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Summary

Travel to the Regency era with a New York Times best-selling author's novel of "irresistible romance" (Eloisa James), in which a woman looking to recover a stolen painting accidentally kidnaps a duke instead.

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? 

"Erica Ridley is a delight!" (Julia Quinn, New York Times best-selling author of the Bridgerton series)

©2021 Erica Ridley (P)2021 Hachette Audio

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"Erica Ridley's love stories are warm, witty and irresistible. I want to be a Wynchester!" (Eloisa James)

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A witty & delicious romance

I can’t say just how much I enjoyed every moment of this book. Chloe Wynchester is endearing and her family are mad but by the end the book, I wanted to be an honorary Wynchester. The way Erica portrayed Lawrence in the beginning is this frosty Duke, but as soon as we read the story from his perspective, he won me over pretty quickly.

I loved the diversity of the Wynchester siblings, the side characters like Phillipa York and the butler Hastings are given special treatments fully well rounded characters with their own arcs.
This is my first Erica Ridley book and I am now a fully fledged fan of hers.

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  • MarvMar
  • 06-03-21

Had high hopes, but didn’t pan out

After reading the plot summary, I was eagerly looking forward to listening to this book, stuck with it until 3/4 of the way through, hoping the story would go somewhere. When I realized there was sill 2 hours to go, I switched to another book. It is long and meandering. The hero and heroine come together, after supposedly distaining each other, much too quickly.

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  • DCStrickland
  • 27-02-21

Stole My Heart

The Duke Heist is a wonderful start to a new series. The story moved slow at times, but that felt necessary in order to set up background and establish world building for the series. I loved the plot and characters. This story felt fresh. It had introspective moments, suspense, and definitely feels. The unique family of diverse characters was welcome and intriguing. I can’t wait to see more of these zany Wynchesters.

The narrator did a fantastic job of differentiating between character accents, voices, and inflection of tone. Their performance added depth and imagery to the story.

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  • Elle - Ohio
  • 24-03-22

Loved it!

Fun, sexy, and absorbing!! A thoroughly enjoyable listen!
It made me want to be a Wynchester too.

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  • Stig
  • 15-08-21

Unique story with fabulous narration!!

I really enjoyed this book! There is a touch of magic and the story is unique! Loved the narration!!!

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  • 09-08-21

Heist!

What a good book! I loved it. I wondered often if it we’re going differently than I had guessed, and fell in love with so many of the characters.
I admit, the ending hints at a spin off were so totally at odds with regency England and with the previous hours I spent with this book, that I didn’t run to find the next book like I might have just a moment before. But I think that’s a very personal thing….

The narration was very well done.
The heat factor, had it moments in the sun.
And I certainly don’t regret the credit.