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Get swept away by a Regency romance of broken engagements, second chances, and stolen kisses from the author whom Publishers Weekly calls "irresistible". After her third fiancé leaves her at the altar, Lenora Hartley is beginning to think she's cursed. One thing's for certain: she needs to escape London and her father's tyrannical attempts to find her yet another suitor. Th Get swept away by a Regency romance of broken engagements, second chances, and stolen kisses from the author whom Publishers Weekly calls "irresistible". After her third fiancé leaves her at the altar, Lenora Hartley is beginning to think she's cursed. One thing's for certain: she needs to escape London and her father's tyrannical attempts to find her yet another suitor. The Isle of Synne, an isolated and idyllic retreat off Britain's northern coast, is blessedly far from society's gossip, but it also carries haunting reminders of her first fiancé. Letting go of the past to find happiness seems impossible—until Lenora is thrown in the path of a gruff, mysterious blue-eyed man who makes her pulse race. Next in line for a dukedom he doesn't want to inherit, Peter Ashford is only on the isle to exact revenge on the man who is responsible for his mother's death. Once he's completed the task, he'll return to America where his life can finally be his own. Yet when he meets the beautiful and kind Miss Hartley, he can't help but be drawn to her. Can Peter put aside his plans for vengeance for the woman who has come to mean everything to him?


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Get swept away by a Regency romance of broken engagements, second chances, and stolen kisses from the author whom Publishers Weekly calls "irresistible". After her third fiancé leaves her at the altar, Lenora Hartley is beginning to think she's cursed. One thing's for certain: she needs to escape London and her father's tyrannical attempts to find her yet another suitor. Th Get swept away by a Regency romance of broken engagements, second chances, and stolen kisses from the author whom Publishers Weekly calls "irresistible". After her third fiancé leaves her at the altar, Lenora Hartley is beginning to think she's cursed. One thing's for certain: she needs to escape London and her father's tyrannical attempts to find her yet another suitor. The Isle of Synne, an isolated and idyllic retreat off Britain's northern coast, is blessedly far from society's gossip, but it also carries haunting reminders of her first fiancé. Letting go of the past to find happiness seems impossible—until Lenora is thrown in the path of a gruff, mysterious blue-eyed man who makes her pulse race. Next in line for a dukedom he doesn't want to inherit, Peter Ashford is only on the isle to exact revenge on the man who is responsible for his mother's death. Once he's completed the task, he'll return to America where his life can finally be his own. Yet when he meets the beautiful and kind Miss Hartley, he can't help but be drawn to her. Can Peter put aside his plans for vengeance for the woman who has come to mean everything to him?

30 review for A Good Duke is Hard to Find

  1. 5 out of 5

    Renaissance Kate

    When I saw this book is the first in a historical romance series, I immediately requested the ARC with the hope of finding a new series I could continue to follow. Plus, the red-orange hues on the cover are gorgeous! After being jilted at the altar and therefore facing her third failed engagement, Lenora Hartley retreats to the idyllic Isle of Synne with her dear friend, Margery. Despite the isle’s beauty, it holds memories both fond and haunting for Lenora, who spent much of her youth there visi When I saw this book is the first in a historical romance series, I immediately requested the ARC with the hope of finding a new series I could continue to follow. Plus, the red-orange hues on the cover are gorgeous! After being jilted at the altar and therefore facing her third failed engagement, Lenora Hartley retreats to the idyllic Isle of Synne with her dear friend, Margery. Despite the isle’s beauty, it holds memories both fond and haunting for Lenora, who spent much of her youth there visiting Margery’s grandmother, Lady Tesh. When the young women arrive, they find Lady Tesh is already hosting the stoic Peter Ashford, who has returned from Boston to inherit a dukedom. With revenge on his mind, the last thing Peter expects is to fall for Lenora. As his growing feelings make him question the mission he’s been set on fulfilling since he left England as a child, so does Lenora struggle with her affection for Peter as she wrestles with guilt around her past actions and failures. I loved the opening chapters of this book as Lenora’s heartwarming friendship with Margary is established, a contrast to her tense relationship with her cruel father. I admired Lenora’s resilience and grace as she struggles not only with the shame of three failed engagements, but also with a dark secret she’s never told anyone that she will have to face upon her return to the isle. Peter, on the other hand, was a lot more difficult to like. His grumpiness went from potentially endearing to completely exasperating. He is stubborn to the point of being pigheaded, insists on vengeance even when it’s clear better options are available, and is unnecessarily rude to our heroine and side characters on multiple occasions. Aside from a couple of scenes here and there, I had a difficult time rooting for Peter and Lenora to end up together. In my opinion, she was too good for him. Our cast of side characters helped make this book shine and definitely piqued my interest regarding the upcoming books in this series. I grew fond of the tenacious Lady Tesh and her canine companion, Freya, and was excited to learn the next book will be about Peter’s charismatic friend, Mr. Quincy Nesbitt. I’m also hoping sweet Margery will get a book of her own because she deserves a happy ending! Regarding the conflict, most of it is based on internal struggles – vengeance vs. forgiveness, facing the past vs. running from it – that made the stakes seem pretty low. Many of the issues could have been resolved with better communication between characters. Any additional conflict, from a terrible storm hitting the isle to the arrival of a new suitor for Lenora, always seemed temporary rather than insurmountable. The setting on the Isle of Synne is absolutely magical, and I enjoyed exploring its picturesque cliffs and serene forests, wondering why the characters would want to live anywhere else. The author also tries to weave a tale about the isle’s past into the story, but unfortunately it falls flat. Clearly meant to parallel Lenora’s and Peter’s relationship, the legend tells the story of a young woman named Synne falling in love with a viking. Like Peter, this viking is a jerk; and like Lenora, Synne forgives him. Lenora may call Peter her “viking” throughout the book, but otherwise the legend of Synne didn’t add much to the story. Overall I wouldn’t say I loved this book, but I’m definitely intrigued enough by its characters and setting to come back for more. Christina Britton is truly a talented writer, and I can’t wait to see what this series has next! Thank you to Forever (Grand Central Publishing) via Netgalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    b.andherbooks

