Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Bewitching the Duke by Christie Kelley

Bewitching the Duke
Only Her Desire…

After losing his wife in childbirth, Colin Barrett, Duke of Northrop, does not trust healers. So when he discovers Selina White cleansing his home, he is livid. As duke, Colin is accustomed to his charges taking orders from him. But the fiery Selina has the audacity to defy him when he asks her to leave his lands. More infuriating, he cannot stop thinking about the seductive sway of her hips when she walks.

Can Heal His Heart…

The sick tenants of Northrop Park depend on Selina, and she’s not about to let a man tell her she must leave her village—even if he is a duke. And while Selina does not fear Colin’s temper, she is afraid of the secrets she keeps from him and of the desire he sets off in her every time he is near.

Absolutely lovely! Bewitching the Duke was so sweet and perfect, I just adored it. Definitely a winner.

Selina is different from most historical romance characters you come across. She's no society lady. She's a wise woman who is more or less exempt from society's rules. And she was took full advantage of that. But she was also very loyal to the people on the duke's estate that she took care of. She's determined to continue caring for them no matter what happens and no matter what Colin says. She was definitely an admirable heroine, one that anyone could like.

Colin was also different from most historical romance heroes. He lost his wife and infant son years before because of a wise woman's mistake and he's held a grudge since. (BTW, about that situation, there is a huge secret about it, one that will knock your socks of when you find out). Because of his grudge, he automatically holds Selina in dislike. Their first encounter in the book isn't the most illustrious start, though it is enormously funny and an exciting way to start the book. But, their feeling gradually change, while sparks are flying between them constantly. Their relationship was sweet, and it definitely had a lot of passion ;)They were really adorable together.
 But, my favorite  part about Colin is that he deviates from the usual man-whore hero. Usually, the love interest in a historical romance is promiscuous and an almost sex-addict, yes? Well, Colin isn't like that. He loved his first wife and has been celibate since her death all those years ago. I know, a huge change from the usual, but one that I really liked and admired. It made me adore Colin all the more. He was wonderful, a truly delightful hero.

The plot line moves quickly, starting off with a bang and keeping my interest all the way through. There are a few surprises along the way that I didn't see coming. The ending was perfect for the lovely couple. 

Bewitching the Duke is a top notch historical romance. It's officially one of my favorites. If you like some romance, you should check out this book.


Thanks to Netgalley for a copy!

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