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Forever and a Duke

(Unlikely Duchesses #2)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  325 ratings  ·  261 reviews
“I find Miss Fanshawe to be quite charming—for an American.”—The Prince Regent

Hadrian Ames, the Duke of Clayton, needs a bride. He even has the perfect one picked out. That is, until he meets the lovely, free-spirited Natalie Fanshawe. She’s the opposite of what a man of his high rank should desire in a wife—an outspoken American who has never even set foot in a London
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Published December 31st 2019 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Addie H
NB: ARC review – expected publication 31st December 2019

(Tropes: Opposites Attract, Class Difference, Forbidden Love)


I found this book to be quite heavy on clichés, and while the sexual attraction and tension is well written, this book brings nothing new to the genre.

I found Natalie’s critique of the English aristocracy system to be apt, but unbelievable of its’ time. Her observations are quite vocal, and while I don’t disagree with her, timing and audience is critical. You’re a guest, no one
3.75/5. Well-written with likeable protagonists. Patriotic American, Natalie Fanshawe, does not think highly of the English, especially not the English nobility. And that was even before she lost her close friends to the violent war atrocities committed by English soldiers. And yet, here she is on English soil, accompanying the orphaned child of the friends to unite him with his titled grandfather. Turns out, the task is easier said than done, because the grandfather and his family perfectly ...more
I did like the premise of this one, but sadly, was fairly bored.

I liked Natalie and Hadrian well enough. They’re both good people, even if a little bland. I enjoyed her loyalty to Leo and her friend. He never really acted like a Duke, except for the entire part of being 31 looking at a 17 year old to be his bride. Leo absolutely stole everything scene he was in and I also really liked Hadrian’s sister and mother. They brought some levity.

Plot wise, it was meh. I never really saw the chemistry
Steve Donoghue
This second installment in Olivia Drake's "Unlikely Duchesses" series isn't so much a story of a clash of social classes as a clash of social outlooks: a free-spirited American woman is drawn to a British Duke (with massive shoulders and pecs, of course - landed estates can only do so much, after all) despite the fact that he doesn't DO much and didn't have to work for his enormous wealth and influence. And thanks to Olivia Drake's lively, enjoyable prose, their romantic maneuvers are mighty ...more
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
Hardrian Ames the Duke of Clayton is on his way to propose marriage to 18 year old Lady Ellen. He is held over at an Inn because of an Ice Storm. He meets Natalie Fanshawn when her 6 year old charge is hidding in his rooms. Natalie is 26 year Ameican who promised Leo's mother when she was dying to bring Leo back to his family in England.

Hardrian and Natalie have an immediate attraction. The story is Okay. Its just didn't have the romantic sparks I like. It didn't ring true to the era. I know
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I won this in a goodreads giveaway. It’s a good book. Typical romance novel nothing overly exciting or unique but a solid book
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
Rating: 3.5 Stars

I loved the twist of to this story. I haven't read much by this author but I really enjoyed this historical romance. She gave life to characters that were likable and memorable. It's not often you get a romance with the hero so adamant to pursue his heroine without any ulterior motive other than wanting to get to know her better. Hadrian steps outside the norm by being a determined suitor slowly but surely breaking down Natalie's walls. He fights for a chance to see where
Anita Byars
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG!! Sensual and passionate and with an unconventional, intriguing storyline that was utterly captivating. Beautiful writing, intricate characters with scorching chemistry that made FOREVER MY DUKE another winner for me. Deliciously tantalizing that will have you begging for more and weak in the knees.

Hadrian Ames the eighth Duke of Clayton, is ready to get married, and put his days of being hunted as society’s biggest matrimonial prize behind him. He has the perfect bride already in mind. His
Debby "Piene Raven"
This is my second book I've read by Ms. Olivia Drake and I thought it was okay. "Forever My Duke" started offa bit slow but then it picked up. I thought the Duke of Clayton was a bit pushy but understandably so in order to assist Natalie Fanshawe who is see by her best friend's family as some imposter. The only thing she wants is to return the orphan, Leo to his rightful family. I love Natalie's independent, carefree attitude with regards to the rules of Society.

