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My One and Only Duke

(Rogues to Riches #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  2,844 ratings  ·  419 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Grace Burrowes introduces us to the unconventional Wentworth family in this charming Regency romance with a Cinderella twist.

A funny thing happened on the way to the gallows...
One minute, London banker Quinn Wentworth is facing execution. The next, he's declared the long-lost heir to a dukedom. Quinn has fought his way up from the vilest s
Mass Market Paperback, 442 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by Forever (first published November 5th 2018)
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Maureen Carden
I've been reading mostly historical romances this year because after 50 years of reading only mysteries I was getting tired of all the bodies in my library. Well damnme, if I didn't score My One and Only Duke from NetGalley and was shocked to find it started with a soon-to-come hanging of a man in Newgate prison.
Further shocks to my poor system when I realized the man to be hanged was none other than banker extraordinaire Quinn Wentworth. I first encountered Wentworth in My Own True Duchess and
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
My One and Only Duke by Grace Burrowes is a 2018 Forever Romance publication.

A good mystery mingled with a wonderful and warm love story-

Quinn is in prison for a crime he did not commit. Jane, a minister’s daughter, visits him shortly before his execution date. From these visits Quinn learns that Jane is widowed, pregnant with her first child, and is under her father’s manipulative power. With nothing left to lose, Quinn offers to marry Jane, giving her independence, and the financial freedom t
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, historical
3.5 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

If the eyes were windows to the soul, Mr. Wentworth's soul was a bleak, silent moor under a gray December sky.

First in a new series and an introduction to the Wentworth family, My One and Only Duke, stars the oldest Wentworth, Quinn, and a minister's daughter Jane. This was a slow burn story from both accounts, the romance and mystery. The beginnin
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
It was a slow road to love. Very slow.

A marriage of convenience for the heroine and the last act of kindnes by the hero. But it was not to be. The hero doesn't die, but is given a lofty title: Duke of Walden!

And so their marriage becomes real.

A a minister's daughter Jane becomes a duchess! Quinn becomes a duke, but he's a man who made his own fortune rising form the slum and he was wrongly convicted by somebody from his past who wants him dead.

Quinn wants revenge. Jane wants a life free of her
Ms. Burrowes was an early favorite of mine when I first discovered historical romance and realized most of her books were available for check out at my local library. I binged her back catalog hard and the deeper I got, the more I realized that although the author purposefully links her stories, eventually (more so than other authors I've binged) they all start to sound and feel the same. With this in mind (or maybe it was after one to many Christmas anthologies), I took a prolonged Burrowes bre ...more
Katie Gallagher
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read this review and others on my blog!

I thought it wasn’t possible. I thought it was simply not meant to be.

But lo and behold, despite the fact that it’s February in Connecticut and we just suffered a snowstorm, in my heart doves are cooing, angels are singing, and double rainbows wreathe the sky.

Yes, as is only fitting for my Valentine’s Day post, I am happy to report that love is finally in the air—I have found a good romance novel. Let’s give credit where it’s due; Grace Burrowes was suggest
Jacob Proffitt
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, steamy
I really enjoyed this, though I cringe at the detailed look of life in Newgate prison. Looking back it wasn't that much of the book, but it stands out in my memory like it was half. I loved both characters from the start, though, and that's in no small part due to the realities they face in that destitute place. I had a bit of a setback after Quinn got his reprieve, however. They were both so unfiltered and genuine in that prison and I loved that Quinn would step up to help her out by giving her ...more
This was Burrowes by Numbers. Or, if you prefer, Burrowes Phoning It In.

I have just finished reading this and I have already forgotten most of it. So I continue my awkward recent relationship with Burrowes in which I am simultaneously reasonably entertained by everything she writes and annoyed she isn’t doing more with her enormous talent.

This started well. A marriage of convenience. The convict (a condemned man, no less) and the vicar’s daughter. It was a pretty great start with some nice wri
Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-goal, hf-romance
This book is well-written, charming, historically accurate and the beginning of an engaging series. This is what I would expect from Ms. Burrowes who has written dozens of highly rated HF novels.

But if I’m really honest, I’ll admit that this stopped being a page turner early on. The story nicely balanced narratives between the hero and heroine but it stayed nice way too long. Not enough conflict or bumps in the road to their happy ending.

