Release Date: Nov 10, 2020
Series: Rogues to Riches
Heat Level: Sensual
Publisher: Grand Central
The Truth About Dukes is the 5th book in the Rogues to Riches series by Grace Burrowes. I have read many books by Grace Burrowes but none from this series. I plan to start soon. This series tells the stories of the Wentworth family who, despite not coming from high society, inherit a ducal title.
Constance Wentworth prefers to avoid attention. She has learned to be quiet, unassuming and stay on the periphery at social events. This strategy serves her well until an old acquaintance seeks out her company.
Robert, The Duke of Rothhaven, functions best when he stays to his very narrow comfort zone. He prefers to avoid being out in society and has done so for several years. Circumstances find him trying to take on his ducal responsibilities. At one quite miserable ball he spies an old acquaintance.
Constance and Robert met many years earlier while they were each in dire situations. Their reacquaintance, which was inevitable due to their siblings becoming betrothed, brings unexpected companionship and support when they least expect to need it.
I loved this story. I was drawn to the main characters due to their vulnerabilities and determination to survive rough circumstances. There are nefarious characters plotting to take advantage of a vulnerable situation. There is a secret search. There are well meaning but interfering siblings who are also completely supportive. The main characters’ support and companionship develop into a deep love. While the characters are very passionate, the story’s love scenes are sensual without being overly graphic.
Grace Burrowes is a master storyteller. Her artistic use of time period appropriate language transports the reader to the Regency era. She weaves an intricate story, slowly peeling back the layers of the characters and situations to entice the reader. The main storyline deals with the topic of Epilepsy. The author seems to have done her research. The terminology, while difficult to read, would have been common during the time. As a reader I appreciate this historical accuracy.
This book is perfection. This is a standalone book, but I will gladly read all the previous books in this series and return to reread this one.