November 5, 2013

Book Review: Never Desire A Duke by Lily Dalton

At First Sight: Lord Vane and Lady Sophia married very much in love and enjoyed a rather auspicious start to their marriage: they were wealthy, in love and had a great position within society. They were even expecting their fist child when tragedy struck them.

In the aftermath of said tragedy, they both went their separate ways, Sophia retreated to her loving family and Vane took a diplomatic assignment overseas.

Almost a year later, they are brought together a gain during the holiday season, when they are faced with a difficult decision about the state of their marriage. 

Second Glance: Never Desire a Duke was quite a pleasant surprise, and over all, I think it was a nice book. Vane and Sophia had some big problems and have been through some very crushing stuff, and their reactions entirely demonstrate the kind lives they had previous to their marriage.

Sophia was very sheltered and adored by her family - who are always ready and willing to close ranks around her if she needs it - and as a result, she's also inmature in some ways. Vane on the other hand, had a less than perfect childhood once his mother died and his father took over and he has the hardest time expressing his feelings because, in his experiece, that never brings anything good.

So, yeah, the characters are more or less well drawn and they make sense.

The rest of the story, though, is a bit all over the place and a bit over the top. It's not all bad but it could have used a little more time to develop. 

Bottom Line: A good effort, with good writing, and I'm even intrigued by what this author will bring forth next. And it's even pretty Chrismasy. 

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