Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Other Duke by @jessmichaelsbks Review

The Other Duke
Release date: January 13, 2015
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance

For years Serafina McPhee has been engaged to marry the heir to the Duke of Hartholm and for almost as long, she has been struggling to find a way out of that engagement. When he suddenly dies, she does not mourn but thrills at the idea that she will be free. Unfortunately, best laid plans go awry when the next in line for the title, her intended’s cousin, Raphael “Rafe” Flynn is forced to take over the engagement. But Serafina knows Rafe’s reputation as a libertine and wants nothing to do with him, either, even if he is devastatingly handsome.

She proposes an arrangement: she will agree to the marriage and provide Rafe with his heir and spare. Once she has done her duty, he will let her go. Rafe is intrigued both by her beauty and by her utter disgust with the idea of being his bride. Women normally fall at his feet, not cringe away from him. However, since their arranged marriage is not something he can escape, he agrees to her terms.

But when he finds out on their wedding night the truth about her torture at the hands of his predecessor, he finds himself driven not just to fulfill his bargain with his new bride, but to introduce her to desire. While they move closer together, surrendering to wicked pleasures, dangerous emotions may violate every agreement they’ve made.

My Rating: 4 Roses

The Other Duke was a really sweet historical romance. It was an enjoyable read, though fairly predictable, and I really liked it.

Serafina was a lovely heroine, She had been through a lot at the hands of her former fiance but she still survived and managed to stay a kind person. My only issue was that she really took her time in accepting her feelings for and relationship with Rafe. It wasn't the lack of trust that annoyed me, because it was understandable given her past, It was that, even after she came to trust him, she couldn't reconcile marriage with freedom, despite the fact that Rafe gave no indication that he would ever try to control her. Despite this, though, I still liked her.

Rafe was an absolute sweetie. He was charming, kind, and more honorable than his rakish reputation gave him credit for. I loved how patient and caring he was with Serafina and she overcame her past. I thought he was just perfect.

The romance was lovely. It was clear from the start that they had a thing for each other even though neither of them wanted it. They were a sweet couple and definitely had some hot chemistry between them.

The plot moved quickly and kept me interested all the way through. The downside to the book was that it was predictable. I knew from the start what Serafina's past consisted of. And something that happened later in the book, which might have been an interesting twist, was heavily foreshadowed which kept it from being anything near a surprise. It just kept the book from going from good to great. But, I still liked the story and I thought the ending was lovely.

The Other Duke was a delightful historical romance that I really enjoyed. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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