The Duke and the Baron
BY Jenn Leblanc
“Happiness was always too much for Lady Amelia to hope for.
Now all she expects is to secure her future and marry the Duke of Castleberry, as arranged. But Amelia has a dangerous secret that could not only destroy her in his eyes and the eyes of society, but could also very well condemn her to Bedlam.
Baron Endsleigh, Amelia’s oldest friend, has other ideas. Ender has loved Amelia all his life. He knows her secrets, and they don’t frighten him. He plans to come between Amelia and Charles in any way he can to prevent the marriage and finally claim Amelia for his own. Ender is determined and nothing can stop him. Not even a duke as powerful as Castleberry.
That duke has hated Baron Endsleigh and wanted Amelia for, what seems to him, forever. Charles will stop at nothing to make her his, and his alone, even if that means destroying the one thing he knows she loves most in this world—Endsleigh.
Will Amelia be able to choose when one man speaks to her mind and the other her heart?
None of them will find happiness until they all three learn to embrace the absolute surrender.“ -Goodreads
To start, what a book. It wasn’t remarkable by any means, but it was the first historical romance I’ve read that had a plot twist like this one did. As I can’t really review this without a couple spoilers, you are warned. When I first started this novel several weeks ago, I just found it to be unique in the fact that the main character is mentally ill. Based on the reading I’d say she has extreme anxiety that leads to episodes in which she loses herself within herself. That was all fine and dandy, and kind of difficult to read for me, but then the bigger plot twist came. This is the first hist rom I’ve read, or even heard of, that had a three-way in it. It honestly played out in an extremely unrealistic manner, as far as the emotional connections to one another. The ending of the entire novel seemed super unrealistic as well, with all three of them living happily ever after together, and then her maid being a surprise lesbian. The ending just seemed to be hastily concluded.
Overall, while intriguing, I felt that the novel is only worthy of 2/5 stars.