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Forever and a Duke

(Rogues to Riches #3)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  208 ratings  ·  40 reviews
A duke meets his match in the last place he'd ever expect in this charming Regency romance by the New York Times bestselling author of My One and Only Duke.

Wrexham, Duke of Elsmore, is overrun by family obligations. With three sisters to escort about Town, a legion of cousins to look after, and aunties who insist he dance with every eligible young woman, he barely has time
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Barbara Rogers
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Series: Rogues To Riches #3
Publication Date: 11/26/19

Wrexham (Rex) Dorset, Duke of Elsmore is a loving but clueless son, nephew, brother, cousin to his very large family. He loves them all – especially his mother, sisters, and the aunties. He delights in seeing to their welfare and they delight in managing him. He’s noticed some discrepancies in some of his books and has become concerned. His holdings are vast and far-flung and since it is time for him and his sisters to wed, he needs to assure
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting, somewhat different.
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
I am always dumbfounded when authors like GB take perfectly crafted characters and then throw everything but the kitchen sink in the premise. This could have been a lovely romance but GB went too far with the heroine's antecedents. Way to far. I could not believe that last bit of nastiness that the poor girl was saddled with!! So I don't BELIEVE for one fricking minute in this romance. Never could of happened. Badly done and insulting to readers.

Lindsay S
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One plus one usually adds up to two… but when you add in a very extended ducal family on one side along with schemers and outcasts on the other, how can the columns ever add up???

Eleanora Hatfield is comfortable with numbers. Numbers make sense. Numbers don’t lie. Eleanora has used her innate skill with numbers to create a comfortable life for herself. As the Auditor to one of London’s most reputable banks she is comfortable. Wrexham, the Duke of Elsmore is about to come in and alter her life in
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it
*I received a finished copy of this title from Forever in exchange for an honest review.

A gifted woman auditor whose family history is filled with scandal and misfortune is assigned to evaluate a Duke’s finances—a Duke who, whilst busy managing his large family, has neglected to manage his own accounts which may be on the verge of ruin.

I’ve never been very good at interpreting classic literature as I generally find decoding old English quite challenging. As I read this, I definitely faced those
Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Rogues to Riches#3, Even though I really didn't care for the second book in the series I did enjoy a book from another series written by Grace Burrowes so I thought I'd give this one a try, unfortunately it wasn't as good as I hoped. I did like it a bit more than the previous book the synopsis sounded good but once again just fell short for me. I liked the idea that a woman could be the best auditor in all of London and that a competing bank would seek her help. Beauty and
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
3.5 Stars because it ended so abruptly. It was really good up until that point. Really looking forward to the next book. I think I need a pack of roving sows to menace my neighborhood. Get off my lawn or I shall release my sows to go all pig knuckle on you! I am sure the HOA wouldn't approve. :-)
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This author writes love stories for the ages and this book is definitely one of those stories. The brave, courageous and super smart heroine, Eleanora who is forced to help out the kind, charming but a little oblivious to his reality, hero, Wrexham, Duke of Elsmore in finding fraud in his ducal holdings and bank. As Eleanora starts an audit of Elsmore’s books, he starts falling for the fiercely smart Eleanora but she tries to keep her distance due to her complicated past riddled with secrets. ...more
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for NetGalley:

I quite enjoy reading Grace Burrowes novels, and this one was no exception. I always appreciate the care and concern the hero and heroine have for each other, and their friendships also seem full of that. I really appreciate seeing people help out their friends and family and love them, it's nice to read about. I felt like the ending was a little bit rushed. It just kind of ended. I often feel that way about Burrowes novels though.

