Monday, 27 October 2014

Review: Dreaming of the Duke by Eva Devon



Dreaming of the Duke (Duke's Club #2)
Author: Eva Devon
Release Date: 25 September 2014

A duchess who desires her freedom.

Cordelia Eversleigh, Duchess of Hunt, has spent her entire life in Egypt, sifting through the sands, cavorting with the local tribes, and uncovering the tombs of glorified ancient Egyptian accountants. Now, all she wishes is to go to Paris and study the mysteries of the hieroglyph. There’s only one problem. She needs to annul her marriage to the husband she has never met. But when she comes face to face with the infamous duke, he stirs a wicked desire in her nature that shocks her to the tips of her oh so practical toes.

A duke longing to be tamed.

Born the second son, Jack Eversleigh, now the Duke of Hunt, has accepted he is going to be a terrible duke. Loving wine, women, and song, he knows there’s only one thing to do. Live up to his debauched reputation. But when a young woman tracks him down in a London pub, prim, proper, and with a tongue that would make the devil envious, he is captivated. . . Until he discovers that she is his wife.

Can these two embrace an arranged marriage รก la mode or will their stubborn minds conquer their passionate hearts?



Review

This is a charming, funny and downright romantic story from Eva Devon and the latest in the Duke's Club series.

Cordelia is a wonderfully refreshing and unconventional heroine. She's forthright and honest, with a sharp sense of humour. She's practical and wants to be free to pursue her work, but finds herself encumbered by an absentee husband. She goes to London to seek an annulment, but finds her plan soon goes awry when she meets her husband. I loved that even though Cordelia has plenty of faith in her own abilities and is a capable, confident woman, she does still have insecurities and isn't infallible.

Jack appears to the world a carefree scoundrel who  merrily makes his way through life and women. It's very much a facade though, and he's riddles with pain and vulnerabilities which he takes great measures to conceal. He's always though he wasn't worthy of his title and that he couldn't be anything but a failure. Against his judgement he's drawn to his wife, he thinks he can't make her happy but he can't seem to let her go either.

I love Jack and Cordelia together. Jack makes Cordelia see herself through his eyes and see that she is beautiful. Cordelia is the perfect woman to make Jack realise that he can be a worthy husband and Duke. She's strong willed and determined even when Jack relentlessly pushes her away. 

The secondary characters certainly make for some amusing escapades as they interfere, for better or worse, in Cordelia and Jack's marriage. It was also great to have Kathryn and Ryder from Once Upon a Duke make appearances in this book.
This is a fun story filled with passionate seductions, laughs aplenty and the coming together of two people who find everything they never knew they needed in each other. I'd definitely recommend Dreaming of the Duke to anybody!

*I received a review copy from the author for my honest review. Thank you!

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