The Duke's Disaster
by Grace Burrowes
Genre: Romance / Historical
Ages: 17 and up
Note: I received an e-copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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
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?
I really, really liked this book. Don't let the cover fool you; Grace Burrowes books aren't really bodice rippers, even if they sometimes look like it. Which is not to say that they don't have plenty of steamy romance - because they do. It is just that the term 'bodice ripper' implies a certain amount of shallowness that her books do not possess. While I have loved all of her books that I have read so far, The Duke's Disaster is one of my favorites.
Noah is adorable. He's a grouchy bear of a man who is honest to a fault, slow to anger, and eminently cuddle-able. Thea is very nearly as good a character with her practical attitude and mysterious past. Each one of their conversations was wonderfully realistic and made me want to hug them both as they struggled to learn to trust each other and slowly fell in love.
What I really loved the most about this book, though, was the beautiful writing. Every single word was perfectly chosen, painting a luxuriously detailed picture of characters and setting alike. I don't think I've ever seen an author convey emotion so well.
Overall, this book was great. Thea's 'dark secret' could have been resolved faster, but I understand why it wasn't so that is a very small complaint, easily washed away by the spectacular writing and characters. I highly recommend this book to lovers of Gaelen Foley, sweet romance, and emotional angst.
Content Ratings: Profanity, Sexuality and Violence
1 (mild) through 10 (extreme).
I rate it a 4.10 for some mid-level swearing and name-calling.
I give it 7.10 for a few scenes of varying explicitness.
I rate it 5.10 for references to rape, attempted rape, kidnapping, and fighting.