I enjoyed the characters of James and Jaqueline, “Jack,” as her friends call her. I thought the concept of the book was interesting. I thought James’ struggle with his past was honest and tragic. Jack’s empathy and recklessness gave her depth. I did feel that the book moved slowly. James’ inner battle of denying then begrudgingly accepting his feelings for Jack went on for too long. These back and forth battles from James became tiresome at times. The last fourth of the book picked up speed, and I enjoyed reading James and Jack’s happily-ever-after.
That being said, this wasn’t a bad book. I liked it; James and Jack’s journey was entertaining. I felt room for improvement, but this was still a solid read. The bottom line is The Duke’s Accidental Bride was enjoyable; however, it lacked luster 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: August 1, 2022