Published by Sabrina Darby on February 8th 2016
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A YEAR WITHOUT A DUKE
The duke has died. Long live the duke! The only problem is no one knows who the new Duke of Beckworth is. All of England wonders, but no one more so than the people who depend upon Beckworth for their livelihood. In 1816, a year so cold that the word “summer” is a cruel joke, that livelihood is even more uncertain. However, they are all about to find out, there is nothing more warming than scandal and love…
A DUKE BY DECEMBER
Elizabeth Smith is secretly in love with the tall, handsome golden-haired man who rescued her from Arkansas Territory and offered her a new life. Unfortunately, she knows he’ll never see her as anything more than his secretary.
Nathaniel Hughes has spent the majority of his life in America amassing his fortune. When he discovers he is the next Duke of Beckworth, he must reluctantly travel to England, face down his past, and rehabilitate an estate to save those who live on it. But every duke requires a duchess and an heir.
He’ll figure this out somehow with Lizzie, his loyal and capable secretary, at his side. Once at Beckworth, he finds it increasingly difficult to deny a powerful attraction to the woman he has vowed to protect—even from himself. Can he find the strength to choose duty over desire?
Other books in the series:
A YEAR WITHOUT A DUKE...
Book 1: JILTED IN JANUARY by Kate Pearce; Book 2: FORBIDDEN IN FEBRUARY by Suzanna Medeiros; Book 3: SEDUCED IN SEPTEMBER by Genevieve Turner; Book 4: AN AFFAIR IN AUTUMN by Jennifer Haymore; Book 5: A DUKE BY DECEMBER by Sabrina Darby
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
A Duke by December by Sabrina Darby is the 5th and final installment in the ‘A Year Without a Duke’ series. Each book is written by a different author, and each book is based on the lives of the people living and/or working on the Duke’s estate.
In this story, finally the new Duke, Nathaniel Hughes is back in England to take up his new role. Elizabeth Smith and her brother have traveled with him. Nate rescued them both from their uncle back in America, and they have been with him ever since, with Elizabeth taking the job as Nate’s secretary.
In this story we see how Nate comes to grip with becoming an Earl. He has a lot to do in order to get his estate running smoothly again, and Lizzie is a great help to him. In her new role as secretary to a Duke, he insists on having a new wardrobe of clothes made for her. When he sees her in all her new finery, the feelings that he has kept control of, ones that have had him wanting her since he first met her, come to the surface. He doesn’t know what to make of the feelings because he isn’t sure if he should consider her his ward, rather than a woman he could have a relationship with.
Lizzie has loved Nate for as long as she has known him, but any chance she thought she may have had of becoming more than a friend with him, disappeared once he learned he was a Duke. She thinks she isn’t good enough for him, and also knows he is expected to take a wife, one preferably of the upper classes, in order to give him an heir. That definitely rules her out. She has no idea that Nate is fighting his attraction to her.
Will he give in to his emotions and tell her how he feels, or will he do his duty, and marry ‘well’?
What I love about this book is that not only do we see the Duke finally take his place in his household, but we also get an update on all the couples from the previous books in the series. Everything is tied up really neatly, and there is even a nice little treat for the housekeeper who has done so well throughout the whole series playing the middle man between the solicitors looking for the Duke, and the staff who have been worried about their livelihoods while the Duke has been absent.
I thoroughly enjoyed this whole series, it’s been a joy to read and I love how well the authors involved wrote such wonderful stories while keeping the theme running throughout them so well. You can read any of the books, including this one, as stand alone ones, but you definitely will get far more enjoyment from reading the whole series. This last one especially will be much better read after the previous books because you get an update of all the couples we have met in the previous stories.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.