I want to start today’s review a little differently by giving a big shout out to Neverland Book Tours and the wonderful Jenny who runs the show. Through Jenny, I’ve had the opportunity to read so many great books – and I hope it doesn’t stop here!
Righteo, The Duke’s Temptation by Raven McAllan is what I’ve been up to lately. It tells the story of tortured Duke Gibb Alford who blames himself for the death of his wife and vows never to love again – that is until he meets French knife-thrower Evangeline. In fact, Evangeline is not necessarily interested in a relationship with the Duke either, but somehow fate doesn’t give them a choice.
I have to admit that I have mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed the story as I like period pieces but it also reminded me of what I dislike when it comes to period pieces: the men. Admittedly, the Duke was rather sweet and I could see that he cared for Evangeline, I just didn’t like the way he went about it. He was too controlling for me; he wanted to know her every move, it seemed. Perhaps it was coming from a noble place, considering her run-in with the slimy Lord Crowe. The protectiveness was endearing at first but I really don’t like those old-fashioned opinions towards women.
I guess you can tell from the last paragraph that The Duke’s Temptation is somewhat of a love story. Agreed, and I would say that romance accounts for 80% of the book. However, there are some other interesting side stories: why is Gibb so set against marrying again? Why is Evangeline really in England. I actually enjoyed Gibb’s little story and think it helps the reader to understand him more as a character. On the other hand, Evangeline’s story, which I was most looking forward to, was anti-climatic, even if somewhat satisfying.
Overall, I have to admit that I was disappointed in this book as I expected a lot more in terms of action. However, it was very well read and if you are the fan of period pieces I thought I was, you will very much enjoy The Duke’s Temptation.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.