Review: The Duke I Once Knew by Olivia Drake

Genre: Historical, Romance, Regency

Pages: 336

 Expected publication: December 31st 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

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First love is always the sweetest. 

For years, Abigail Linton devoted herself to caring for her aging parents and the children of her siblings. Now, eager to make her own life, she takes a position as governess on the neighboring estate. It shouldn’t matter that her absentee employer is Maxwell Bryce, the Duke of Rothwell, the infamous rake who once broke her youthful heart. Surely he’s forgotten her, for he hasn’t set foot on his estate for fifteen years. At least, that is, until he arrives unexpectedly.

Max is incensed to meet his sister’s new governess. But why does Abby appear just as displeased to see him when it was she who’d rejected him all those years ago? Why is he so drawn to the independent spinster she has become? And why is there a sparkle in her beautiful blue eyes that suggests they might have a second chance at love?


My Thoughts

A cozy read for the winter break!

If you’re a fan of sweet over sultry then this is the book for you. Although there was only a touch of forbidden moments in this book it was incredibly sweet. It had its fair share of frustration in it too, which is inevitable when you’re dealing with Regency Romance! 😀

The characters were lovely enough, I did crave more from them but it didn’t ruin the book for me. The pace of the book moved along quickly and the small mystery of “but where…” that is hidden in the story was enough to keep me latched on to that question too!

Overall, it was a sweet read and perfect to finish up on Christmas Eve!

3.5 Savvy Crowns from me.

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