A NYT bestselling author kicks off a new Regency series of "irresistible romance and a family of delightful scoundrels" as a woman looking to recover a stolen painting accidentally kidnaps a duke instead. (Eloisa James)
Chloe Wynchester is completely forgettable—a curse that gives her the ability to blend into any crowd. When the only father she's ever known makes a dying wish for his adopted family of orphans to recover a missing painting, she's the first one her siblings turn to for stealing it back. No one expects that in doing so, she'll also abduct a handsome duke.
Lawrence Gosling, the Duke of Faircliffe, is tortured by his father's mistakes. To repair his estate's ruined reputation, he must wed a highborn heiress. Yet when he finds himself in a carriage being driven hell-for-leather down the cobblestone streets of London by a beautiful woman who refuses to heed his commands, he fears his heart is hers. But how can he sacrifice his family's legacy to follow true love?
The Duke Heist (The Wild Wynchesters #1) by Erica Ridley
Published by Forever on February 9, 2021
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I received a complimentary ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
THE DUKE HEIST by Erica Ridley
The Duke Heist by Erica Ridley is the first book in her new series, The Wild Wynchesters.
Chloe Wynchester, along with her five “siblings”, were adopted by kindly Baron Vanderbean years ago and created a wild and wonderful family. A cherished painting was taken from them and they have tried for months to get it back to no avail. So they plot out a way to get it back using all their individual skills. Chloe’s skill is the art of blending into her surroundings, never making a lasting impression. People overlook her which enables her to be everywhere and nowhere at once.
Lawrence Gosling, Duke of Faircliffe, has spent his entire adult life earnestly building his reputation and paying off debts from his father’s foolishly impulsive behavior. He must guard his reputation, so he cannot become involved in anything untoward. And every Wynchester is the very definition of untoward.
A foiled attempt to switch out their painting with a copy during a book club meeting leads to a botched kidnapping that leads to a promise to help Chloe gain access into “good” society, which is a ruse for her to investigate his home for real painting.
There are so many great scenes in this book. I liked the banter and camaraderie whenever the Wynchesters got together. Any scene with Great-Aunt Wynchester was delightful. Also when Philippa (a great character too) and her book club create names for their group. (Lusty Literature Book Coven is one to steal.)
The Duke Heist is a great start to a promising series.
An aside. I liked the cover and the font that Erica Ridley is using with this series.
Thank you NetGalley and Forever Publishing for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Reviewer: Christy is a school librarian in Central Ohio who loves books and those who read them. Julia’s Quinn’s The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband was her introduction to smart romance. She enjoys historical and contemporary romances with intelligent, capable, and sassy women. She also enjoys mysteries and thrillers along with children’s literature. Her husband and young daughter are both avid readers. They live with three rescue cats who are living their HEA all day, every day on the lap of a reader. You can follow Christy on Instagram.