My Darling Duke
"Miss Katherine Danvers has always been a wallflower. But now, with her family on the brink of financial ruin, she finds herself a desperate wallflower. To save her family, she'll do anything. Luckily, she has the perfect plan...
She'll impress the ton by simply announcing she is engaged to the reclusive and mysterious Duke of Thornton, Alexander Masters, and secure strong matches for her sisters. No one has heard from the duke in years. Surely he'll never find out before her sisters' weddings, and she can go back to her own quiet life.
Soon, though, everything is out of control. At first, it's just a few new ball gowns on the duke's accounts. Then, it's interviews with reporters eager for gossip. Before she knows it, Katherine has transformed herself into Kitty Danvers, charming and clever belle of the ton—with everyone eager to meet her thankfully absent fiancé.
But when the enigmatic Alexander Masters suddenly arrives in the city, dashing and oh so angry, he demands retribution. Except not in the way Katherine expected…"
I've been on a Pride and Prejudice kick lately, and that led me to the decision that I hadn't been giving historical romance its due. I read one and it was good. Not 5 star worthy, but enough that I decided I wanted more historical romance in my life. You see, I'd always thought they were too stuffy for my tastes.
And then I found My Darling Duke by Stacy Reid.
I absolutely adored this book and couldn't put it down. Though there wasn't much action, there was more than enough drama and internal struggles to keep me going. I loved the relationship between Alexander and Kitty. While I'm not usually a fan of sweetness, there was so much here that I couldn't help but love. I was smiling, if not laughing, for a good portion of this book.
I've now spent a month fully immersed in historical romance and I fully blame this book for igniting that spark. If you find yourself looking for a hot trip through history, I recommend this book to see you through.