Only a Duke Will Do

To Marry a Rogue, #2

Tamara Gill pens a passionate, complex historical romance. Lady Isolde Worthington is a truly sympathetic heroine, through absolutely no fault of her own she finds her bright and happy future completely dashed and while she doesn't quite let it destroy her she also cannot so easily ignore her feelings. I enjoy my heroines with a lot of backbone and while Isolde seems at first to let her future be determined by others it was easy to understand her actions and reactions. She was truly authentic and better behaved than I know I would have been in her situation. I can honestly say my heart hurt for her. But my heart also hurt for Merrick, the Duke of Moore. While I'm not sure how I would have handled the events that transpired I couldn't help but feel he deserved to try to explain things. When they come into contact again my heart hurt even more, which I wasn't sure was actually possible. I found all their interactions bittersweet and I loved the roller coaster of emotions this story took me on. There was a grittiness that lay beneath the sparkle and I found myself hooked as I couldn't put the story down. I was reading eagerly to see what in the world could happen next. I admit that I didn't agree with the actions of all the characters at all times but it definitely kept me entertained. The dialogue was beautifully crafted with every character and conversation. I'm looking forward to meeting some of these fascinating people again, perhaps when her sisters meet their matches.

The Story: Having found the love of her life Lady Isolde Worthington cannot wait to marry Merrick, the Duke of Moore but on the morning they were to wed Moore is discovered in a compromising position with Isolde's closest friend. Years later Isolde returns to society in the hopes of finding a husband and having a family but her heart can't forget the man she still loves.

Book Blurb for Only a Duke Will Do

Without a Season, Lady Isolde Worthingham captured the Duke of Moore's heart at a country dance. But on the eve of her wedding, a scandal that rocked the ton and sent her fleeing to Scotland alone and unwed, leaves her perfectly planned future in a tangle of disgrace and heartbreak.

Merrick Mountshaw, the Duke of Moore loathes the pitiful existence he hides from the ton. With a scandalous wife he never wanted, who flaunts her many indiscretions, life is a never-ending parade of hell. When the one woman he loved and lost returns to London, he knows he can no longer live without her.

But vows and past hurts are not easily forgotten. Love may not win against the ton when a too proper Lord and Lady play by the rules.

Each book in the To Marry a Rogue series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2017 3.50