deceased and assisting her older siblings with their housekeeping and children She decides in a rare self serving moment of impulsiveness to take on the position of governess to the sister of the absent Duke of Rothwell in the neighbouring estate Maxwell Bryce has been absent for 15 years in fact, since the death of his mother when his A relatively fast read Abigail Linton finds herself a spinster nearing the age of 30 after years of devoting herself to the care of her parents now recently deceased and assisting her older siblings with their housekeeping and children She decides in a rare self serving moment of impulsiveness to take on the position of governess to the sister of the absent Duke of Rothwell in the neighbouring estate Maxwell Bryce has been absent for 15 years in fact, since the death of his mother when his father took him and his baby sister to London He and Abby became acquainted in the summer before his mother passed on and in fact their friendship turned romantic with promises of love and devotion pledged by both It all ended acrimoniously and Max left for London after angry words were said words that he longed to retract almost as soon as they were uttered But fate and family events conspired against them and before long, fifteen years have flown by To Abby s shock, Max is no longer the absent lord He is back, reluctantly so and with a would be mistress in tow, but after encountering Abby again he soon finds himself reluctant to leave his estate ever again, although keen to rid himself of the clingy widow.Abby got to me a bit with her tendency to jump to conclusions as well as her doormat mentality around her family She also lacked discretion and repeatedly divulged way too much information to random people Max was rather neglectful of his little sister, which was a strike against him He also was quite condescending towards various lesser ranked people The MCs were 15 and 16 years old respectively when they first romanced, and so I m not quite convinced of the endurance of such a youthful attachment The writing was okay, if not quite inspiring and just lacked nuances and subtleties I generally prefer I have read better books by this author, her older books when she went by the name of Barbara Dawson Smith This is an ARC provided by NetGalley flag 8 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 20, 2018 Barbara Rogers rated it really liked it Shelves iblog, netgalley Series Unlikely Duchesses 1Publication Date 12 31 18Number of Pages 336I enjoyed this well written book It is a lovely second chances love story with flawed but likable main characters and a perfidious peahen of a villain Overall, I loved the story, but I did think that some of the middle section could have been pared down and that space reallocated to flesh out the end because I thought the end was a little abrupt.Abigail Abby Jane Linton is just weeks away from her thirtieth birthday Series Unlikely Duchesses 1Publication Date 12 31 18Number of Pages 336I enjoyed this well written book It is a lovely second chances love story with flawed but likable main characters and a perfidious peahen of a villain Overall, I loved the story, but I did think that some of the middle section could have been pared down and that space reallocated to flesh out the end because I thought the end was a little abrupt.Abigail Abby Jane Linton is just weeks away from her thirtieth birthday This upcoming birthday has her considering her life she is unmarried, has no prospects and is at the beck and call of all of her much older siblings and their families At this very moment, they are all around her loudly discussing her future which of them she should live with, what she can do for them, which of them needs her services the most Not one of them has asked her where she wants to live or what she wants to do This will be her future going from one home to the other being the unpaid companion, caregiver, nursemaid whatever Now, she loves her family unconditionally and they love her, but she just has to have at least one adventure in her life So, amidst all of the family arguments, she interrupts and announces that she is going to apply for the open governess position at Rothwell Court.Rothwell Court is the property of Maxwell Bryce, the Duke of Rothwell, although he hasn t lived there for fifteen years He s actually only visited there once, very, very briefly in those fifteen years However, it is the home of the duke s much younger sister Gwendolyn Gwen Gwen has spent most of her life living at Rothwell Court with only the company of her governess, an old aunt who pays little attention to her and the servants.Maxwell Max Bryce s father whisked Max and his newborn sister away from Rothwell Court when his wife died Max was sixteen and he was in love with the girl from the neighboring estate Abby, who was fifteen They had a tiff on the day of his mother s funeral and they never saw or spoke to each other again for fifteen years Each had promised to write and Max had told Abby that he would come back and marry her when he reached his majority Each kept their promise about writing letters, but neither received any letters, so each thought the other to be faithless Max s father preached at Max constantly about not falling in love because love only made a man weak and brought him nothing but pain and heartache Max took that advice to heart and became one of the biggest rakes in London When Max unexpectedly visits Rothwell Court and finds Abby there sparks fly and not necessarily the good kind Max has brought several friends from London and one of them is the woman he wants to become his mistress Abby can t believe it and constantly