Amelia Grey delights Regency fans with this beautiful historical romance. I’ve been waiting for the Duke of Rathburne’s story and while at first I was shocked by his path I’m so glad he crossed Miss Marlena Fast’s. I truly fell in to this story, wrapped up in the secrets, lies, passion and promises. I loved how the leading couple revealed perfectly plotted pieces of them selves and just the right critical moment. The supporting characters enhanced my enjoyment and the storyline. I adored her friend’s unsteady reaction to the Duke as much as I did her doggy’s exuberance. I giggled, I sighed, I chuckled, and truth be told I even cried at one point. I felt as if one moment I was reading the opening paragraph and the next I was flipping the last page. I loved my escape from reality and it was a pleasure catching up with some friends from previous stories. I’m looking forward to seeing one very engaging lady find her very own rake in an upcoming story. If you are a fan of historical romances this one is a must read.
The Story: Miss Marlena Fast was orphaned at a young age and has made the best of her circumstances, knowing that others might not be as fortunate as her. But when the Duke of Rathburne becomes her guardian she isn’t prepared for the drastic turn her life takes. Can Rathburne find a suitable match for his young charge or will no man measure up. Perhaps the notorious rake has finally met his match.
Nearing thirty, the Duke of Rathburne is finally ready to make amends for the wager that caused him and his best friends such scandal?but taking on a ward who needs a husband is a feat he’s not sure he can manage. The last he saw of Miss Marlena Fast, she was a spirited little ruffian, not the sort of bride most bachelors on the marriage mart sought. But one glance at the lovely lady she has become is enough to convince him otherwise…
Orphaned young and shuffled from family to family, Marlena counts on her fierce independence and quick wits to keep herself content. Being the responsibility of a notoriously wicked duke who upended so many lives is an unexpected challenge when she realizes he arouses her decidedly feminine desires. Marlena must be careful. She has her own scandalous secret to protect. If he finds out, will it shatter her chances of a happily-ever-after with the notorious rake?
It's All About the Duke is the next Regency romance in The Rakes of St. James series from Amelia Grey.