Unfortunately, “nice” translated into skipping 8-10 chapt
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
3.5 stars. An interesting premise, although the story did drag a little in parts. I liked that this is a new series, although it took me a little while to start getting to know the cast of new characters. I also liked that it's a little different - the whole 'rogues to riches' idea has quite a bit of interest and merit. I will read on in the series when the next one comes out. ...more
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'A funny thing happened on the way to the gallows...
One minute, London banker Quinn Wentworth is facing execution. The next, he's declared the long-lost heir to a dukedom. Quinn has fought his way up from the vilest slums, and now he's ready to use every dirty trick he knows to find the enemy who schemed against him.

There was just one tiny problem...
Jane Winston, the widowed, pregnant daughter of a meddlesome prison preacher, crosses paths with Quinn in jail. Believing his days are numbered, Qui
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
2.5 stars

As much as I am a huge fan of a 'slow burn' romance, this novel was a little too slow for me in its pacing. I can't even say that this romance was intentionally meant to be a 'slow burn' because it wasn't solely the romance that was slow. I think I would have enjoyed this book much more with a smaller page count because the story could have still been told effectively.

There was some mystery which did keep me interested and curious while reading. As well, the not-so typical circumstance
Jessica Grogan
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
While the beginning of this book was rather engaging, the events in the blurb were done by the 30% mark and the mystery subplot just wasn’t enough to hold my attention.

For the most part, I find Burrowes’ heroines to be severely lacking in any real personality and I often have trouble getting to know them or understanding what draws the hero to them.

Also, as in many of Burrowes’ books that I’ve read, this title had a bizarre tone that I just can’t wrap my head around. The subject material is qu
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quinn has been sentenced to hang for a crime he didn't commit. He's a wealthy banker who fought his way up from the gutter to be a success. When he meets Jane while she is visiting Newgate prison with her pastor father, they form a friendship and soon a marriage of convenience. It comes as a shock to all when Quinn learns that he is the lost heir to a large dukedom, pardoned for his crime, and his short marriage may have a chance after all.

I really enjoyed this book. I'm a fan of Grace Burrowes'
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this a B+ for narration and a C for content at AudioGals - that averages out at a B-, which is 3.5 stars rounded up

I generally find Grace Burrowes’ books work for me as comfort reads/listens – they’re not complicated or taxing, the characters are decent people trying to do the best for those they care for, and I enjoy the author’s slightly quirky writing style. In audio, James Langton’s narrations generally add something to the overall experience, and I’ve found myself more often list
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
When pregnant widow Miss Jane Winston marries Mr Quinn Wentworth she never expected to have to be his wife. He was after all scheduled to be hung the next day. Only the culmination of a very unlikely set of circumstances saves Quinn from the noose. So, when he arrives home he brings with him his pregnant wife and a dukedom. He has to adjust to both. But, now that Quinn is free he is determined to find out who has framed him for murder and condemned him to hang.

As this is my first Grace Burrowes
Tracy  C
3 1/2 stars. My One and Only Duke was a likable story with an good plot. My issue was that it tried a bit to hard on the mystery thread. I loved how Quinn and Jane found each other and how they came to be married. When Quinn gets released he is determined to find out who framed him. Unfortunately, I felt like almost every character was written for the reader to suspect them. I also had to use the dictionary on my Kindle for some of the dialogue. I think easier, more common words could have been ...more
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing

From a New York Times bestselling author and one of "the very best in today's regency romance" (Elizabeth Hoyt) comes the story of the unconventional Wentworth family in this charming new series with a Cinderella twist.

One minute, London banker Quinn Wentworth is facing execution. The next, he's declared the long-lost heir to a dukedom. Quinn has fought his way up from the vilest slums, and now he's ready to use every dirty trick he knows to find the enemy who schemed against him.

Sometimes a premise is just too good to pass up. I couldn't help myself when I saw a man condemned to hang at Newgate for murder is suddenly given a stay of execution when he is discovered to be the next duke. I already enjoy this author's stories and would have picked this one up anyway, but this new Rogues to Riches series is certainly starting off with a bang.

My One and Only Duke introduces the eccentric Wentworth family and the first one, Quinn, presents the reader with a fantastical story o
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: grace-burrowes
Regency England.

I 1st met Quinn Wentworth in the short story contained
in the anthology entitled: 'Tis the Season: Regency
Yuletide Short Stories.

