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OK, slight spoiler alert here...
I finally gave up at 75% when the h and H discussed, calmly and dispassionately, the possibility of having an affair. Never mind she's a virgin who is all of a sudden spouting off about believing in "free love", he is supposedly so haunted by his dishonorable past mistake that he is now so honorable that he borders on priggish, they both have family they are trying to protect (it was the need to protect their families that is the crux of the story and the very reason the heroine is under the hero's roof to begin with, for pity sake) but they contemplate risking/ruining them should their future affair be discovered. The story is just all over the place. Not to say I won't give the author's next book a try, because perhaps this one was just a fluke. But I would not recommend this book to fans of historical romance, not when there are so many other great stories out there.
The H is a starchy duke who's in a tizzy because his mother is on the verge of marrying an Italian painter, 20 years her junior and an admitted fortune hunter AND she's settling half her personal fortune on him. He blames Lady Truelove, the pseudonym for the h, for this disaster and calls on her to demand that she set matters straight.
The h is struggling to keep her family's publishing business afloat by publishing a scandal sheet in which, unfortunately, a letter by the H's mother figures prominently. Actually, it made no sense to me that the duchess allowed her letter to be published; (Lady Truelove gave her the option of keeping it private.) So why did she? Well, so that through that little contrivance, we would have a story. Easy-peasy! Well, I don't hang out with dummies and I feel a tad resentful when an author assumes I'm stupid.
The h is also a suffragist. In other words, she is every powerful duke's nightmare. But she's beautiful:) The suffragist angle reminded me of Consuelo Vanderbilt and we all know what a love nest her marriage wasn't!
She and her sister are brought into the duke's household for two weeks so that the h may convince the mother of her error. She and the sister are also put back into the good graces of their grandfather, a viscount who had disowned their mother.
Anyway, there they are, in the duke's home for two weeks during the Season, wearing their ready-made frocks to all the fetes, surrounded by women dressed by modistes. Don't tell me they wouldn't feel like the sore thumbs sticking out! Once again, the author thinks we're a bit dim.
The romance gets going, as they tend to do in HRs, and we muddle our way into a HEA. And if ever a novel called for an epilogue, this was it. As it was, sans epilogue, I had trouble wrapping my head around how the two lovebirds would manage in the real world.
The only author I ever compare Ms.Guhrke to is herself. She has written some brilliant novels. Sadly, I don't think this one comes close in depth to those, or even to the novels that lacked such briliance but were still very good. But, even though I'm not wild about this one, Ms. Guhrke's writing held up. Her writing is always good.
As opposed to some of the other reviewers I absolutely loved Henry from the start. Yes, he's both autocratic and rigid, but it's all about protecting his family against anything that threatens it, whether it be a scoundrel trying to prey on his mother or an unscrupulous editor of a slanderous newspaper. He only does what he thinks is best for his family. Through his arguments with Irene he learns that you can't decide what's best for others, and sometimes you must accept things you don't particularly like, because it's not for you to make that decision.
The book is very well written, very romantic and the passion practically oozes from the pages. As soon as I read the last page, I was tempted to read it all over again. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
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The stuffy duke needed to stop taking himself so serious and open his eyes and think for himself.Read more