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Series: The Duke's Sons #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on January 5, 2016
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: the Publisher
Nathaniel Gresham, the handsome Viscount Hargove, lives a life devoted to familial duty. As his father's eldest son, Nathaniel's identity remains the "heir to the Duke of Langford." But this quiet, restrained life changes the minute he marries sweet Lady Violet Devere.
Oppressed by her family all her life, Violet is longing for her marriage vows to be spoken. Though her arranged marriage to Nathaniel was not a match made for love, they're both looking forward to the comparative freedom of married life. And Violet is determined to show Nathaniel how to enjoy it, both in and out of the bedroom.
Violet Devere and Nathaniel Gresham have been engaged for years and Violet cannot be more excited to get out from under the thumb of her over-bearing grandmother. HEIR TO THE DUKE begins almost immediately with the arranged marriage between Violet and Nathaniel. While the focus is still on this couple finding happiness and love together, it takes the rather unusual position of beginning with the marriage rather than ending with it.
Violet is quiet and demure, but eager to find herself outside the influence of her grandmother. Once married, she spends a great deal of time dancing and strolling around town, reveling in her freedom.
Nathaniel the young and handsome heir to a dukedom of some sort whose brothers have always relied on his dependability to get them out of scrapes.
The problem – one of many – was that the couple barely spent any time together. Additionally, the story spent more time revolving around the evil grandmother than the couple. I found Violet to be very childish. She was more interested in buying new dresses and gallivanting about town than spending time getting to know her new husband. Nathaniel isn’t much better, though I’d imagine a brick having more personality. Nathaniel’s sole job throughout this book appeared to be reading innocuous letters from his five younger brothers.
I’m not really sure how I actually finished this book. It was very nearly a DNF.