The Truth About Dukes by Grace Burrowes
Series: Rogues to Riches #5
Publication Date: November 10, 2020
Genres: Historical Romance
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A new duke and a woman with a secret in her past get a second chance at love in this delightful and charming Regency romance from the New York Times bestselling author of the Windham series.
Robert Rothmere is hiding a past no duke should have endured, but he's not hiding it well enough. Sooner or later, his enemies will learn that he spent years locked away at a private asylum. To get their hands on his wealth, they'll try to send him right back to his worst nightmares. If Robert is to foil their schemes, he needs to marry a perfectly proper, blessedly boring, deadly dull duchess, immediately—and he knows exactly which quietly delightful lady he'd love to entrust with that role.
Lady Constance Wentworth has cultivated a reputation for utter forgettability. She never speaks out of turn (in public), never has a daring thought (that she admits aloud), and never comes close to courting scandal... as far as anybody knows. Her path crossed Robert's years ago, though, and she's never forgotten the extraordinary lengths he traveled to keep her safe when she hadn't a friend in the world. She longs to be his demure duchess...but little does he know that to marry her would be utter madness.
Constance is shocked when she sees Robert Rothmere at a ball. She tries to avoid him, but he waylays her, and they walk in the garden. What Constance thought would be incredibly awkward was, in fact, quite nice. Constance had known Robert when he was a patient in an asylum. He isn’t insane, he is epileptic. The “asylum” was actually a place that Robert’s father had stowed him away and a horrible doctor had been experimenting on him.
Constance’s sister and Robert’s brother are in love and engaged to be married. This brings Constance and Robert together more and more and they find themselves falling in love. The road to happiness, however, will be a rough road. Constance has a secret she doesn’t want to share with Robert but must in order to be completely honest with him. Robert could possibly be seen as unfit to run a dukedom and put under a guardianship. They will both try as hard as they can to avoid this happening. With Robert’s brother and Constance’s family and friends they will try to overcome all the obstacles in their way to a bright future.
This was definitely a romance, but I felt that most of the book was taken up with Constance’s secret and Robert and his epilepsy. That was actually fine, because it worked in this instance and was well done. That said, the first part of the book was a bit…I want to say stodgy, but that’s not quite right. It just didn’t flow the way that I’m used to Burrowes’ books flowing and it was disjointed for me. The second part was definitely more cohesive, and the story really picked up.
I loved Constance and Robert together. There wasn’t too much of the typical romance between the two, but the way that Burrowes portrayed their love throughout the book was definitely sigh-worthy. She did a great job showing us how much in love these two characters were.
The secondary characters definitely need to be mentioned as they were an integral part of the story. I loved how Burrowes took the “it takes a village” saying and ran with it – even though these were adults. It showed the love and care that the two families had for their siblings and I loved that.
Overall a good read. I haven’t read the previous four books in this series but didn’t feel that not doing so detracted from this story in any way.
Rating: 3.75/4 out of 5