takes him to task about exposing Gwen to that woman Max and Abby still feel that strong attraction that was there when they were 15 and 16, but both fight those feelings especially Abby because she doesn t want any part of the debauched man Max had become So, I loved watching the two of them grow and come back to the sweet love they once had for each other I did think it took a bit too long to get there, but when it happened, it was lovely.I recommend this book and hope that you will enjoy it as much as I did Please check out my reviews at Blog Page I requested and received this e book at no cost to me and volunteered to read it my review is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher flag 6 likesLike see review Dec 09, 2018 Stacee rated it liked it Shelves netgalley, read in 2018 This was a new to me author and I love second chance romances coupled with childhood friends Sadly, I am wondering if 3 stars is too high I liked Abby well enough She wants to be independent and I liked her strength and desire for something of her own Max is just okay He was stoic and I never warmed up to him The scenes between the two of them lacked chemistry Plot wise, it was meh Things felt repetitive and rushed especially when it came to the letters And while the ending was good, I This was a new to me author and I love second chance romances coupled with childhood friends Sadly, I am wondering if 3 stars is too high I liked Abby well enough She wants to be independent and I liked her strength and desire for something of her own Max is just okay He was stoic and I never warmed up to him The scenes between the two of them lacked chemistry Plot wise, it was meh Things felt repetitive and rushed especially when it came to the letters And while the ending was good, I wanted something a bit and would have loved to see an epilogue There were several snide comments about the personalities and fragility of women I get that it s the time period, but this seemed fairly excessive Overall, it was an okay story I m not entirely sure why I kept reading it and I m not sure if I ll continue the series Huge thanks to St Martin s Paperbacks for providing the arc free of charge flag 7 likesLike see review Nov 16, 2018 Milena rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley I ve been on a very good historical romance streak lately, reading many enjoyable romances and The Duke I Once Knew by Olivia Drake continued the said streak I loved both Abby and Max, and I loved their relationship and their chemistry Abby s meddling family drove me crazy and they certainly added some drama to the story Not to mention some of Rothwell s friends who tried to come between him and Abby But, of course, this is a romance novel, so Abby and Max got their HEA despite all the inter I ve been on a very good historical romance streak lately, reading many enjoyable romances and The Duke I Once Knew by Olivia Drake continued the said streak I loved both Abby and Max, and I loved their relationship and their chemistry Abby s meddling family drove me crazy and they certainly added some drama to the story Not to mention some of Rothwell s friends who tried to come between him and Abby But, of course, this is a romance novel, so Abby and Max got their HEA despite all the interferences This is the first Olivia Drake s book that I ve read but it won t be the last I am looking forward to the next book in the series, even though I can t figure out whose story it will be Maybe Valerie s ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 07, 2019 Beneath The Covers Blog added it Shelves 2019 reads, arcs, sonal Full review can be found HERE ARC provided for a voluntary honest review Sonal flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 01, 2019 Maida rated it really liked it Shelves arc, ebooks, historical, second chance, series The Duke I Once Knew will delight readers who are fans of historical romance novels that are light, entertaining, and simply about two people falling in love There s no deep angst, dark deadly secrets, or hardline stance of any kind Just good story telling Sometimes that s what I m looking for And it s all right.Abby and Max reunite after fifteen years and the return of their love for each other is utterly believable and quite obviously inevitable The forces that are trying to keep them apa The Duke I Once Knew will delight readers who are fans of historical romance novels that are light, entertaining, and simply about two people falling in love There s no deep angst, dark deadly secrets, or hardline stance of any kind Just good story telling Sometimes that s what I m looking for And it s all right.Abby and Max reunite after fifteen years and the return of their love for each other is utterly believable and quite obviously inevitable The forces that are trying to keep them apart misunderstanding about the lost letters, Lady Elise, Max s poor example of a father are addressed one by one and in a timely manner I love reading an older heroine in Abby There are so few of them in historical romance that when I find one, I gravitate towards it right away It was fine for me to read teenagers when I was younger, but not when I m middle aged and can t relate I also love her taking control of her own life and not letting herself be pushed around any And when she and Max had their intimacy, she proved her strong will once I also loved that the characters are flawed, but still sympathetic Especially Max It makes the book as close to reality as it could get If I have minor complaints villainess with no redeeming factor, some repetition in the PoVs, so many named characters some of whom never got fully developed , they