Lorraine Heath\'s follow-up to Scoundrel of My Heart can be read as a stand alone book but is even more enjoyable if you read the first book too. In THE DUCHESS HUNT, Hugh Brinsley-Norton, Duke of Kingsland finds his happily ever after as he once again advertises for a wife. This time he passes the decision-making process off to his efficient and competent secretary, Penelope Pettypeace.
Even though Penn is in love with her employer, she focuses on the task at hand to find the Duchess that ticks all the boxes. The book includes strong leading characters in Hugh and Penn with interesting backstories full of unexpected twists as well as well written secondary characters. I would have liked to see glimpses of the characters from the first book. I hope to see more books in this series.
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?