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A Good Duke Is Hard to Find

(Isle of Synne #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  404 ratings  ·  162 reviews
After her third fiancé leaves her at the altar, Lenora Hartley is beginning to think she's cursed. One thing's for certain: she needs to escape London and her father's tyrannical attempts to find her yet another suitor. The Isle of Synne, an isolated and idyllic retreat off Britain's northern coast, is blessedly far from society's gossip, but it also carries haunting remin ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 351 pages
Published June 30th 2020 by Forever
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I was utterly delighted with this new series from Britton! A vengeful, yet sad young man who is now the presumptive heir of the Duke of the Isle of Synne returns only to exact his revenge (NO HEIRS FOR YOU). He isn't expecting to find the beautiful and also sad society miss who's been jilted three times living with the woman who helped him and his dead mother all those years ago.

Fun Norse inspired mythology paired with a gorgeous setting I felt MUST be like the Isle of Skye, this was so much fun
2.5 stars. This was just okay for me, but I did enjoy the last half somewhat more. I liked the setting on the Isle of Synne--always nice to have settings other than London for variety. The characters were fine, but I didn't have strong feelings for either one. Peter annoyed me a good deal in the beginning, but of course he had reformed by the end! I have no complaints about the writing style, so I think what made this one not stick out to me was that there really wasn't much of a plot. It did pi ...more
Barbara Rogers
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Series: Isle of Synne #1
Publication Date: 6/30/20
Number of Pages: 384
*** 3.5 Stars Rounded Up ***

Lenora Hartley’s journey to her HEA has been a tough one. She’s been left at the altar three times in as many years. None of them was her fault – one died in an accident, one eloped with someone else, and one left for the continent after a duel. Then, there is her father to contend with. He’s dead-set on marrying her off to his advantage – believe me, the man makes Simon Legree look like a saint. The
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Good Duke is Hard to Find features a wonderful romance between a woman cursed in love and a duke’s heir out for revenge.

After being jilted by her third fiancé, Lenora Hartley decides to take a break from London and her father’s attempts to find her another match. The Isle of Synne, an isolated island off Britain’s northern coast, is exactly the right place to avoid the gossip. But soon after arriving, she runs into a mysterious man who attracts her far more than she expected. Peter Ashford is
After her third fiancé left her in the altar – yes, that’s THREE failed engagements – Lenora Hartley decides to escape London to The Isle of Synne, an isolated and idyllic retreat off Britain's northern coast where she spends a lot of her girlhood there. An island that also carries the memory of her first fiancé (now deceased).

Meanwhile, Peter Ashford comes to Synne to pay long time debts as well as ensure his revenge to Duke of Dane, whom Peter thinks solely responsible to the death of her mot
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
The third time is definitely not the charm for Lenora. She has been engaged three times and still, she remains unmarried. With her father furious at her for putting him in this situation... again, she decided to escape London with her dear friend and go back to the Isle of Synne. She has always felt at peace on the Isle. Lenora must wait for her father to save her reputation and match her with someone else that will aid his career and pocketbook. She knows she can never have a love match, but ma ...more
Renaissance Kate
3.5 stars

When I saw this book is the first in a historical romance series, I immediately requested the ARC with the hope of finding a new series I could continue to follow. Plus, the red-orange hues on the cover are gorgeous!

I loved the opening chapters of this book as Lenora’s heartwarming friendship with Margary is established, a contrast to her tense relationship with her cruel father. I admired Lenora’s resilience and grace as she struggles not only with the shame of three failed engagements
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Starring Miss Lenora Hartley and Peter Ashford, heir to the Duke of Dane. Revenge trope.

This was my first Christina Britton experience and I absolutely loved it. This story was an emotional roller coaster and I enjoyed every second of the ride. I will definitely be looking for more of Christina Britton’s books.

Peter is the ultimate moody and broody hero. He’s got a lot on his plate... death bed promise... revenge... so the last thing he needs is to fall in love. But there’s something about Leno
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Good Duke is Hard to Find was a great read with an original concept that brought something new to the historical romance and Regency romance genres.

Miss Lenora Hartley, despite her beauty and gentle breeding, has suffered the embarrassment of being left at the alter (or well before it) no less than three times - three times too many for her coldly distant father. To avoid yet another scandal, Lenora and her lifelong friend, Margery, return to the Isle of Synne to await her newest suitor per h
Carole Burant
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought this was such a beautiful read, very heartwarming and proof that there's always hope of love, even when you're not looking for it or think you don't deserve it.

