USA Today bestselling author Loretta Chase continues her Difficult Dukes series with this delightful spin on Shakespeare's classic, The Taming of the Shrew.
This time, who’s taming whom…
Cassandra Pomfret holds strong opinions she isn’t shy about voicing. But her extremely plain speaking has caused an uproar, and her exasperated father, hoping a husband will rein her in, has ruled that her beloved sister can’t marry until Cassandra does.
Now, thanks to a certain wild-living nobleman, the last shreds of Cassandra’s reputation are about to disintegrate, taking her sister’s future and her family’s good name along with them.
The Duke of Ashmont’s looks make women swoon. His character flaws are beyond counting. He’s lost a perfectly good bride through his own carelessness. He nearly killed one of his two best friends. Still, troublemaker that he is, he knows that damaging a lady’s good name isn’t sporting.
The only way to right the wrong is to marry her…and hope she doesn’t smother him in his sleep on their wedding night. AMAZON LINK
This story had it's moments and I wanted to like it more than I did but it just didn't really grab me. On the plus side, the story did have depth in both the people and the settings so I did give it some points there.
The duke was an unusual mix of angelic, charming ways with just a touch of the "demonic" anger that would show up from time to time. That was a surprise, as was when he smiled what they called the Death Smile that caused people to scatter when it appeared.
Keeffe,the ex-jockey, was an interesting touch when it came to being a mentor, and friend to Cassandra even in his role of groom.
Hyacinth was the beautiful sister who had more going on in her head than just beauty and a good nature.
Humphrey Morris was the duke's friend and a man head over heels for Hyacinth; as are so many other gentlemen. His chances are slim being a third son and all. But things could change in that are.
There is a twist at the end caused by Humphrey's mother. A "snake "who tried to appear as a family friend, even though Cassandra's mother knew her true nature. I like how that was dealt with and that there was a H.E.A.
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