Print Length: 368 pages
Publisher:  St. Martin's Griffin (November 8, 2022)

From Goodreads.com: Diana Merriwell and Giles Sinclair only tolerate one another for the sake of their nearest and dearest. Everyone believes that the two of them are meant to be together, but Diana and Giles know that their constant pithy barbs come from a shared disdain—not a hidden attraction. Diana loves the freedom of working at the newspaper too much to give it up for marriage, and Giles is happily married to his bachelor lifestyle. But they do have one thing in common—the secrets they can’t risk escaping.

When Giles’ father, the curmudgeonly Duke of Harpenden unexpectedly turns up his toes, it’s only a matter of time before someone comes crawling out of the woodwork who knows the true circumstances of his only son's birth. As the threat of blackmail becomes real, Giles must uncover the truth of his parentage first, or else he and all those who depend upon him will be ruined—and dogged bloodhound Diana is his best hope at sniffing out the truth. As Giles and Diana dive into his family’s past, the attraction that the two of them insisted wasn’t there proves impossible to ignore. Soon, the future of the Sinclair estate isn’t the only thing on the line…

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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Having not read the first book in this series, I can say that this one perfectly worked as a stand-alone. Even though there were characters mentioned from the first novel, I had no trouble keeping track of who was who and what part they played in this story. 

This could be because the background characters stayed mostly to the background. We got to know who they were, and we got certain scenes of them either trying to play matchmaker between our two leads, or adding details that we needed to move the overall story along, but their presence wasn't overpowering.

When it came to Giles and Diana, I loved everything about them. I loved their witty banter, I loved their insults, and I loved the way they eventually learned to trust each other. I was especially thankful that this was a slow burn romance as I absolutely HATE insta-love. 

The problem with this one for me, laid within the mystery.  While it kept me guessing, it was was also slow. Too slow. To the point that I was either bored, or there was so much information dumped on me at once that it was hard to keep track of. It was irrating because the whole is he the legitate Duke or isn't he was a solid concept. Even the addition of his meddlesome uncle who would stop at nothing to prove he was the rightful heir was good. It was just the execution that was lacking in my opinion. Also, as troublesome as the uncle was I would have like to have seen him actually get what was coming to him instead of just being told that vengeance was on its way. 

Other than that, this was a solid and enjoyable read that I think will appeal to fans of slow burn historical romances. I would read more from this author.

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. 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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