    I was utterly delighted with this new series from Britton! A vengeful, yet sad young man who is now the presumptive heir of the Duke of the Isle of Synne returns only to exact his revenge (NO HEIRS FOR YOU). He isn't expecting to find the beautiful and also sad society miss who's been jilted three times living with the woman who helped him and his dead mother all those years ago. Fun Norse inspired mythology paired with a gorgeous setting I felt MUST be like the Isle of Skye, this was so much fun I was utterly delighted with this new series from Britton! A vengeful, yet sad young man who is now the presumptive heir of the Duke of the Isle of Synne returns only to exact his revenge (NO HEIRS FOR YOU). He isn't expecting to find the beautiful and also sad society miss who's been jilted three times living with the woman who helped him and his dead mother all those years ago. Fun Norse inspired mythology paired with a gorgeous setting I felt MUST be like the Isle of Skye, this was so much fun. Stay tuned for my full review on Library Journal. Thank you to LJ and Netgalley for the ARC.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    2.5 stars. This was just okay for me, but I did enjoy the last half somewhat more. I liked the setting on the Isle of Synne--always nice to have settings other than London for variety. The characters were fine, but I didn't have strong feelings for either one. Peter annoyed me a good deal in the beginning, but of course he had reformed by the end! I have no complaints about the writing style, so I think what made this one not stick out to me was that there really wasn't much of a plot. It did pi 2.5 stars. This was just okay for me, but I did enjoy the last half somewhat more. I liked the setting on the Isle of Synne--always nice to have settings other than London for variety. The characters were fine, but I didn't have strong feelings for either one. Peter annoyed me a good deal in the beginning, but of course he had reformed by the end! I have no complaints about the writing style, so I think what made this one not stick out to me was that there really wasn't much of a plot. It did pick up a bit in the last half--once the fiance that Lenora's father picked for her showed up. But the story is driven much more by the characters' emotional journeys (Lenora getting past her guilt about her first engagement, Peter getting over his thirst for vengeance) than by much of an external plot. I like a bit more robust plot with more action, so this was a bit too quiet for me, but if you like a more emotion-driven story you might enjoy this one. I may or may not read the second book in the series, since I did enjoy the writing style and it appears to involve a fake engagement, which I always love! *I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: Isle of Synne #1 Publication Date: 6/30/20 Number of Pages: 384 *** 3.5 Stars Rounded Up *** Lenora Hartley’s journey to her HEA has been a tough one. She’s been left at the altar three times in as many years. None of them was her fault – one died in an accident, one eloped with someone else, and one left for the continent after a duel. Then, there is her father to contend with. He’s dead-set on marrying her off to his advantage – believe me, the man makes Simon Legree look like a saint. The Series: Isle of Synne #1 Publication Date: 6/30/20 Number of Pages: 384 *** 3.5 Stars Rounded Up *** Lenora Hartley’s journey to her HEA has been a tough one. She’s been left at the altar three times in as many years. None of them was her fault – one died in an accident, one eloped with someone else, and one left for the continent after a duel. Then, there is her father to contend with. He’s dead-set on marrying her off to his advantage – believe me, the man makes Simon Legree look like a saint. The poor woman deserves a summer break on the Isle of Synne to recover from the latest wedding debacle and her friend Margery is just the one to see that she gets there. The Isle is also where she hopes to confront and make peace with her guilt over her first fiancé. I like a grumpy, curmudgeonly hero on occasion, but Peter Ashford really put that to the test. He wasn’t just grumpy, he was rude, hurtful, and bent on revenge no matter who it hurt – and I think he hung on to that way, way too long. When Peter was thirteen, he went to the Duke of Dane for help in saving his mother. When the duke turned him away and his mother subsequently died, Peter blamed the duke and vowed revenge. It has taken him thirteen years in America to make his fortune and return to England to exact vengeance upon the duke. The duke’s only son and heir died three years ago in an accident, the duke is gravely ill, and now Peter is the heir to the dukedom. Oh! Yes! He’ll get his pound of flesh now. I liked the story well enough, but revenge is never my favorite trope – mostly because the person seeking revenge usually plans to hurt some innocent person in order to get back at the person they really want to hurt. I’ve never gotten how that is supposed to make sense. I thought it was well-written (though a bit draggy in spots), and I really liked the secondary characters – especially Quinton (Peter’s best friend), and Lady Tesh. I thought it had a lot of emotions and it was interesting to watch Peter try to figure out how to deal with those and come up with a HEA for himself and Lenora. I liked Quincy much better than Peter, so I’m really looking forward to the next book which will feature him. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    A Good Duke Is Hard To Find by Christina Britton was ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! It's my first historical romance for a long time! I absolutely love this genre but there were just so many other books I've to read first. Anyway... I accidentally found this book when Forever shared a tweet about the possibility to get an ARC of it on Netgalley. So I took the chance and got a copy! Yay! The cover AND then the blurb totally got me HOOKED and I instantly HAD TO START this book! OMG! And I'm sooooooo happy tha A Good Duke Is Hard To Find by Christina Britton was ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! It's my first historical romance for a long time! I absolutely love this genre but there were just so many other books I've to read first. Anyway... I accidentally found this book when Forever shared a tweet about the possibility to get an ARC of it on Netgalley. So I took the chance and got a copy! Yay! The cover AND then the blurb totally got me HOOKED and I instantly HAD TO START this book! OMG! And I'm sooooooo happy that I read it! A Good Duke Is Hard To Find is a BRILLIANT book full of wonderful characters like Lenora and Peter (the main characters), Margery, Lady Tesh and so on. I got this special connection to Lenora Hartley right from the start. After her third broken engagement she spends some time at the Isle of Synne where she accidentally meets Peter Ashford. Well I don't wanna tell you too much about the whole story. You just have to experience this wonderful book for yourself... but... Awwwww! Mr. Ashford! Be still my beating heart! YES! I definitely have to swoon about him! OMG! Lenora and Peter are like fire and ice, really oppositional, but the more time they spend together the more they just realize how much they enjoy the company of each other. OMG this tension between them was definitely PALPABLE! I got goose bumps everywhere because sometimes they reminded me of Mr. Darcy & Elizabeth which is awesome! Awwwww and everything they've to deal with! *Swoon ALERT* SO all in all I can say that I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK and it had EVERYTHING I didn't even know I needed it my life right now! It's such a wonderful love story and it's definitely not my last book by Christina Britton! Thank you so much Netgalley and Forever for the chance to read it! ♡♡♡

