Four years ago, Alex, a second son, had planned a life together with Lady Patience. However, when Patience was betrothed to his brother, the heir, Alex left his family's estate and joined the military.
Alex returns to assume the title Duke of Bedford when his brother unexpectedly dies. He is unprepared for both his new responsibilities and the reunion with Patience. The horrors of war are a heavy burden, and when he learns that Patience never married his brother, he is stunned.
Patience withstood the bullying of her fiancé and her father for four long years. She refuses to marry Alex just because he's the duke, especially if he no longer loves her. How would that be better than what she has already endured? Promises made in their youth are not enough to overcome the changes life has wrought for them but love can grow and transform, if only Patience could believe that.
Brenda T., NetGalley wrote:
One of the things that I really like about Callie's writing is that she is able to evoke strong emotions about her characters.
Sarah W., Goodreads wrote:
Callie Hutton has written a remarkable second chance romance with this newest addition to the Lords and Ladies in love series...I found the characters in this story endearing and memorable.
Denying the Duke by Callie Hutton is a charming historical romance with interesting characters and angsty storyline.