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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Review: The Duke's Obsession by Frances Fowlkes


Print Length: 185 pages
Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous (May 12, 2014)

From Goodreads.com:  London 1818 

An American Heiress Who Must Swallow Her Pride 

Miss Daphne Farrington despises three things: England's dreary weather, the grimy streets of London, and most especially the English aristocracy. Despite her misgivings, she must persuade the very English Duke of Waverly to save her family shipping business. If only she could ignore the way he makes her pulse race whenever she's near him. 

A Duke Who Must Overcome Her Prejudice 

Edward Lacey, the Duke of Waverly, is convinced that the lovely Miss Farrington, with her penchant for numbers, is the woman he'd like to make his Duchess. But unless he can convince her that not all English lords are callous, calculating rakes, a dark secret will ruin his chance at happiness.


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My Rating: 4 stars out of 5


This was a fairly quick read, filled with interesting characters, lots of witty dialog, and even enough plot twists to keep the story moving at a steady pace. 


I found Daphne to be different from other female leads of this genre, not because she was an American, but because she had such a deep understanding of business and mathematics, which wasn't your every day woman's pursuit. She was able to save not only her family from losing money, but she was able to keep the Duke from getting swindled out of even more of his money. There were times when I wanted to literally reach into th novel and shake her once or twice, as I found that she often did not seem to thoroughly think things through before she acted (or reacted), and some of the things she did on her part were not only hurtful to Edward, but to her English relations as well. While I understood her reasons behind everything, I didn't agree with the way she handled herself and her emotions. Her aunt and cousins were kind enough and loving enough to take her in and introduce her into society, and she didn't seem to even be able to separate them from her mindset of English people being the "enemy".

I would recommend this novel to fans of historical romances, and regular sweet romances alike, and I look forward to reading more from this author myself!



DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way, all opinions contained in this review are 100% my own.

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