re overshadowed by the positives flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 08, 2019 Lindsay rated it liked it Shelves historical romance, read in 2019, 3stars 3.5 stars flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 04, 2018 Kayla Brunson rated it liked it Shelves read in 2018, historical, arc I really wanted to love this one It had two tropes that I love Duke needing a governess and second chance romance However, it didn t win me over as I hoped I expected a bit angst and romance These two did a dance around each other that could have ended a bit sooner if they would have spoken about the past Abigail became a pushover in her family by being the youngest and going along with whatever her family wanted her to do It was good to see her get a backbone and take charge of her I really wanted to love this one It had two tropes that I love Duke needing a governess and second chance romance However, it didn t win me over as I hoped I expected a bit angst and romance These two did a dance around each other that could have ended a bit sooner if they would have spoken about the past Abigail became a pushover in her family by being the youngest and going along with whatever her family wanted her to do It was good to see her get a backbone and take charge of her life While she was a bit on the prudish side, I did like her character He had grown too cynical, too hard hearted from a life of dissipation Max, Max, Max There were so many times that I wanted to shake him He really wanted to make himself believe that he loved his lifestyle as it was without love However, He knew he loved Abigail He just kept fighting it Since it was a first in a series, I ll round up to three stars While I wasn t in love with it, I did enjoy it and will be reading the next book in this series ARC provided for an honest review The quote was taken from an ARC and is subject to change upon publication.Blog Instagram Twitter flag 4 likesLike see review Oct 24, 2018 Pelusa Rivera rated it liked it Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author netgalley This title was the Duke I Once Knew and after reading I wondered why she would want to know him again So we meet Abby who is a doormat and allows her family to do whatever, she in an act of rebellion yeah shocked me decides to work as a governess and ends up working for her long lost love s family At a young age Abby fell in love with Max and promises were made but unfortunately they broke up after some miscommunications and shade from others Ma Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author netgalley This title was the Duke I Once Knew and after reading I wondered why she would want to know him again So we meet Abby who is a doormat and allows her family to do whatever, she in an act of rebellion yeah shocked me decides to work as a governess and ends up working for her long lost love s family At a young age Abby fell in love with Max and promises were made but unfortunately they broke up after some miscommunications and shade from others Max goes on to become a manwhore literally after professing his love, like really quickly yeah that s love anyhoo he comes home years later and discovers that the woman whom he had loved and did him wrong is now working for him and his family and he comes with a mistress in tow More misunderstanding, judgements all over and honestly I didn t care for any of them, not Abby, not Max and not her family I wont continue with the rest of the series flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 02, 2019 Caitlyn Lynch rated it it was amazing Shelves regency georgian Part of a charming series called the Cinderella Spinsterhood, The Duke I Once Knew tells the story of a pair of innocent teenagers forced apart by circumstances and denied the comfort even of friendship Abigail is left behind with her family, needed to be a support to her mother after a disabling fall, while Max is swept off to London with his ducal father Fast forward fifteen years and Abigail is trapped in an endless cycle between relatives, needed to be a support to siblings and their child Part of a charming series called the Cinderella Spinsterhood, The Duke I Once Knew tells the story of a pair of innocent teenagers forced apart by circumstances and denied the comfort even of friendship Abigail is left behind with her family, needed to be a support to her mother after a disabling fall, while Max is swept off to London with his ducal father Fast forward fifteen years and Abigail is trapped in an endless cycle between relatives, needed to be a support to siblings and their children of various ages When the opportunity arises to become a governess to the Duke of Rothwell s teenage sister, she jumps at it, safe in the knowledge that Max himself hasn t set foot in Hampshire since that long ago summer.She s barely been in the house a few days when Max arrives, though with his latest paramour and a group of less than reputable friends Abigail can t abandon Lady Gwen in the face of such company, and soon the old fire is sparking to life between her and Max again.Anyone who s ever chafed under the weight of family duty will feel sympathy for Abby, who was essentially cheated of a chance to marry by years spent caring for her parents, and feel anger at her siblings who not only permitted it but perpetuated it with their expectations that she continue her position as unpaid assistant to the family As a rake, Max s behaviour was both reprehensible and hypocritical, but to his credit being confronted with the truth of his actions and his feelings for Abigail made him realize the error of his ways It was fairly hilarious when Abby turned the