My Divinely Decadent Duke
“Orphaned and abandoned by family, Lady Cassandra Montgomery yearns for love. Beautiful and innocent, she attracts the attention of a renowned rake, the Duke of Althorn. When her security is threatened, she offers him a proposal for an arranged marriage in exchange for his guarantee of safety for her and her ward. After her first taste of desire in his arms, she finds the sexual attraction irresistible. Finding herself in a family way, she leaves his home, unsure of his love.
The Duke is at first enraged by the brazen behavior, yet he sees Cassandra as a captivating caregiver for his mother and impossible to resist. He agrees. The arrangement becomes inconvenient because love and sex enter the equation.
Will she believe her husband truly loves her and return to his waiting arms?
Will the Duke admit his love and use his rakish skills to woo Cassandra back to his bed.”
This novel started off strong, but sadly my interest began to dwindle about half-way through. I enjoyed the first couple chapters where the character’s meet, but was irritated by the numerous sub-plots that appeared. I do not feel that the main male, who is a bit arrogant, having an illness added anything what so ever to the plot of this story. If anything, it detracted. The novel could have ended several chapters sooner without that subplot.
Additionally, I am still striving for a romance with good communication skills demonstrated. While I understand that stories need conflict, I feel, at least for this novel, that the conflict would have occured without the heroine leaving her husband temporarily. That just seemed superfulous.
Overall, this was okay, I will not be going out of my way to read anything else by this author though.
About the Author
“From a humble beginning in Newark, NJ, a short stay at a convent in Morristown, NJ, to the boardrooms of NYC, and a fantastic career for a broadcasting company in Carlsbad, California, to the rural foothills of the Sierras of Yosemite National Park, Sandra Masters has always traveled with pen and notebook. It’s been the journey of ten thousand miles with a few steps left to go. She left her corporate world behind and never looked back.
She hopes you’ll like her voice and passion for writing. She’s never created a Duke she didn’t fall in love with. ONCE UPON A DUKE by Sandra Masters, New Release by The Wild Rose Press.
Nothing she expected, but everything she dreamed.”
I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.