Wednesday, December 6, 2017

To the Duke, With Love by Amelia Grey

The next lush, romantic novel in the Regency romance series, The Rakes of St. James, from New York Times bestselling author Amelia Grey!

There may be times when a gentleman is desperate to gain a lady’s attention, but a gentleman would never resort to desperate measures to obtain it.
―A Proper Gentleman’s Guide to Wooing the Perfect Lady

Sloane Knox, the Duke of Hawksthorn is guardian for his sweet, younger sister. Due to his misguided past as one of the infamous Rakes of St James, Hawk is hoping to avoid the Season by securing a match for her before it begins. He has the perfect gentleman in mind, but for one infuriating―and unexpectedly intoxicating―obstacle: the intended groom’s own sister, Miss Loretta Quick.

Having narrowly avoided her own arranged marriage to an unacceptable nobleman, Loretta is determined that her dear brother―a gentle, good-natured soul―should marry for love. Matching wits with Hawk may be her greatest challenge yet… until she realizes it may also be her greatest pleasure. For the young duke’s irresistible charm has not only begun to crumble her stubborn resolve, it has claimed her heart in true love as well…

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Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

To the Duke, With Love was a fast-paced, page-turning historical romance. This is the second installment of The Rakes of St. James series, but can easily be read as a standalone novel with little to no confusion.

After taking a vow to never marry, Loretta Quick has been imprisoned at Mammoth House by her ego-bruised uncle. She fled the altar to an arranged marriage, and would rather never marry, never have a life of her own, than be forced to do something without autonomy.

Stubborn, willful, and independent, Loretta is also a compassionate, passionate heroine, with the drive to do good for those who can't help themselves.

The duke, Hawk is fearful of his past misdeeds coming back to harm his little sister. The ton isn't known for being altruistic and compassionate, more like the three Vs – vicious, vindictive, and vapid. Hawk loves his sister, and would do anything to make sure she doesn't have to suffer through the Season, like she's on an auction-block with people who are out to get Hawk through her. An arranged marriage is the only other option... drawing Hawk to seek out Mr. Quick, Loretta's brother.

The plot connecting the hero and heroine together was original and inventive. Sparks fly, heads butt, challenges are made between Hawk and Loretta, as they battle over arranged marriages and their own passions. Banterific, tension-filled, push-pull romance. Hawk knows what he wants, and Loretta believes in the vow she took inside a church, but the drive to be near one another is addictive.

The side stories are heartwarming, yet the realism is slightly dark, ensuring the romance doesn't become saccharine. A young, ill orphan joins the cast, showing Loretta's compassionate and maternal sides, while keeping it real with the orphan's actions/reactions. At the same time as the romantic entanglement, the siblings show another side to love and connection.

Thoroughly entertained, I read the novel in a single sitting, after having several books in a row that didn't resonate with me – no matter the small page-count, those books dragged, filled with unnecessary detailing, bogging down the pacing and burying the plot. Amelia Grey crafted a fast-paced read, filled with everything that makes a novel engaging, while leaving out all the fluff and filler that stalls reading enjoyment and makes it feel tedious.

I highly recommend this series and novel to fans of Historical Romance, who enjoy a more contemporary writing style, versus the industry standard of purple prose, right-clicking the thesaurus, unnecessary filler, and over-description.

I cannot wait to get my hands on the third installment next summer.

Also Available in The Rakes of St. James Series

Book 1
Buy Links

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B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo

For reviews & more info, check out our Last Night with the Duke post.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Amelia Grey read her first romance book when she was thirteen and she’s been a devoted reader of love stories ever since. Her awards include the Booksellers Best, Aspen Gold, and the Golden Quill. Writing as Gloria Dale Skinner, she won the coveted Romantic Times Award for Love and Laughter and the prestigious Maggie Award. Her books have sold to many countries in Europe, Indonesia, Turkey, Russia, and most recently to Japan. Several of her books have also been featured in Doubleday and Rhapsody Book Clubs. Amelia is the author of twenty-five books. She’s been happily married to her high school sweetheart for over thirty-five years and she lives on the beautiful gulf coast of Northwest Florida.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of To the Duke, With Love (The Rakes of St. James #2) by Amelia Grey to read and review.

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