To The Duke, With Love by Amelia Grey reminded me why I love historical/regency romance.
There’s just something about the balls and gowns, dukes and duchesses, society and all that, it makes me wish I’ve been born then… I think what I found most interesting about this book was that for once, there weren’t balls for the heroine to attend. Imagine that!
I enjoyed the banter between Loretta and Hawk from the moment they first meet. Sparks fly, yet I didn’t think it was love at first sight as they’re just intrigued by what they see.
Hawk is the perfect (alpha) gentleman. Once he sets his mind on winning Loretta, he doesn’t waver. Even when he shares with his friends the challenge she presents, he’s always thinking of how not to lose her when he’s only just found her. I loved that. He sort of reminds me of Sebastian, the Duke of St Ives, one of my favorite heroes of all time.
I liked that Loretta isn’t the naive type of heroine. She’s no damsel in distress, and has learned to live within the means her uncle provides as part of her punishment for not marrying the man of his choosing. She’s also not quick to fall for the duke. She knows he can get her out of her misery but she refuses to do that because that would be too easy, and she wants true love. I was totally digging her reasons.
However, I did find Paxton, her brother, and Hawk’s sister annoying and unreal. Hawk’s sister was too childish for a young woman who’s 18 years old, and therefore the arrangement between her and Paxton didn’t seem right to me. Thank goodness his sister was in few scenes, else I’m not sure I would’ve been able to read the book.
All in all, this was a good book that I might read again.