Lucas Pemberton, the Duke of Dorman, and Lady Harriet Dudley had been on the cusp of engagement when Harriet’s cruel father weds her to another man. Five years later, Harriet is a widow, and Lucas has vowed never to love again. Through the distraction of many occurrences like racing horses and unexpected wards, Lucas and Harriet must find their way back to each other.
I will first say I adored the first two books in this series; in fact, they were both five-star reads. I wanted to love this book, but I couldn’t. I felt the subplots of the racing horse and unexpected wards convoluted the plot. I would guess that the couple was on the page with each other, maybe thirty percent of the book. I loved all the secondary characters; they were vivid and memorable; however, they overshadowed Lucas and Harriet’s romance. The plot moved well but at times felt disjointed. I would have loved much more focus on the development of Lucas and Harriet’s relationship. The couple was not on the page together enough to get a sense of chemistry.
The Duke Of Disorder is the third book in The Rakes Of Mayhem series. I loved the premise of the childhood friends that each finds love. The first two books blew me away. I did enjoy reading about the previous friends in this book, and the depth of their friendship was a joy to read. Also, I thought the book did a great job at closure for the series, everything ended splendidly, and I was happy all the friends found happiness. I would recommend this book because it does wrap everything up nicely. I love Anna St. Claire’s writing style and character development; usually, the romance shines through. However, this one fell short. I am not discouraged; I have found many good authors I read will write a book that misses the mark with me. I enjoy this author and look forward to future books.
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: March 18, 2022