Title: The Most Dangerous Duke in London
Author: Madeline Hunter
Series: Decadent Dukes Society #1
Genre: Regency Romance
Available: 30th May
Three sinfully handsome dukes, three scores to settle, three hearts about to meet their matches. All in one thrilling new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Madeline Hunter . . .
NOTORIOUS NOBLEMAN SEEKS REVENGE
Name and title: Adam Penrose, Duke of Stratton.
Affiliation: London’s elite Society of Decadent Dukes.
Family history: Scandalous.
Personality traits: Dark and brooding, with a thirst for revenge.
Ideal romantic partner: A woman of means, with beauty and brains, willing to live with reckless abandon.
Desire: Clara Cheswick, gorgeous daughter of his family’s sworn enemy.
FAINT OF HEART NEED NOT APPLY
Clara may be the woman Adam wants, but there’s one problem: she’s far more interested in publishing her women’s journal than getting married—especially to a man said to be dead-set on vengeance. Though, with her nose for a story, Clara wonders if his desire for justice is sincere—along with his incredibly unnerving intention to be her husband. If her weak-kneed response to his kiss is any indication, falling for Adam clearly comes with a cost. But who knew courting danger could be such exhilarating fun?
Source: ARC from Zebra (Kensington) via NetGalley
Take one brooding duke, freshly returned from France with a dangerous reputation on a quest for the truth, add an independent lady, who has far more important matters on her mind than marriage, sprinkle in a family feud and an accusation of treason and you get another enjoyable read from Madeline Hunter.
Arrogant and dangerous, Adam is very much a dukely duke. He has power and he knows how to wield it, especially when it comes to uncovering the truth of his father’s death. Considering his focus on this point, I wish we’d been given a few details a little earlier because it takes forever for anything to emerge – about the family feud too – and it made it harder for me to really get behind him when he’s ordering Clara to marry him and growling at his friends.
Which is a shame, because beneath his dukely veneer, I really liked Adam. He’s loyal and generous with those he loves and even when he’s at his most arrogant, he does care about Clara beyond her family.
I liked Clara too. She’s independent and wealthy and intelligent, but in a way that perfectly fits with the time period. True, she is a little naive when it comes to certain aspects of an affair, as well as her father and the part he may, or may not, have played in the feud with Adam’s family, but I liked the way she stood up to her family and held her ground with Adam. She’s no pushover.
I also really liked the friendships in this story – both Adam’s and Clara’s. Both have support systems away from family, providing humour as well as insight and necessary doses of good sense.
All in all, I enjoyed this. If you like your historicals to have a decent grounding in the time period and have a healthy plot as well as a stirring romance, then Madeline Hunter is always a good bet. It didn’t quite sweep me away (the details were too slow in arriving), but I still liked it and will definitely be keeping an eye out for the next.
The Most Dangerous Duke in London is out May 30th.
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