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December 29, 2019

Forever My Duke by Olivia Drake ~ a Review

by MK French

Like every other Duke, Hadrian Ames, the Duke of Clayton, needs a bride. While he thought he had the perfect one picked out, the outspoken American Natalie Fanshawe catches his eye. She isn't flattered by his attention or title in the least. Instead, she's too busy trying to open a school and reunite a young orphan with his family. Hadrian is determined to launch a campaign to win her over and have her fall in love with him in spite of his title.

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December 2019; St. Martin's Paperbacks
978-1250174390; ebook, print (384 pages)
Regency romance
Forever My Duke is the second of the Unlikely Duchesses series, after The Duke I Once Knew (read my review). It's adorable, and separate from the first novel, so it's unnecessary to have read the first one.

The tropes are easy to suss out as we start the book and progress through it, from the fact that Hadrian knows the boy's family and is headed in the same direction, to the eventual heal turn that brings Hadrian and Natalie closer together. There are descriptions of assaults on Natalie that are interrupted by her defending herself with whatever nearby as a weapon, as well as a child in danger. They aren't the focus of this novel, but anyone that would be upset by knowing of such things should be aware of it. Natalie is a bit too fanatical about her espousing equality in America compared to the classism of England, but she did benefit a lot from having a comfortable lifestyle to begin with.

All in all, this is a fun read that I had to finish before I could start anything else!

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband and three young children. 

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