Duke Dynasty, Book 1
Heat Factor: I need a tall glass of milk, because this one is on FIRE.
Character Chemistry: He’s an upstanding dreamboat with a bad boy reputation, she never stood a chance (and neither did I).
Plot: A young duke meets up with his family of half-siblings and his mother when his step-father dies unexpectedly. The penniless cousin of his half-brother sweeps him off his feet. But, MURDER! But, INTRIGUE! But, SEXY WOODLAND ROMPS!
Overall: Pretty much crossed my fingers this would be a series by the close of the first chapter because I hope it never ends.
I re-entered the world of regency romance after taking a pretty sizeable hiatus and chose Project Duchess. This one did not disappoint.
Grey is a very successful and put-together dreamboat who has a reputation as a bad-boy. I was probably 80% on board the moment I realized that. Yes, please. Beatrice is witty, loyal, even-keeled, and interesting. They have these moments I can’t get into without spoiling the plot for you (and I just can’t do that when you’re going to read it, and you are), but imagine that Grey made a call that perhaps would have been an insult to Beatrice’s sense of pride. Normally you’d expect a big blow up to result, but Beatrice is nothing if not even-keeled, so like normal people they get a mildly heated and then talk it out rationally and then are “otherwise occupied” for a good while. Which is just win-win-win, in my opinion. Their relationship is just deliciously solid and it suits their characters perfectly.
Plus, Jeffries sets up the series perfectly. I’m intrigued by the secondary characters. I can see the plot thickening surrounding Grey’s step-father’s mysterious death. I have some inkling that Grey’s mother has some interesting depth and perhaps some surprises in store. I can’t wait for the next installment. I want to know if Grey and Beatrice start their own kennel of puppies. I want to know if I can come over for tea sometime. I’m kidding. Kind of.
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