Book Review: Dukes Are Forever (Secret Life of Scoundrels #1) by Anna Harrington

Battlefields and barrooms hold much more interest for Edward Westover, Duke of Strathmore, than a little girl's fondness for dolls and lace. When he takes possession of his enemy's estate, everything that villain held dear-including his daughter-belongs to Edward. Hire a governess, arrange a dowry, give a few reassurances, and be off on his way-that's Edward's plan. But he's in for the shock of his life. For his new ward is a beautiful, impetuous, and utterly irresistible woman . . .

. . . AND WAR
Kate Benton is stunned. Who is this arrogant, infuriating man who's invited himself into her home and taken over her life? Her vow: to do everything in her power to convince him to leave her-and Brambly House-alone. Yet as chilly days melt into sultry nights, Kate sees glimpses of kindness underneath Edward's cool fa├žade . . . and a passionate nature that takes her breath away. There's so much she doesn't know about this man. But does she dare trust this devilish duke with her heart?

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Dukes Are Forever is a nice debut novel from author Anna Harrington.  Kate Benton is a wonderful heroine--independent and strong enough not to let her alpha male hero, Edward Westover run roughshod over her.  Kate wants nothing more than to live on the estate that was left to her by her grandparents, take care of the tenants and seeing to their medical needs.  Too bad her father is a jerk who gambles away his daughter (and her estate) to Edward Westover.  The Duke of Strathmore has no idea that the girl he's won in a poker match is a grown woman of one and twenty years.  Once the initial shock wears off, the two begin falling in love with each other.

Ms. Harrington weaves a wonderful tale, with believable reasons why Edward would want to ruin Katherine's father and why Katherine is reluctant to give up on her delinquent jerk of a father.  Watching this couple come together and overcome the obstacles placed in their way to a happy ending was an enjoyable way to pass the weekend.  Anna Harrington created a delightful world that I can't wait to get back into!



Rating:  4 out of 4 stars.  Excellent series starter.  Reccomended to readers who enjoy alpha male heroes, slightly unconventional heroes and historical romance.

Book Facts:
DUKES ARE FOREVER (Secret Life of Scoundrels #1) by Anna Harrington
Forever Romance  |  December 2015
ISBN:  978-1-4555-3403-6
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Available 04/26/2016
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