Quinn was the banker slated to be hung for murder &
widowed Jane, dtr of a sanctimonious preacher who
forced her to accompany him to his prison ministry.
Dad lost his regular job for disrespecting the bishop.
Dad pawned Jane's personal items w/ her knowledge.
We saw the horrors of Newgate prison IE the dirt, the
lousy food, the poor w/o hope, the dis
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved-it
10 Super Stars. The H was great, but it's the h who was the super star. At first, she's meek and mild but she soon unleashed her potential. She's been underestimated by everyone, and the H saw her passion and courage. Complex plot with wonderful characters who will no doubt, appear in the series. Loved this book. ...more
Leanne | Read Sweetly to Me
Quinn is a man sentenced to hang for a crime he didn't commit. Jane is a pregnant widow who comes to Newgate with her preacher father. They come to an agreement to marry for the sake of Jane's child, so she'll have funds to support the baby and herself. Only Quinn's crime is pardoned when it's discovered he has inherited a Dukedom. Now free, Quinn must deal with not only his new Duchess, but uncover the identity of the person who tried to hang him...

So, the above sounds exciting and dark right?
*The Angry Reader*
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, arcs, historicals
I remain enthralled by Grace Burrowes' low-key alpha males and interesting story lines. And I'm excited that she has a new series in the works!

Burrowes writes historical romance with an underlying practical streak that endears me to her characters one and all. Quinn is a working man from York with an awful childhood who struggled mightily to make something of himself. Now he finds himself imprisoned and facing execution for a crime that he may not have committed. Jane is the daughter of a frenzi
Debbie Brown
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rags to riches London banker Quinn Wentworth is facing execution for a murder he didn’t commit. He meets the Jane Winston, a widowed, pregnant preacher’s daughter in Newgate prison. He takes quite in interest in Jane and her child. Quinn decides to do one last thing before he dies, he decides to marry her and provide an income for her and her child. Quinn goes to the gallows and hangs, and then he’s saved at the moment by a quirk of fate when he’s declared the long-lost heir to a dukedom. I love ...more
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome new series!!! I want the next book now. Funny that the entire family doesn't trust each other, but would flay the skin off anyone that dared talk about any family member. The characters are flawed and intriguing. Do the ladies have a drinking problem? Why is Stephen hiding what his capabilities truly are and was that a mistake with the gun? Is the cousin really as nice as he seems or did the clergy force him out versus him leaving willingly. Then there is the business partner, what is hi ...more
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75* Totally picked this up from the library solely based on the blurb. A banker convicted of murder slated to be hanged. A pregnant pastor's daughter he married just so she can get out under her father's yoke. A last minute reprieve because surprise! He's the heir to a dukedom. It's just unlike any romances I've read before.
The story is entertaining and fast-paced. Quinn and Jane are both strong personalities who chose to make their marriage work. Jane have to deal with a stranger for an unexp
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, romance
Jane is the daughter of a preacher is back under her father's roof. She's found herself pregnant with no husband which is going to create a scandal when she has the baby. Fortunately, she meets a wealthy man in jail awaiting execution and figures that marrying him will allocate her some protection. Of course, Quinn has a secret heart of gold, despite being in prison. When it is discovered that he's the heir to a dukedom, Quinn is released and then the couple decides to make a go of it.

While the
Sheila Melo
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: prison
FINAL DECISION: I so much loved the hero in this book. Restrained and understated, this hero is incredibly kind and responsible. I loved how he treated the heroine with respect and dignity.

THE STORY: Self-made banker Quinn Wentworth finds himself framed for a murder he didn't commit and sentenced to hang. While waiting for his sentence to be executed, Quinn generously marries a woman he barely knows. Jane Winston, a widow in desperate straights, marries a condemned stranger to provide for her un
Laura J.
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Quinn Wentworth is waiting in Newgate prison to be hanged where he meets Jane, a widow, who is visiting prisoners with her preacher father. Quinn, who has come to care for some other prisoners, the prison cat and feeds crumbs to the birds on his window sill, offers the pregnant Jane a lifeline: marriage and enough money to escape her domineering father. This was a bit of a page turner: how will Quinn escape the noose, how will two strangers married to each other deal with their changed circumsta ...more
Kiki Z
Nov 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF'd at 65%.

I've never read a book where I cared so little about the characters. Usually, I like Grace Burrowes, and I especially like her characters. But Quinn is so unemotional and cut off from the world, but halfway through, we're not really given any reason for it. His father was abusive, and he came from a poor family, but those aren't reasons for him to ignore what everyone's trying to tell him. There's something about the Countess of Tipton seducing him when he was a sixteen year old foo
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Grace Burrowes started writing as an antidote to empty nest and soon found it an antidote to life in general. She is the sixth out of seven children, raised in the rural surrounds of central Pennsylvania. Early in life she spent a lot of time reading romance novels and practicing the piano. Her first career was as a technical writer and editor in the Washington, DC, area, a busy job that nonethele ...more

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