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THE WAY TO A DUKE'S HEART
Genre: Regency Period, Historical Romance, England
The final chapter in the Truth About the Duke series, centering on the search to restore the de Lacey family name, brings the pieces together as a blackmailer meets his match. Though not as powerful as many of Linden’s novels, and containing quite a bit of rehashing of plot, the engaging characters keep readers interest and it is satisfying to reach the end of the de Lacey brothers’ quest.
Charles, eldest son of the Duke of Durham, refuses to take life seriously. Practical Tessa Neville manages her brother’s business affairs. She’s in Bath to investigate investing in a canal when she meets the arrogant Charles. Their immediate dislike is palpable. However, the man she’s to meet is exactly the man Charles suspects of plotting a ruthless investment scheme and blackmailing his family. He believes Tess might be in on it. Thus, where Tess goes, he goes. A cat-and-mouse game occurs as they realize they are on the same side and have similar suspicions. Joining forces sets them up for a passionate and perilous gambit — one that leads to unexpected conclusions. (AVON, Sep., 380 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed By: Kathe Robin
Published: September 2012