Wednesday, March 11, 2015

ARC Review: Sins of a Duke (Scandalous House of Calydon #3) by Stacy Reid

Title: Sins of a Duke (Scandalous House of Calydon #3)
Author: Stacy Reid
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Historical Romance - Victorian
Length: Novel
Release Date: March 9, 2015
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 3
Sexual - 3

All of the young ladies whispered about the Duke of Mondvale in hushed tones, their Irresistibly so. Since her reputation is already ruined in London society, why shouldn't she be impudent and dance with the scandalous “Lord of Sin”?
eyes following his tall, dark figure with barely disguised lust. For the newly-ostracized Lady Constance Thornton, he is magnetic and altogether desirable.

Little does she know of his plans.

The beautiful and innocent Lady Constance is no mere plaything for Lucan Wynwood. She will be his revenge. By ruining her, he will have his vengeance against her brother. Except that the Lady Constance is full of surprises...and now she could well be the ruin of him.
An interesting love to hate to love story.  Constance is an amazing character.  She is full of strength as the ton shuns her when the truth of her birth is somehow revealed.  But she holds her chin up and waits for it to blow over - but it doesn't.  Someone is fanning the flames and making her life miserable.  Her views of the ton and the friends she has made change drastically over the course of the story and I really enjoyed watching her develop the "modern woman" mind set.  I loved her reactions to everything along the way - she was very real to me.

Lucan on the other hand, is a bit of a scoundrel. He is instantly attracted to the beautiful lady, but he doesn't realize exactly who she is at first.  When he realizes it's the same lady he's set out to ruin he feels something he didn't expect - guilt.  But that doesn't stop him - and this is where I didn't really like him.  He just refused to let it all go a little too long.  I understand his hurt and his desire for revenge, but he just takes it too long and too far.

Watching it all unfold was a fun story.  As I said earlier, Constance really shone in this story and made it well worth reading.  I just wish Lucan had been redeemed a little bit earlier.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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