Title: It’s All About the Duke
Author: Amelia Grey
Genre: Historical romance
Is this part of a series? Yes. The Rakes of St. James book #3
Publish date: May 29th,2018
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?
To start, let me just say that I loved these characters. Rath is funny, kind, and trying to live better- even when it certainly doesn’t suite him. He feels bad about the wager- he was young, stupid, drunk and full of himself- and he’ll be the first one to tell you so. You can’t change the past. All he can do is move forward and so he tries to. The mix of emotions in this hero, the desire for his father’s approval that’s too late to ever happen… these things make him human. His loyalty and wit, and his wildly flirtatious streak make him delicious.
Then there’s Marlena. She is beautiful, kind, intelligent and loyal to a fault. When she started a scandal sheet to poke at the dukes, they had been faceless and she never really thought about coming face to face with them. All she considered was that her friends and neighbors needed money and she had no other way to get it. Daring, sassy and just plain mesmerizing, I loved watching this girl.
The relationship between Rath and Marlena also felt honest- there was a lot of chemistry and emotion. The story line was strong, though I feel like the author was in a major hurry to wrap things up. The ending just seemed a bit too neat, you know? It lost half a star due to that for me… Still this was a quick, entertaining read that I adored. I do wish I had read the others first (I HAVE to stop doing that!), but with these you really don’t have to. It’s wise, but I don’t feel like I missed any of the story. For me, this is a three and a half star book. It won’t win any literary awards, but it’s great fun!
On the adult content scale there is a small amount of language and a rather large sex scene. It seemed, as they usually do, to go into far greater detail than needed. Maybe that’s just me? Still, there’s only one so it isn’t that bad. I give this a five.
I was lucky enough to receive this book from Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review. My thanks.
The book comes out 5-29-18! Is it on your radar?
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Happy Reading and be well,