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Every gentleman has something to hide.
Meeting Heath Blackwood, a gorgeous English farmer, is probably the most exciting thing to ever happen to small-town landscaper Theo Brody, who has lived in quiet Maplehurst, New Hampshire, all his life. The sexy and secretive Brit shakes the foundations of his orderly world as they are swept up in a springtime romance neither can resist.
But Heath’s secrets run deeper than Theo ever imagined. He’s actually Heathcliff Pierrepont Blackwood, Duke of Kingston, in hiding from recent death threats. Suddenly there’s more separating them than the Atlantic Ocean, and Theo doubts he’ll ever fit in with English nobility. Though Heath and Theo are opposites in almost every way, their love might bridge the gap—if they’re willing to take the risk.
I don’t think I have to say how much I love his series because I have said it so many times but I really do. The Dreamspun Desire stories are becoming my happy place to curl up with a good romantic story and just fall and love.
This is a very low angst book and I was so happy with that. It was what I needed on a stressful day. I needed a book that would comfort me and make me long for living in small town and be saved by a prince…er um, duke who would fall for the real me because I fell for the real him… yeah, while he was lying because he was in hiding. But semantics… you know?
I loved how Theo and Heath first met and the sarcastic comments they toss back and forth at the bar. I am a sucker for good banter and these two gave it, though it started to be more flirting but you know the best form of foreplay is two dudes hating on one another when they really want to smash their faces together and shove tongues down throats. Don’t look at me that way! You know it’s true.
So anyway, the two get off on the wrong foot and once Heath learns a bit about Theo from the small town busy bodies, he realized he got Theo completely wrong and decides to make amends.
Theo you are amazing! From all that you have gone through and all that you are now, sigh. You love what you have in Maplehurst and the people you call family but that one thing, the one thing you’ve been missing is finding that true love. I loved you though all the work you do with your two jobs was making me tired. Goodness you are a hard worker and you so deserve to be swept off your feet by the dashing Brit who walks into the Gull and changes your life.
Heath, I dug you from the get go. I am a fan of the grumpy dudes with a heart of gold and while you weren’t really grumpy, the vibe of intimation was like a magnet to me. But you are so swoony, even when being a total dork and so enamored of Theo that I enjoyed being in your head as you realized how much the small town across the pond and the boy who lives there might be what you really need.
I loved this story, yet again, and the trope is so one of my favorites. I can’t count how many movies I have seen where we have the celebrity/royal/nobility in hiding who just wants to be seen for who they really are and loved for that person alone and not their title. This was so damn sweet, even with the lies and I couldn’t get enough. Though what I would love to see is for George to get a story. The author is one of my favorites and her YA/coming of age boys always own my heart so yeah, George growing up in the same town Theo did and what could be different for him? Ugh. My heart kinda needs that… please???
Duke in Hiding is another fun and romantic tale from a series that reminds me why I love to read romance; for the romance alone. Heath and Theo may be from opposite sides of the Atlantic but what they want, what they hope for deep in their hearts is so similar, it’s no wonder they fell in each other’s arms.