tables on him after a passionate interlude, treating him to a taste of his own medicine and making him see how badly he d behaved.This was a very enjoyable story, though I did spot a few anachronisms such as a Regency era governess having a clock on her bedside table, and Lady Elise s name mysteriously changing to Evelyn at one point, but these are errors I hope would be corrected before release of the final version for publication, since I was reading an advance release copy I have no hesitation in awarding this five stars as an excellent read.Disclaimer I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley at the publisher s invitation flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 31, 2018 Sofia Lazaridou rated it liked it I don t know how I was able to continue reading the book after the first 30% The story begins with the heroine been treated horribly by her siblings The whole vibe I was getting when I was reading that scene was that Abby was a burden and each sibling had his own life to live Abby had some attitude and self esteem which was good, but she didn t get a guy who was good enough for her and made me think that he actually cared for her Wanna know why Because we are first introduced to Max when he I don t know how I was able to continue reading the book after the first 30% The story begins with the heroine been treated horribly by her siblings The whole vibe I was getting when I was reading that scene was that Abby was a burden and each sibling had his own life to live Abby had some attitude and self esteem which was good, but she didn t get a guy who was good enough for her and made me think that he actually cared for her Wanna know why Because we are first introduced to Max when he is in the library kissing another woman whom he plans to have as his mistress Isn t that the best way to introduce your hero in a historical romance novel After that, we got reminded a few times that Max was busy sowing his oats while the heroine was living a boring, virginal life The book got slightly better after that, but I didn t like how the wanna be mistress was around the whole time She is there for like 85% of the story flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 19, 2018 Brenda rated it it was amazing review of another edition When two childhood sweethearts find themselves together after years apart, does their romance have a chance to be rekindled now that he s a duke and she s a governess Misunderstandings abound in this lovely second chance romance Communications between our hero and heroine were misdirected so when neither one heard from the other they rightly or wrongly decided that there was nothing to be pursued.Now they are grown and he has come into his title as Duke Far from what they were as childhood swe When two childhood sweethearts find themselves together after years apart, does their romance have a chance to be rekindled now that he s a duke and she s a governess Misunderstandings abound in this lovely second chance romance Communications between our hero and heroine were misdirected so when neither one heard from the other they rightly or wrongly decided that there was nothing to be pursued.Now they are grown and he has come into his title as Duke Far from what they were as childhood sweethearts this interesting pair are still very attracted to each other.His sister needs a new governess and she wants the position Her family takes her for granted and making her own way is just the ticket to get her out of that mess and as they say from the frying pan right into the fire This book is well written and the characters are engaging Olivia Drake has done a masterful job with this second chance romance title.I gave this book 4.5 rounded up to 5 of 5.0 stars for storyline and character development It contains some sizzling intimate scenes and gets a medium intimate rating.I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book through NetGalley to read This in no way affected my opinion of this title which I read and reviewed voluntarily flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 23, 2018 Sissys Romance Book Review rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018 read, arc author publisher, arc netgalley, first book in a series, stmartinspress, 4 5 star, series, second chance at love, trt 4.5 StarsTHE DUKE I ONCE KNEW by Olivia Drake is book One in the Unlikely Duchesses series This is the story of Maxwell Bryce, the Duke of Rothwell and Abigail Linton Max and Abby were young when they feel in love but Max had to leave with his father and sister Both making promises to write letters and that he would come back for her But a misunderstanding from someone wanting them to stay apart kept them apart Now several years later they are once facing each other Abby had taken to helpi 4.5 StarsTHE DUKE I ONCE KNEW by Olivia Drake is book One in the Unlikely Duchesses series This is the story of Maxwell Bryce, the Duke of Rothwell and Abigail Linton Max and Abby were young when they feel in love but Max had to leave with his father and sister Both making promises to write letters and that he would come back for her But a misunderstanding from someone wanting them to stay apart kept them apart Now several years later they are once facing each other Abby had taken to helping her parents and then her older sibling with their children Now nearing 30 years of age she wants something for herself even if it means working for Max s sister as a governess Max hasn t returned home in several years but he comes home with some friends and a future mistress but he is shocked to find Abby there Sparks fly between the two along with harsh words until