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I am a huge fan of Sophie Jordan. Her style is always efficient to deliver a good story with a strong heroine. This book is no exception to the rule. Marian is a doctor’s daughter and former governess. After her father’s death, she finds herself quite destitute and yet responsible for her two sisters and young brother. In the face of adversity Marian does her best to preserve her freedom and indépendance while striking a deal with the Depraved Duke. In the end, Marian and Warrington may end up with more than they bargain for. A quick read. With the satisfaction coming from a heroine choosing her fate and still finding love.
Sophie is a go to author for me. I waited a while before reading this one because honestly I was stuck in my contemporary world but this book reminded me why I love historical romances so much. Also reminded me I think I was born in the wrong era. Nate is so hard on himself and I think he thought he was unlovable. Marion on the other hand loved her family and had more love to give. She would and did anything for her family. They were perfect for each other.
This well-written book reads like fairy tale—impoverished but brave heroine, check; handsome hero with secrets, check (OK, a duke instead of a king but who’s quibbling?); brutish ogre craving fair maiden, check; even an approximation of a fairy godmother. And most of the sex is—funny. Amusing. Sometimes snickerable. The book is quick light reading, a respite from Literary Endeavors or Doom-and-gloom. Or the current news. It’s a lovely little vacation that you won’t have to think about at three in the morning.
This book is lacking depth when it comes to the two main characters. I feel like their relationship started with lust and it stayed within those base instincts. The characters were very likable, but lacked growth. They were from passion to passionately in love and I feel like there was a lot that could of happened in the middle to build up to that point. It would of been nice to find out more about the Hero as well. That would of helped with his character development. All in all I would still recommend the read.
I loved how they both met in an unusual way and then they rescue each other from the sad situation that they were in. She from a situation not of her own making, and the Duke from a situation he felt he didn't want to get out of. Till they both met their match and soulmates.