This book also had a novella in it by
Rose Blue
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars, as reviewed at Roses Are Blue:

Wrexham “Rex” Dorset, Duke of Elsmore, suspects there is something very wrong with his finances. Any hint of impropriety will be a death knell for his bank and his reputation. Since Elsmore has also decided that it’s about time he started to look for a wife, it’s even more critical to put his house in order now, before marriage settlements cause attorneys to scrutinize his ledgers and find discrepancies. Elsmore’s fellow duke,
Meghan Lloyd
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Grace Burrowes is always a solid read for any romance reader, and the latest installment in the Rogues to Riches series is no exception! It was a slow burn romance, which keeps the reader on the edge of their seat the whole way through. Sometimes slow burn romance can feel lukewarm and lack the attraction between the main characters that romance readers hope to see. What I loved the most about this one was how natural it all felt. It was sweet, gentle, and calming in a way - like they were two ...more
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Wrexham, Duke of Elsmore, suspects that someone is embezzling from his accounts, but with so many holdings, he is unsure how to go about ciphering out the culprit. Knowing he is over his head, he seeks the help of friends at a neighboring banking institution and is amazed when their solution is offering the talents of their own auditor…one that just happens to be one of the most beautiful and smart women he has ever had the pleasure to meet. But will he be able to convince her to assist him ...more
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x-netgalley
There's something odd going on with the Duke of Elsmore's books. There's money missing and it will take a brilliant mind to find out where it's gone due to the expanse of the Duke's holdings and family. That brilliant mind just happens to belong to Eleanora Hatfield. Ellie likes her routines and being by herself. She has family secrets that would ruin her reputation and those she associates with like the bank she works for.
Wrexham, Duke of Elsmore, needs to keep the fact that he's noticed
Amy Alvis
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Eleanora wants nothing to do with the nobility. So when her boss asks her to go over the accounts of the Duke of Elsmore, she wants to decline. But her love of numbers and a good challenge, has her changing her mind. Since Eleanora has many questions along the way, she and the duke end up spending time together. She starts to see that not everyone in the ton is bad news.

Rex has not been paying close enough attention to his family finances and sees that there are discrepancies. His sisters will
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever read an author that just grabs you, so that you become an instant fan? That is what happens to me with Grace Burrowes. My usual genre is suspense romance, but I had the opportunity to read on of Grace's books a few years back, and I was hooked. FOREVER AND A DUKE is the third novel in the Rouges to Riches series. It is interesting to me how different the rules were back in the Regency period. Most never moved above their station in life. Our heroine, Elenora, is an exception to ...more
Dot Salvagin
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Grace Burrowes always delivers the goods! This was a well written, superbly constructed romance. The chemistry between Rex and Ellie was pure magic. Rex is a charming duke and Ellie is a wizard with numbers and forensic detecting Regency style. Ellie does her best to fight her attraction to Rex but she can't seem to help herself. She knows in her heart that there is no future in their relationship, for she comes from a scandalous background and he is an aristocrat.

I liked this book, so much
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Everything you ever wanted to know about 19th century forensic accounting but were afraid to ask. The main plot, involving personal ducal financial irregularities and intrigues at a family bank, was easy enough to figure out. But Rex (the duke in question) and financial auditor Ellie were an intelligent, well-matched couple, and their story was pleasant enough.

Burrowes writes romances where the drama is not in whether the protagonists like each other, but whether external forces will keep them
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh, Grace Burrowes, the magic you have with a this example (from page 30 of her novel):

“She clearly had her reasons. Mrs. Eleanora Hatfield likely did nothing without at least three sound reasons rounded to the nearest unassailable conclusion.”

