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My One and Only Duke

(Rogues to Riches #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  810 ratings  ·  177 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
Kindle Edition, 465 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by Forever (first published November 5th 2018)
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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
Maureen Carden
I've been reading mostly historical romances this year because after 50 years of reading mostly 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 an
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 beginning
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
Jacob Proffitt
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steamy, romance
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
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
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jessica Grogan
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
Tracy  C
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it
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  ·  review of another edition

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.

Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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 bo
*The Angry Reader*
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, historicals, 2018
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 Glenn Brown
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Sheila Melo
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley

I've been off reading Burrowes for the past year or two, because I was feeling that all of her characters end up feeling the same (self-contained, dryly witty, kind, and never emotionally overwrought), despite the very different plots in which they are placed. But when I saw this one on NetGalley, I decided to give her another try.

Burrowes proves a remarkably consistent, as well as a speedy, writer; book 76 (!) here has all of the same strengths as her previous historicals: detailed but never
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Vikki Vaught
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s been quite some time since I’ve read a novel by Grace Burrowes, glad I received an invitation from the publisher, via Net-Galley for this one! I appreciate the opportunity to read and review My One and Only Duke prior to publication. My opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.

I thoroughly enjoyed the characters in this romance and found the plot interesting. The ultimate villain in this work was a surprise, which is always a joy. The suspenseful scenes are well-written and ver
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid start to a new series.

As a post script, however, I do wish the Hoyt “bonus short story” had not been included. It tantalized but could not deliver, suffering from the usual too-short-to-develop syndrome. However, The Princess Frog installments introducing each chapter was hilarious! Prince Brad. Ha!
2.5 stars

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Uninspiring. That’s the word that comes to mind when I think of my reading experience with this book. My One and Only Duke is my first Grace Burrowes book, but unfortunately, it did not live up to the hype surrounding the author. This book could have been really good if only the author had stayed on track.

I have heard many fantastic things about this author, mostly that her writing is reminiscent of Mary Balogh,
Kiki Belle
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
Annie 📚 📖⚜️
I wanted to read the novella Once Upon a Christmas Eve by Elizabeth Hoyt which is included at the end of this books so I foolishly went ahead and read it. Ugh, mistake. This was 😴😴😴💤💤💤🎉🎉😐😐😐😑😑😑. The heroine was pregnant with another man's child for the entirety of the book. I mean it was novel and all but meh. I just never cared about them!
Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
My One and Only Duke was such a lovely read! It kept me in suspense for quite a while in in the beginning and I very much enjoyed that! I was completely drawn into the story wondering what was going to take place next. The main character, Quinn, might have recently been imprisoned but he had been a prisoner of his past for far longer. No matter how successful he became he was always running from both himself and the past that he and his family had escaped from. Despite having a life of comfort t ...more
Meghan Lloyd
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't typically read romances where the heroine is already pregnant, because generally, this makes for a very sticky situation for whoever the hero is. However, Grace Burrowes did a great job of writing a romance that captured my attention from start to finish with its witty dialogue between the two main characters and her honest portrayal of life between the classes during that time period! It was really interesting to read about the Newgate Prison and how prisoners were treated, as well as h ...more
Quinn Wentworth is in Newgate prison, sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit. A wealthy banker, he grew up in the slums of York the son of a violent drunk. When the daughter of a prison preacher is sent to wait in Quinn's quarters they strike up a conversation which leads to Quinn offering to marry her, and leave her a generous allowance after his death, in order to provide for her and her unborn child from a brief marriage which ended in her husband's death.

But Quinn is, unbeknownst t
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quinn Wentworth was to be hanged that Monday for manslaughter, but due to circumstances he got a short reprieve. He had accepted his fate, but was feeling melancholy, when Jane Winston appeared in his cell. Jane is accompanying her father, the visiting preacher. Jane is doing her duty, then she and Quinn start talking. When he learns of Jane’s dire situation – a widow with a babe on the way and no money to speak of – Quinn knows he can pose one last gesture for a person in need: he will provide ...more
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads, romance
First, the good news: Grace Burrowes gave My One and Only Duke one hell of a plot.

Banker Quinn Wentworth managed to claw his way up from the stews of Yorkshire and out from under the rule of his abusive father into wealth and respectability, dragging his only-moderately-reputable siblings with him. But the ton hates a social climber, and there's nary a whisper of protest when Quinn is accused of murder and sentenced to Newgate to await hanging. Staring at his cell walls and counting down the day
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My One and Only Duke by Grace Burrowes is a terrific historical romance novel! Intense at times, fun and playful at other times.... The reader is allowed into the hearts of Quinn Wentworth and Jane Winston. Quinn is on death row, facing his final days for a crime he did not commit when he meets Jane Winston who is needing a rest while visiting the prison with her dad. Jane is a recent widow, pregnant and underneath her father's household. Her father is a zealous preacher who seems to make Jane a ...more
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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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