cover image Some Dukes Have All the Luck

Some Dukes Have All the Luck

Christina Britton. Forever, $8.99 mass market (368p) ISBN 978-1-5387-1040-1

Britton launches her Synneful Spinsters series, a spin-off of her Isle of Synne series, with this satisfying Regency romance. Ash Hawkins, Duke of Buckley, needs a wife to raise his three audacious young wards—and keep them far from his lifestyle—while he continues his work as owner of a London gaming hall. It’s the perfect arrangement for entomologist Bronwyn Pickering, who’s eager to escape status-hungry parents who treat her as a pawn to further their social climbing. Having suffered through an embarrassing failed courtship during her first season, Bronwyn’s eager to avoid more gossip and pity, and requests that her new husband stay a fortnight with her on the Isle of Synne to sell their union before abandoning her and the girls to live a separate life in London. Though painful memories of his abusive childhood have Ash reluctant to get too attached to his new family, he reluctantly agrees. As the couple work together to look after the children, an emotional bond forms—and attraction becomes impossible to resist. It’s sweet to watch as Ash’s family softens his troubled heart. Likewise, Ash’s kindness and consideration gives Bronwyn newfound strength. The endearing, complex characters provide a firm foundation for this emotional tale of acceptance and healing. Agent: Kim Lionetti, Bookends Literary. (Nov.)