Here’s why I adore her writing: she not only creates fascinating, three-dimensional characters, with real plots and great dialogue, but she adds this ‘background’ (the only word I can think of) that is so sharp and sassy and in keeping with the
MAB  LongBeach
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
When the Duke of Elsmore needs help sorting out his household and bank's accounts, he borrows an auditor from his fellow duke's bank. Eleanor Hatfield knows fraud intimately, because she comes from a family of fraudsters, embezzlers, pickpockets, and thieves. She has gone straight, but lives in fear of being caught up in her family's crimes. The two of them argue and bicker their way into an understanding of his accounts and find themselves in love along the way. But nothing is as simple as it ...more
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy that the main female character is something of an expert in an area that the male character needs help with. He treats her with respect and the only shannagins occur because of the need to meet somewhat off the books due to his need for secrecy to spare his embarrassment and possible business repercussions. It was a different take on the usual power dynamic found in this genre of books and I appreciated it. I found some of the supporting characters enjoyable and would like to see them ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Eleanora Hatfield has secrets in her past. Wrexham, Duke of Elsmore, has more family to take care of than he wants. He also has someone stealing from him. Enter Eleanora who understands figures and is tasked to help him find out where the money is going. The two should have nothing in common but of course the more time they spend together the more the attraction. This has it all. Some mystery, interesting side characters, romance and tension all wrapped up in a great story. Nice addition to the ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Eleanora Hatfield has secrets in her past. Wrexham, Duke of Elsmore, has more family to take care of than he wants. He also has someone stealing from him. Enter Eleanora who understands figures and is tasked to help him find out where the money is going. The two should have nothing in common but of course the more time they spend together the more the attraction. This has it all. Some mystery, interesting side characters, romance and tension all wrapped up in a great story. Nice addition to the ...more
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I've been eager to read Grace Burrowes for quite some time, so I was excited for the opportunity to read Forever and a Duke.

The synopsis checked multiple boxes for me. Smart, observant heroine. Potential scandal. Borderline enemies to lovers. A duke with a bunch of meddling female relatives.

Unfortunately, this book fell short of my expectations. I didn't feel any connection between Ellie and Rex for most of the book, and by the time I started to, the book was almost over.

Also, the mystery aspect
Karen A. Wyle
I continue to enjoy this series, and look forward to exploring others of hers. As usual, Burrowes' main characters are original, likable, and three-dimensional, and their relationship is nicely developed. The plot has just the right amount of suspense for my tastes.

I found it somewhat difficult to keep track of who was who, what with the various relatives of the principals and employees of two different banks.

The ending is somewhat abrupt, though it also reminds me of the ending of one or more
Lovely Loveday
Forever and a Duke is the third book in the Rogues to Riches series by Grace Burrowes. A captivating historical romance that sweeps you away to another time, another place full of mystery and intriguing. The characters are well-written and provide lots of drama.Burrowes writingstyle pulls you in from the beginning and holds your attention until the end. Overall, a lovely romance that is sure to stay with you long after reading. ...more
Carol Bisig
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love Conquers All!

Great read! Two people from totally different backgrounds meet; not unusual, just far-fetched, especially when one is a Duke, the other, a woman working at a bank! Extraordinary circumstances bring them together, the same can tear them apart, if one of them allows it to. Highly enjoyable.
I highly recommend! Thank you!
Angela Suzanne
An excellent addition to the duke falls for a women not suitable for him genre. It is a more subdued novel than some in the genre and doesn’t contain as much levity. However, you can’t help but feel along with the characters and wish for the best for them. Despite the seemingly insurmountable odds of them getting together, you want them to overcome them and cheer when they do.
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I love a Grace Burrowes historical romance for so many reasons — they’re always witty, chockfull of imagery and details that draw one into the story, and just the right amount of steamy every time. Forever and a Duke, benefits from all these Burrowes staples and we, the reader, are allowed to meet and fall in love right along with each main character featured.
I liked both Elsmere (Rex) and Eleanora (Ellie) and the "mystery" was pretty engaging. As usual, the descriptions of the food (even though it was simple) made me hungry and the pets made me say "aww." I also appreciated the snippets from other characters' perspectives and I look forward to reading Stephen's book in the future.
Forever and a Duke by Grace Burrowes (11/19)
[Rogues to Riches - 3] (C+ Warm) [12-04-19]
Regency - London, England

Timeline is Six Years after first book in series.
288 Pages

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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 ...more

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Rogues to Riches (4 books)
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