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ami

    After her third fiancé left her in the altar – yes, that’s THREE failed engagements – Lenora Hartley decides to escape London to The Isle of Synne, an isolated and idyllic retreat off Britain's northern coast where she spends a lot of her girlhood there. An island that also carries the memory of her first fiancé (now deceased). Meanwhile, Peter Ashford comes to Synne to pay long time debts as well as ensure his revenge to Duke of Dane, whom Peter thinks solely responsible to the death of her mot After her third fiancé left her in the altar – yes, that’s THREE failed engagements – Lenora Hartley decides to escape London to The Isle of Synne, an isolated and idyllic retreat off Britain's northern coast where she spends a lot of her girlhood there. An island that also carries the memory of her first fiancé (now deceased). Meanwhile, Peter Ashford comes to Synne to pay long time debts as well as ensure his revenge to Duke of Dane, whom Peter thinks solely responsible to the death of her mother thirteen years previous. Before Peter ran away to America and makes his own success story. He has no intention to stay in the island, but he is rather manipulated by his great-aunt, Lady Tesh, to spend a month. And when Peter meets Lenora, who is Lady Tesh’s guest, he starts to wonder if he should forego his plan of revenge. This is my first Christina Britton’s and I think it’s successfully making me eagerly wait for book #2 coming next year. I liked the set-up; Lenora with her failed engagements, Peter who wants nothing of dukedom that will fall into his responsibility… and well these are just two wonderful people! Lenora has been living under her tyrannical, one who controls almost every aspect of her live, including who to marry. With Peter, Lenora learns that someone can appreciate her for who she is, including how she choose NOT to drink tea *smile*. I think, for the first time, Lenora feels that she can be loved. While Peter learns to let old hate goes with Lenora… if we take out his need for revenge out of the equation, Peter is a kind and pretty stand-up guy. Sure, he is roped to stay at Synne, but he doesn’t back down from his promise. I found it very entertaining to see Peter – who live as “common” people in America, dealing with dinners and balls in England *laugh*. This book also brings me a teary-eyes moment, in regards to Peter and the Duke of Dane. I like the romance – and well, Peter makes a fine grand gesture to apologize to Lenora in the end. The epilogue is lovely. I also enjoy the secondary characters, most notably Lady Tesh. She’s a great matriarch character for sure, and not at all annoying *grin*. So yes, I look forward to the next book about Peter’s best friend, Quincy, and Lady Clara… A Guest Review for The Blogger Girls The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    A Good Duke is Hard to Find features a wonderful romance between a woman cursed in love and a duke’s heir out for revenge. After being jilted by her third fiancé, Lenora Hartley decides to take a break from London and her father’s attempts to find her another match. The Isle of Synne, an isolated island off Britain’s northern coast, is exactly the right place to avoid the gossip. But soon after arriving, she runs into a mysterious man who attracts her far more than she expected. Peter Ashford is A Good Duke is Hard to Find features a wonderful romance between a woman cursed in love and a duke’s heir out for revenge. After being jilted by her third fiancé, Lenora Hartley decides to take a break from London and her father’s attempts to find her another match. The Isle of Synne, an isolated island off Britain’s northern coast, is exactly the right place to avoid the gossip. But soon after arriving, she runs into a mysterious man who attracts her far more than she expected. Peter Ashford is set to inherit a dukedom he doesn’t want, but his only thoughts are of getting revenge on the man who let his mother die. Determined to ruin the man and his legacy, he heads to the Isle of Synne to set his revenge in motion. But once there, he meets Miss Hartley who has him questioning all of his plans. Lenora was an intriguing character and one I was interested to learn more about after seeing she had three failed engagements. It quickly becomes clear Lenora’s father plans to use a marriage to Lenora to further his own political career and Lenora has had very little input on her betrothals. It was easy to feel for Lenora in her situation and I think my one complaint about her character was how long it took for her to stand up for herself. Peter left England thirteen years ago after the death of his mother and it is only his own sense of debt to the woman who helped his mother that has him returning now. Peter’s situation as a child was heartbreaking and it definitely made it easier to understand why he was so hell-bent on revenge. Lenora and Peter’s relationship was very much an opposites attract romance with the added bit of forced proximity due to the small isle they’re on. Peter is definitely a pessimistic person compared to Lenora, but as a fan of the grumpy-sunshine trope, that worked for me. Both Lenora and Peter have issues opening up to others which meant it took a while for their romance to progress. Plus, with Lenora’s father arranging another betrothal for her, she knows she’s not entirely free to follow her heart and Peter’s quest for revenge means he has no plans to marry. My one issue with their romance was how long it took for both of them to admit that their relationship was something they wanted. They definitely admitted their attraction to each other right away, but it took much longer for them to admit they wanted more. Overall A Good Duke is Hard to Find was a very enjoyable read and I will definitely be picking up the second book in the series, Someday My Duke Will Come, when it releases next year. **I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    The third time is definitely not the charm for Lenora. She has been engaged three times and still, she remains unmarried. With her father furious at her for putting him in this situation... again, she decided to escape London with her dear friend and go back to the Isle of Synne. She has always felt at peace on the Isle. Lenora must wait for her father to save her reputation and match her with someone else that will aid his career and pocketbook. She knows she can never have a love match, but ma The third time is definitely not the charm for Lenora. She has been engaged three times and still, she remains unmarried. With her father furious at her for putting him in this situation... again, she decided to escape London with her dear friend and go back to the Isle of Synne. She has always felt at peace on the Isle. Lenora must wait for her father to save her reputation and match her with someone else that will aid his career and pocketbook. She knows she can never have a love match, but maybe for a small-time, she might find a little joy revisiting her past. When her friend's cousin shows up, the tall wild Viking makes her feel like maybe Peter is hell-bent on getting revenge on his uncle for the crime he committed. He has plotted against the man since the day he sent him off without aiding Peter's dying mother. Now, he can only think of one thing... inheriting the man's dukedom and destroying it so it returns to the crown. Nothing will get in way of his plan. But, when he is forced to make good on an old promise, everything he has used to fuel his revenge starts to unravel. Can he let go of the driving force that has held him together for so long? While I thought the main characters in this book were good, there was just something a little lacking for me. It was still an enjoyable read. This was book one in the new Isle of Synne series by Christina Britton. I'm interested to see how this series continues. I am A Good Duke Is Hard To Find a 3.5/5 stars A huge thank you to NetGalley and Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for letting me read an advance copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    aarya

