Book Review…A Duke in Time

Get ready for lost wills, broody dukes, and scorching hot kissing all over London in A Duke in Time by Janna MacGregor.

Katherine Vareck is in for the shock of her life when she learns upon her husband Meri’s accidental death that he had married two other women. Her entire business, along with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be a royal supplier, is everything she’s been working for and now could be destroyed if word leaks about the three wives.

Meri’s far more upstanding brother, Christian, Duke of Randford has no earthly clue how to be of assistance. He spent the better part of his adult years avoiding Meri and the rest of his good-for-nothing family, so to be dragged back into the fold is…problematic. Even more so is the intrepid and beautiful Katherine, whom he cannot be falling for because she’s Meri’s widow. Or can he?

With a textile business to run and a strong friendship forming with Meri’s two other wives, Katherine doesn’t have time for much else. But there’s something about the warm, but compellingly taciturn Christian that draws her to him. When an opportunity to partner in a business venture brings them even closer, they’ll have to face their pasts if they want to share each other’s hearts and futures.

I picked this book up at Walmart in OCMD whilst on vacay. I know. I’m disappointed myself over having to go to Walmart for a book. There was a small indie book store, but it was closed and I needed a book. I digress, let’s move onto the book at large – A Duke in Time.

From the very first page, I was unable to put this book down. I was hooked like a fish! Three hours of reading at the beach, a slight sunburn on my arm from NOT moving to the shade, and a host of great characters…how could I NOT enjoy this book?

Enter Katherine James, Lady Meriweather. She has just been told her husband is dead and he is also married to 2 other women. One who is due to give birth. It’s not what she wanted to hear, none the less, Katherine decides she must help these women. It’s not their fault that Meri was a scoundrel! And Meri’s brother, the Duke is unable to help at the moment. The Duke and Kat become fast friends. They have a mutual desire to help people. As their friendship progresses, so does the fear of a scandal. When news arrives about Kat and Meri and her past, it could ruin everything that worked so hard for. What would the Duke think? He’d be ruined too!

The Duke is NOT surprised by his brother’s antics. He is forever cleaning up a mess. This has to be his biggest mess by far. Marrying 3 women, gambling or drinking away their dowries, getting one pregnant. His first wife, Lady Merriweather is not what he’d expect his brother to marry, she is more his type – if he had a type that is. Somehow he has to help these women. Kat and the Duke strike up a deal to help each other. The Duke offers Kat a wonderful opportunity that will benefit them both. Slowly, the Duke starts to fall for Kat. Yet, Kat holds back from him. She makes him feel things that he never felt before. Would she ever consider him after what his half-brother did?

As I said, this book kept me interested from page one to the end. The chemistry between Kat and Christian is tangible. I wanted them together from the beginning. When it finally happened, I was ecstatic!! Yes, I’ll read book #2. I can’t wait to see what happens. I hope Helen’s brother finds love and happiness too. He was kind of dropped off in this book.

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