The Reluctant Duke is the story of Colin Lyre, recently inherited 10th Duke of Lincoln.
Colin has been told his whole life that he is unnecessary and superfluous to his family.
When he must deal with the responsibility and stress that comes with his new title, he flounders rather badly. He is determined to waste a few years of his life and then do his ‘duty’’ and marry an ‘appropriate Duchess.’
Life throws Colin into a spin when he rescues the beautiful Annabelle from a ball. He realizes how much better his life could be than he ever dreamed possible but doesn’t know if he truly deserves such happiness.
Annabelle wants nothing to do with the responsibility or grandeur of marrying a title. She wants nothing more than to marry a man who can provide a better life for her siblings and for her parents. Colin is Annabelle’s prince in disguise until she realizes what sort of life she should expect as his wife. Running away from her heart is harder than Annabelle realizes and she must soon decide between her husband and her own health.