The Reluctant Duke is my first read by Christine Donovan. This book is well written. The characters are lovable and Thomas and Emma's story is full of drama and sizzle. I enjoyed The Reluctant Duke and look forward to reading more from Christine Donovan in the future. The Reluctant Duke is book 1 of A Seabrook Family Saga series. It can be read as a stand alone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.