Natalie and Hadrian make a
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Forever My Duke
Unlikely Duchesses
Olivia Drake
Release date 12/31/2019
Publisher St Martin’s Paperback

Blurb :

Hadrian Ames, the Duke of Clayton, needs a bride. He even has the perfect one picked out. That is, until he meets the lovely, free-spirited Natalie Fanshawe. She’s the opposite of what a man of his high rank should desire in a wife—an outspoken American who has never even set foot in a London ballroom.
But Natalie doesn’t have time to be swept off her
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Forever My Duke by Olivia Drake is book Two in the Unlikely Duchesses series. This is the story of Natalie Fanshawe and Hadrian Ames, the Duke of Clayton. I have read the previous book which helped me to enjoy this one but you can make it a standalone book if you wish to do so.
Hadrian is a Duke who is very sought after my mother's for their daughter not to mention the daughters. Hadrian becomes fed up and thinks maybe he should just marry his second cousin who is 18 years old. Hadrian head out
Douglas Meeks
I really wanted to give this book 4 Stars but this may be the last book I read from this author. They all read like this to me: Great story but drags on and on and then after being dragged through the countryside in a very long but interesting story she finishes it off in less than a chapter with no epilogue.

This is not the first time and I felt cheated once again so let me make this a very short review, great story but drones on and on with a heroine you have to work at liking it wraps up in a
Heather andrews
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hadrian doesn't take hints very well, “you know very well it’s improper for us to be alone in a bedchamber. You’ll have to leave at once.” Hadrian made no move to depart." Hadrian is often times irked by his woman, “I am steadfast, dammit. A regular stick-in-the-mud, remember?” I liked this book, I liked Hadrian.
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Natalie Fanshawe was an American who disliked the nobility, based on her father’s and friend’s experiences. However, she bravely brings Leo, her friends’ son to his grandparents in England. She is very much her own woman. Hadrian Ames, Duke of Clayton is attracted to Natalie but she is the complete opposite to the type of lady he should marry. Hadrian has a harsh upbringing with his guardian. However, they both want the best for Leo. This was an entertaining read with a dangerous event and two ...more
Nov 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019, arc, adult
Forever My Duke is the second book in Olivia Drake's Unlikely Duchesses series. Though it is a part of a series it can still be read as a standalone.

The book started off at a rather slow pace, though it did generally pick up after a few chapters. This is however redeemed by the characters. I enjoyed reading Natalie's character immensely, she had a modern and progressive view for a character in that time period. She stood up for herself and wouldn't allow anyone to bully, insult, or degrade, or
Jessica Grogan
So by 20%, this title had checked off pretty much every romance cliche. Some of these I can handle when they’re alone but when put together it makes for a title I don’t want to read. Those cliches were:

-insta-lust. Hadrian is supposed to be this calm, reserved guy. Instead, he is attracted to Natalie the moment he sees her. Which brings up the next cliche:

-the hero has only ever been attracted to one type of woman and the heroine is the complete opposite of that (Hadrian even thinks how he’s
✰  BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
Copy received via Netgalley for an honest review

Forever My Duke is my first Olivia Drake read, so it is good to say that as this is book 2 in the series, it can be read as a standalone.

This story did start out a little slow, however it did pick up the pace after a while.

I am a big fan of Natalie - she feels very progressive compared to the other ladies in the story. She won't be bullied, she won't take being insulted, and she couldn't give a stuff about what everyone expects her to do - she does
Judi Easley
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romantic historical fiction
Recommended to Judi by: NetGalley
Forever My Duke
Unlikely Duchesses
Olivia Drake
St. Martin’s Press, Dec 31, 2019
384 pages
Historical romance
Author’s rep via NetGalley

The cover doesn’t particularly appeal to me. It seems to lack the richness that we have come to expect from top-notch romances lately. The background simply fades in spite of its bright yellow coloring. While the bright green of the lady’s dress seems glaring in this setting. Too bad, because the story deserves a good cover.

She’s Natalie Fanshawe, an American of
3.5 Stars rounded UP

Olivia Drake’s second installment to her “Unlikely Duchess” is a lovely romance with a sprinkle of humor that liven up the story. A standalone set in Regency England, FOREVER MY DUKE had Hadrian Ames, Duke of Clayton, butted head with outspoken and free-spirited American Natalie Fenshaw who arrived in England to reunite an orphaned son of her dearest friend with his late mother estranged family.

