The Duke Can Go To the Devil by Erin Knightley #Review

The Duke Can Go To the Devil by Erin Knightley #ReviewThe Duke Can Go To the Devil by Erin Knightley

Series: #3 Prelude to a Kiss
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Signet on July 7, 2015
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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four-half-stars  

For the third book in the trilogy, I had high expectations because May has been one of the most colorful characters since the beginning. I was so curious what man would be her match. She is beautiful, lively, and eccentric when it comes to English ways having done her growing up in the Orient and on board her father’s ship. I didn’t have long to wait and loved the man she was paired with. The tension and sizzle was off the hook.

As I mentioned, this is the third in the series. It can be read out of order, but one would probably get more out of it getting them in order.

The story opens with May’s aunt warning her with no uncertain terms that her behavior had better improve or else. Unfortunately, right after her last concert with her two friends, May bumps into an insufferable man who assumes she is there to insinuate herself into his company. They trade barbs, but it is only on the arrival of her aunt that she has been with the Duke of Radcliffe, a man her aunt wished to cultivate an acquaintance. As a result, she is forced to make nice if she wants out of her room.

William Spencer, Duke of Radcliffe is a rule follower and takes is duties seriously. Someone like May who lives outside the rules frustrates him. He wants to avoid a woman like her, but he can’t deny that he feels a strong attraction, too. She wants different things in life, she hates his country, and she plans to return to her old life as soon as her father returns, and yet he issues the invitation to join him, his flirty step-mother, and his half-siblings at his country estate.

May is confused by her reaction to William. She wanted to continue to hate everything about him and his country because that would keep things easier for her plans when her father returns, but she discovers that there is a lot more to him than she originally thought. But this doesn’t change anything because they still aren’t right for each other.

This story was my favorite of the three and I thought for sure book two would be. The sparks between this pair, their opposite situations, and the development of the brewing issues that eventually come to a head were exciting. Both characters have a tendency to quick judgment and speech, but learn to appreciate each other’s fine points along with their view points.

The romance is slow build and stays on the sweet side because they are at dagger point for a while before cooling off and getting to know each other. The attraction was a playful thing that both found inconvenient at times and they were flirtatious when they got past the hostilities. William and May were a great couple.

The historical setting was full of interesting elements like the music festival, the beginnings to the industrial era, and the trade wars. It fit in nicely to give both the main characters their opposing opinions on these matters as well as place them in a changing time. I loved that the author chose Bath as her main setting instead of the more popular London.

All in all, I enjoyed this book for its opposites attract fiery romance, loveable characters, and neat historical backdrop. I was glad to see that a side character, Lord Derring, gets his story next. I would heartily recommend this book and the others in the series to historical romance fans who like lighter, flirty stories.

My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Romance Roundabout #255 HR

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Historical Romance #67

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • I like fun and flirty, cant go wrong with that regardless of the genre

    • For sure! I have been waiting for May’s story since book one b/c I knew it would be a lulu.

  • That sounds like a good book. Thanks for the review. I don’t read many historicals these days but this sounds good.

  • It’s fun when you meet the main characters of later books earlier in the series and are looking forward to their story. This sounds like an enjoyable book with how May and William don’t like each other much first and then grow closer. And the historical setting sounds so well done! Great review!

    • It really is fun meeting the characters early and looking forward to their books. The next book is about another character I really liked, too.

      And yes, the setting was a big pleasure.

  • Lindy Gomez

    I love sweet, flirty, slow-burning romance. The Industrial revolution was an interesting and sad time in history that I’ve enjoyed reading about. I like the idea of an eccentric heroine who is adjusting to English society. I can imagine her culture shock. Great Review 🙂

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    • There was so much to like in this one, Lindy.

  • ooh a music festival?? That is so different. I still need to read this author. Is it best to read this series in order? Great review!!

    • The music festival is a unique backdrop to these first three stories as the girls chose to compete as a trio of musicians. I would definitely recommend reading them in order b/c all the heroines meet in the first book and stay in each other’s books as they go.

      • I will definitely start with the first book then, and I love it when the series is connected like this with the heroines. I love the idea of them competing together and all of them musically talented…I so have to read this author soon.

        • Look forward to seeing if it meets up with expectation.

  • Ah Sophia. It sounds wonderful. I love a good bit of fire and flirt between my characters. I seriously need to get caught up on her books.

    • Yes, she does love to get some fireworks and sizzle going between her characters. I’ve enjoyed all three of the books in this series so far. She likes to connect her series together, but I didn’t have trouble starting with this series.