The Governess and the Duke (Renegade Dukes #2) (Mass Market)

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This is book number 2 in the Renegade Dukes series.


Governess Miss Viola Winslow is quite familiar with the rules of society, and her place in it. Still, it hasn’t stopped her from being horribly in love with the Duke of Huntington for years. But while the duke knows little of her foolish passions, the same cannot be said of Viola’s charge—a precocious fourteen-year-old obsessed with her governess’s secret romance.

As a confirmed bachelor with no interest in marriage, the Duke of Huntington prefers his estate at Moorcliff Castle to the hustle, bustle, and utter nonsense of London society. He’s far more content with a glass of excellent whiskey and the calm of the country. Until his peace is shattered by the enchanting Miss Viola, and her injured young charge.

Unable to travel or leave, Miss Viola has no choice but to remain at Moorcliff—where avoiding the duke is all but impossible. Somewhere between late night run-ins and a fake date in the most unlikely of places, their chemistry stops feeling one-sided. But when he discovers the secret she’s been hiding all along, there’s nothing that will save them from scandal.

Each book in the Renegade Dukes series is STANDALONE:
* Cinderella and the Duke
* The Governess and the Duke

About the Author

Lydia Drake is a reader of all things romance and a drinker of all the tea. A New Jersey resident, her favorite activities include taking the train to New York City, scouring used bookstores, spending time with her family and wrangling her hyperactive cockapoo puppy. Cinderella and the Duke is her debut novel.

Praise For…

“This book was such a fun, swoony ride. James and Viola have great chemistry.” -Alex by the Book

“The Governess and the Duke was a really sweet romance. They were so tender towards each other and I loved watching them develop feelings for each other.” -Pound Cake Library

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book. the characters feel well rounded and are extremely fun to follow along.” -Just a Brown Girl and her Books

“This book managed to take a trope I don't like and had me truly invested in the outcome. An entertaining historical romance that challenges duty over true love.” -What Karla Reads

“I will never get enough of period romance novels ever. I absolutely loved this story and how fun the characters were. I giggled so much throughout this entire book.” -Biggest Little Bookshelf

“I really enjoyed this one a lot! It was such a wholesome lighthearted read and it felt like a hug when reading it.” -Sandy Reads Lot of Books

“A beautifully crafted historical romance with some of the best fictional characters I have encountered. As an avid reader of historical fiction, it has become difficult to come across original novels, and I'm so glad that this book is an exception.” -Fizza Reads

“I thought this book was so much fun. I love how each story is its own, yet has characters from the previous books.” -Gingie Bear 33

“I thought the idea was cute. I think the character relationships were well done and entertaining. The dialogue is fantastic.” -Gab Reads Books

“The Governess and the Duke by Lydia Drake is a captivating and well-crafted historical romance novel. With its intelligent and enterprising female protagonist, a kind and caring male lead, engaging teenagers, and even an unusual pet, this book offers a delightful blend of wit, humor, and heartwarming moments.” -Lovely LoveDay

“A Duke falling in love with a governess is one of my favorite tropes and I really enjoyed it in this book,” -Danie Reads 87

“Very sweet and enjoyable romance!” -Cat, Book, Tea

“I enjoyed reading about Viola and Hunt and their road to finding love. They have amazing chemistry, and their romance is my favorite part of the story.” -One Book More

“I absolutely loved this book. I read it in two days.” -Black Gurl Reader

“This book was an easy and pleasant read. A real page turner.” -Books with Mrs. Whyte

Never a dull moment reading a Lydia Drake romance, and I hope to read more from her in the future!” -Lady with a Quill

“It was an exceptional bit of reading entertainment and I am going to give it one of my rare 5 Star ratings.” -Reviews at Large Douglas C Meeks

“Lydia Drake is definitely an author I will continue to follow after reading this steamy historical romance novel. I loved the character development of Viola and the dual perspective of Viola and the Duke. Lots of twists throughout the story and well written romance scenes.” -Books Never Get Old

Product Details
ISBN: 9781649374981
ISBN-10: 1649374984
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Publication Date: December 26th, 2023
Pages: 354
Language: English
Series: Renegade Dukes