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Series: True Gentlemen #0
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on April 7, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: the Publisher
Noah Winters, Earl of Anselm, spent months sorting and courting the year's crop of debutantes in search of an ideal bride. When the sweet, biddable young thing he selected accepts another's proposal, Noah decides to court her companion instead.
Thea Collins, though, is anything but biddable. She has learned the hard way that men are not to be trusted, especially the handsome ones. When she reluctantly accepts, Noah rushes Thea to the altar before she can reveal her deepest secret. Can she finally move on from her past, or will it come back to haunt her?
This is not your typical romance novel. Instead, the reader is presented with a heroine who is “second-choice” and a hero who is not very kind or passionate towards his new bride. Not exactly a winning formula. But Ms. Burrowes manages to turn this luke-warm mess into an engaging novel that makes for several hours of fun reading.
When Noah Winters, Duke of Anselm, is suddenly rejected by the young miss he has been courting all season, he immediately proposes to her companion, Lady Thea. Noah isn’t exactly what Thea had in mind for her ideal groom, but her family’s dwindling finances and a younger sister to care for spur Thea into accepting Noah’s proposal.
A large cast of secondary characters keep the plot moving forward at a clipped pace and provide a sounding board for Noah and Thea as they begin toward creating a true marriage from the business transaction originally proposed.
I thought THE DUKE’S DISASTER was more true-to-life than most romance novels when it comes to the romance. Noah and Thea both have familial obligations that must be managed, their marriage is a mutually-convenient business arrangement, and there are a multitude of moral and legal quandaries that must be dealt with along the way that reflect the societal mind-set of the time period.
I enjoyed watching Noah and Thea’s love develop as they got to know the other. From first flutter of feelings to full-blown passionate love, their familial loyalty, strength, and compassion shines through.
However, I did knock the rating down for (Trigger warning!!) View Spoiler »making use of the rape/assault plot line which I absolutely despise. For those of you who are triggered by such devices, know that the book does not go into great detail about the event, but it does play a semi-important part in the overall plot. « Hide Spoiler I also knocked the rating down for what seemed like a very rushed ending.
Overall, another good read from Grace Burrowes. Wonderful characters, engaging plot that develops at a good pace, and a mystery that has you turning page after page to find out what happens next.