Wednesday, October 18, 2017

#Review: DUKE OF DESIRE by Elizabeth Hoyt

3 of 5 stars

I found this book very dark and gritty as it tackled horrific childhood trauma in the hero, Raphael de Chartres, the Duke of Dyemore. The abuse has scarred Raphael to the point that he avoids any type of physical and intimate relationships with women. When Lady Iris Jordan is kidnapped by the Lord of Chaos, Raphael  rescues her in a daring plot and to keep her safe, he quickly marries her. Thinking their marriage will be in name only, Raphael must learn to deal with Iris as she wants a true marriage with him.

With the dark elements explored in this book, I couldn't really get into the romance of Iris and Raphael. There's nothing romantic about their relationship as they both deal with the circumstances of their hasty marriage. Ms. Hoyt is a talented author and tackles the serious subjects well, but for me this book focussed too much on the abuse although I understand that was central to Raphael's character. Iris's character wasn't fleshed out much--focusing more of how she was dealing with Raphael's obsession to destroy the Lords of Chaos.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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