Monday, May 18, 2015

The Duke's Disaster by Grace Burrowes - Review

Title: The Duke's Disaster (True Gentlemen #0.5)
Author: Grace Burrowes
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Historical Romance - Regency
Length: Novel
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 3
Sexual - 3

Noah Winters, Earl of Anselm, spent months sorting and courting the year's crop of
debutantes in search of an ideal bride. When the sweet, biddable young thing he selected accepts another's proposal, Noah decides to court her companion instead.

Thea Collins, though, is anything but biddable. She has learned the hard way that men are not to be trusted, especially the handsome ones. When she reluctantly accepts, Noah rushes Thea to the altar before she can reveal her deepest secret. Can she finally move on from her past, or will it come back to haunt her?
Lots of good things about The Duke's Disaster.  I enjoyed that it seemed more "real" than some historicals in terms of how marriage worked.  You didn't fall in love and get married - you got married and hoped you liked each other.  Noah and Thea are trying very hard to like each other at the beginning of their marriage, but they got off to a bit of a rocky start.

The are a great match in so many ways, and watching them discover this was a lot of fun. The mystery surrounding Thea's past is a tiny bit too dramatic at times - maybe.  It just seems to never go away even when she tries to tell the secret to Noah. I think I would have preferred one big huge blow out scene where it was revealed instead of the little bickering and sniping that happens throughout the entire story.

The language of the story was also very formal - even when the characters weren't speaking. I actually really enjoyed the formal sounding dialog bewteen Thea and Collins as they layered meaning into their words that were quite funny at times. It was just not quite the type of thing I expected from the rest of the narration and took a little while to get used to.

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

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