Amy Quinton draws readers into a fabulous mystery with this delightful Regency romance. Grace Radclyffe is a breath of fresh air, even when she is caked in mud. I loved how authentic she was and I would totally want to be her friend. Watching her interactions with the Duke was heartwarming and often hilarious. Being a klutz myself I felt an undeniable connection with her and couldn't wait to see what would happen next. The Duke of Stonebridge was quite a complicated hero; however I will say honestly there were times I wanted to kick him in the shins or give him a quick slap to the head. I wanted to step in and protect Grace but she didn't need my help as she handled everything that came her way just perfectly. The situation and setting of this story was very engaging and I enjoyed meeting every character and look forward to seeing many of them make a reappearance in some upcoming adventures. This was a wonderful story with just the right amount of romance, suspense and frivolity. If you are looking for an interesting historical story this is a great choice.
The Duke of Stonebridge leads a well ordered life adhering to the standards of high society and he's perfectly willing to marry to suit what he believes will restore the shine to his tarnished family name. But he never expected to run into Miss Grace Radclyffe, the clumsy, commoner cousin of his future bride. The Duke finds his life turned upside down as he searches for a killer while he tries to maintain his logical lifestyle. Will love save the day?
She is from trade. He is a duke and a spy with a name to restore and a mystery to solve.
Miss Grace Radclyffe is an oftentimes hilariously clumsy 20-year-old orphan biding her time living with her uncle until she is old enough to come into her small inheritance. Much to her aunt’s chagrin, she isn’t reserved (not with her shocking! tendency to befriend the servants), sophisticated (highly overrated if one cannot run around barefoot outside), or graceful (she once flung her dinner into a duke’s face… by accident, of course).
But she is practical (owning a fashion house is in her future, unless someone foils her plans…) and in love… maybe… perhaps… possibly…
The Duke of Stonebridge is a man with a tragic past. His father died mysteriously when he was twelve years old amid speculation suggesting that the old duke was ‘involved’ with another man. He must restore his family name, but on the eve of his engagement to the perfect debutante, he meets his betrothed’s cousin, and his world is turned inside out... No matter; he is always logical (men who follow their hearts and not their heads are foolish) and reserved (his private life is nobody’s business but his own). He isn’t impulsive (it always leads to trouble), charming (that’s his best friend, the Marquess of Dansbury’s, area of expertise).
Or in love… maybe… perhaps… possibly…
Can he have what he wants and remain respectable? Can she trust him to be the man she needs?