Nearing thirty, the Duke of Rathburne is finally ready to make amends for the wager that caused him and his best friends such scandal―but taking on a ward who needs a husband is a feat he’s not sure he can manage. The last he saw of Miss Marlena Fast, she was a spirited little ruffian, not the sort of bride most bachelors on the marriage mart sought. But one glance at the lovely lady she has become is enough to convince him otherwise…
Orphaned young and shuffled from family to family, Marlena counts on her fierce independence and quick wits to keep herself content. Being the responsibility of a notoriously wicked duke who upended so many lives is an unexpected challenge when she realizes he arouses her decidedly feminine desires. Marlena must be careful. She has her own scandalous secret to protect. If he finds out, will it shatter her chances of a happily-ever-after with the notorious rake?
Titles in The Rakes of St. James series include: Last Night With The Duke – To The Duke, With Love – It’s All About The Duke –
Title: It’s All About The Duke
Series: The Rakes of St. James #3
Author: Amelia Grey
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Published: May 29, 2018
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
My Rating: 4 stars
I enjoyed my time in It’s All About the Duke, the third story in The Rakes of St. James series. I am familiar with Amelia Grey’s works so I wasn’t surprised at the conversations going on in our characters’ minds or that this is a dialogue driven romance. Years ago three gentlemen made a, to them. frivolous bet that ended up doing more harm to those ladies than any of them could have imagined. Now two of those gentlemen have found loving wives and a sense of repairing what was done to some extent. Yet there is a scandal sheet circulating that never allows the public to forget that bet or the resulting actions caused by it. Neither the author of that scandal sheet nor the remaining bachelor of those who made the bet ever expected to be falling in love with each other… certainly not with the secrets that they both carry.
Although the story seems to indicate a love at first sight, I really didn’t feel that way about Rath and Marlena in the beginning of their story. Attraction, yes, lust perhaps, but love… no, but I did feel that emotion grow on them over time, and that was more believable to me. With so many secrets abounding it was impossible for there not to be misunderstandings, and even anger between this couple. Watching them work their way through the past actions into a loving relationship now was an interesting and enjoyable journey. If you enjoy Historical or Regency Romance then you’d also enjoy It’s All About the Duke. I don’t think you really “must” read the first two books to enjoy this one… but I always do believe that any series is best when started from the first book to catch all the nuances of the story thread.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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