Lenora escapes London to the Isle of Synne, where she spent lovely times growing up, to get away from yet another scandal. Being left at the altar is nothing new for Lenora and it's a good thing her heart wasn't affected since they were marriages arranged by her father. Being back on the Isle of Synne brings back a lot of good m
DNF at 34%

I don’t think this is a bad book, I just think it’s not for me. I was ridiculously bored after the first third; it wouldn’t be fair to the book if I continued forcing myself to read until the end. The writing style is decent, but I felt no emotional connection to the characters or their romantic relationship.

I get it, the hero must pursue his revenge at all costs even though it’s glaringly obvious from page 20 that his hatred is unwarranted and he’ll eventually forgive his “enemy” at
Liz Sergent
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an honest review. Lenora has had it rough, three times left at the altar much to her fathers demise. She just wants peace away from society's gossip. So she goes to the Isle of Synne with her friend Margary. While there with friends she runs into Peter who has agreed to stay at the Isle of Synne for one month. This was an enjoyable read, I loved these characters and seeing their happily ever after through. ...more
Mar 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021, netgalley
This was my first book by this author but definitely won’t be my last!! I loved the characters and their love story. I’m so glad that I read this because it just made me happy. Very low angst and not as steamy as other romances but that didn’t bother me at all.
Lindsay  pinkcowlandreads
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, kindle-books

*Large Viking like man returns to the Ilse of Synne to enact revenge on the family that denied him years ago. Could you be the one to help me bring down my vengeance?

*Three time fiancee is looking for a new groom who will choose her for her… not what her father can give them. Fourth times the charm!


What interesting characters! An Americanized Brit with viking ancestry is our delicious hero, Peter Ashford. He has arrived not heIsle to pay a debt to his aunt and inform his uncle of
I saw that this book was available on read now during the lockdown, and I’m always on the lookout for more historical romances, so thought this would be one for me. I really enjoyed the setting of the Isle of Synne, and the historical aspect of the origins of the island were wonderfully woven into the story of Lenora and Peter.

Peter Ashford is the heir to the Dukedom of Dane, and actively despises the current duke, so is happy to allow the dukedom to fall into ruin on the duke’s death. However,
Lenora has now had 3 broken engagements. She needs to escape London and the humiliation. She visits the Isle of Synne with her best friend. Its not the peaceful retreat she needs, as it holds the most memories of her now dead first fiance, but she still finds distraction in a visitor from America.

Peter is in line for the Dukedom in charge of the Isle of Synne, but he has no desire to take up the mantle. He is only here to take revenge against the duke that wronged him and his mother so many year
Jan 14, 2021 rated it liked it
After three failed engagements, Miss Lenora Hartley leaves London and visits her godmother on The Isle of Synne, hoping to escape her coldhearted father's attempts to find her yet another fiancé. Peter Ashford is also on the Isle, with revenge plans against the man responsible for his mother's death. When Peter meets Lenora, he has to decide whether he can love ahead of vengeance.

This is the first book in the Isle of Synne series. I read book one and two out of order, and this is one case where
Mary Gallo
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was an interesting story but the title isn't accurate. The hero in the story is not a duke. He wasn't raised a duke or to be a duke. He is the last heir in a line if heirs that have died and he has been living in America the last 13 years. He came back to tell the dying duke that he will let dukedom fall to pieces and neglect the duke's family because the duke didn't help him when he was 13 and his mother was dying. The heroine is a lady who has been engaged 3 times and 1 engagement ended i ...more
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was excited for this synopsis and the promise of a new-to-me author and sadly I’m a bit disappointed.

I liked Lenora well enough. She’s spent so much of her time being the dutiful daughter that she doesn’t seem to have her own personality. Peter has a past hurt and is so blinded by revenge, he turns away from niceties. It took a while for the both of them to warm up to anything and open up. Of course Lady Tesh is delightful and Peter’s friend Quincy stole every scene.