    DNF at 34% I don’t think this is a bad book, I just think it’s not for me. I was ridiculously bored after the first third; it wouldn’t be fair to the book if I continued forcing myself to read until the end. The writing style is decent, but I felt no emotional connection to the characters or their romantic relationship. I get it, the hero must pursue his revenge at all costs even though it’s glaringly obvious from page 20 that his hatred is unwarranted and he’ll eventually forgive his “enemy” at DNF at 34% I don’t think this is a bad book, I just think it’s not for me. I was ridiculously bored after the first third; it wouldn’t be fair to the book if I continued forcing myself to read until the end. The writing style is decent, but I felt no emotional connection to the characters or their romantic relationship. I get it, the hero must pursue his revenge at all costs even though it’s glaringly obvious from page 20 that his hatred is unwarranted and he’ll eventually forgive his “enemy” at the behest of the heroine/after learning something the reader predicted (I didn’t guess the exact details but I came close. At the very least, you’ll know that his vengeance is unfair/misguided from the beginning). I skimmed ahead and, yep, that is in fact what happens. YMMV, so read other reviews and a sample to see if this would be a better read for you. Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Liz Sergent

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an honest review. Lenora has had it rough, three times left at the altar much to her fathers demise. She just wants peace away from society's gossip. So she goes to the Isle of Synne with her friend Margary. While there with friends she runs into Peter who has agreed to stay at the Isle of Synne for one month. This was an enjoyable read, I loved these characters and seeing their happily ever after through.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tabitha

    A Good Duke is Hard to Find was a great read with an original concept that brought something new to the historical romance and Regency romance genres. Miss Lenora Hartley, despite her beauty and gentle breeding, has suffered the embarrassment of being left at the alter (or well before it) no less than three times - three times too many for her coldly distant father. To avoid yet another scandal, Lenora and her lifelong friend, Margery, return to the Isle of Synne to await her newest suitor per h A Good Duke is Hard to Find was a great read with an original concept that brought something new to the historical romance and Regency romance genres. Miss Lenora Hartley, despite her beauty and gentle breeding, has suffered the embarrassment of being left at the alter (or well before it) no less than three times - three times too many for her coldly distant father. To avoid yet another scandal, Lenora and her lifelong friend, Margery, return to the Isle of Synne to await her newest suitor per her father’s edict. Lenora intends to spend her time on the Isle reconnecting with Margery’s high-spirited grandmother, Lady Tesh, and making peace with the memories of her first fiancé who met an untimely death there. She has no reason to suspect that this visit would go anything less than according to plan, however, fate has other things in store. Enter Mr. Peter Ashford, reluctant heir to the man who turned himself and his sick mother away at the tender age of thirteen. After spending the last thirteen years in America bitterly swearing revenge for his mother’s death, Peter has returned to the Isle to see his debts paid and his vengeance come to fruition. He never expected to meet his match in Lenora and certainly never thought that his head could be turned from the course he’d been pursuing for over a decade. As their longing grows for one another, Lenora and Peter must decide whether to linger in the past or look forward to the future. I loved Lenora and Peter together. Theirs was an instant attraction, although they both denied it. But once they got together – fireworks. Both characters suffered their own tragedies and heartaches. Both characters had to learn how to live again. I enjoyed seeing them get their happily ever after. Definitely recommend! *ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  12. 5 out of 5