they both start to figure out what happened and what they still want Really enjoyed this book flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 05, 2018 s amante de los spoilers rated it it was ok Shelves arcedelweiss, second chance romance, dnf I just couldn t connect with the story When you present us the hero I don t think that he being with another woman is the better choice I know this is historical romance but I didn t like how he and the heroine talked about his mistress who wasn t actually his mistress like she was some temptress I don t like woman on woman hate Positive I liked that the heroine wanted to be independent and that she wanted to work and earn her own money as a governess.Overall, Not my cup of tea flag 3 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Sep 30, 2018 Cathleen rated it liked it I received a free copy from Netgalley.This historical romance is full of misunderstandings and overly dramatic language While it made the heroine real, it became irritating The plot device of her choosing to become a governess and then being hired as one, was flimsy and barely scraped by as believable I enjoyed the mystery of the letters and what results from it being solved.An okay story but not one I m in a hurry to read again flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 25, 2018 Tracy C rated it liked it I struggled a bit reading this It was very stiff and formal for me I know it was historical, but Abby was such an uptight prude I had a hard time believing she was 30 I like my heroine a bit feisty And her family was filled with self centered jerks Max was all right but I felt like he could use some starch to his spine flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 21, 2018 Susan Peterson rated it really liked it I really enjoyed this book, first ever by this author Abby and Max were two very likable, feisty, charming and passionate characters The scenes between them crackled with tension, attraction, and affection This book was heartwarming and romantic, tender and steamy I look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series I received a copy of this book from Net Galley flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 02, 2018 Cocktails and Books rated it liked it Shelves 2018 reading challenge, historical romance I wanted to like this one but I found it hard to believe this couple could easily come back from the years they had been separated She seemed to provincial for the Duke and he to indulgent in his life in London to ever be happy in the country flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 01, 2019 Cyndi Becker rated it it was amazing The Duke I Once Knew is a delightful introduction to author Olivia Drake and I m thrilled to find she has a vast catalog from which to explore But first to share my thoughts on this story about young love, miss communication and missed opportunities between near spinster Abby Linton and the apparent libertine Maxwell Bryce.When Abby finds herself tired of living the life prescribed by her family, she strikes out on her own to become the governess to the neighboring Duke of Rothwell s young sist The Duke I Once Knew is a delightful introduction to author Olivia Drake and I m thrilled to find she has a vast catalog from which to explore But first to share my thoughts on this story about young love, miss communication and missed opportunities between near spinster Abby Linton and the apparent libertine Maxwell Bryce.When Abby finds herself tired of living the life prescribed by her family, she strikes out on her own to become the governess to the neighboring Duke of Rothwell s young sister, Lady Gwendolyn She fears not that her once upon a time beloved Maxwell Brice said Duke Rothwell would return to this estate as he hasn t been there for years But fate has other things in mind for Abby and Max and circumstances throw the two together again The story is rich with interfering companions made up of friends and also would be lovers who are spiteful and at times villainous I loved the tension brought on by the what ifs that both Abby and Max share Their history is complicated by traditional social standings and propriety but Abby is independent and a bold thinker Despite this, her misgivings for Max bear weight Tears overflowing her eyes, she sank back onto the bed and buried her face in her hands It was best to face the truth Maxwell Bryce, the Duke of Rothwell, did not love her Nor would he ever He would always be an incorrigible rake He doesn t deny his rakish way, but Max is also very broken and distrustful and the fact he surrounds himself with nefarious people does nothing to endear himself to Abby Nevertheless Max is a redeemable character and I held out hope that he s see his way understanding what he always knew and now denies, his love for Abby He proves himself a romantic and I felt myself swoon at his grand gesture to secure Abby s trust.The Duke I Once Knew is another example of why I love reading Regency romance and Olivia Drake has found a new fan in me I m excited to read her earlier works but most to have found her at the beginning of this series I very much look forward to the future books in this series 5 Stars and recommendation I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 05, 2019 JoRead rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves arc, seasoned romance, governess, heroine is a virgin, historical romance, not a debutante story, regency, rogues, romance, second chances Lovely second chance story Abigail and Maxwell were such a joy to read as a couple and as independent characters They were sweethearts when young but circumstances beyond their