Plot wise, it was tedious
Pat Dupuy
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the characters and the unfolding story. I find it appealing that the hero is so self sufficient, confident, and successful as an adult, yet so incredibly insecure when it comes to the social graces. He is baffled by all the courses of a meal, all the utensils required for dining. He never learned to dance. His wardrobe lacks clothing suitable for social engagements. Of course, this is an area of his life he purposely neglected. The heroine is a kind soul who has had a run of bad luck f ...more
Jessica Grogan
Jun 09, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the first book I’ve read by this author and although it wasn’t necessarily my cup of tea, I will give the next book in the series a shot.

I LOVE a grumpy hero and I liked Peter well enough but the revenge plot got old when it was obvious the Duke wasn’t as bad of a guy as he thought. Lenora’s hang up on her previous fiancé got a tad old, too.

The absolute best thing about this book was the side characters. I found them all to be very delightful and actually kind of wanted to read about t
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of "A Good Duke Is Hard to Find" by Christina Britton from Netgalley. Miss Lenora Hartley is left at the altar when her groom goes to fight a duel, her third fiancee to not marry her. Peter Ashford has taken 13 years to pay off debts he believes he owes his family. They both happen to be staying at LadyTesh's home, godmother to Lenora and grand aunt to Peter, who also now happens to be heir to the Duke. The story moves beautifully ss they learn to love and forgive. ...more
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
After three failed engagements Lenora is desperate not to marry. She meets Peter who does not want to marry and is trying to bring down the dukedom he stands to inherit. Lenora manages to soften Peter as they both try to deny their feelings. This was a good story. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.
nick (the infinite limits of love)


Really enjoyed the setting. Was hoping for a bit more emotional connection between the couple, however. Overall, I'm interested in continuing on with the series though!
Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
After being left at the alter by her third fiancé, Miss Lenora Hartley is at her wit’s end. She’s only sure of her need to escape London and her father’s obsessive determination to find her yet another suitor. She joins her best friend, Margery, and her grandmother, on the Isle of Synne, isolated off Britain’s northern coast. There Lenora can escape society’s judgments and her father’s threats, but she must also face the ghost of her first fiancé and the guilt she feels surrounding his death. Le ...more
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was ok
ARC review

Writing: It was good. There wasn't any issue with it.

Characters: I liked the herione, Lenora. She has an awful father, and on top of that, she has had three fiances. Imagine a female Ross, and we get our heroine. The hero, Peter, is one stubborn, asshole. He, like Simon in The Duke and I, is determined to get revenge from a Duke who had refused to help him when he was a kid to save his mother. And now, he is determined to not continue the line and produce an heir. So, they are stuck a
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
not sure why i bothered to finish this when i knew from the first two chapters i didn't like the mcs and wouldn't like the romance. but i did, with a lot of eyerolling as expected so. sorry for the 2-star review when i'd have been better served dnf-ing i guess ...more
Tracy Emro
3.5 stars rounded up

To say that Miss Lenora Hartley has been unlucky in love would be an understatement, she has been engaged three times and is still unwed! After being jilted at the altar by groom number three, she decides to escape London and her father’s attempts to find her another suitor. She goes with her dearest friend Margery Kitteridge to the Isle of Synne to visit Margery’s grandmother, Viscountess Tesh. But Synne may not offer the respite she is seeking, as it stirs up memories of he
Lynsey A
Well, to be honest, I requested this book from the library but not sure why. LOL I don't know if I got it off someone's review or it just looked like a good read.

Turns out, it actually was a pretty good read. The steam level was pretty low but man the angst was pretty high level.

Peter has returned to England to pay back a debt as well as take revenge on the Duke that turned him away years ago. However, when he literally runs into Miss Lenora Hartley, all of that is turned upside down. The momen
Pj Ausdenmore
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by Christina Britton. It won't be my last. I really enjoyed her voice, her characters, her fresh and original story, and her fictional Isle of Synne. I want to go there, hang out with Lady Tesh, buy one of Lenora's paintings, meet the rest of Britton's fascinating cast, and drop Lenora's father off a very high cliff into very deep water. That man deserves every bad thing that could ever happen to him.

I found both main characters to be sympathetic and likable though, admit
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Christina Britton developed a passion for writing romance novels shortly after buying her first at the tender age of thirteen. Though for several years she turned to art and put brush instead of pen to paper, she has returned to her first love and is now writing full time. She spends her days dreaming of corsets and cravats and noblemen with tortured souls.

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