Reviewed by Heather C
Title: An Affair in Autumn
Author: Jennifer Haymore
Series: A Year Without a Duke #4
Hero/Heroine: Markus Hawkins/Caroline Addison
Genre: MF Historical Romance
Length: 100 pages
Release Date: February 1, 2016
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: A Year Without a Duke
The duke has died. Long live the duke! The only problem is no one knows who the new Duke of Beckworth is. All of England wonders, but no one more so than the people who depend upon Beckworth for their livelihood. In 1816, a year so cold that the word “summer” is a cruel joke, that livelihood is even more uncertain. However, they are all about to find out, with the duke away, there is nothing more warming than scandal and love…
An Affair in Autumn, Book 4
On a mission to locate the missing Duke of Beckworth, Lord Markus Hawkins boards a ship bound for America, where he finds himself trapped in close quarters with his childhood friend-turned-enemy, Caroline Addison.
Caro is headstrong, frustrating, selfish, wickedly intelligent, and so damn beautiful Mark can’t see straight when she’s near. Torn between wanting to kiss her senseless and wanting to strangle her, Mark has no idea how he’s going to survive the torture of the long weeks ahead.
An Affair in Autumn is the fourth book in A Year Without a Duke series and is now my new favorite book in the series. It can be read without reading the previous three books without being confused.
The Duke of Beckworth has been found…well, sort of. It has been determined that Nathaniel Hughes is the last living descendant of the previous duke, but he is somewhere in America and has no idea of his inheritance. Nate’s childhood friends, Markus and Caroline, have decided to travel across the Atlantic, find Nate and bring him back to England. The problem: miscommunications between Markus and Caro from ten years before have left them enemies of a sort. The attraction is still there and the two must decide if they want to continue fighting…or become lovers.
As I’ve already mentioned, this is my favorite story so far of the series, and also the most complete. The immediate tension between Markus and Caro was great and I loved how Caro never felt intimidated or backed down from Markus. She was no meek woman…unlike the girl she was ten years ago.
The romance was believable and the sex was HOT…much more explicit than I expected!!! (No complaints from me!!) Markus and Caro make an excellent couple and this is the first time in the series the couple truly gets a HEA.
There were a few points near the end that I felt were a bit TOO outrageous, but I loved everything else about the story.
I really liked the setting: secluded for weeks on a ship as they traveled across the Atlantic from England to America. There were also some interesting side characters, particularly the Evans brothers. Now I’m curious if the author has plans to give them their own stories now that they’ve made it to America. I would read them for sure!
Next: I’m excited to read Nate’s book and curious to see how he handles his role as the new duke. I’m even more interested now that I have an idea of who is love interest will be.
Overall Impression: I Loved It
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*