- File Size: 1703 KB
- Print Length: 342 pages
- Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing (October 14, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 14, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0161EFLCK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,054 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Duke's Temptation (Men of Circumstances Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The story itself is predictable. The hero is a bit too tortured and the reason is completely contrived. The heroine is hysterical. She goes off the emotional deep end over just about everything and is an idiot to boot considering that not once but twice she goes after a supposed burglar at night, on her own when there is a houseful of servants she could call for help. She is clearly feisty, a descriptor I can't stand because in romance novels it does not really connote independence as much as it describes immaturity and spoiled brats.
The fact that the story is predictable does not mean its all bad. Most romances, historical or otherwise, are predictable. I hope with time the author will resist the urge to jam every plot device available into every plot. I also hope that she, or her editor, look at the story and decide which era it actually belongs in. There is nothing wrong with a story based on informal and egalitarian relationships, therapeutic assessments and psychobabble in the right time period. In this case, 1816 was the wrong one. Nevertheless, I'll be reading book two because I want to know more about the brother so the author did something right in creating some curiosity about him.
Elizabeth Blakely, the sister of Gabe's closest friend Marcus, the Earl of Foxmoore, is in love with Gabe St. John. He became her hero when she was four years old and he rescued her, and she has known him and loved him almost her whole life. If she cannot marry for love, she will not marry- and to that end she has turned down a host of suitors' proposals, waiting for St. John.
Gabriel comes to Foxmoore and complains to Marcus that he is not able to find a governess for his daughter- one he finds suitable. Overhearing his situation, Elizabeth steps up and volunteers. Gabe has always had feelings for Elizabeth but refuses to acknowledge them because she is his best friend's sister. He doesn't want her in him home because it could present too much of a temptation. Yet he cannot find another governess for Phoebe, his daughter. He grudgingly accepts her offer. The Duke's young daughter, Phoebe, blossoms under Elizabeth- and Gabe struggles with his inner demon- fear. He fears that he will become the philandering, unprincipled and uncaring person that his father was. Because of this fear, he may pay a price of never being able to marry the woman he has loved since he was a young man. And as if that isn't bad enough, he has a blackmailer who is very aggressive with his- or her- demands. Gabe is being blackmailed over his deepest, darkest secret, one that only he knows. For him, he feels it's one more reason he will never find a happy ending with the woman of his dreams.
The story moves at a food pace and unfolds in an unpredictable fashion. The characters are so well developed that you believe in them. You almost feel you know them. I totally enjoyed the book and actually slowed my reading speed the closer I got to the end, just to hang on to the story! I gave this books four stars.
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I look forward to reading book three with bated breath. I will recommend this book to all my friends