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Title: What the Duke Doesn’t Know

Author: Jane Ashford

Series: The Duke’s Sons

Book: #2

Genre: Romance, Historical Romance

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Published: 6th Sept 2016

Goodreads Rating: 4.00

My Rating: 4/5

“ARC given for an honest review”

A proper English wife, or the freedom of the sea?
Lord James Gresham is the fifth son of the Duke of Langford, a captain in the Royal Navy, and at a loss for what to do next. He’s made his fortune; perhaps now he should find a proper wife and set up his nursery. But the sea calls to him, while his search for a wife leaves him uninspired. And then, a dark beauty with a heart for revenge is swept into his life.
He can’t have both, but he won’t give up either
Half-English, half-Polynesian Kawena Benson is out to avenge her father and reclaim a cache of stolen jewels. There’s nothing for James to do but protest his innocence and help Kawena search for the jewels, even though it turns his world upside down.

First Sentences

Lord James Gresham gazed at the spires of Oxford University, visible above the trees at the edge of his brother’s garden; at the early summer flowers in curving beds; at the fifteen people standing about chatting and drinking lemonade.

My Thoughts

Lord James Gresham has just gotten back from his last deployment in the Navy. And he’s not getting another assignment; being in the Navy is all he’s ever wanted to be. So after he’s gotten home he’s a little lost and doesn’t really know what to do from then. But then there’s Kawena who is a half English girl who’s travelled a long way to find her fathers stolen jewels. She’s thinks that James is the one that stole it and tried to kill him on their fist meeting. After clearing that he hadn’t stolen anything they embark on a journey together to find out who stole the jewels as well as find themselves along the way.

This was a wonderful book to read, it flowed easily the characters were easy to relate to and you could really feel the passion that they had with each other jump off the pages. I deeply enjoyed Kawena’s independence and thoughts. I loved that she took a stance in what she believed in. I adored the interactions between James and Kawena. They worked so well when they were together, there were so many similarities between the two when they were trying to find themselves. Even though they were from such different backgrounds. I’m really starting to fall in love Jane Ashford’s romance books it’s captured my attention from the very first page.

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