- File Size: 1146 KB
- Print Length: 71 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Suzanna Medeiros (January 25, 2016)
- Publication Date: January 25, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B019MFRMLI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,171 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Forbidden in February (A Year Without a Duke Book 2) Kindle Edition
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This is a quick and easy read and it is interesting to see how different authors use the Missing Duke as a strand to wrap their story around.
He finally goes to his mother's house and meets Isabel Durham who had been his mother's companion for the last year of his life. He and Isabel get close. He helps her with a problem with a family member who plans to control her life. The story is shorter than the first one so everything happens faster. I really can't say more about the story you would know everything. I am awaiting the third story in series.
Another totally delightful little novella in this series!
I really liked Isabel and Robert. They are both in service, by choice and both have reasons for staying in service.
Robert's mother has just passed away and he is consumed with guilt - he hasn't visited her in a very long time and assumed her letters claiming to be dying were just a ruse to get him home. Sadly, she really was ill and he is having a very hard time coming to terms with his behavior.
Isabel has been his mother's companion for the last year and has stayed on waiting for Robert to come home and set his mother's affairs in order.
They are both instantly attracted to the other - but Robert makes a terrible assumption about Isabel and sets her on guard against him. He realizes his error and tries very hard to win back her trust.
When Isabel's past catches up with her, she can only think of one solution to her problem - she needs to be ruined and Robert is the only man she can imagine doing the job.
Robert is confused by his feelings for Isabel - he hardly knows her, but he wants her like he has never wanted a woman before, but there is more to it than that - feelings he has always avoided.
I liked the story, it was sweet and moved along quickly. The only complaint I had is the ending seemed a bit rushed and therefore didn't really seem genuine.
I would recommend this book and I am looking forward to the rest of the Year Without a Duke novellas!
It was not the best first impression: Robert had thought the worst of Isabel, believing her to be of the same occupation as his mother, and further believing that Isabel had not-so-good intentions on his mother's house.
And so begins the peeling back of the layers of Robert's carefully folded up life: the bastard son of his courtesan mother and of a titled peer -- he has resented his mother's choices his entire life. While his mother maintained a regular correspondence with him, Robert had never taken his mother's words seriously -- and I got the sense that he was very condescending towards her. His mother's death came as a surprise to Robert, but it was his own fault: his mother had written to him of her illness, but Robert chose to interpret it as his mother's dramatics. Then, when he meets Isabel, whom he vaguely remembers his mother writing about, he thinks she is the same as his mother.
It is clear that Robert Milton doesn't have a very good opinion of the world, and it is Isabel's goodness that helps him see things differently.
Isabel isn't all that she seems to be: it's obvious that Isabel is more than just a companion, and Robert needs to earn her trust before she reveals her story -- but things speed up when Isabel's past comes knocking at her door, and she needs to take drastic action if she wants to gain control of her life.
This, perhaps, is the weakest part of the story -- Isabel needs to ruin herself, and make herself unmarriageable -- and she wants Robert to help her. I already liked how Robert grudgingly admires Isabel and her integrity, and would have wanted them to settle into that comfortable companionship, which would have probably taken a longer book -- but Isabel's situation required them to move things along at a faster pace. There's attraction, but our hero and heroine are both wary of the members of the opposite gender (because of their pasts), so but the chemistry between Robert and Isabel is a bit vague.
The second book in the A Year Without a Duke series was the last book I read, and I thought it was a wonderful way to say goodbye to the characters and world created by Kate Pearce, Suzanna Medeiros, Jennifer Haymore, Sabrina Darby and Genevieve Turner -- Forbidden in February also holds the distinction for being the saddest book in the series for me. Here's why: Robert Milton and his mother never had a good relationship, and his mother has always tried to reach out to him, but he never gave her a chance. Now, at her death, so many things are revealed to Robert -- but he'll never get a chance to make it up to his mother. He'll never have the chance to talk to her about all these things that are bothering him (unlike Marcus and Caroline). The question for Robert, from the very beginning of the story is, what now? What next? And he'll have to answer that knowing that there are still so many things that are unresolved in his past -- but, the small consolation is that he'll have Isabel by his side.
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