Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Duke in Hiding
Author: M.J. O’Shea
Series: Dreamspun Desires #9
Heroes: Heath & Theo
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 204 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 1, 2016
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
When Heath suddenly gets death threats, he’s forced to hide out in small-town Maplehurst, New Hampshire. It’s the last thing he wants to do especially since it’s early spring but he has no choice. When he meets landscaper and bartender, Theo, things start looking up and he can have a little bit of fun before he goes back to England. The more time they spend together, though, the closer they get and when Heath has to go back to England, the question remains, will they be able to make a relationship work or will they be completely over?
So far I’ve really enjoyed the Dreamspun Desires series and this one was no different. I liked that Heath was a duke and that he had to hide out in New Hampshire because of problems back home. I also really liked the connection between Theo and Heath. The fact that they started off on bad impressions was amusing to me. Heath was a total d-bag to Theo, insulting him and everything but when Heath realized he couldn’t continue to be so standoffish and started actually being nice made the story that much more appealing for me. I loved Theo and Heath together and wished we could have seen more of them together AFTER the big reveal.
While I enjoyed this story, I had a few issues with it. Mainly, it really dragged for me halfway through the book to the point it was a struggle to continue reading. This lasted for about 20% for me before I got back into it. Another thing, I was disappointed in the ‘death threats’ storyline because there was no showing of it at all. It was all told so we hear about this big problem but then not much else until we learn that the threat is over and the person who did it was arrested. I would have really liked to explore more of that part of the story. As it was, it was just a convenient but needless excuse for Heath to be in New Hampshire.
In the end, this was a good story. I enjoyed it. Not one of the best in this subscription series but it was definitely a cute little read. I liked Heath and Theo together and just hope that we may get a little short story in the future showing how they make their relationship work (but mostly I just want to see more of them in England!). If you’ve enjoyed the rest of the Dreamspun Desires, you’ll definitely like this one as it has the same ‘feel’ to the story as the others do.
Overall Impression: I liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*