Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Jove
Released on June 3, 2014
A young lady gets into a spot of difficulty over an old manuscript she once wrote falling into the hands of a blackmailer. Her attempt to earn the blackmail due by gambling fell through and now she is faced with the consequences- the very handsome ducal consequences.
The Accidental Duchess is book four of The Fairbourne Quartet and works best in order though I was able to read it without having to read the prior books.
So, Lady Lydia likes her freedom and wants to be her own woman. Fine and dandy if she was born in the 20th century, but she was not. She chafes against the restrictions of society and goes her own way. Unfortunately, there are consequences.
I’m going to sound like I’m letting our side down as another woman, but I really didn’t get into Lydia’s ‘I am woman here me roar’ anthem. I don’t believe people should think and act like sheep, but I also think at the same time that running on willfulness and emotion doesn’t serve the situation well, either. Lydia cultivates this blank look and hides her thoughts. She refuses to communicate vital information to those who could help. I sort of get it, but really I didn’t. She didn’t have a prayer’s chance of solving the problem on her own and I felt like it was pride stopping her, too.
I liked Penthurst from the beginning and loved his scenes even if I wasn’t keen on the romance between him and Lydia. He’s mature and she acts like a child half the time.
The series arc was an interesting intrigue to a certain extent as was the twisty conflict of the blackmail issue (though I felt the blackmail was not a good device choice for this romance b/c it was part of what scotched the heroine for me). I think these layered plots are great and I liked them in the author’s other works.
So, though this one didn’t really do it for me as much as others by the author, I will still be picking up her books because I like her writing. Historical romance fans who enjoy a twist of passion and intrigue should definitely give the author and this series a go.
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