The Duke I Once Knew Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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For years, Abigail Linton devoted herself to caring for her parents and her siblings’ children. Now, eager to create a life of her own, Abby seizes upon a position as a governess on a neighboring estate. Unfortunately, her absentee employer is Maxwell Bryce, the Duke of Rothwell, the notorious rake who once broke her youthful heart. But since he hasn’t set foot on his estate for 15 years, Abby assumes she’ll never have to lay eyes on him ever again. Then, from out of nowhere, Max appears. He is stunned to come face-to-face with the girl he fell for years ago - before he went away and she stopped writing to him...even though Abby swears that he is the one who left her without a word. Could it be that this spirited, witty spinster has won Max’s heart all over again - and that they may have a second chance at love?
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 13 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 15, 2019|
|Publisher||Dreamscape Media, LLC|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #162,961 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,761 in Regency Romance
#14,424 in Regency Romances
Reviewed in the United States on January 20, 2019
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First, they meet when they are fifteen for one summer and share a brief, but intense romance for the summer. Okay, yeah they are fifteen and only meet for like.. 3 or 4 months max but I'll suspend belief because it's a romance novel etc, they are in love.
Then, the whole misunderstanding happens and when they come back and meet 15 years later, they still carry a flame. But here's the problem: they don't really have a romance in the adult timeline. Sure they get over the Big Misunderstanding (which is SUPER anticlimactic) , but after all of that the only thing that really happens to further the romance is them kissing etc and lots of internal monologues about how they are falling in love with each other. There is BARELY any real heart to heart/intellectual conversation etc and a flourishing of an actual relationship afterward. They knew each other for like 4 months tops before too. They might have had young love, but the actual relationship development was lacking.
Also, where was the hero's personality?? The other does a bit of a better job with the heroine but like the hero's personality felt 2D and lacking beyond the general "I went wild because girl betrayed me oh woe"
Most of the high reviews for this book were ARCs too from what I can see... not bad when free but this book was EIGHT DOLLARS... Take it from me and save your money, I know I want my money back. There was a lot of things here that could have made a good story but the author didn't put enough into it to make it work
Abigail Linton has spent her life taking care of her aging parents and her siblings’ children. Now that her parents have been gone for a year, Abigail is ready to finally have a life of her own. Against her siblings’ wishes, Abigail takes a governess position on a neighboring estate to care for a duke’s younger sister. Abigail is sure she’ll never see her employer, Maxwell Bryce Duke of Rothwell, as he never comes to the estate which is just fine with her considering the man broke her heart fifteen years ago. But when Max unexpectedly arrives, all those old feelings come back to the surface and Abigail will be forced to face the fact she never got over him.
Abby and Max’s relationship is initially full of misunderstandings and past resentments due to what happened between them fifteen years ago. They do clear up what happened back then pretty quickly which I was happy to see, but that doesn’t mean the resentments stop. Due to issues in his parents’ marriage, Max ended up in the camp that love is misery and is best avoided. This got old very quickly and I wanted to shake some sense into him at times. Unfortunately my issues with Max meant I didn’t love Abby and Max as a couple as I just couldn’t get past how much of a jerk he was 90% of the time. It appears that I am in the minority when it comes to Max though, so it may just be that he’s not the kind of hero I prefer in my romances.
Abby’s family were awful and they treated her more like a servant than a family member. And worse, none of them saw anything wrong with the ways they took advantage of her. There’s a scene in the book where Max calls them out for it and I was very happy to see someone give them a dressing down. Ultimately Abby does stand up to them near the end of the book, but she required quite a bit of prodding to do so and I wish she’d done it sooner. Max’s sister was fantastic and I enjoyed the bond she formed with Abby during the course of the book. Max’s friends that arrive at the estate with him were an interesting bunch to be sure. I really enjoyed the prize fighter that accompanied them and his adoration of small animals was delightful.
Despite my issues with Max, I did end up enjoying The Duke I Once Knew and I will be continuing on with the series.
This trope is old and worn out, in in the Era of: #metoo, I think it is time for it to retire.