My Darling Duke by Stacy Reid
Series: Sinful Wallflowers #1
Published by Entangled Publishing on December 31, 2019
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A Rogue of Her Own by Grace Barrowes meets Eloisa James in this new historical romance from Stacy Reid.
Miss Katherine Danvers is a desperate wallflower. Her family is on the brink of financial ruin, and it is up her to save her mother and sisters from a life of indignities. So she transforms herself into the incomparable Kitty Danvers, the fiancée of the enigmatic and reclusive Alexander Masters, Duke of Thornton—once dubbed the mad, bad, and dangerous catch of the Season.
Ten years ago, society and the woman Alexander Masters loved called him a monster, after a tragic accident left him scarred and confined to a wheelchair. His heart exists in cold, lonely exile, until he learns he has a fiancée—a deceptive, clever, and utterly intriguing woman he's never met. Miss Danvers will now learn the consequences of engaging herself to the beast, for Alexander is determined to make her his. Soon, they are involved in a chase, a clash of wills, and though he once vowed to never love again, he burns for the enchanting Miss Danvers. And denying his heart may cost him an exquisite love that happens only once in a lifetime.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Ms. Reid has such a great hand at keeping historicals light, sexy and easy to read! My Darling Duke had the perfect balance between hot and sweet, with loads of impropriety and lovable characters.
Kitty is in deep trouble. With several seasons and no prospects and her mother and sisters depending on her, she’s at her wit’s end. Being a wallflower is not helping things and being nice and proper didn’t really get her anywhere. Thus, she finds her solution, she’ll pretend to be engaged to a powerful but reclusive Duke no one has seen in a decade, gain notoriety and get her sisters great matches. Even if her own reputation will be tarnished when the engagement must inevitably end without a wedding, at least she’ll have managed to save her family.
What she didn’t count on? Alexander Masters, Duke of Thornton getting wind of her antics and confronting her about her deception.
I loved both Kitty and Alexander. I loved how she managed to resurrect parts of Alexander he had given up on. How she brought him back to life and how she herself blossomed once she decided to live for herself. They were great together and their chemistry was absurdly hot. Alexander had more than one hot-and-cold moment that drove me bonkers but one could understand where he was coming from, so I was able to overlook it.
While the story was very entertaining, I felt the beginning was a bit slow as our couple was not interacting directly with each other for quite some time. That said, once they actually get in each other’s presence things kick up a few notches and the rest just flew by for me.
With sweet romance, very hot inappropriateness and a fabulous epilogue, My Darling Duke was a total hit for me and I can’t wait to read about the other wallflowers and their naughty plans.
Rating: 4 Stars
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