Last Night With the Duke
The Rakes of St. James #1
“Could finding love be his greatest scandal of all?
The Duke of Griffin has never lived down his reputation as one of the Rakes of St. James. Now rumors are swirling that his twin sisters may bear the brunt of his past follies. Hiring a competent chaperone is the only thing Griffin has on his mind–until he meets the lovely and intriguing Miss Esmeralda Swift. In ways he could never have expected, she arouses more than just his curiosity.
Esmeralda Swift considered herself too sensible to ever fall for a scoundrel, but that was before she met the irresistibly seductive Duke of Griffin. His employment offer proves too tempting for her to resist. She can’t afford to be distracted by his devilish charms because the stakes are so high for his sisters’ debut Season. . .unless one of London’s most notorious rakes has had a change of heart and is ready to make Esmeralda his bride? ”
I adore a good Duke romance, and this book had the potential to be great, but sadly, it fell short. “Last Night With the Duke” had a strong exposition that could have led to a far greater plot than we were given. To me, this story was very bland. There were some very interesting plot points that were not exploited to their full potential. My overall feeling for the book was “Meh.”
My biggest issue is that despite having the set up for one, there was no big conflict to captivate my attention. It was a slow read because of this. Throughout the story, I kept thinking, something has to happen soon, and before I knew it the book ended and there still wasn’t anything exciting going on. It was a very mundane tale. It finished as a riches to rags to riches plot with little interest. I would not recommend this one to historical romance addicts, although it could probably be a good starter book to gently ease someone into the genre.
“Amelia Grey (aka Gloria Dale Skinner) grew up in a small town in the Florida Panhandle. She has been happily married to her high school sweetheart for over twenty-five years. She has lived in Alabama, Connecticut, New Hampshire and now lives in Florida.
Amelia has won the coveted Romantic Times award for Love and Laughter, the prestigious Maggie award for best historical and Affaire de Coeur’s best American historical award. She has been a finalist for the Golden Heart and the Holt Medallion awards which are given by Romance Writers of America and numerous other awards. Her books have been sold to many countries in Europe, Russia, and China.
Amelia likes flowers, candlelight, sweet smiles, gentle laughter, and sunshine. ”
I received this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.