The Duchess Hunt is the second in Lorraine Heath’s Once Upon a Dukedom series, and it features Hugh Brinsley-Norton, the Duke of Kingsland, and Penelope Pettypeace, his secretary. Penelope has worked for King for eight years and has been in love with him for most of it. He, however, is just beginning to realize his attraction and love for Penny. The plot centers almost completely on King and Penny dancing around each other, and the introduction of a blackmail plot in the second half isn’t enough to save this slog of a read.
This is the second of the series and while some elements leading up to this story happen in the first, they are summed up nicely at the beginning so it can be read as a stand-alone. We are told, rather than shown, that Penny has loved King for almost the entire she has worked for him. He has tasked her with finding him a bride, but it […]