About the Book:
Title: What’s a Duke Got to Do With It
Author: Christina Britton
Series: Synneful Spinsters #2
Page Length: 368
Publication Date: July 11, 2023
Synopsis: Four years ago, a scandal cost Miss Katrina Denby everything. Now, companion to the irascible Lady Tesh and in possession of wonderful friends, she believes her luck has finally changed. Until the man responsible for her ruination returns to England and promptly dies in a fall from her bedroom window. Now the life she had begun to build for herself is in shambles. And not only is she ostracized and vilified, but her friends are suffering as well because of their association with her. Katrina will do anything to gain respectability again and protect those she cares for. But her plans to marry one of the few men who will still have her despite the stain on her name and lack of fortune are thrown into turmoil with the arrival of the only man Katrina ever loved. A man who is now about to become engaged to another.
Sebastian Thorne, Duke of Ramsleigh, was a carefree rogue when he first met and began to fall in love with Katrina. But his father’s horrible actions forced him to give up on his dreams of a future with her. Now, after years of trying to save the dukedom, there is only one option left: to marry, and marry well. But though he has nearly secured the woman—and her fortune—necessary to protect the people who are counting on him, his future father-in-law sends him on one final errand to earn his blessing. What Sebastian doesn’t expect while seeing that job through, however, is Katrina—or that his feelings for her have not faded. In fact, they have only grown stronger, Katrina’s hold on his heart even more powerful than before. With both of their futures on the line and so many lives at stake, will their passion for one another lead to the ruin of them both—or give them a happiness they never dared to dream of?
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I was so excited to read Katrina’s story. She’s been an intriguing secondary character, and I was so curious about her story and how she came to be Lay Tesh’s companion. Her story is heartbreaking, and yet she makes the best out of a terrible situation, one where those she depended on most failed her. Now embraced by Lady Tesh and a small group of women, Katrina has created a new life for herself. But when an old love comes back into the picture and a new scandal puts her reputation at risk, the new life Katrina has created is threatened.
Katrina’s life changed irrevocably, and her reputation is ruined through no fault of her own when a man tries to sneak into her window. With a tarnished reputation and no familial support, Katrina takes on the role of companion. Katrina is a strong woman who has been unfairly treated by society, and I think her story highlights the unfairness and inequity between the sexes at the time. She is a good woman, kind, sincere, and honorable, and yet she is treated and judged harshly for things she didn’t even do. Her story speaks volumes about gender roles and the rights of women.
Much like Katrina, Sebastian’s life is ruled by societal expectations and pressures. It’s clear that Katrina and Sebastian have feelings for each other, but because of life’s circumstances and a tentative betrothal to someone else, their reunion seems improbable. There’s a lot of pining and longing between Sebastian and Katrina, but their selflessness and honor threaten to keep them apart. I so rooted for this couple and hoped that they’d find a way to repair Katrina’s reputation and be together.
The secondary characters are dynamic foils to the protagonists, and I’m really curious about some of the other Synneful Spinsters. They are such a unique group of women, and each has a story to tell, I’m sure. I’m eager to see each of them find love and whatever else they’re looking for. And I love Lady Tesh! She is hysterical and intuitive and meddlesome, and she is so outspoken and endearing. There are great messages about friendship, found family, and sisterhood throughout the novel, especially as Katrina is rebuked and the women all stand with her.
I always enjoy historical romances by Christina Britton. They’re fun and entertaining, and the romances are always swoon-worthy!! Thanks to NetGalley and Forever Publishing for providing me with an advanced copy of the book. All thoughts are my own.
- The romance.
- The setting.
- The friendships.
- second chance romance
- found family