    Estela

    Starring Miss Lenora Hartley and Peter Ashford, heir to the Duke of Dane. Revenge trope. This was my first Christina Britton experience and I absolutely loved it. This story was an emotional roller coaster and I enjoyed every second of the ride. I will definitely be looking for more of Christina Britton’s books. Peter is the ultimate moody and broody hero. He’s got a lot on his plate... death bed promise... revenge... so the last thing he needs is to fall in love. But there’s something about Leno Starring Miss Lenora Hartley and Peter Ashford, heir to the Duke of Dane. Revenge trope. This was my first Christina Britton experience and I absolutely loved it. This story was an emotional roller coaster and I enjoyed every second of the ride. I will definitely be looking for more of Christina Britton’s books. Peter is the ultimate moody and broody hero. He’s got a lot on his plate... death bed promise... revenge... so the last thing he needs is to fall in love. But there’s something about Lenora that’s making his heart crack and open up to her. Suddenly he’s feeling protective, possessive... and this slip of a girl is constantly making him blush. I love that!! Peter may come out a little rude and standoffish in the beginning... but he’s a worthy hero. I was cheering for him!! Lenora has bad luck when it comes to fiancés... one died and 2 jilted her. She thinks she doesn’t deserve to find love and so she’s closed off her heart. But the minute she bumps into Peter she’s fascinated and curious... and wants to rescue him at every turn. Lenora broke my heart a little. I was so happy that she came into her own at the end of the book. This heroine has a backbone and I was also rooting for her. Lenora and Peter are a wonderful couple who gave me all the wonderful feels. They’re pretty happening on the sexual tension level. I was so happy that they got their HEA. This is the first book in the Isle of Synne series and it’s starting strong. Can’t wait to see who else is getting a story. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily review it and the comments are 100% my own. My star rating: 5 stars Ugly cried AF. Major book hangover. Characters and storyline were freaken amazeballs. Made me wanna hug the author for writing a book that gave me all the feels!! Will definitely be re-reading this story over and over and over again!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carole Burant

    I thought this was such a beautiful read, very heartwarming and proof that there's always hope of love, even when you're not looking for it or think you don't deserve it. Lenora escapes London to the Isle of Synne, where she spent lovely times growing up, to get away from yet another scandal. Being left at the altar is nothing new for Lenora and it's a good thing her heart wasn't affected since they were marriages arranged by her father. Being back on the Isle of Synne brings back a lot of good m I thought this was such a beautiful read, very heartwarming and proof that there's always hope of love, even when you're not looking for it or think you don't deserve it. Lenora escapes London to the Isle of Synne, where she spent lovely times growing up, to get away from yet another scandal. Being left at the altar is nothing new for Lenora and it's a good thing her heart wasn't affected since they were marriages arranged by her father. Being back on the Isle of Synne brings back a lot of good memories but also some heartbreaking ones which she is keeping secret. Peter is man bent on revenge and has spent the last 13 years plotting to ruin the man who refused to help his mother when she lay dying. Back on the Isle of Synne to pay off a debt, he meets Lenora and finds himself fighting his attraction to her. He should only be concentrating on his planned revenge and anyway, he's vowed never to marry or have a family. Some angst and heartbreak will occur before these two find their HEA. Secrets will be revealed. Standing up for oneself will occur. Forgiveness will occur. True love and peace will finally be in their hands. I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Lenora has now had 3 broken engagements. She needs to escape London and the humiliation. She visits the Isle of Synne with her best friend. Its not the peaceful retreat she needs, as it holds the most memories of her now dead first fiance, but she still finds distraction in a visitor from America. Peter is in line for the Dukedom in charge of the Isle of Synne, but he has no desire to take up the mantle. He is only here to take revenge against the duke that wronged him and his mother so many year Lenora has now had 3 broken engagements. She needs to escape London and the humiliation. She visits the Isle of Synne with her best friend. Its not the peaceful retreat she needs, as it holds the most memories of her now dead first fiance, but she still finds distraction in a visitor from America. Peter is in line for the Dukedom in charge of the Isle of Synne, but he has no desire to take up the mantle. He is only here to take revenge against the duke that wronged him and his mother so many years ago. He keeps letting his plans for vengeance slip because of Lenora's distracting presence. This is my first Christina Britton. I love the cover. The writing had me laughing in some parts. I really should have loved most everything about this book. They are together pretty much the whole book spending time together. There's no crazy active plot to take me away from the romance. The hero is a bit grumpy. The heroine has had multiple failed engagements (I don't know why I love that but I do haha!) Perhaps it's just the world right now getting to me and I'm in a bad mood. I don't know. But I didn't love this book. I liked Lenora for the most part. But I didn't like Peter. He was too focused on his revenge and held on to it for too long. Lenora too had her secrets. I think between both of them with their secrets and plots, it was just going on too long. They were also very awkward together. The awkwardness seemed to last through most of the book too. They didn't seem to know each other at all and I felt like they felt 'love' too soon. Especially Lenora. I didn't see how she got there, really. I didn't feel much tension between the two of the them past the beginning quarter of the book. I guess I was hoping for more steam too, though it's not a deal breaker for me. I also thought the ending, instead of pulling them closer together which I really thought it needed, seemed to go on and on about all the drama coming to a close. Lenora's secrets, a returned fiance, Peter's revenge. I just didn't care about any of it, sadly. I did smile and laugh at a few parts and I was VERY interested in the side character Quincy Nesbitt. What a name, huh?? But still, I will definitely give that book a try when it comes out. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC. All feelings and opinions about this book are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay pinkcowlandreads

    ***WANTED*** *Large Viking like man returns to the Ilse of Synne to enact revenge on the family that denied him years ago. Could you be the one to help me bring down my vengeance? *Three time fiancee is looking for a new groom who will choose her for her… not what her father can give them. Fourth times the charm! *** What interesting characters! An Americanized Brit with viking ancestry is our delicious hero, Peter Ashford. He has arrived not heIsle to pay a debt to his aunt and inform his uncle of ***WANTED*** *Large Viking like man returns to the Ilse of Synne to enact revenge on the family that denied him years ago. Could you be the one to help me bring down my vengeance? *Three time fiancee is looking for a new groom who will choose her for her… not what her father can give them. Fourth times the charm! *** What interesting characters! An Americanized Brit with viking ancestry is our delicious hero, Peter Ashford. He has arrived not heIsle to pay a debt to his aunt and inform his uncle of his plans for vengeance. Our Heroine, Lenora Hartley has lost three fiancees and has come to the Isle to lick her wounds, while her father attempts to find her another groom. She bumps into Peter upon her arrival and he takes up much of her time and thoughts onward. This first book in Christina Brittion’s new series starts off great; captivating characters, intriguing landscapes, plenty of sparks! Revenge and redemption play a heavy role in the plot of this book and motivates our heroine and hero’s choices. Their honest banter, in a time where superficial relationships are the norm and the obvious chemistry was fun to read. I really enjoyed this book and the pages just disappeared as I read late into the night, not willing to put it down! This was a perfect start to a new series and I am already looking forward to seeing some of these characters again in the next instalment. A Good Duke Is Hard to Find by Christina Britton is scheduled to release June 30th, 2020. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Forever (Grand Central Publishing) through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Blog link: https://pinkcowlandreads.blogspot.com... #AGoodDukeIsHardtoFind #ChristinaBritton #Netgalley #pinkcowlandreads

