STORY: Infamous for his pedigree of madness and murder, the reclusive Duke of Ashbey believes he cannot feel until a mysterious woman unlocks a world of sensation in a single, shattering moment of connection. Ash casts a desperate bid for more.
Recent widow Alicia Stone has long been reviled as the chief impediment to a love affair that captured the nation’s imagination. Publicly, she settled for respectability’s cold comfort, but, secretly, she longs to experience what she never found with her famous husband—uninhibited passion.
When Ashbey proposes a discreet three-night assignation, Alicia shocks herself by accepting. But will their explosive union cost them both far more than they bargained?
REVIEW: With Her Duke at Daybreak, the first book in Wendy LaCapra’s new series Mythic Dukes, she breaks her sabbatical of two years and I for one am so glad she did. She no longer surprises me because by now I know that I’ll be reading some of the best prose out there these days, but she yet again managed to delight me.
I said once and it is worth repeating. Books can impress one with a good plot, great dialogue, touching romance and so on. But when a book hits all of those and has a swoon worthy prose, you may as well be in “Bookworm Heaven”.
Yet, sometimes …sometimes… he could almost believe his life was being held in abeyance, as if he were a shade of the dead, and could be reanimated with the proper sacrifice. In those times, hope, in wraith form, flitted at the edge of his senses, a blessing and a curse.
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Throughout the month of February, she felt a kinship to the blackthorn’s twisted branches.
She, too, had been prickly and dark, twisted and bare. But the month had turned, and the blackthorn branches had filled with pink buds, heralding the onset of spring.
If you’re looking for a story with complex characters and a plot with plenty of twists and turns, then this is a must read for you.
If you’re ready for a grown-up romance with heart, please don’t skip this one.
Melanie for b2b
Gift ARC provided by the publisher