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New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath continues her Once Upon a Dukedom series with this lush love story of a duke who discovers what he desires in a wife may not be what he needs... Hugh Brinsley-Norton, the Duke of Kingsland, is in need of a duchess. However, restoring the dukedom—left in ruins by his father—to its former glory demands all his time, with little New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath continues her Once Upon a Dukedom series with this lush love story of a duke who discovers what he desires in a wife may not be what he needs... Hugh Brinsley-Norton, the Duke of Kingsland, is in need of a duchess. However, restoring the dukedom—left in ruins by his father—to its former glory demands all his time, with little room for sentiment. He places an advert encouraging the single ladies of the ton to write why they should be the one chosen, and leaves it to his efficient secretary to select his future wife. If there exists a more unpleasant task in the world than deciding who is to marry the man you love, Penelope Pettypeace certainly can’t imagine what it might be. Still, she is determined to find the perfect bride for her clueless, yet ruthlessly charming employer. But when an anonymous note threatens to reveal truths best hidden, Kingsland has no choice but to confront the danger with Penelope at his side. Beguiled by the strong-willed, courageous beauty, he realizes he’s willing to risk everything, including his heart, to keep her safe within his arms. Could it be the duchess he’s hunting for has been in front of him all along?


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New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath continues her Once Upon a Dukedom series with this lush love story of a duke who discovers what he desires in a wife may not be what he needs... Hugh Brinsley-Norton, the Duke of Kingsland, is in need of a duchess. However, restoring the dukedom—left in ruins by his father—to its former glory demands all his time, with little New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath continues her Once Upon a Dukedom series with this lush love story of a duke who discovers what he desires in a wife may not be what he needs... Hugh Brinsley-Norton, the Duke of Kingsland, is in need of a duchess. However, restoring the dukedom—left in ruins by his father—to its former glory demands all his time, with little room for sentiment. He places an advert encouraging the single ladies of the ton to write why they should be the one chosen, and leaves it to his efficient secretary to select his future wife. If there exists a more unpleasant task in the world than deciding who is to marry the man you love, Penelope Pettypeace certainly can’t imagine what it might be. Still, she is determined to find the perfect bride for her clueless, yet ruthlessly charming employer. But when an anonymous note threatens to reveal truths best hidden, Kingsland has no choice but to confront the danger with Penelope at his side. Beguiled by the strong-willed, courageous beauty, he realizes he’s willing to risk everything, including his heart, to keep her safe within his arms. Could it be the duchess he’s hunting for has been in front of him all along?

46 review for The Duchess Hunt

  1. 4 out of 5

    nick (the infinite limits of love)

    I think I loved this one even more than the first book. Penelope and Hugh were SO GOOD together. There's so much mutual pining and the chemistry between the two is HOT. RTC CW: (view spoiler)[use of the word "savage", revenge porn, abusive parent (in the past), death of parent (off-page) (hide spoiler)] I think I loved this one even more than the first book. Penelope and Hugh were SO GOOD together. There's so much mutual pining and the chemistry between the two is HOT. RTC CW: (view spoiler)[use of the word "savage", revenge porn, abusive parent (in the past), death of parent (off-page) (hide spoiler)]

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    A really wonderful story to read! The Duke is looking for a wife, but he doesn't have time for love. To solve this problem he leaves the task to his secretary, Penelope Pettypeace. I was not expecting the multiple twists from what seemed at first glance to be a run of the mill historical romance. Wow. Well written with plenty of spice if that's what you're looking for. *Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this eARC. A really wonderful story to read! The Duke is looking for a wife, but he doesn't have time for love. To solve this problem he leaves the task to his secretary, Penelope Pettypeace. I was not expecting the multiple twists from what seemed at first glance to be a run of the mill historical romance. Wow. Well written with plenty of spice if that's what you're looking for. *Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this eARC.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Heather (heatherreadstoomuch)

    Oh, Lorraine Heath. I don't think it's possible for her to write a book I don't love immediately. The Duchess Hunt, the second in the Once Upon a Dukedom series, is no exception to that. Hugh, the Duke of Kingsland, is in need of an heir, but has no wish to waste time trying to find a bride. He's placed an advertisement for a duchess, and set his faithful secretary, Penelope, to work to sort through the candidates and choose him a wife. The most important talent she must possess: to be quiet. K Oh, Lorraine Heath. I don't think it's possible for her to write a book I don't love immediately. The Duchess Hunt, the second in the Once Upon a Dukedom series, is no exception to that. Hugh, the Duke of Kingsland, is in need of an heir, but has no wish to waste time trying to find a bride. He's placed an advertisement for a duchess, and set his faithful secretary, Penelope, to work to sort through the candidates and choose him a wife. The most important talent she must possess: to be quiet. Kingsland is devoted to investing and making money, and as a genius has little time for conversation. Penelope Pettypeace, his secretary, sets out to do the job the very best she can - the only problem is that she is in love with the duke! This book is wonderful. The mutual pining between Hugh and Penelope, the attraction they both try in vain to fight, all of it is perfect. The plot moves pretty slowly until the second half, but the characters are developed so wonderfully that it hardly matters. As always, Heath tackles subjects with aplomb that in the hands of other authors might have fallen flat. The way she deals with female agency and female sexuality in this book is spot-on. Penelope is strong and fearless, while still being feminine and vulnerable. Overall this is a wonderful book and I'm only sorry I have to wait to read the next one!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Candice