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    I saw that this book was available on read now during the lockdown, and I’m always on the lookout for more historical romances, so thought this would be one for me. I really enjoyed the setting of the Isle of Synne, and the historical aspect of the origins of the island were wonderfully woven into the story of Lenora and Peter. Peter Ashford is the heir to the Dukedom of Dane, and actively despises the current duke, so is happy to allow the dukedom to fall into ruin on the duke’s death. However, I saw that this book was available on read now during the lockdown, and I’m always on the lookout for more historical romances, so thought this would be one for me. I really enjoyed the setting of the Isle of Synne, and the historical aspect of the origins of the island were wonderfully woven into the story of Lenora and Peter. Peter Ashford is the heir to the Dukedom of Dane, and actively despises the current duke, so is happy to allow the dukedom to fall into ruin on the duke’s death. However, he’s fulfilling a promise to his late mother to spend time with his great aunt, Lady Tesh, and while there, he meets his cousin, Mrs Kitteridge, and her friend, Miss Lenora Hartley. Lenora is fleeing after her third failed engagement, and trying to bide time until her father foists another fiancé on her. Her and Peter clash from the get go, but soon realise that with one another, they bring out the best in each other, and it’s only when a new suitor appears for Lenora that both are willing to own up to their feelings properly. All in all, this was a really great historical romance, and I look forward to more from this author.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Niki

    After being left at the alter by her third fiancé, Miss Lenora Hartley is at her wit’s end. She’s only sure of her need to escape London and her father’s obsessive determination to find her yet another suitor. She joins her best friend, Margery, and her grandmother, on the Isle of Synne, isolated off Britain’s northern coast. There Lenora can escape society’s judgments and her father’s threats, but she must also face the ghost of her first fiancé and the guilt she feels surrounding his death. Le After being left at the alter by her third fiancé, Miss Lenora Hartley is at her wit’s end. She’s only sure of her need to escape London and her father’s obsessive determination to find her yet another suitor. She joins her best friend, Margery, and her grandmother, on the Isle of Synne, isolated off Britain’s northern coast. There Lenora can escape society’s judgments and her father’s threats, but she must also face the ghost of her first fiancé and the guilt she feels surrounding his death. Lenora certainly doesn’t expect happiness, but all that changes when she meets a mysterious stranger who causes flutters she’s never experienced before. Returned to England as the heir to a dukedom he has no interest in, Peter Ashford is only focus on taking his revenge against the man who refused him the aide that could have saved his dying mother. As soon as that’s finished, he plans to return to America with all of his debts wiped clean. But when he inadvertently meets Miss Lenora Hartley, he can’t help his almost immediate attraction to her. He must determine if he can give up his need for revenge in exchange for the happiness that has continually eluded him with the woman he’s come to love. This was a really sweet story. I loved that Peter was such a grumpy hero and that he showed so much development over the course of the book. I was happy Lenora finally learned to stand up for herself and make her own decisions. This was definitely a slow burn and I think Peter gave up too easily there for a while. I would’ve liked to see more of that tension between Peter and Lenora continue instead of stalling out and restarting later. I also wish Lenora had let go of her secrets and guilt sooner because this got a bit repetitive to read after a while. Similarly, Peter’s focus on his revenge got a bit old and perhaps went on too long. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the emotion in this book and the writing and scenery descriptions were lovely. I was very interested in the supporting characters here and will be continuing this series. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Stacee

    I was excited for this synopsis and the promise of a new-to-me author and sadly I’m a bit disappointed. I liked Lenora well enough. She’s spent so much of her time being the dutiful daughter that she doesn’t seem to have her own personality. Peter has a past hurt and is so blinded by revenge, he turns away from niceties. It took a while for the both of them to warm up to anything and open up. Of course Lady Tesh is delightful and Peter’s friend Quincy stole every scene. Plot wise, it was tedious I was excited for this synopsis and the promise of a new-to-me author and sadly I’m a bit disappointed. I liked Lenora well enough. She’s spent so much of her time being the dutiful daughter that she doesn’t seem to have her own personality. Peter has a past hurt and is so blinded by revenge, he turns away from niceties. It took a while for the both of them to warm up to anything and open up. Of course Lady Tesh is delightful and Peter’s friend Quincy stole every scene. Plot wise, it was tedious. There’s a lot of inner monologue and not much movement in the actual story. The second half of the book was stronger, but still very repetitive. Overall, I was curious to see how it would end, but I could have easily set it down and left it unfinished. **Huge thanks to Forever for providing the arc free of charge**

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Grogan

    This is the first book I’ve read by this author and although it wasn’t necessarily my cup of tea, I will give the next book in the series a shot. I LOVE a grumpy hero and I liked Peter well enough but the revenge plot got old when it was obvious the Duke wasn’t as bad of a guy as he thought. Lenora’s hang up on her previous fiancé got a tad old, too. The absolute best thing about this book was the side characters. I found them all to be very delightful and actually kind of wanted to read about t This is the first book I’ve read by this author and although it wasn’t necessarily my cup of tea, I will give the next book in the series a shot. I LOVE a grumpy hero and I liked Peter well enough but the revenge plot got old when it was obvious the Duke wasn’t as bad of a guy as he thought. Lenora’s hang up on her previous fiancé got a tad old, too. The absolute best thing about this book was the side characters. I found them all to be very delightful and actually kind of wanted to read about them instead. *I received an eARC from the publisher and NetGalley in exchanges for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    nick

