Tuesday, June 12, 2018

#Review: THE PERFECT DUCHESS by Erica Taylor



  3 of 5 stars
 
Andrew Macalister, the Duke of Bradstone, dreads the annual Macalister Ball although this year he comes to the rescue of childhood friend, Lady Clara Masson. Clara has been ostracized from polite society for a scandal that was not her fault. The fact that she was at the Ball at all was her small rebellion against her brother who had expressly told her she could not attend. Andrew and Clara meeting again after years apart starts a series of events that propels them to doubt everything they believed about each other.

I thought the premise of the book was good, but I did not like the reasons the villain, Clara's brother Jonathan, had for doing all the awful things he did. I thought that one twist was not necessary and there were other reasons that could have worked without that particular one. I won't say what the unusual twist is, but I'm sure there will be many readers who object to it. I also thought Andrew's moods got to be tedious after a while. One minute he's all sunshine and the next he's glaring again. That got old. Clara, on the hand, was a feisty heroine which was a nice change from the usual timid/shy regency young women.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review and was not obligated to leave a review.