I enjoy the unique take on Regency romance that Susanna Allen writes. Mixing the paranormal with historical romance isn’t done often. I wish more authors would write in this combined genre. Be aware that although this is a regency romance, it is also a paranormal shape shifter romance. This book has the best characters in the entire series. I loved Alwyn with his inner struggle. Tabitha is mature and is a lady apothecary. Tabitha is a strong woman, yet she also has a calming effect on Alwyn.
This plot had the basics to be an excellent book. Two issues held this book back from being a five-star read. First, the premise of Alwyn escaping captivity and learning to heal with Tabitha’s assistance was a fantastic start. However, I felt the main plot line got lost easily in secondary story arcs and secondary characters. Also, the vocabulary in this book is too complicated. I enjoy an intelligent read, but it is distracting when I have to look up definitions continually.
All that being said, I did enjoy this book. Alwyn and Tabitha’s connection was powerful, and both lead characters had solid and likable personalities. The plot flowed reasonably well and kept my interest. I loved that Susanna Allen has married two romance genres well, and I feel she has created a new path for other authors to follow. A Duke At The Door is the third book in the Shapeshifters Of The Beaumonde series. As a whole, I recommend this series for those who like a paranormal spin on their romances. In this case, the series sum is greater than this particular book’s part. I am glad I read this book and look forward to the next in the series.
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 23, 2022