Published by Jennifer Haymore on February 1st 2016
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On a mission to locate the missing Duke of Beckworth, Lord Markus Hawkins boards a ship bound for America, where he finds himself trapped in close quarters with his childhood friend-turned-enemy, Caroline Addison.
Caro is headstrong, frustrating, selfish, wickedly intelligent, and so damn beautiful Mark can’t see straight when she’s near. Torn between wanting to kiss her senseless and wanting to strangle her, Mark has no idea how he’s going to survive the torture of the long weeks ahead.
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, with the duke away, there is nothing more warming than scandal and love…
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~~
An Affair in Autumn by Jennifer Haymore is the fourth book in the ‘Year Without a Duke’ Series. There are 5 books in the series, each one written by a different author, and each one is about a different couple whose lives are affected by the missing Duke.
In this book the couple are Caroline Addison, a widow, and Mark Hawkins, a man who has made his fortune in mining. Caro and Mark actually grew up together with their friend Nate, who has turned out to be the missing Duke of Beckworth.
There are bad feelings between Caro and Mark because as best friends, it was always understood that Caro would marry Nate. Instead, out of the blue she had married a much older man, a Viscount, and Mark was positive she married him purely for his money and his title. Not caring that she had broken Nate’s heart. Since then he’s wanted nothing to do with her. It is with absolute dread that he has to contact her to find out if she has heard from Nate and to find out if she has any idea where he is. When she finds out why Mark wants to get in touch with him, Caro is determined that she will go with Mark to tell Nate in person that he is the new Duke. Mark refuses her and storms off after the ensuing argument, ready to travel to America by ship to hopefully find him, on his own.
Imagine his shock when he finds that Caro is on-board the same ship as he is, still as determined as ever to find Nate. Stuck on-board together they have plenty of time to find out things about each other, and to sort through old hurts. As truth emerges their feelings about each other start to change and things get passionate between them. Unfortunately Mark has a secret, one that he thinks might stop any chance of their relationship continuing. Will he find the courage to tell her, and what will her reaction be? Will they be able to find Nate when they get to New York, how difficult will it be, New York is a big place.
This book must be my favourite in the series so far. It could be something to do with finally knowing who the Duke is, and the suspense of Mark and Caro travelling to try to find him. I think though it’s because it’s set on-board a ship for the most part, plus I just love Mark and Caro and their fledgling relationship. I also enjoyed reading about the other travelers on-board, especially a set of Welsh male twins. The story was fast paced, and for once I was glad that these stories in the series are short, that way I didn’t have long to find out if the Duke is found. If you want to find out, then you will have to read the book too.
You don’t need to read the first 3 books in the series to enjoy this story, it can be read as a stand alone one. But, I think to get the full enjoyment from this book, reading the previous ones really helps to set the scene and to make you understand just how much people have gone through in the time it has taken to even find out who the Duke is. I guarantee you that after reading this book, regardless of if you read the first 3, you will be desperate to read the final book in the series, A Duke in December.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.