I had high hopes for The Runaway Duchess; however, I was disappointed. I’m not too fond of both Neal and Lavinia and had difficulty warming to them. Neal seemed one-dimensional at times, and Lavinia was spoiled and vapid. The character’s personalities developed more past the fifty percent mark; for me, it was too late. Neal and Lavinia did have believable chemistry. The second half of the book was more interesting yet I still couldn’t get past disliking Lavinia and her choices. I also felt the novel could have been shorter and conveyed the same message. By the end the characters did redeemed themselves and there was a happily-ever-after. Unfortunately ,this book was not for me.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through Netgalley and the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Release Date: January 18, 2022