Title: Forbidden in February
Author: Suzanna Medeiros
Series: A Year Without a Duke #2
Genre: Regency Romance
Available: Jan 25th
Robert Milton’s future as the valet to the Duke of Beckworth is uncertain. His employer has died, leaving no heir in sight. When Robert’s mother also dies, he discovers that her companion has taken over her household.
Isabel Durham’s dream of gaining her independence is almost a reality, but her cousin is determined to see her married to a wealthy but much-older man. Robert’s arrival in London is the answer to her prayers. Neither can deny the very real attraction sizzling between them and if he ruins her, she’ll be free of the unwanted marriage.
But Robert’s very existence has proven to him that romantic entanglements are to be avoided at all costs. His desire for Isabel could cost him the one thing he’s vowed never to lose—his heart.
Source: ARC via NetGalley
This was another good story, the second from the A Year Without a Duke series, once again pairing two reasonably well-born members of the servant class together and adding in an unwanted betrothal. Except this time Robert is not only a valet, he’s also illegitimate and has quite a few issues about it, while Isabel’s dastardly cousin isn’t above spreading malicious lies to get what he wants.
For the most part I enjoyed this. It is very short, yet has a good solid build-up, establishing both Robert and Isabel as interesting and sympathetic characters, with a slight misunderstanding between them about just who they are and what they want.
However, that strong build-up was also this book’s downfall, for me, because it is only a novella and could really have done with being a lot longer to let the relationship develop properly rather than ending in a rushed insta-love kind of thing.
It’s still a good read, focusing on some of the less well utilised characters of the period, and an enjoyable continuation of the series. I look forward to seeing how the next one turns out.