Reviewed By Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite 07/11/2016 5 STARS
Once Upon a Duke by Sandra Masters introduces us to a widow, Serena, who has no desire to remarry. When she meets the dashing Geoffrey Austen, there is no denying the hot attraction between them. This attraction soon ignites into a forbidden passion, and Geoffrey wants to make Serena his mistress. However, she wants more substantial things like love and marriage, not being the mistress of a known rake. Things come to ahead for them when the lovers are faced with Serena being forced into an engagement. Will Geoffrey put aside the label of rake and be gallant for his lady? Will it even end happily ever after?
This is a classic historical romance and really an enjoyable one. While the formula is familiar, the characters are unique and interesting and seem to jump off the page. I love a good Regency romance and Sandra Masters has ticked all of my boxes with Once Upon a Duke. You get a little bit of everything from passion to scandal and, of course, love. I will not spoil the story and tell you what becomes of our lovers, Serena and her Duke, but it is truly a riveting and enjoyable journey. If you want a fast read that is going to entertain you from page one to the end, this is the book for you. This story may be a historical romance, but it has intrigue and adventure woven right into the plot as well, making it just the best kind of guilty pleasure.
From the Author
with author Sandra Masters
From a humble beginning in Newark, New Jersey, a short stay at a convent in Morristown, N.J. at the age of fourteen, Sandra Masters retired from a fantastic career for a play broadcasting company in Carlsbad, California, and settled in the rural foothills of the Sierras of Yosemite National Park with her husband, Ron, and two dogs, Silky and Sophie. She traded in the Board Rooms for the Ballrooms of the Regency Era and never looked back.
She wrote her first book at the age of thirteen and since then she's always traveled with pen and notebook for her writing experiences. It's been the journey of ten thousand miles with a few steps left to go. She deemed it a pleasure to leave the corporate world behind decades later.
Nothing she expected,but everything she desired. Her business card lists her occupation as Living The Dream.