The Return of the Duke | Game of Dukes | Author Grace Callaway The Return of the Duke | Game of Dukes | Author Grace Callaway
Grace Callaway

The Return of the Duke

Book 5: Game of Dukes

About the Book

#1 National Bestselling Historical Romance

Winner of the Maggie Award for Excellence & Finalist for the Passionate Plume

She wanted the one thing her husband couldn’t give: his heart.

When Fate throws tinker’s daughter Fancy Sheridan into the arms of Severin Knight, the Duke of Knighton, neither are prepared for the consequences. Fancy, who has always dreamed of a passionate fairy tale love, finds herself wed to a stoic nobleman whose heart belongs to another. Knighton, who needs a high-born lady to shepherd his illegitimate half-siblings through the ton, now has a wife who knows nothing of society and cares even less about its rules.

Fancy and Knighton’s marriage of convenience is further complicated by the desire that smolders between them. By day, Fancy works to transform herself into a proper lady, but by night her powerful duke’s caresses arouse her most wanton fantasies. Knighton, in turn, is captivated by his plucky and resourceful duchess, whose sweetness unleashes his deepest carnal desires and slowly forces him to confront the truth of his own heart. 

As the slow burn of the Knightons’ marriage reaches a fever pitch, dangerous secrets rise from their pasts to threaten their happiness. To survive, Fancy and Knighton must lay bare their hearts and vanquish their darkest demons. Will they risk everything to win their happily ever after?

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Narrator: Marian Hussey
Format: Unabridged


“Wow! Five star fairy tale of a book! Best book of the series. That’s saying something because these books are always fantastic. This book checked off so many boxes on my catnip list: grumpy, brooding hero; poor, but sweet heroine; mystery to solve (something that makes Grace’s books standout from the rest); HOT!! I also loved the My Fair Lady aspects of the book. Great ending to a fabulous series!”

– Nancy, Goodreads

“Fairy tale meets Eliza Doolittle. Grace Callaway saves the best Duke book for the end of the series. It was hot, steamy and warm hearted. Fancy and Knight were strong characters. Their relationship started as a marriage of convenience and their lust for each other was off the charts. They had their differences but both were supportive of the other and they overcame obstacles together. The chemistry was reminiscent of the characters from the Heart of Enquiry series and made the book hard to put down. I love how the author always uses characters from previous books as sub characters so you can continue to see into their lives and families. Excellent book to end the Duke series.”

– Stacy, Goodreads

“A great read! I couldn’t put this one down. Knight and Fancy were made for each other. This book was very well written with lots of details to understand each character. We even got to know about each of their families. There was enough back story to understand what was going on in the beginning without being too much. We also get an appearance by couples in the previous books. And what an ending! I absolutely can’t wait to read this author’s next book. In my opinion her books are must haves.”

– Amber, Goodreads

This is the kind of story that made me a Grace Callaway fan: the likeable characters, the suspense, a fast-moving story line, and (of course!) a heaping helping of HOT!”

– MG, Goodreads

“I can’t praise this story enough. The writing is wonderful, the story is engaging, the characters and their connection is sizzling! I don’t know who I loved more Fancy or Knighton! I’m having a hard time articulating how much I really loved this book… suffice it to say that it is one of my top 10 favourite books of all time and I could read it (and the entire series) time and time again! I highly recommend this story. 5 incredibly big stars.”

– Candace, Bookbub

“I love this couple so much. Knight has truly become a gentleman of honor, but his playful and sexy side, as well as his generous care of Fancy make him a genuine hero. Fancy is warm, passionate, caring, and willing to give her all. But can she defeat a ghost from Knight’s past? Grace Callaway has a writing style that’s engrossing and reads as smooth as butter. THE RETURN OF THE DUKE flowed beautifully, making me get out the fan, tugging at my emotions, and leaving me smiling at the fairy tale like ending. I highly recommend this book for readers who enjoy an emotional romance with plenty of steam.”

– Roses Are Blue Blog

“Can a fairytale be sweet, funny, touching, action packed and super hot all at the same time? Yes. This series ender is all that and more. This book is like the fireworks display to end a spectacular series.”

– Joanne, Goodreads

“Oh my, this book was everything historical romances lovers want in a book. Angst, sexy scenes and two people who are meant for each other. Grace Callaway is a wonderful author – add her to your auto-buy authors list, you won’t be disappointed.”

– Amanda, Goodreads 

“This is a stellar piece of work and an original book that takes the taste of a faerie tale and weaves it intricately into a dramatic romance. This is a one of a kind story/romance. The story hummed of a faerie tale but actually it was better than that. This story has several storylines. All of them choice and interesting. Each of the plots and subplots flowed seamlessly from one to another and back again. I could not put this book down. The characters had splendid personalities. So diverse and intriguing. The subject matters ranged from abandonment, rough childhoods, growing up on the road, troubled psyches, gaining a title along with a gaggle of troubled siblings, a secret heritage, danger and attempted murder, lust, plenty of sɛxy sɛx, romance and love. I loved reading every page. When I got to the end it was perfect. I could not have asked for more. Such satisfaction from reading from beginning to end. Very satisfying. A must read.”

– Emma, Goodreads

“The Return of the Duke is another great read by Grace Callaway. If the story of Snow White merged with My Fair Lady and had a baby, this book would be the result…. One of the things I loved about the book was that the hero and heroine became friends. There was such genuine respect on both their sides for each other. This played a major part in fueling the love they developed for each other. The love that grew between Fancy and Knight seemed real. The emotional connection between the characters was so natural and the reader will see the development as they read the novel. The passion between Fancy and Sheridan was 🔥🔥. Grace Callaway knows how to write a hot love scene. These scenes added to the story without overpowering it.”

– Jan, Goodreads

“Reading over 380 books last year, over 1500 in 5 years I have keep a word doc to track what books I read, the authors and my notes about the books and authors. I also have a word doc of all upcoming new releases with their release dates and authors I want to read in the future and ones I don’t. I have read hundreds and hundreds of different authors over the past five years but actually only have a handful of all time favorites.

“I have to say Grace Callaway is by far one of those favorites. I have been reading her books since 2016 and have read them all. I love, love, love all of them, especially this one, The Return of the Duke. My gosh, this was a damn good book. Her characters have so much depth and you just feel like you are a part of their story. I love how she writes and she grabs your attention from the get-go. She is also really good at writing sex scenes. Super hot! You can never go wrong by picking up any of her books but be prepared…you will love them so much you will buy every book she has.”

– Pam, Goodreads


Winner of the Maggie Award of Excellence

Finalist for the Passionate Plume Award


The Details

Published: June 13, 2020
Publisher: Grace Callaway Books
Formats: EbookPaperback
ISBN-10: 1939537460 ISBN-13: 978-1939537461 ASIN: B082VWDFLH
Genres & Tropes
Historical Romance, Regency London, Regency England

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