From the first meeting to their not-wooing that shifted to furtive-wooing that
Miss Natasha Fanshawe is an intrepid young lady who escaped a massacre in which her best friend and her husband were brutally killed, leaving their six year old son, Leo, an orphan. Natasha promised her dying friend to act as guardian to the young boy and take him to her father, Lord Godwin, at his home in England. En route the lively young lad escapes to hide, taking refuge in the private rooms of Hadrian Ames, the Duke of Clayton. It turns out they are all travelling to the same destination ...more
Cathy Geha
Forever My Duke by Olivia Drake
Unlikely Duchesses #2

Mixed feelings on this is well written and characters are developed so I could see and know them but I didn’t feel there was anything new and thus it was rather predictable. The gorgeous duke is off to meet the woman he is supposed to (maybe) marry and meets a beautiful woman on the way. She is taking a young boy to meet his grandfather and the handsome duke provides a ride.

There is the romance, the dastardly bad guy, a young boy that
Norah Gibbons
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley to read in exchange for a fair review. Forever My Duke by Olivia Drake is the second book in the Unlikely Duchesses series. It can be read as a standalone. Hadrian Ames, Duke of Clayton is in need of a wife and since there was an agreement between his father and his cousin who served as as his guardian that Hadrian would unite the families by marrying his cousins daughter he is on his way to visit them and to see if he and his young cousin will ...more
Caiti (The Romance Mom)
While I didn't dislike this book it didn't leave a particularly strong impression on me. I liked the 'Sassy American woman takes on the stuffy British Artistocracy' angle because I always enjoy that in an historical romance but I just had a difficult time connecting with these characters and their story.

This is a well-written book with some clever and amusing moments, but I think, for me, the romance moved too slowly and didn't burn as hotly as I prefer. Most likely a case of 'just not for me'.

Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
3.5 StarsAn enjoyable tale. Some repetitiveness, pretty predictable, and no connection to the first book in the series, but a nice read. Review to come...
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Passionate and emotionally involving, with the right dose of steam given the historical setting of the book, an enticing story of a duke who has plans to settle down by marrying one of his ranking, unaware of what fate has in store for him. A snobbish aristocrat with his pompous world and an American spunky girl with beliefs of equality. This is such an unusual match but the reader will soon be caught by their growing connection to one another.
Dan Curnutt
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Natalie Fanshawe has a small problem, his name is Leo. Natalie is an American whose best friend was an English Noblewoman. They met on the wild frontier of America. Lady Audrey had given up her title and her family connections to marry a preacher. They then moved to America as Missionaries. But when tragedy struck and both Lady Audrey and her husband were killed little Leo was left without any family in America. Audrey's dying request of Natalie was to take Leo back home to his grandfather so ...more
Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forever My Duke
By: Olivia Drake
3.5 Stars
Blurb: Hadrian Ames, the Duke of Clayton, needs a bride. He even has the perfect one picked out. That is, until he meets the lovely, free-spirited Natalie Fanshawe. She’s the opposite of what a man of his high rank should desire in a wife—an outspoken American who has never even set foot in a London ballroom.
But Natalie doesn’t have time to be swept off her feet by a handsome duke who must be a spoiled scoundrel like every other British lord. And she
Susan Peterson
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was completely entranced by the story of Natalie, a brave American woman accompanying her ward to England, and Hadrian, an English duke. There was much warmth and humor in this book, as well as the conflict that Natalie faces as she embraces a country much different than the one she’d left. There was a bit of action and adventure as well. Hadrian and Natalie are different in so many ways, except for their love for a little boy, and their growing attraction for each other.
Austine (NovelKnight)
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This book was provided by the publisher (via NetGalley). This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I feel like it's not fair to call a romance novel formulaic and boring when that formula is a part of the genre, butForever My Dukewas too predictable to make it worth a second glance.

On the surface, the premise caught my attention. An American (Natalie) coming to England always invites some sort of chaos in a
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Forever and a Duke is the second book in the Unlikely Duchesses series by Olivia Drake. Although part of a series it can be read as a standalone book. If you are anything like me though, you will enjoy this one so much that you will want to go back and read the first book in the series before continuing when the next new books are released.

Hadrian Ames, the Duke of Clayton is fed up of the marriage mart, fed up of eager mothers pushing their eligible daughters at him. With that in mind, he
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Shortly after graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in journalism, Olivia Drake sold her first novel two weeks after sending it to a publisher. She now lives in Texas in a cozy cottage with two feisty cats and a photographer husband. Her two daughters have flown the nest, but still come back whenever they want a home-cooked meal!

Olivia Drake is the author of 35 romance novels.

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