Series: The Duke of Strathmore #2
Publication Date: 9/8/17
Number of Pages: 314
AUDIOBOOK REVIEW – Narrator – Janine Haynes
I enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator sounded much more natural in this book than she did in the first one. Her voice was natural and flowed well. The distinction between the voices of the different characters wasn’t particularly pronounced, but there were some differences.
The story was well-written and well-plotted, but I did hear a number of anachronisms in the verbiage. For me, hearing the anachronisms isn’t as noticeable as reading them, so they didn’t bother me as much as they normally would. That said, I noticed fewer in this book than in the first one.
I loved David Radley in the first book, Letter From A Rake, and I loved him even more in this book. Although he is the much loved and fully recognized oldest son of the Duke of Strathmore, he is illegitimate. Even with all of the love and support of his family, he is still not acceptable to some people in the ton. As we learned in the last book, he has loved Lady Clarice Langham for years, but it has remained an unrequited love. He now fully intends to change that – but her father won’t even let her dance with him.
I had a more ambivalent relationship with Clarice. She was such a doormat for most of the book and I just couldn’t identify with her at all. Then, she finally begins to come out of her shell and I came to like her and I could see why David would as well. Finally, she came to be someone who would stand up for what she wanted and I liked her even better.
I really loved the way the author handled the villain. I was really beginning to wonder if he was just going to get by with everything – or just not be mentioned again – but then – well – I won’t tell you, but I liked it very well.
The epilogue was really good. Since I think every historical romance should have an epilogue, I was really happy to see that this book had one. One of the nice things in the epilogue was the introduction of the hero of the next book.
This is an enjoyable read and I can recommend it.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.