control made them part ways Years later, Abigail is what could be considered long in the tooth She didn t even get to enjoy a season because of her love for her aging parents and now that they are dead she s forced to face her reality of being a spinster with no life of her own With that in mind, she concocts a plan Lovely second chance story Abigail and Maxwell were such a joy to read as a couple and as independent characters They were sweethearts when young but circumstances beyond their control made them part ways Years later, Abigail is what could be considered long in the tooth She didn t even get to enjoy a season because of her love for her aging parents and now that they are dead she s forced to face her reality of being a spinster with no life of her own With that in mind, she concocts a plan that would allow her to take the reins of her life and live life on her own terms Unfortunately for her, Max shows up and ruins all of her plans I loved that they didn t act as if the years hadn t changed them or made them perfect strangers that s actually one of my pet peeves when it comes to this trope but instead, their relationships builds over time I mean, it was still kind of fast because it all happened in the span of a week, but I still found it feasible The story includes a pugilistic match and I always find that kind of scenes fascinating I think it keeps the story interesting I also loved the fact that even though there were than just a few characters, the story didn t feel convoluted, on the contrary, each one of them helped the story move forward and feel real There might have been a few clich s and the story might not be the most refreshing take on the trope but it was still enjoyable and entertaining I received this book at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 30, 2018 Donna rated it it was amazing I have read most of Olivia Drake s books and enjoyed the fun of the Cinderella Sisterhood, but I liked this book so much I can easily recommend it Abigail Linton is the 5th child and significantly younger than her siblings, who treat her like an unpaid servant Being the youngest she was friends with the boy next door, Maxwell Bryce, heir to the Duke of Rothwell When his mother died, the Duke took both Max and his younger sister, Gwendolyn, away Abigail wrote to Max faithfully for a whi I have read most of Olivia Drake s books and enjoyed the fun of the Cinderella Sisterhood, but I liked this book so much I can easily recommend it Abigail Linton is the 5th child and significantly younger than her siblings, who treat her like an unpaid servant Being the youngest she was friends with the boy next door, Maxwell Bryce, heir to the Duke of Rothwell When his mother died, the Duke took both Max and his younger sister, Gwendolyn, away Abigail wrote to Max faithfully for a while but never received a reply She cared for her parents until they were gone Each of her four older siblings want her to live with them to help with their children Abigail wants than to be an unpaid servant for her family, so she applies to be the governess for Lady Gwendolyn.Max has never returned home until a nearby boxing match brings him to the area He sponsors a fighter and planned to stay with a friend who unfortunately was ill So, Max, his fighter, and some friends arrive at his estate Gwen, and their aunt, are thrilled to have Max home Abby, now Gwen s governess, doesn t know what to think as Max seems to have greatly changed.Eventually, they discover neither of them received any letters and their friendship starts to rekindle Max is determined to find out what happened to the letters I won t say any as I don t like to spoil the HEA I hope there is another book or two in this new series 4.5 stars flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 09, 2018 Kathy rated it liked it review of another edition 3.5 stars.The first installment in the Unlikely Duchesses series, The Duke I Once Knew by Olivia Drake is an engaging historical romance.Abigail Abby Linton is the youngest of five children and the only one who is unmarried Having taken care of her now deceased parents for many years, her siblings use her as unpaid help with their families Without any input from Abby, they are making the decision for where she will live next Fed up with being taken for granted, she makes an impetuous decisi 3.5 stars.The first installment in the Unlikely Duchesses series, The Duke I Once Knew by Olivia Drake is an engaging historical romance.Abigail Abby Linton is the youngest of five children and the only one who is unmarried Having taken care of her now deceased parents for many years, her siblings use her as unpaid help with their families Without any input from Abby, they are making the decision for where she will live next Fed up with being taken for granted, she makes an impetuous decision to become the governess for Lady Gwen Gwen is the teenage sister of Maxwell Bryce who just happens to be the man who broke Abby s heart fifteen years earlier Since the Duke of Rothwell does not visit the estate where Gwen resides, Abby is certain she will not cross paths with her former love Needless to say, she is rather dismayed when Max unexpectedly shows up with his mistress and three other friends in tow The sparks soon fly between Abby and Max as they discover their simmering attraction burns hotter than ever But with both of them hurt and angry over how their relationship ended, will this pair of star crossed lovers find their way back to one another Abby is a kind hearted and compassionate woman who has no regrets about the years she dedicated to caring for her parents She is devoted to her nieces and nephews