    I absolutely devoured Lorraine Heath's The Duchess Hunt! Penelope Pettypeace is the 28 year old private secretary to Hugh Brinsley-Norton, Duke of Kingsland. Has been for a long time. She has kept his life in order for many many years while secretly carrying a massive crush on him. King, on the other hand, has always depended on Penelope. From business meetings, to finding a proper Duchess to be his wife, to being that one constant that calms him down. He himself doesn't fully realize how much h I absolutely devoured Lorraine Heath's The Duchess Hunt! Penelope Pettypeace is the 28 year old private secretary to Hugh Brinsley-Norton, Duke of Kingsland. Has been for a long time. She has kept his life in order for many many years while secretly carrying a massive crush on him. King, on the other hand, has always depended on Penelope. From business meetings, to finding a proper Duchess to be his wife, to being that one constant that calms him down. He himself doesn't fully realize how much he depends on her. Or how aware he is of her presence in his everyday life. It all comes to a head when something in their dynamic changes. The chemistry is amplified throughout. She consumes his thought's and he hers. Secrets and multiple twists begin to unravel. It is all so so good! Thank you NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Johanna Sawyer

    Cover makes this an intense bodice ripper which caught my eye. Throw hunt in the title and I’m in to read without even looking at the blurb. This was a fun read and I gave it five stars for the intense reading pleasure! What did I like? Kingsland made an amazing Duke with his regal air and need of Pettypeace. Love the idea of the chessmen and the uniqueness of the idea. Pettypeace has a crush on the duke but her lower standing doesn’t allow for much. This was so much fun and an amazing HEA! Lov Cover makes this an intense bodice ripper which caught my eye. Throw hunt in the title and I’m in to read without even looking at the blurb. This was a fun read and I gave it five stars for the intense reading pleasure! What did I like? Kingsland made an amazing Duke with his regal air and need of Pettypeace. Love the idea of the chessmen and the uniqueness of the idea. Pettypeace has a crush on the duke but her lower standing doesn’t allow for much. This was so much fun and an amazing HEA! Loved it! Would I recommend or buy? Yes to both. I’ve seen this author around and would definitely recommend because this book was engrossing and just fun. The slow burn attraction was intriguing and the fireworks phenomenal when these two finally collide. I received a complimentary copy to read and voluntarily left a review! Five stars!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews

    Lorraine Heath is always a favorite of mine! The romances are always great and she does a good job of mixing expectation with surprise. I absolutely loved Penelope. I enjoy historicals that have women in positions not common for the time. She's a compelling character in many ways. Her past is a bit checkered, but her present is made up of hard work and an unrequited love for her duke, Hugh. Hugh is a smart idiot. He's book smart and generally does well with people, but can't see right in front o Lorraine Heath is always a favorite of mine! The romances are always great and she does a good job of mixing expectation with surprise. I absolutely loved Penelope. I enjoy historicals that have women in positions not common for the time. She's a compelling character in many ways. Her past is a bit checkered, but her present is made up of hard work and an unrequited love for her duke, Hugh. Hugh is a smart idiot. He's book smart and generally does well with people, but can't see right in front of his face as far as Penelope and their relationship. That made it all the more worth it when he finally realized he actually did have a heart. I heartily recommend this book to all Lorraine Heath fans! It's fun and romantic, featuring great characters with a solid story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey Bogan

    Thanks to netgalley for advanced copy After the last book I was really looking forward to see how Kingsland’s story would go. I’m a sucker for an aloof hero who was rebuffed by a former love interest and the introduction of his mysterious secretary in the previously book added a level of interest. All in all I really enjoyed this book, it avoided a lot of the annoying tropes I might have expected and both characters were likeable. There were a few parts where the plotting or story development fe Thanks to netgalley for advanced copy After the last book I was really looking forward to see how Kingsland’s story would go. I’m a sucker for an aloof hero who was rebuffed by a former love interest and the introduction of his mysterious secretary in the previously book added a level of interest. All in all I really enjoyed this book, it avoided a lot of the annoying tropes I might have expected and both characters were likeable. There were a few parts where the plotting or story development felt loose or a little wonky, but I read this as an advance copy so it’s very possible those threads will have been tightened up through the editing process before release day. A satisfying historical romance though nothing especially new to the genre.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Beth SHULAM

    Thank you to Avon and Netgalley for the ARC to read and review. Miss Pettypeace and the Duke. The Duke of Kingsland (King) was everything I like in a brooding hero. Tormented childhood. Repressed emotions. Oblivious to what's right in front of him. So it was very satisfying to witness his completely succumbing to his Girl Friday, Miss Pettypeace. I am now anxiously awaiting the stories of the Chessman. Ms Chase knows how to keep readers around for more. She is a master of the historical romance. Thank you to Avon and Netgalley for the ARC to read and review. Miss Pettypeace and the Duke. The Duke of Kingsland (King) was everything I like in a brooding hero. Tormented childhood. Repressed emotions. Oblivious to what's right in front of him. So it was very satisfying to witness his completely succumbing to his Girl Friday, Miss Pettypeace. I am now anxiously awaiting the stories of the Chessman. Ms Chase knows how to keep readers around for more. She is a master of the historical romance.

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    Jaime Arkin

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