Wednesday, January 25, 2023

One Duke Down: A Rogues to Lovers Novel by Anna Bennett

(Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book!)

about book: (summary from Goodreads)

The next delightful novel in Anna Bennett's Rogues to Lovers series!

"Tantalizing...readers will be swept away." - Publishers Weekly

Miss Poppy Summers is determined to keep her family’s fishing business afloat. Her poor widowed father has fallen ill, and her foolhardy brother has moved to London, leaving her precious little time to read or pursue her own dreams. But she’ll do anything for her family, so she cheerfully spends mornings in her rowboat, casting her nets. The very last thing Poppy expects or wants to find tangled in them is a dangerously attractive man. Especially one with a head wound—who’s convinced he’s a duke.

Andrew Keane is the Duke of Hawking, but he’s having the devil of a time convincing his fiery-haired rescuer of that fact. The truth is he came to the seaside resort of Bellehaven Bay to escape his life in London. Unfortunately, someone in Bellehaven wants to kill him—and he intends to find out who. He implores Poppy to tend to his injuries and hide him on her beach, reasoning it will be easier to find his attacker if that man assumes Keane is already dead. She wants no part of the scheme but can’t refuse the generous sum he offers in exchange for food and shelter while he recovers. It’s a mutually beneficial business arrangement…nothing more.


Under Poppy’s care, Keane regains his strength—and a sense of purpose. As they work together to solve the puzzle of his would-be murderer, he’s dazzled by her rapier wit and adventurous spirit; she’s intrigued by his mysterious air and protective streak. Though Poppy’s past gives her every reason to mistrust someone like Keane, the seawalls around her heart crumble in the storm of their passion. But when clues hint at the prime suspect in Keane’s attempted murder, Poppy must decide where her loyalties lie. Torn between the world she’s always known and the one she’s always dreamed of, she’ll need true love for a shot at her fairytale ending.

my thoughts:

Sexy historical romance novels are my new favorite! I just finished reading Anna Bennett's latest book in her Rogues to Lovers series, One Duke Down, and it was fantastic! 

Poppy's family has fallen on tough times and she is determined to keep their fisherman business from shutting down. So, she finds herself in a rowboat casting nets each morning. However, on one of these outings she winds up catching more than fish - she finds a handsome wounded man who's convinced he's a duke. Poppy takes him into her care in exchange for a generous sum. The man's name is Andrew and he is convinced that someone is trying to kill him. He wants Poppy to take care of him and keep him hidden, so that he can figure out who wants him dead and why. Talk about unwanted problems. Suffice it to say, Poppy and Andrew find themselves falling for one another.  Of course, loyalties are tested when the truth comes out about Andrew and his enemy. And, did I mention that the sparks between him and Poppy are off the charts - cue music as steamy love scenes ensue. All in all, One Duke Down is a fun and spicy read that you will fall in LOVE with. 

I would happily recommend Anna Bennett's novel, One Duke Down, to fans of her books and to anyone looking for their next sexy read. Make sure to check it out! 

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book!

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