    3.5/5 Really enjoyed the setting. Was hoping for a bit more emotional connection between the couple, however. Overall, I'm interested in continuing on with the series though!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mary Gallo

    This was an interesting story but the title isn't accurate. The hero in the story is not a duke. He wasn't raised a duke or to be a duke. He is the last heir in a line if heirs that have died and he has been living in America the last 13 years. He came back to tell the dying duke that he will let dukedom fall to pieces and neglect the duke's family because the duke didn't help him when he was 13 and his mother was dying. The heroine is a lady who has been engaged 3 times and 1 engagement ended i This was an interesting story but the title isn't accurate. The hero in the story is not a duke. He wasn't raised a duke or to be a duke. He is the last heir in a line if heirs that have died and he has been living in America the last 13 years. He came back to tell the dying duke that he will let dukedom fall to pieces and neglect the duke's family because the duke didn't help him when he was 13 and his mother was dying. The heroine is a lady who has been engaged 3 times and 1 engagement ended in a jilting at the altar. Since the hero was not raised to be a duke, he doesn't act like one, nor does he act like an heir. He acts like the working man he is. This plot is odd, but the rest of the story is very good. It is well written, although there seems to be too much antagonism and unnecessary angst between the characters. They need to communicate better. The characters are likeable; the heroine is in a bad situation and she overcomes with grace and dignity. The hero. What can I say but that he is a man who lets his pride get in the way. But not to the point that he loses everything. The grammar and spelling were correct and the speech patterns seemed correct for the time period, formal and exact. While I feel that the title wasn't correct, the rest of the book fell in line, with a smooth read and enjoyable description of the area. The heroine was a party girl ( fashion, dancing, balls), but she has to dig deep at the end to survive where most ladies of the time period ould not have done. This story is a recommended read with 4.5 stars.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Pat Dupuy

    I enjoyed the characters and the unfolding story. I find it appealing that the hero is so self sufficient, confident, and successful as an adult, yet so incredibly insecure when it comes to the social graces. He is baffled by all the courses of a meal, all the utensils required for dining. He never learned to dance. His wardrobe lacks clothing suitable for social engagements. Of course, this is an area of his life he purposely neglected. The heroine is a kind soul who has had a run of bad luck f I enjoyed the characters and the unfolding story. I find it appealing that the hero is so self sufficient, confident, and successful as an adult, yet so incredibly insecure when it comes to the social graces. He is baffled by all the courses of a meal, all the utensils required for dining. He never learned to dance. His wardrobe lacks clothing suitable for social engagements. Of course, this is an area of his life he purposely neglected. The heroine is a kind soul who has had a run of bad luck fiance'wise. And the bad luck to have the controlling father she has. The two meet, clash, aid, abet, and go through all the emotions involved in love and misunderstanding.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ghazal

    I received an ARC of "A Good Duke Is Hard to Find" by Christina Britton from Netgalley. Miss Lenora Hartley is left at the altar when her groom goes to fight a duel, her third fiancee to not marry her. Peter Ashford has taken 13 years to pay off debts he believes he owes his family. They both happen to be staying at LadyTesh's home, godmother to Lenora and grand aunt to Peter, who also now happens to be heir to the Duke. The story moves beautifully ss they learn to love and forgive.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    After three failed engagements Lenora is desperate not to marry. She meets Peter who does not want to marry and is trying to bring down the dukedom he stands to inherit. Lenora manages to soften Peter as they both try to deny their feelings. This was a good story. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Allyson

    I really enjoyed this book. Lenora is trying to find herself after three failed engagements. Her father is determined to find her a match. She meets Peter at the Isles but he has a vendetta to settle and he is not looking for love. The book was well written and it flows well. I enjoyed not only the main charters but all of them.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    3.5 stars rounded up To say that Miss Lenora Hartley has been unlucky in love would be an understatement, she has been engaged three times and is still unwed! After being jilted at the altar by groom number three, she decides to escape London and her father’s attempts to find her another suitor. She goes with her dearest friend Margery Kitteridge to the Isle of Synne to visit Margery’s grandmother, Viscountess Tesh. But Synne may not offer the respite she is seeking, as it stirs up memories of he 3.5 stars rounded up To say that Miss Lenora Hartley has been unlucky in love would be an understatement, she has been engaged three times and is still unwed! After being jilted at the altar by groom number three, she decides to escape London and her father’s attempts to find her another suitor. She goes with her dearest friend Margery Kitteridge to the Isle of Synne to visit Margery’s grandmother, Viscountess Tesh. But Synne may not offer the respite she is seeking, as it stirs up memories of her first betrothed, who tragically died and with those memories comes guilt for her part in his death. Finally back in England after making his fortune in America, Peter Ashford has waited thirteen years for this day, the day when he repays a debt and begins to enact his plan for vengeance against those he believes wronged him and caused the death of his mother. But Lady Tesh refuses his money and insists that he honor a promise he made to his dying mother – a promise to stay with Lady Tesh for a month. He refuses and while rushing out, almost plows over Lenora. He returns to the inn and relays what transpired to his good friend and business partner Quincy Nesbitt. Quincy convinces him to stay and honor the promise. Peter and Quincy return to Lady Tesh’s and Peter bargains with her – he will stay and will attend dinners, balls and escort her – much to his annoyance. But on the bright side, he learns the lovely woman he ran into earlier – the one he hasn’t stopped thinking of, is also staying with Lady Tesh, along with his cousin, Margery. There is no denying the attraction between Peter and Lenora, but Peter won’t let anything in the way of his vengeance. Peter is the heir to the Duke of Dane, the man he holds responsible for his mother’s death. He has sworn that he will never marry and that title will die him and that he will destroy everything the Duke held dear. Lenora has her own issues to deal with including the new fiancé that her father has sent, with the clear message: accept her father’s choice or be disowned! I thought the story was well written, but it did drag a bit and I found Peter’s single-mindedness to be a little annoying – but honestly, the vengeance trope is not my favorite as it never seems to make sense to me. I did like that this story took place outside of London and that there was a local legend woven in to the story. The book has a lot of emotion, vengeance, wonderful secondary characters, slightly warm love scenes, a bit of twist at the end and finally HEA. This was the first book in a new series and it looks like Quincy is next up, I really loved Quincy in this book so I am looking forward to his story! *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by the publisher. *

