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To the Duke, With Love by Amelia Grey

Series: The Rakes of St James #2  

Title: To the Duke, With Love 

Authors:Amelia Grey

Publisher: St Martin’s Press

Published: December 5th, 2017

Pages: 348

Rating: 4/5

This is a highly entertaining historical romance with great characters, plot and writing – I really enjoyed escaping into it!

A few years ago a prank carried out by Sloane Knox, the Duke of Hawksthorn (aka Hawk), and his friends caused them to be notorious and embarrassed the young ladies who were the victims of their actions. Now his own younger sister is due to be making her debut into society, Hawk is worried about others seeking revenge in some way that would be to her detriment. In an attempt to avoid any potentially damaging situations arising, he has convinced her to consider having a match secured before her debut. He has determined who he believes will be her perfect match and is endeavouring to speak to this potential groom to make the arrangements by travelling to his home. Unfortunately, fate has other plans for him and things won’t be as easy as he hoped! To begin with his horse is injured, then there’s a storm and then the gentleman’s sister, Miss Loretta Quick, doesn’t agree with arranged marriages! To top it all, the potential groom is away from home and Miss Quick is at home with only servants to chaperone them . . . . and he has to stay the night. 

This was a lovely, sweet read. As well as the main characters the range of secondary characters give a glimpse into the world of the poor and children during the era. The quotes from ‘A Proper Gentleman’s Guide to Wooing the Perfect Lady’ which appear throughout the story add humour to the story – I would hope no man would ever think to follow the guidance, even in those times! Loretta was a great heroine! Her punishment for refusing to marry the man her guardian selected has led to her isolation in the family’s original hunting lodge. She’s determined to keep her vow and it takes time, patience and ingenuity for Hawk to be able to convince her to give their love a chance.

This is the second story in a series but works well as a standalone IMHO. I found it to be a page turner and delightful to escape into. I have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone who enjoys historical romance with a rake finding love when he least expected to do so!

I requested and received a copy of this novel, via NetGalley. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.

Synopsis

The next lush, romantic novel in the Regency romance series, The Rakes of St. James, from New York Times bestselling author Amelia Grey!

There may be times when a gentleman is desperate to gain a lady’s attention, but a gentleman would never resort to desperate measures to obtain it.
—A Proper Gentleman’s Guide to Wooing the Perfect Lady

Sloane Knox, the Duke of Hawksthorn is guardian for his sweet, younger sister. Due to his misguided past as one of the infamous Rakes of St James, Hawk is hoping to avoid the Season by securing a match for her before it begins. He has the perfect gentleman in mind, but for one infuriating—and unexpectedly intoxicating—obstacle: the intended groom’s own sister, Miss Loretta Quick.

Having narrowly avoided her own arranged marriage to an unacceptable nobleman, Loretta is determined that her dear brother—a gentle, good-natured soul—should marry for love. Matching wits with Hawk may be her greatest challenge yet. . .until she realizes it may also be her greatest pleasure. For the young duke’s irresistible charm has not only begun to crumble her stubborn resolve, it has claimed her heart in true love as well in To the Duke, With Love.

“A master storyteller.”—Affaire de Coeur

Buy Links:    Amazon (UK)         Amazon (US)        Barnes and Noble

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