but with her thirtieth birthday fast approaching, she realizes it is time to forge her own path in life She is even hopeful a romantic prospect will appear on her horizon But not even in her wildest imaginings does Abby believe she will ever see Max again The way he ended their romance broke her fragile heart and she is somewhat stunned by his reputation as an infamous rake.Although he deeply cares for Gwen, Max lives a fairly carefree life After circumstances beyond his control leave him and his group of friends without a place to say, he does not think twice about taking them to his country estate Without giving much thought to his actions, Max carries out his plan to make the widowed Elise his mistress.Needless to say, Abby is outraged at Max s behavior and the two are soon swapping pointed barbs With her family, Abby is a doormat, but she does not hesitate to stand up to Max Their unresolved past is huge source of conflict that could easily be solved if they would just talk to one another Abby s irritating habit of jumping to conclusions leads to some very heated discussions as she confronts Max with her unwarranted accusations Elise creates some very predictable drama as she stoops to underhanded behavior to rid herself of her rival for Max s affections.The Duke I Once Knew is a sweet second chance at love historical romance The novel is well written, the dialogue is snappy and the setting is the perfect backdrop for the unfolding story The characters are a little frustrating but they do learn from their mistakes and they are quick to admit when they are wrong The pacing is a little slow and the plot is somewhat predictable Rife with historical details, Olivia Drake brings the time period vibrantly to life Despite some flaws, this first installment in the Unlikely Duchesses series is an enjoyable read that I recommend to fans of historical romances flag 2 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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        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 his 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 genretp uscmillan author olivia


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    1. Perfect change of pace and sweet romance 3.5 stars This is one book that I had a love hate relationship with I loved the theme Older women in the Regency era definitely were frowned upon when it came time to try and marry Plus, I love the second chance romance portion too So sweet But I had issues with some of the personality characteristics the author chose to give Abby Just some of the things that came out of her mouth didn t sit right She was bitter that Max was able Perfect change of pace an [...]


    2. 2.5 starsI 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 Though she loved her family dearly , she yearned for something Something of her own choosing. First in the Unlikely Duchesses series, we have a heroine wanting to make a change Abby was the surprise baby, her older siblings were already out of the house as she grew up She ends up taking care of her older parents, missing a debut in London, and 2. [...]


    3. This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from St Martin s Paperbacks in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Duke I Once Knew is the first book in the newest series by Olivia Drake I just love this author because I always know that I can easily get into her books I was very curious to see how she would handle this book here though And it was such a great book to read here I was This [...]


    4. First time read by Olivia Drake The Duke I Once Knew was a very nice read that had me turning pages at certain parts of the story The pacing of the story was very good, and I thought the HEA could have been done a bit better than what was presented in the story I did feel that the author rushed the ending a bit to get there but I was glad to see the MC s finding that they still loved one another.Abigail Abby Linton, approaching her 30th birthday is finding herself slowly becoming the spin First [...]


    5. The Duke I Once Knew delivers a charming second chance romance with recognizable cliches and tropes of the romance genre It is refreshing to read a historical romance book that doesn t try to anything but a historical romance book Warning the heroine is thirty year old virgin spinster and the hero is a complete rake Their first meeting after fifteen years, the hero is getting handsy with his wannabe mistress But don t let this dissuade you from taking a chance on this book Once upon a tim [...]


    6. Full review will be posted a month before this book s out Lili s Blissful PagesDue to being so devoted to her family, Abigail Linton reached spinsterhood but she s set to change that She went to the neighboring estate as a governess which is a perfect job for Abby as she spent most of her life caring for her parents and then her sibling s children The only problem is her absentee employer is her first love, Maxwell Bryce, the Duke of Rothwell It was the man she used to meet in secret when th Ful [...]


    7. I am always enchanted with a Regency Romance and Olivia Drake made The Duke I Once Knew a totally enjoyable read The main characters were written with clarity and were very interesting The story line was riveting and kept me extremely interested in what would happen between Abigail and the Duke of Rothwell.Abby considered herself a spinster and felt greatly underappreciated by her family She sacrificed her youth taking care of her parents and now they feel as though they could count on her to I [...]


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