MY DARLING DUKE, an all-new start to a whole new historical romance series from Stacy Reid is available now! Check out my review on the blog today!
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“Lush, beautifully written, and deeply romantic, My Darling Duke will sweep you off your feet. My heart was lost to this couple from the very start.” —Amalie Howard, author of The Beast of BeswickMiss Katherine Danvers has always been a wallflower. But now, with her family on the brink of financial ruin, she finds herself a desperate wallflower. To save her family, she’ll do anything. Luckily, she has the perfect plan…She’ll impress the ton by simply announcing she is engaged to the reclusive and mysterious Duke of Thornton, Alexander Masters, and secure strong matches for her sisters. No one has heard from the duke in years. Surely he’ll never find out before her sisters’ weddings, and she can go back to her own quiet life.Soon, though, everything is out of control. At first, it’s just a few new ball gowns on the duke’s accounts. Then, it’s interviews with reporters eager for gossip. Before she knows it, Katherine has transformed herself into Kitty Danvers, charming and clever belle of the ton—with everyone eager to meet her thankfully absent fiancé.But when the enigmatic Alexander Masters suddenly arrives in the city, dashing and oh so angry, he demands retribution. Except not in the way Katherine expected…
Oh my! Oh My! I had forgotten how much I adored a very well written historical romance; especially when it has a favourite trope – a hero with a traumatic past and a heroine; who is considered a wallflower or rather invisible by the society.
I adored Kitty and Alexander – they’re wonderful individuals; smart as heck and despite their circumstances were able to use their situation to their own advantage. This attitude of theirs lands both of them in a fake relationship/engagement which turns into something far more real than they could have ever imagined.
Their attraction and their chemistry made for some wonderful interaction s between Kitty and Alexander – and when you combine them with some amazingly impertinent secondary characters that include not only Alexander’s sisters but also his house staff; it made for some very giggly times!
The writing was pretty darn fantastic and one of the main reasons why the book caught my attention as it did. The conversations between the protagonists as well as their inner monologue were not only interesting but also quite relatable; especially in the moments of intense vulnerability; thus making me quite emotionally invested in their happiness.
Basically to sum it up – this first book in a new historical romance series is the reason why I will keep an eye for the rest of the Sinful Wallflowers’ HEA – for the snippets were enough to make me salivate more!
“We will have to serve each other.”
The truth of this observation struck her most
forcibly. The words settled between them in the
small space. The duke was without his valet and
manservant, and he was a sodden, muddied mess.
This would go beyond a shameless massage of
his damaged muscles. His boots would have to be
removed. His clothes. Her breath panted harshly.
Dear God. And so would hers, and without a lady’s
“I see,” she murmured, thoroughly vexed with
the heat flushing through her body and up to her
cheeks. She couldn’t have stopped her blush if her
life depended on it.
“Are you up to the task, then?” he asked, his tone
coolly mocking, his eyes watchful.
The bonds of probity and all that was proper
shattered and dissolved at her feet like fragile chinaware.
“Ah, your expressive face reveals your worry.”
She folded her arms across her waist and glared
His slow smile made her heart beat suddenly
“Do not fear— wretched, drowned cats are not
to my taste,” the duke said with mock sympathy. “A
tigress would be another matter entirely.”
The wretched tease! She released a breath she
hadn’t been aware she held. “Of course I am up to
the task,” she said with calm practicality. And she
would find some way to cease the infernal blushes!
“I will accept your aid, Miss Danvers, but
only after I have assisted you from those sodden
garments and dried your hair. My conscience could
not bear your death.”
“I beg your pardon?”
He pressed a hand against his heart and bowed.
“It would be my honor to be your lady’s maid.”