Enjoy the witty, emotional second book in USA Today bestselling author Erica Ridley’s new Dukes of War regency romance series!
Captain Xavier Grey’s body is back amongst the beau monde, but his mind cannot break free from the horrors of war. His friends try to help him find peace. He knows he doesn’t deserve it. Just like he doesn’t deserve the attentions of the sultry bluestocking intent on seducing him into bed…
Spinster Jane Downing wants off the shelf and into the arms of a hot-blooded man. Specifically, the dark and dangerous Captain Grey. She may not be destined to be his wife, but nothing will stop her from being his mistress. She could quote classical Greek by the age of four. How hard can it be to learn the language of love?
A quick read, this Regency era romance was pretty enjoyable.
What I liked most was the way the heroine’s character was handled. You really felt for her and the fact she was overlooked literally by everyone. I don’t always enjoy the “poor heroine” thing because it usually comes with a whole lot of stereotyping and misogyny with the other female characters, but that doesn’t happen here. I really liked this heroine.
Now, this is a short read, so the relationship does happen pretty fast, but I think it was done well. For a story about a woman trying to do away with her virginity, I was happy the author took the time to establish a friendship and a relationship before she threw the two of them into bed.
Also because it’s a short read I didn’t think there was anywhere near enough time to deal with the hero’s backstory and the trauma over the part he played in the war. I actually would have preferred the book without that part, because it felt like a bit of tacked-on and unnecessary angst at the end.
That said, I really liked this guy. He was a good fellow, trying to do the right thing. He was also fun.
I did have a quibble with the Grand Gesture at the end, but if you like huge romantic scenes, you’ll enjoy it more than I did.
I did enjoy this one, just as I enjoyed the last thing I read by this author. If you’re looking for a novella with a little bit of angst and a little bit of fun, this was a pretty solid read.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.