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Author: Erica Ridley
Publisher: Intrepid Reads
Published: March 2nd, 2014
The story of the Dukes of War continue in this the third book in the series . . . Yes, I know it is Book 2 but as well as Book 1 there is also Book 0.5! Actually, I don’t think you need to have read the others to enjoy this one but they do add background and many of the characters appear in all the books. This one tells the story of Miss Jane Downing’s desire to experience more of life rather than just reading about it in books. She loves the theatre and opera but hates how no one seems to remember her, she feels like she’s invisible and really wants to be noticed. She’s admired Captain Xavier Grey for years – since before he even joined the Army and fought in the War. He’s returned now but initially he was largely catatonic, locked in his mind, relating to no one and nothing. He’s now interacting, indeed the two meet at the Opera and converse. She’s still inexplicably drawn to him and that’s when she decides to become his mistress!
Despite his traumatic experiences, Xavier is still a gentleman and determined not to succumb to the temptations offered by the naive Miss Downing. He doesn’t believe himself worthy of love but is still drawn to the well educated bluestocking virgin who is determined to seduce him. Can they find love together? Well, you’ll just have to read it to find out more!
I enjoyed this Regency era story and the machinations the two main characters use to achieve their own desired outcomes! The devil cat, Egui, is certainly not a pet I’d like to be responsible for and adds his own stamp to the plot. The end result of the story may well be predictable, but the steps along the way are not. I particularly liked the theatrical ending! Another great book to escape into.
Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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If you enjoy stories like this, you may also be interested in the earlier book in this series, reviews for which I have already published – see these by clicking on their titles below:
3 The Major’s Faux Fiancee