• The Return of the Duke

  • Once Upon a Dukedom
  • By: Lorraine Heath
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the thrilling third book in New York Times best-selling author Lorraine Heath’s Once Upon a Dukedom series, the dashing son of a disgraced duke teams up with a sultry beauty to thwart an assassination plot against Queen Victoria.

When his father, the Duke of Wolfford, is hanged for an assassination attempt on Queen Victoria, Marcus Stanwick is stripped of everything. Vowing to return honor to his family, he seeks to expose the others involved in the treasonous plot and bring them to justice. His search forces him to turn to a woman he despises for her unforgiveable betrayal—a woman known as the heartless harlot.

Harboring secrets, Esme Lancaster has her own reasons for wanting to discover who’s behind the conspiracy that’s still afoot. She doesn’t trust Marcus but can’t deny the handsome devil makes her wonder if she does indeed possess a heart, one he could very easily steal.

As their hunt for the truth leads them into danger, Marcus finds Esme isn’t cold and calculating as he’d assumed but fire and brimstone, with courage and determination to match his own. Soon, they’re unable to deny their growing desire for each other. But giving into temptation comes at a cost, and they must decide if love is worth the risk of losing their one chance for redemption.

©2022 Lorraine Heath (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Pretty good

I'm rounding this up to 4 stars due to the unique plot of infertility and espionage. I feel it is a strong 3 but got better towards the end.

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Multitasker

This has been a marvelous conclusion of a series that has woven a lot historical facts to a romance that has made it exceptional. I hope that readers begin with the first in the and read all in order. I will not divulge any aspects of the story, with the hope that you will read it. I recommend wholeheartedly. Happy listening!

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Loved it!

I have been waiting and waiting for Marcus' story and was not disappointed. I liked how quickly they got together and how the trust came right away. Esme was such a fabulous woman and is perfect for Marcus. I love ALL of Lorraine Heath's books. I highly recommend!!!

Kate Reading is the absolute BEST!!

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What a fantastic ending to a wonderful series!!

I absolutely loved this audiobook. The story was riveting and it’s pace was perfect! I’m just sorry to have the series end! I loved all characters! I was happy to hear the authors note at the end about a new series about the chessman.
Grab this audiobook, you won’t be disappointed! Happy listening!!

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Absolutely beautiful!

I’ve never written an audible review, but I was compelled to do so. I LOVED this story as much as I LOVED The Duchess Hunt. Thank you Lorraine Heath for your incredible stories of love and thank you Kate Reading for the incomparable narration. The two of you are a perfect pair—just like Marcus and Esme, and King and Pettypeace. Now I cannot wait for the Chessmen series!!!

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Delicious conclusion to this series.

What a wonderful way to conclude this series! I loved the rich characters, dialogue, intrigue, steamy relationships and love with sacrifice. Lorraine Heath does not disappoint. Her details of actual historical events interwoven with adventure, lust, and love create a most delicious story. Kate Reading is by far the best voice for the characters. Well done and very satisfying.

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  • Joey
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Just so good

Lorraine Health is a spinner of brilliant stories. I have been looking forward to the release of this novel to find out the outcome for Marcus. It was worth it. I know the endings, I know the do they, don't they as most romances go, but the journey is one I love all the way to the end. Return of the Duke is so delectable and seductive with action and intrigue.

As for Kate Reading her narration of all the novels I've listened to by Lorraine have been wonderful. Her story telling captures and hold you as much as the story itself.

I look forward to hearing of the chess men as I have so enjoyed all her other sets.