One of Amazon's Best Romances of 2017!
“A romance that Kathleen Woodiwiss herself would be proud to have written.”—Booklist (starred)
Katharine Ashe continues her lush and sensual Devil’s Duke series with a sweeping story of unbreakable love.
Six years ago, when Lady Amarantha Vale was an innocent in a foreign land and Gabriel Hume was a young naval officer, they met . . . and played with fire.
Now Gabriel is the dark lord known to society as the Devil’s Duke, a notorious recluse hidden away in a castle in the Highlands. Only Amarantha knows the truth about him, and she won’t be intimidated. He is the one man who can give her the answers she needs.
But Gabriel cannot let her learn his darkest secret. So begins a game of wit and desire that proves seduction is more satisfying—and much more wicked—the second time around…
“This is historical romance at its best.”—All About Romance
Ashe's enjoyable third Devil's Duke novel (after The Pirate and I) features two bold adventurers: Gabriel Hume, a captain in the British Royal Navy and second son of a duke, and Lady Amarantha Vale, daughter of an earl. Believing herself in love, Amarantha follows her fianc , Rev. Paul Garland, a condescending missionary, to Jamaica. There, a hurricane traps her for a night in a cellar with Gabriel, who begins courting her. Later, mistakenly believing Gabriel perished at sea, Amarantha commits to an unsatisfactory marriage with Paul, but within five years he's died and she returns to Scotland a widow. Once reunited, Gabriel and Amarantha engage in spirited banter, each keeping secrets and resisting the other, while the spark between them reignites, culminating in passionate and playful sex scenes. The novel adroitly addresses social justice issues of the time: Gabriel, now a reclusive, feared duke, secretly shelters abused (and highly independent, self-governing) women on one of his estates, while Amarantha helps her Jamaican friend Tabitha write a memoir about fleeing the threat of slavery. Subplots include the development of romances between two appealing interracial couples. Likable lovers, witty dialogue, intriguing supporting characters, and a zippy pace result in a lively page-turner.
I received an advanced copy of this book.
Katharine Ashe is one of the authors whose books I always purchase. She has a gift for bringing settings to life within the story and the research she does to bring realism to her books shows.
I liked Gabriel, the hero, and Amarantha, the heroine, in this story. I did feel that Amarantha was stubborn at times and if she and the Duke had talked things out they could have worked things out sooner.
There were some twists in this story that I hadn't anticipated. Overall, it was an enjoyable read and the use of different locales and ones not typically found in Regencies very interesting.