Duke in Hiding by M.J. O’Shea
Published by: Dreamspinner Press on May 1, 2016
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)
Theo Brody is a landscaper and bartender who has lived in Maplehurst, New Hampshire, all his life. He doesn’t lead a life of extravagance, but he has what he needs. And his business is reaching the point where he might be able to quick tending bar altogether. But things get interesting when Heath Blackwood walks into his bar. The mysterious, salty Brit rubs Theo the wrong way. But once they get to know each other, Theo learns there’s a lot more beneath the farmer’s gruff exterior.
Heathcliff Blackwood never expected to find himself in some small American town with nothing to do. But death threats against a duke are always taken seriously. (That’s right…he’s not exactly a farmer…) Though he’s stuck in Maplehurst, he finds an opportunity to make the best of it with Theo. Theo represents exactly what Heath wants in a man, though he never really had the opportunity to find it at home. Shedding the noble persona has allowed him to find exactly what he wants and needs.
But Heath will need to go home eventually. And if he even stands a chance of keeping things going with Theo, he still needs to find a way to tell him he’s a duke. And Theo needs to figure out if he can manage such a long distance relationship. So they’ll just live in the here and now and figure out everything else later…until it all catches up with them unexpectedly.
Falling in love with a secret duke and having him love you back? Why not? And I understand that sounds completely cliche. But this story is tastefully written and presented–so it comes together in an engaging and interesting way. And it’s always something special when a writer can take something that seems like a trope or a cliche and make it appear fresh and new. Definitely an enjoyable read.