ALL'S FAIR IN LOVE
Battlefields and barrooms hold much more interest for Edward Westover, Duke of Strathmore, than a little girl's fondness for dolls and lace. When he takes possession of his enemy's estate, everything that villain held dear-including his daughter-belongs to Edward. Hire a governess, arrange a dowry, give a few reassurances, and be off on his way-that's Edward's plan. But he's in for the shock of his life. For his new ward is a beautiful, impetuous, and utterly irresistible woman . . .
. . . AND WAR
Kate Benton is stunned. Who is this arrogant, infuriating man who's invited himself into her home and taken over her life? Her vow: to do everything in her power to convince him to leave her-and Brambly House-alone. Yet as chilly days melt into sultry nights, Kate sees glimpses of kindness underneath Edward's cool façade . . . and a passionate nature that takes her breath away. There's so much she doesn't know about this man. But does she dare trust this devilish duke with her heart?
Revenge is high in the mind of Edward Westover, Duke of Strathmore. He has decided he will punish Phillip Benton by taking everything from him, just as Benton did to Edward. First on the list: make Benton's daughter Katherine hate her father.
The unfortunately thing for Edward is that Kate, whom Edward believes to be a child, is a young women who has been on her own for quite some time. She cares for those who helped raise her -- incidentally, not her father -- and she has planned her life in accordance with one day inheriting what had belonged to her mother.
Kate and Edward are two very stubborn people who are pushed together by circumstances. I liked that Kate was able to break through some of Edward's gruff exterior while losing none of her own gumption. And of course they fall in love.
(A very special thank you to Forever Romance, Grand Central Publishing, and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of Dukes Are Forever.)