  27. 5 out of 5

    Pj Ausdenmore

    This was my first book by Christina Britton. It won't be my last. I really enjoyed her voice, her characters, her fresh and original story, and her fictional Isle of Synne. I want to go there, hang out with Lady Tesh, buy one of Lenora's paintings, meet the rest of Britton's fascinating cast, and drop Lenora's father off a very high cliff into very deep water. That man deserves every bad thing that could ever happen to him. I found both main characters to be sympathetic and likable though, admit This was my first book by Christina Britton. It won't be my last. I really enjoyed her voice, her characters, her fresh and original story, and her fictional Isle of Synne. I want to go there, hang out with Lady Tesh, buy one of Lenora's paintings, meet the rest of Britton's fascinating cast, and drop Lenora's father off a very high cliff into very deep water. That man deserves every bad thing that could ever happen to him. I found both main characters to be sympathetic and likable though, admittedly, it took me longer to warm up to Peter while I was in Lenora's corner immediately, cheering her on to a happy ending and hoping she'd find a way to thoroughly rout her horrible father. I liked her, admired her, and my heart ached for her anguish over the secrets she felt compelled to keep. Peter is a very angry man, holding on to the devastation and despair of losing his mother at a young age and his fury with those who refused to help her. Forgiveness will not be easy but I found that to be more realistic considering his age when the events that shaped his life occurred and the thirteen years he's had to nurture his grudge. Britton gives us glimpses of his potential through his deep love for his late mother, his close friendship with his best friend, Quincy, and his actions toward Lady Tesh and Lenora. The romance between Lenora and Peter is a slow burn as both characters have personal issues to resolve before they can move forward together. I was willing to wait for the payoff though readers should be aware that these issues lend themselves to a slower paced story and more than a little frustration with the hero before he finally sees the light. Not to worry. He gets his happy ending but Lenora, rightfully, makes him work for it (I really do love her character). That, of course, makes it all the sweeter. Book two in this series, Someday My Duke Will Come (12 January, 2021), features a fake engagement between Peter's cousin, Lady Clara and his best friend, Quincy Nesbitt. Both characters feature prominently in A Good Duke is Hard to Find and the glimmer of sparks between them has me eagerly anticipating their story. ARC received via NetGalley for fair and honest review

  28. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    Impassioned, engaging, and romantic! A Good Duke is Hard to Find is set on the idyllic Isle of Synne during 1817 and features the handsome, bitter Peter Ashford, the heir to the Dane dukedom, who is bound and determined to revenge the man he holds responsible for his mother’s death until he meets the kind, disheartened Lenora Hartley, a young woman with heartache and troubles of her own. The prose is light and authentic. The characters are intelligent, unsettled, and warm. And the plot is a push-p Impassioned, engaging, and romantic! A Good Duke is Hard to Find is set on the idyllic Isle of Synne during 1817 and features the handsome, bitter Peter Ashford, the heir to the Dane dukedom, who is bound and determined to revenge the man he holds responsible for his mother’s death until he meets the kind, disheartened Lenora Hartley, a young woman with heartache and troubles of her own. The prose is light and authentic. The characters are intelligent, unsettled, and warm. And the plot is a push-pull blend of Regency lifestyle, familial expectations, palpable attraction, undeniable chemistry, desire, friendship, heartbreak, and steamy romance. Overall, A Good Duke is Hard to Find is an entertaining, passionate, delightful read by Britton that may be the first novel I’ve read by this author but definitely won’t be my last. Thank you to Forever & Grand Central Publishing for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    Thank you NetGalley and Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for granting me early access to A Good Duke is Hard to Find! While I very much enjoyed the book overall, I found myself liking the secondary characters and the relationships between them and the main characters better than the main characters or their respective relationship. I want to read more about Quincy and Margery and Clara (and Gran!), as well as the Isle of Synne, but I was satisfied to leave Peter and Leonora where they were. Whi Thank you NetGalley and Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for granting me early access to A Good Duke is Hard to Find! While I very much enjoyed the book overall, I found myself liking the secondary characters and the relationships between them and the main characters better than the main characters or their respective relationship. I want to read more about Quincy and Margery and Clara (and Gran!), as well as the Isle of Synne, but I was satisfied to leave Peter and Leonora where they were. While I liked both of the main characters well enough, I would have liked more depth of character development - some of their behaviors didn’t seem believable or felt like a throwaway to give them more substance, but then weren’t developed. Overall it was fun and I do want to read more in this series as it develops. More of a higher 3.5 than a full 4 stars.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cosima demaglie

    i immensely enjoyed this book. The author wove a story I was swept into with ease and happily floated down the river of. The characters were well crafted and I was impressed by the prose. The only things I can comment on were I wish the imagery had been a bit more detailed and I also wish the expiation at the end of the book tying the ducal family’s pain together would have been more intense.. . I greatly enjoyed this book and look foreword to reading more from the author.

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