Tuesday, May 29, 2018

#Review: IT'S ALL ABOUT A DUKE by Amelia Grey

  4 of 5 stars

 Rath, Duke of Rathburne, is trying to make up for a mistake he partaked in in his youth with his 2 friends. They earned the moniker Rakes of St. James and even though they thought their prank had not hurt anyone, they could not understand the far reaching consequences of their indiscretion. In her own small way Miss Marlene Fast wants them held accountable and had secretly been writing a scandal sheet about rakes. She's beyond horrified when she learns her new guardian is none other than the Rath, Duke of Rathburne, the same man she'd been writing about for the past 3 years. What would he do if he found out she was behind Miss Truth's scandal sheet?

I liked Marlena. She was a loyal friend and had only kept writing the scandal sheet after the first year to help her dear friends who needed the income. Her interactions with Rath were amusing and bold for a young lady, but that's what made her unique. Rath was not really a rake anymore and he was trying to do the right thing by his ward even though his attraction to Marlena grew each time he saw her. The plot moved along, but there was a lot of narrative that could have been pared down. It was a relief when Marlena and Rath expressed their feelings for each other, but there was still a secret between them and that lead to misunderstandings. I found the ending satisfying for all the subplots. Fans of regency romance will definitely enjoy this book.

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

Nearing thirty, the Duke of Rathburne is finally ready to make amends for the wager that caused him and his best friends such scandal—but taking on a ward who needs a husband is a feat he’s not sure he can manage. The last he saw of Miss Marlena Fast, she was a spirited little ruffian, not the sort of bride most bachelors on the marriage mart sought. But one glance at the lovely lady she has become is enough to convince him otherwise…

Orphaned young and shuffled from family to family, Marlena counts on her fierce independence and quick wits to keep herself content. Being the responsibility of a notoriously wicked duke who upended so many lives is an unexpected challenge when she realizes he arouses her decidedly feminine desires. Marlena must be careful. She has her own scandalous secret to protect. If he finds out, will it shatter her chances of a happily-ever-after with the notorious rake?

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