Dukes Do It Better is a fresh, unique twist to Regency Romance. Captain Malachi Harlow, the new, unexpected Duke Of Trenton, is stuck in London for mysterious reasons. Lady Emma Hardwick is back in London with her young son. Both Malachi and Emma have dark secrets that threaten their tumultuous, burgeoning emotions.
I believe Emma might be my favorite heroine I have read this year. Emma comes from a dysfunctional family where her only good example is her brother. Emma has made terrible choices in her past and has vowed to live honorably, giving her son the stability and love she never had. She also chooses slowly and wisely when it comes to her romantic feelings, having been hurt before. Emma is skittish and confused when around Malachi; she doesn’t jump headfirst but weighs her options and examines her feelings before acting. I loved the maturity and level-headedness Emma possessed.
Malachi is a great lead character. His piratical appearance and smoldering looks tempt Emma. I loved how Malachi fell in love with Emma. His unrequited love pushed him to be a better man for Emma and her son. Malachi was a strong character but I feel Emma shone brighter.
The plot was intricate, passionate, and intriguing. This was a page-turner! The story moved well, and my interest never wavered. The sensuality and intense connection between the couple was pure fire. I loved how Emma embraced her sensuality yet didn’t let the physical side of the relationship rule her – she was cautious and intelligent. The characters had a maturity and easy-going feel to them. I was never lost and was captured by the romance.
Dukes Do It Better is the third book in the Misfits Of Mayfair series. Bethany Bennett has created multi-dimensional, mesmerizing characters with a love story that is unique and enthralling. I fell in love with Malachi and Emma! Bethany Bennett is an author to watch!
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: May 24, 2022