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Review: The Duke Who Ravished Me (Rebellious Bride #4) by Diana Quincy


An impulsive kiss between a libertine duke and a mysterious governess sparks a blaze of desire—and intrigue—in this breathtaking Regency romance from the award-winning author of Spy Fall.

Adam Fairfax, the Duke of Sunderford, happily enjoys a different woman (or two) every night—or he did, until his wards landed on his doorstep. Ever since Sunny took in the seven-year-old twin girls and their prim and proper governess, Isabel Finch, his love life has been a shambles. But, as time goes by, Sunny catches himself getting lost in Isabel’s haughty blue eyes, or following the curves beneath her unbecoming dress. An unexpected kiss ignites a passion that shocks him into realizing how thin the line between love and hate can be.

If Isabel’s hidden past were revealed, she could lose everything. Oddly enough, only when “Sinful Sunny” is near does she feel safe—or safe enough to speak up in defense of the girls. The duke’s decadent lifestyle is a disgrace, and clearly he considers Isabel a nuisance. Still, she can’t help admiring his sculpted cheekbones, strong-cut jaw, and tousled chestnut hair. When their lips meet, it’s almost as if he could kiss the secrets right out of her. Worse, she’s tempted to let him. . . .

In a genre saturated with clichés and tired plotlines, “The Duke Who Ravished Me” stands out as a refreshing take on a rake reformed with a surprising twist.

From the beginning, the reader is introduced to an interesting cast of characters. Sinful Sunny, as he is known, is depicted perfectly as the rake he is meant to be. More often than not, rakes in historical novels are simply labeled as rakes, but do not indulge or act like true rakes. The author does not pull any punches, however, and shows him at his most indulgent…and depraved. It makes his transformation that much more notable.

Finch acts as his perfect foil. As uptight and stiff as the bun she always wears, Finch’s number one priority is the young charges in her care. Rounded out with a rambunctious pair of twins, a hopeful butler, and well-meaning but clueless friends, you have a story driven by authentic and flawed characters.

Quincy is not only a talented writer, she is a creative storyteller. Her style is smooth and flows easily, bringing her story to life while making it interesting. In a story filled with secrets, the reader thinks they have it all figured out in the end. They are completely unprepared for the twist Quincy throws in at the last minute.

Fans of steamy historical romance won’t want to miss this read. If you are wanting more sweet than sexy, look elsewhere because this novel is explicit as it heartwarming.

❧ Arec

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