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The Duke of Ashbourne wants a wife who he should not fall in love with. Enters Eliza , the daughter of a duke who is not as good looking as her sisters but with a fetching personality that quickly enthralls him !
The past catches up with Ashbourne and he must do the thing his heart urges him to.
This is the first time I have read author's work and I am quite impressed. Story is well narrated and characters are well etched. Story starts with Daxton who was in love with his childhood friend Bethany, she runs off with his best friend instead and he gains the moniker Jilted Duke. He now doesn't want to fall in love after the humiliation and jilt. Eliza is a wallflower,on the shelf. She is plain in her looks unlike her sisters and has suffered from loneliness. Daxton proposes to her as he believes he wouldn't fall in love with ugly spinster. His friend Sebastian warns that looks has nothing to do with love. Daxton gets attracted to her intelligence, humour and spirit. Eliza falls in love with Daxton but is uncomfortable with her plain looks. Just when things are good, Bethany returns. There is angst which leads to HEA. I liked Sebastian and Eliza' sisters. I look forward to read their stories too. I liked Daxton but I admired Eliza's character. The book has 2-3 sex scenes. Overall good read
Unrealistic for the times but I quite enjoyed the stories of the first 3 dukes books. BUT all 3 have had glaring and annoying errors using metric - no houses for several kilometres, cast weighing 20kg...all of these in 1840 would have been in imperial measures. I don't normally do reviews but these really annoyed me and they are in all 3 books
Lead female is a doormat and makes excuses for infidelity in not only her own relationship, but her sisters as well (really - when in a marriage is fidelity NOT expected - and she suggested maybe her brother in law didn’t realize his wife was hoping for fidelity in their marriage!). The lead female was desperate and she caved to the lead male way too easily and made excuses for him about his betrayal. Lead male is an unintelligent, weak, cheater with no morals. He is obsessed with his ex, and yes, he not only wanted her but holds and kisses her even when he is supposed to be in love with his wife. Took the idiot wife to ‘set things straight’ while he stood by like a simpleton watching. What a pathetic excuse for a man - I certainly would not have bothered to fight for him!
A surprising story about how everything we experience in our lives effects us. Eliza and Dax need to choose whether to deal with those things and become stronger, or limit their potential for a happy life by carrying them. I like how it is the little things that show their love for each other before they think to put it into words.
One does not have "conscious of mind" but "presence of mind." One is not presented with a "reputable feast" but a "veritable feast." "Moniker" was not used (over and over and over) in the regency but first appears forty years later. A collie is not a hound. No gentleman rides a horse to a ball--wrong dress, wrong smell. And so on. Mostly lady porn, but way, way, way too much of it. On the other hand, perhaps lady porn can distract from a slight, cliched, and ultimately silly plot. And I really don't care what secret sorrow or angst afflicts the hero's best friend. Not do I plan to read the next book to find out. Sigh.
I've read enough of these type of romance novels to see all the tropes used in them and this one is no exception. That being said, I don't read them to tear them apart, the tropes are just part of the genre and no one should go into them thinking they are books that will change your outlook of the world. I just found that this one was a bit much and that I've read them better done by other authors. Also, there isn't that many Dukes in Britain and not every young miss in the Ton is going to get to marry one. I wish more historical romance novels would be aware of that fact (it gets pretty tiring to read about just "Dukes").
Alice Coldbreath did it better in The Unlovely Bride, but this was ok. Eliza looks like her dad and as such is a spinster. I related SO HARD to her low self-esteem. I just loved her character! And I even cried, in part bc the dedication was "We’ve all been Eliza, so this is for you." The secondary characters were well done, and I can see that her sisters are being set up for their own stories. What killed this story for me is Dax's character. I liked that Dax wasn’t perfect, and I totally saw the first conflict between them coming a mile away. If that had been it, it would’ve been 4 stars. But then conflict #2 happens, because Dax walked into TSTL territory with his eyes wide open. And Eliza forgave him! Sorry, Dax lost me after that. So it was just ok. There was a major lost opportunity: I think Dax should’ve encouraged her to publish her children’s books – that would have made me like him more. But overall I think Eliza deserved better.
I have read many of Ms Clevers books and have always enjoyed the spy and adventure side to her stories, so I was a little disappointed to find that is purely a love story. In saying that, this book had a special feeling to it, in that the heroine was not beautiful, but still had a beautiful personality that when discovered by the hero brought this story together wonderfully. It was written with a lot of feeling and is well worth the read. It does have a lot of sex that this reviewer skipped as usual but didn’t change my enjoyment of this book.