Review: The Perfect Duchess (The Macalisters #2) by Erica Taylor

Print Length: 392 pages
Publisher: Amberjack Publishing (April 17, 2018)

From Andrew Macalister, oft regarded as the Stone Duke of Bradstone, hates his annual birthday ball tradition. He dislikes facing those around him who only see him for his title, and has given up on a chance to live a normal life. That is, until he spots Lady Clara Masson across the ballroom. Clara's twin sister is the woman who infamously jilted Andrew at the altar five years ago, but little does Clara know, Andrew had been smitten with her since childhood, and he finds her presence a ray of sunshine in a dreary dukedom. 

When Clara's life is threatened by her evil brother, Johnathan, Andrew must do the only thing he can think of to save her: propose marriage. Between Clara's trust issues and Andrew's battle with societal norms, two find romance under dangerous circumstances.


My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Let me begin this review the same way I have began many others. Although this is book number 2 in a series, you do not have to have read the other novels in order to enjoy this one. 

I thoroughly enjoyed the first novel in this series, A Suitable Affair, so I was very excited to be chosen to read this one as well. Unfortunately, while this was a good story in its own right, it didn't have quite the same appeal as the first. There was still an element of danger, and the unknown, and I quite liked how the author was able to bring those different elements together, and there was definitely some chemistry between Andrew and Clara, but my goodness did those two get on my nerves! 

Its understandable to an extent why they were guarded around each other, but after awhile, I found myself quite annoyed with Clara. Andrew tried again and again to prove his feelings for her, while she consistently doubted him. Given their history, I wouldn't have blamed Andrew if he had washed his hands of her entirely. 

I do believe this author has a strong and engaging writing style, and I do highly believe this novel will still appeal to those who enjoy historical romance novels. I will read more from this author in the future! 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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