The Duke Can Go to the Devil by Erin Knightley is a great historical romance. It has everything you would expect from a historical romance; A great strong female character—although sometimes she can be too strong, a great setting in England—Bath, a stubborn man in comparison to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice character Mr. Darcy, and of course a great plot. I always liked the idea of a sea captain and a Duke, or at least the attitude of a pirate with the sophistication of a Duke. I liked the musical competition as well, which is definitely not that definitely common or something you read often in these types of books. The romance storyline was good.
Attraction is different for different people and it is fun when the main characters are not madly in love with each other at first sight. It’s much more fun when the characters spar with each other to build intensity between them for a little while at least! I am giving this book a four out of five.
In the new novel from the bestselling author of The Earl I Adore, May Bradford isn’t afraid to play devil’s advocate when it comes to a duke.…
After her mother’s death, May’s sea captain father sends her halfway around the world to live with his stodgy sister in England. The summer festival in Bath made for a lovely distraction, but now she can’t wait for her father’s return so she can leave this country, its suffocating rules, and one infuriatingly proper nobleman in particular behind.
Because he is the Duke of Radcliffe, William Spencer’s whole life revolves around his duties. He never steps foot outside the bounds of proper behavior, and he expects the same of those around him. With her devil-may-care ways, May vexes him nearly as much as she tempts him, but there’s something about her that he just can’t resist. He knows he’s falling hard for her, but with lives that are worlds apart, will they ever be able to find any common ground?