You May Kiss the Duke by Charis Michaels
Tracy’s rating: 3.5/4 of 5 stars
Series: The Brides of Belgravia, #3
Release Date: May 21, 2019
After going along with her friends idea of placing an advert in the Times looking for grooms, Sabine Noble never expected or wanted to find love, she just wanted escape. So when Sabine married Jon Stoker, it was strictly a marriage of convenience, she believed he needed her dowry for a shipping venture and she needed to rescued from her abusive uncle, it seemed like the perfect arrangement. They strike a bargain and agree to marry and part ways. It seemed that these two would never find the kind of happiness her friends have with their convenient grooms, but that is fine, she is happy in London and if she happens to think of her handsome husband and wonder what he is doing from time to time, that is to be expected – right?
Sabine moved to London four years ago after marrying and parting ways with Jon. She has a very satisfying life writing travel guides. Her life is calm and predictable until she discovers that her vile uncle might be up to no good and sets out to investigate. It is on one of her investigative outings that she finds her husband left for dead on board a hospital ship. Unable to leave him, she brings him back to her rooms and sees to his care. She doesn’t want him in her home, but there is no one else to care for him or so she tells herself.
When Jon wakes, he is confused, what happened to him? He is surprised to see Sabine, the girl he rescued by marrying her and then sailed away from. Jon has a history of rescuing women, born to a prostitute and raised in a brothel, Jon has experienced the absolute worst of mankind and has some very odd ideas of what is and is not acceptable – very odd – he is (and always has been) attracted to Sabine and insists on leaving her apartments, but when the doctor says he has to stay, he reluctantly agrees and slowly Sabine begins to peel away the layers that make up this complex man. The longer they are together, the more they dread their inevitable parting, but maybe it doesn’t have to end… But before they can consider their options, they must find out who tried to kill Jon and Sabine must figure out what her uncle is up to and find a way to regain everything he stole from her.
This was a very interesting story with incredibly complexed characters, warmish love scenes, surprising revelations, witty and entertaining banter, a heroine who knows what she wants and a hero that thinks he knows more than he actually does. I enjoyed reading the book, but felt like a lot was left out and the ending left me with a lot of unanswered questions and feeling a bit unsatisfied. This is the third book in the series, but it can easily be read as a stand alone title.
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC provided to me by Edelweiss and the publisher.*