Title: The Irish Duke
Author: Cathy Maxwell
In: Four Dukes and a Devil (Cathy Maxwell, Elaine Fox, Jeaniene Frost, Sophia Nash & Tracy Anne Warren)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Historical romance, Romance
Dates read: 14th November 2019
Publisher: Avon Romance
5th sentence, 74th page: He gave a bitter laugh, his anger welling inside him all over again.
Susan has managed to find a way to carve out a life for herself in amongst the English gentry. It’s not quite what her family has in mind, but it’ll do. And she uses the myth of the Irish Duke to do so. Everything is going well until she finally meets an Irish Duke…. and her life, livelihood and existence are turned on their heads.
This was a great, fun and cute historical romance. It was beautiful, fun and impossible to put down. Mostly, I’m just disappointed that this is a standalone novella. I would love to have this as part of a greater series… but that’s okay, I’ll just find another one of Maxwell’s books to add to my ever-expanding list. Mostly, I think I loved this because it was so incredibly sweet and easy. It wasn’t the kind of story that you have to concentrate on and really delve into.
I like how this is all about perceptions. About how the fallacy created by one woman can completely destroy the reputation of another person. Even if that little story she tells is technically true… her words have power, and Susan is about to find out just how far the power of words can go. This is such a beautiful story, and although it starts off with one woman accidentally destroying the reputation of an incredibly handsome man… it is also about how that damage can be repaired and a happily ever after reached.
One of the things that drew me into this story straight away was the fact that Susan is a strong, independent woman. In a society and world that is filled with simpering women, clawing themselves up the social ladder and just in general being about women relying on men; she manages to find her own little niche and life. I also love that her not-so-kind in-laws and sisters get a bit of comeuppance at the end of the story.