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Author: Erica Ridley
Publisher: Intrepid Reads
Date of Publication: March 1st, 2016
The ongoing saga of these intrepid Dukes of War finally tells the story of the Duke of Ravenwood who didn’t go! He wanted to go with them and has felt guilty for not doing so but he had recently been able to take up his role as Duke, being an active member of the House of Lords and ensuring his guardian did not fulfil the role in his stead. He is very keen on maintaining his dignity, decorum and position but actually detests public gatherings and speaking though he is a prominent participant and leading member when anything actually needs getting done in the House of Lords.
He is respected by other members of the aristocracy and if anyone can get him to attend parties, soirées and the the like they immediately become highly popular events. Still, he would much rather be in his secret garden at home than mixing with the ton! When he does attend public events he tends to don an icy facade to protect himself but he secretly dreams of finding love like his late parents shared and now his friends and sister do, too. The portray of this public yet reclusive Duke is superbly orchestrated by the author, helping the reader empathise with him as he endeavours to always do the best for King and country despite his naturally reclusive nature. He has a few close friends -essentially the Dukes or War and their wives!
He hates being manipulated but his sister knows just how to get her own way. When she appeals to his better nature and gets him to agree to support the good cause she is promoting with her friend, Katherine, he agrees reluctantly. When he is caught with that same lady friend in an innocent but compromising position, he agrees to marry her even though their previous encounters were anything but romantic. It is the two striving to come to terms with their new relationship, getting to know each other and learning about each other’s wants, needs, foibles and dreams that form the bulk of this engaging historical romance. It is a great addition to the series and one I have no hesitation in highly recommending to anyone who enjoys historical romances with a feisty, independent minded female and a handsome, if reticent, member of the aristocracy as the hero.
Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Miss Katherine Ross is a wealthy, eccentric socialite who knows precisely what she wants: No husband. No children. No candlelit tête-à-tête with the insufferably emotionless Duke of Ravenwood. She’s convinced his heart is ice — until she touches that chiseled chest for herself. One lapse in judgment is all it takes to turn both their lives topsy-turvy…
The Duke of Ravenwood isn’t cold and haughty, but a secret romantic who has always dreamt of marrying for love. Instead, he gets Miss Katherine Ross — a headstrong hoyden intent on unraveling his carefully ordered world. He doesn’t know whether to kiss her or throttle her. Can they survive each other’s company long enough to turn a compromise into love?
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