HOW TO TAME YOUR DUKE
June 4, 2013
Rating: 3 Cups
Born a princess of a small German province, Emilie has never wanted to live a life of privilege. When anarchists murder her father and brother-in-law, she and her sisters must flee to England and disguise themselves. Emilie relishes her new role as tutor to the young Marquess of Silverton. It is her chance to experience a taste of freedom and independence.
Anthony, Duke of Ashland, has sequestered himself on his remote Yorkshire estate since coming home from India. Horribly scarred from his military service, Ashland feels nothing in life but a responsibility to his precocious teenage son. The isolation of their home has chased away tutors, until now. Against his will, Ashland is utterly intrigued by the strangely effeminate Mr. Grimsby.
The Duke of Ashland fascinates Emilie, against her better judgment. When she stumbles upon him while dressed as herself and not Grimsby, Emilie snatches at the chance to know Ashland as a man and not as an employer. What should have been a happenchance mistake erupts into a full-fledged love affair that threatens to cost Emilie her safety and her heart.
It is difficult to create a hero with disfiguring injuries and still manage to make him a force to be reckoned with. Ms. Gray manages to do just that with the Duke of Ashland. Though the Princess Emilie is a strong and capable character, it is Ashland who really shines in this story as not only a drool worthy hero, but a gallant father, and forgiving man. Lovers of historical romance will definitely want to pick this one up.
Reviewer for Coffeetime Romance & More