Published by Suzanna Medeiros on January 25th 2016
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Robert Milton’s future as the valet to the Duke of Beckworth is uncertain. His employer has died, leaving no heir in sight. When Robert’s mother also dies, he discovers that her companion has taken over her household.
Isabel Durham’s dream of gaining her independence is almost a reality, but her cousin is determined to see her married to a wealthy but much-older man. Robert’s arrival in London is the answer to her prayers. Neither can deny the very real attraction sizzling between them and if he ruins her, she’ll be free of the unwanted marriage.
But Robert’s very existence has proven to him that romantic entanglements are to be avoided at all costs. His desire for Isabel could cost him the one thing he’s vowed never to lose—his heart.
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~~
Forbidden in February by Suzanna Medeiros is the second book in the Year Without a Duke Series. There are 5 books in the series and each one is written by a different author.
This story revolves around the valet of the late Duke of Beckworth. Robert Milton hasn’t seen his mother in two years despite her writing to tell him that she was very ill and that her death was imminent. He didn’t believe her because she was always trying to get him home to convince him to meet up with his estranged father. Sadly, his mother was telling the truth, and Robert receives a letter from a solicitor telling him of his mother’s death. Upon receiving the letter Robert has to go to his mother’s house to sort everything out, including laying off the staff.
Isabel Durham was the paid companion to Robert’s mother. After the woman’s death she has stayed on in the house overseeing things and waiting for Robert to come and take over the responsibility of the house and staff. She wasn’t sure when he would come, but knew that he must. Money was running out, and she hoped he would arrive in time to look after things before the staff couldn’t be paid any more.
Unfortunately Robert knew nothing about his mother’s companion so when he discovers her in the house he assumes she is a woman of loose morals that his mother had hired in the hope of setting then up together. He finds her quite attractive and when he makes an offer of having an affair with her, she is horrified, and that starts their relationship off on a very bad foot.
The following story tells about things Robert finds out both about his mother, and about Isabel. It also tells about how he and Isabel get past their bad start to discover that they actually like each other. They both have complicated pasts, and although they are strongly attracted to each other, they don’t know if they could be anything other than friends.
It’s quite a short story, but a very enjoyable one. There were some quite emotional and passionate scenes, and some lovely feel good moments. We still don’t know any more about the missing Duke, but we do know that if he doesn’t have his own valet, he won’t be having Robert. Why not?? You will have to read the book to find out.
I Voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book.