The Other Duke (The Notorious Flynns Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Serafina McPhee is thought to be the most beautiful woman in London, with her long, honey blonde hair and pale, pale blue eyes. She's blessed with a creamy porcelain complexion and naturally pink lips, soft, and alluring. But Serafina is more than just a beautiful face. She's intelligent and in spite of her hardship --- she retains a sense of light hearted humor. She constantly strives to bring joy to others and better those around her. She strives to make a difference. And she is secretly thrilled when her fiancee' is killed....only to have her happiness collapse upon her because she discovers she'll still be forced into a marriage against her will....with the new Duke of Hartholm.
He's a seducer of women...a gambler and all around rake. He has a scandalous reputation and doesn't care. He thrives on adventurous risque behavior. Raphael (Rafe) Flynn is an Adonis. An angel of beauty full of charm with his longish blond hair and bright mischievous blue eyes. Rafe usually lives a charmed life..but all his luck ran out the day his cousin died forcing Rafe to [reluctantly] inherit the title of Duke of Hartholm and all the lands that come with that title as well as his deceased cousins' fiancee. His life has become a nightmare.
This story was, simply put, sweet...and even though it was oh so completely predictable and unoriginal, it was mildly entertaining with the author making a scandalous family, honorable...and a supposedly honorable Duke, scandalous. However I found Serafina tiresome because her reasoning for adamantly refusing to pursue her relationship with her considerate, patient, drop dead gorgeous husband...this man who comes to practically worship her...well, it didn't make sense. The whole idea (her refusal to accept him) was contrived and overdone. She wouldn't allow herself to accept him due to the violation and abuse of her past...even though Rafe proves to her that he's a gentleman and she eventually trusts him. Likes him even. Her reasoning made sense at first but she refuses to allow him to care for her no matter how kind he is to her...no matter how much he proves himself to her. Thank goodness for Serafina's best friend, Emma...she was the only voice of rational reasoning for Serafina. This story had some mild, (again, predictable), extremely weak suspenseful drama...and some sweetly soft erotica. Extremely fast paced. I won't be reading the rest of this series only because they're so predictable, contrived and unoriginal stories.
I really enjoyed Rafe as a hero because he was sensitive to Sera's needs and allowed their physical relationship to progress at her pace. I also felt that Sera's feelings and reactions were very understandable giving her circumstances and enjoyed watching her come to the realization that love is worth taking a risk. There is a minor mystery over someone attempting to kill Rafe, but I figured out who it was early on and it didn't really add anything to the story. I'm looking forward to the next title in the Notorious Flynns series.
A rich rogue who's family is essentially tolerated because of their wealth, but the family is also well-known for their notorious antics. Rafe is to now inherit a title; to be a Duke due to his cousin's death and also along with the title he is to also inherit the active betrothal which is in place. He has no interest in either one.
Serafina is a beautiful woman...one of the most beautiful in London. She despises her beauty. Her family has never really cared for her. Now Serafina is secretly elated that she won't have to marry her horrible betrothed. Now she finds out her betrothal will continue with the notorious replacement Duke.
These two are forced into a situation that neither one wanted. The passion is ever present, but along with it is intrigue, compassion, horror and understanding.
I look forward to reading book 2.
There is also a very subtle mystery woven into the love story. And this book truly is a love story.
Serafina was a very emotionally scarred heroine. Beautiful on the outside but ripped apart inside. With the things done to her by her former fiancé and her parents - it is a wonder that she can even function.
Rafe is your typical gorgeous rake with a heart of gold. He is perfect. He falls hard and fast for Serafina. And honestly my heart broke a little for him.
It is a well written, really engaging story and delightfully steamy - if you like that sort of thing - which I do!!!
I am looking forward to reading Annabelle and Crispin's books. Most definitely recommended!!
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