Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Review: A Duke but No Gentleman by Alexandra Hawkins


Warning: This review contains MANY SPOILERS. Read at your own risk!

Not your normal historical. This was a dark, gritty, emotional read. It bears warning that this book contains not one but [spoiler]two rapes[/spoiler].

I Loved Hawkins' Lords of Vice series. I was looking forward to this new series of hers but seriously, "Masters of seduction" they are not! Two "gentlemen" bet on how to strip an 18-year-old virgin of her virginity. How disgusting is that? They would be considered true degenerate rakes. While you can see from the beginning that the "hero" had misgivings, he went along with his "friend" in whatever depravity he wanted.

The poor virgin was allowed to sneak out of ballrooms, and do all manner of things a debutante with a CHAPERONE would not have been able to do! It was disgraceful! There was no romance. Basically, it was "seduction" until [spoiler]she was raped by the evil gentleman[/spoiler] and then the "hero" was "in love" with her. I could find no redeeming qualities in the "hero" at all. The aftermath of violence was dealt with a little too easily in my opinion.

The story overall left an unsatisfying, slimy taste in my mouth, my heart and my brain! I’ll be reading the next one on the series though, because I can’t give up hope on Ms. Hawkins!

Check out they synopsis below.


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You Can't Always Get the Marquess You Want


They call him Chance, though in truth the Marquess of Fairlamb feels bitterly cursed: A long-ago family feud is standing in the way of his heart's desire. Lady Tempest is the daughter of his father's sworn enemy, the Marquess of Norgrave. She is beautiful, innocent, and utterly untouchable. But some seductions are just too good to resist…

Tempest is a woman of her own mind—and a true romantic who will overcome every obstacle to be with the man of her dreams. But the odds are against the handsome, wickedly charming Chance if he intends to win Tempest as his bride. Will he choose loyalty to his family—or risk everything he has for the woman he yearns for?