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My Darling Duke (The Sinful Wallflowers Book 1) Kindle Edition
|Length: 277 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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- Book 1 of 2 in Sinful Wallflowers Series
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About the Author
- Publication date : December 31, 2019
- File size : 619 KB
- Print length : 277 pages
- Publisher : Entangled: Amara (December 31, 2019)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07Y73D87G
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #17,838 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I am a sucker for the beauty and beast trope, so even if it had not been written by Mrs Stacy Reid an author I do adore, I would have read it.
But here, I was sure and certain to not be disappointed.
This story goes beyond the usual scarred lord, it is not about a disfigured man, it is a demonstrative tale showing all the sufferings a crippled man went through and still faces.
When I loved easily Katherine, I just adored Alexander.
Katherine has finally decided she has reached her breaking point, she has to do something or there will be no HEA awaiting her family, and even if it is deceptive, it is to offer her sisters a better outcome than hers.
She is aware of the risk, she knows ruin lurks in the corner if she is caught; whatever, she will do it.
And when she is confronted, despite her inner fears, she faces head held high the man who holds her future in his hands.
I loved that albeit she is shaken to her core, she does not cower, and even straighten herself for what is to come. She is very devoted to her family, yet in Alexander’s presence, she feels more brazen, she is tempted to dream for things she has thought not for her. Her caring and devotion whether is for her family or Alexander, she is ready to alter everything in her future if it will bring happiness or contentment to them.
What Alexander went through is just inconceivable, the pain, hurt and loss, nobody can fathom it except him. It is only by his own will, he was able to make progress one step at a time.
It is not often I have read about the impotency a crippled person might suffer, as the usual historical hero is generally more a rake than a saint. Mrs Stacy Reid does not shy away, and her hero must deal with his inability, the humbling that goes it and what it calls for the future.
Thus a hero who can’t see himself condemning a woman to a life without pleasure nor children.
Yet, without being an erotica story, it is a very sensual tale, as while they journey together, get to know the other, Kitty is introduced slowly to the pleasure of the flesh when old stirring sensations Alexander thought dead appear from time to time, as if all was not completely lost.
Ensues a battle of wills, as Katherine fights to pass his inner defense when he tries to keep her at arm’s length.
They have their flaws and pride, why they make mistakes but never and nothing can reshape the love they have for one another.
5 stars for this stirring and poignant love story beyond physical limitations and life expectations.
Can’t wait to learn more about Katherine’s group of friends, each having her own challenge to deal with.
I was granted by the publisher Entangled an advance copy, I prior to it preordered my own.
Here is my true and unbiased opinion.
And I keep expecting to see the daring heroine but I feel we are just told, but not show. The hero confused me, sometimes I felt it was two people talking and making scenes.
I’m okay with little mistakes in books but the heroine in a scene close the door two times! Or the sister of the duke in one scene is crying and one sentence later, same scene, is talking brightly. Just how?
And I’m not expert in historical accuracy, but using first names feels a little too modern in my opinion (even the newspapers did!).
The setting includes all the best locations for a romance: fancy balls, carriage rides, rainstorms, castles, libraries, beautiful lakes, gardens, picnics, and fire lit bedrooms.
This book is definitely for adult readers who have an appreciation for life’s setbacks and the ensuing need for grit to keep going; and while the sex scenes are imbued with intimacy, love and passion, they are very detailed.
The writing is free from distracting errors, which allows the reader to escape to the Scottish moors and fall in love with Kitty and Alexander.
Top reviews from other countries
I do wish the main characters had met sooner than they did, but I enjoyed the banter/interplays between them, and loved how gutsy Kitty was. There is a lot of push and pull from Alexander, but it was completely understandable and the pain (emotional and physical) made me ache for him.
A buy I don't regret.
I purchased this because another author I've enjoyed reading before, Victoria Vale, recommend it. As I said at first I was extremely disappointed and irritated. The author uses contractions in both the narrative and dialogue such as, 'I'm, we're, they're". Too modern for a historical romance. Punctuation is practically non existent, there are too many exclamation marks when ladies speak, it makes it irritating reading with all the ladies apparently shouting all the time. The grammar is very poor and using the words "wicked and sinful" on every single page, literally like Every Single Page! Is irritating.
I could even ignore the plot hole that when Kitty would have to admit to the deception of her engagement to the Duke, it would ruin her sisters reputations, but it is a fiction so... But the biggest problem was how boring, dragging and excessively repetitive this was in huge chunks. I almost gave up several times. But it was enjoyable in parts and I did like the hero and the scenes of the couple together, enough that I will likely try out the next book in the series. So 3 stars.
Miss 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…
I fell a little in love with Alexander, he is an incredibly strong and inspiring hero.
I honestly don’t think I’ve ever read of a heroine quite like Kitty - she truly breaks conventions and not in superficial ways that other authors employ (being a bluestocking, etc.). She is impetuous, unbelievably willing to risk all and is brazen. But it works. They seem to balance each other and I really cared that they found each other and was gripped by their story.