After being left at the altar for the third time, Lenora Hartley decides she must be cursed and escapes from London to the Isle of Synne before her father can force a new betrothal. On the island, Lenora meets Peter Ashford, next in line to a dukedom he doesn’t want, hell-bent on exacting revenge. Once he meets Lenora, however, vengeance no longer seems as sweet.
Grumpy heroes are and will always be my favorite type of hero. A grumpy hero that is out for revenge is even better, and Peter was definitely both of those things. Sometimes his stubbornness about giving up revenge got a little old, but I still enjoyed his emotional journey. The heroine, Lenora, was in a similar situation with her thoughts often repeating but, again, this was part of her emotional journey. Despite her repeated thoughts, I still liked Lenora. She was trying to make the best of a terrible situation and grow from it.
As for a plot, aside from Peter’s revenge, there isn’t much of one in A GOOD DUKE IS HARD TO FIND. Most of the book is driven by Peter and Lenora rehashing old feelings on their way to becoming different people. This is not really my favorite as I like far more action in the titles I read, but readers who prefer more emotion and less plot will enjoy this title.
Get swept away by a Regency romance of broken engagements, second chances, and stolen kisses from the author whom Publishers Weekly calls "irresistible". After her third fiancé leaves her at the altar, Lenora Hartley is beginning to think she's cursed. One thing's for certain: she needs to escape London and her father's tyrannical attempts to find her yet another suitor. The Isle of Synne, an isolated and idyllic retreat off Britain's northern coast, is blessedly far from society's gossip, but it also carries haunting reminders of her first fiancé. Letting go of the past to find happiness seems impossible -- until Lenora is thrown in the path of a gruff, mysterious blue-eyed man who makes her pulse race.
Next in line for a dukedom he doesn't want to inherit, Peter Ashford is only on the isle to exact revenge on the man who is responsible for his mother's death. Once he's completed the task, he'll return to America where his life can finally be his own. Yet when he meets the beautiful and kind Miss Hartley, he can't help but be drawn to her. Can Peter put aside his plans for vengeance for the woman who has come to mean everything to him?