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A lady with a noble mission. A duke looking for redemption. A forbidden love that cannot be denied, in The Good, The Bad, and The Duke by Janna MacGregor.
Lady Daphne Hallworth is ready to celebrate the holidays with her family. But when they accidentally leave her home alone, Daphne uses the time to work on her dream—opening a home for unwed mothers. But her quest isn’t problem-free: She’s in a battle to win the property for the home against her brother’s best friend-turned-enemy, Paul Barstowe, Duke of Southart. And that’s not all: someone has stolen her personal diary, which holds secrets that could devastate her family. Daphne has always harbored private feelings for the man her family scorns…though perhaps striking a bargain with the handsome Duke will solve both their problems?
Paul, long considered good for nothing, aims to open a hospital to honor his brother and restore his reputation. So when a conflict over the land brings him straight into Daphne’s life, they make a deal: He will help her find her diary if Daphne can change her family’s opinion of him. But before he can win her family’s affection, he has to win hers first. Maybe love was the answer to their family feud all along?
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Really it is 10 stars!!!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and I am voluntarily reviewing it.
This book was a hard one to put down. This was so full of intrigue and suspense. I just loved it. Ms. MacGregor really does a fantastic job in capturing the reader's attention. The plot of the book just flowed so smoothly that it felt like I was watching a movie in my head. The plot was such an original one that it really was a joy to read. It was not one that has done before (at least not that I have read a similar one). Some authors seem to write the same story over and over but with different character names and a slight change to the plot. Not here. I so enjoyed this.
The book was written in my favorite dual POV format. Being able to read the character's thoughts really helps me, the reader, to understand the character's actions so much better. This is especially important with reading historicals. The morals then are so much different than those of today's. Understanding some of Paul's actions would have been so hard to decipher without such insight.
Paul was a wonderful male protagonist. I just fell in love with him. He was so wonderful and protective of Daphne that I was completely smitten. Daphne was such a warm loving person that it is easily to be enchanted with her.
The only disappointment, it is over!!!! I can't wait for the next installment. I will probably re-read the entire series over again after it is over. I will say this, do you have to read the prior books to enjoy this one, no. The author does a fantastic job of writing that the reader is not confused. I so enjoyed reading more of the prior characters and getting a glimpse of their continued story.
I so highly recommend this historical romance.
What would you do?
What would you do if your family left for Christmas without you?
What would you do if you were a duke wanting to repair your worthless reputation?
What would you do when your dream is met with obstacles; especially in the form of the handsome as sin ex-best friend of your brother?
What would you do if your road to redemption is constantly blocked by your ex-best friend’s beautiful sister?
What would you do if your private diary (one that contains secrets that if exposed would devastate those you love) is stolen?
What would you do if your beautiful nemesis is constantly tempting danger in her search for a missing diary?
Lady Daphne Hallworth and Paul Barstowe, Duke of Southart will answer all those questions while Janna MacGregor takes them on a journey of towards a happily ever after.
3.5 enjoyable stars
3.5 stars. I enjoyed this book more than the third, however, both books dragged for me in the last half.
Paul has done some things he isn’t proud of. He’s severely damaged his relationship with his best friend, alienated those close to him, and has put himself in a position to not be welcomed when perusing Daphne, the little sister of his former best friend. His road to redemption is not easy but was easily the best part of this book.
Daphne was left in London after her family took off to the country without realizing she wasn’t with them. She’s going to make the best of it with the staff that’s left and have the best Christmas possible. An unfortunate turn in the park led to her journal, with key secrets and hidden desires, to be stolen, which in turn led her to Paul as she went into the rough parts of London to get her journal back.
Things that kept this from a 4 star rating was the long-winded writing, Daphne’s ridiculous decisions and her reckless behavior, “Moombeam” and the journal recovery missions and Paul’s gloomy internal dialogue. I’m still interested in continuing the series and reading about William (loved his appereances in this book).