The Duke In Question is a fast-paced, action-packed, extremely passionate romance. This book takes the fantastic elements of the first two books and creates a captivating novel. This romance takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride through Civil War America, Paris, and London. While the other books in the series were set in unique locations, this one took it further. The intrigue and sensuality made for a heart-stopping read!
Valentine Medford, the Duke of Thornbury, is a retired master spy. Helping an intimate colleague, Valentine finds himself embroiled in a confounding mystery and a troublesome young lady who is his good friend’s little sister. Valentine’s mysterious, powerful, and oh-so-sexy personality melted the page. I loved how Valentine thought. He is always a step ahead if misguided at times. He believes he is forward-thinking concerning women, but when he is faced with the conundrum that is Lady Bronwyn Chase, all his protective and seductive instincts come to life.
I loved Bronwyn! She is trapped in the gilded cage that is her birthright. Doomed to marry a peer she doesn’t love, she wants to make a difference before her wings are clipped. Becoming the perfect spy that no one suspects gives her fulfillment. However, Bronwyn faces danger at every turn and reluctantly has to seek aid from the man that haunts her most passionate dreams.
I loved how Bronwyn confused and aroused Valentine, keeping him on edge and not trusting his instincts. She shattered every preconceived notion he had of the vapid debutante. Valentine and Bronwyn’s chemistry was scorching hot. There was no romance at first only unbridled passion. These scenes were full of steamy goodness!
The couple’s complicated dynamic and the pure brilliance of the intricate, entertaining plot captured my imagination and heart. There was one element in Bronwyn’s thought process that bothered me. Bronwyn swore she wouldn’t marry a man that didn’t love her back, yet almost in the next moment, she considers marriage to a man she doesn’t love and isn’t attracted to. I felt this illogical thinking was contrary to how Bronwyn reacted to everything else thrown at her.
The Duke In Question is the third book in the excellent Daring Dukes series. This action-packed, fast-paced page-turner is full of everything I look for in historical romance perfection. Amalie Howard brings another amazing story full of diverse characters, incredible sensuality, and an eye-catching, unpredictable plot. This is my favorite of this fabulous series. I wholeheartedly recommend this whole 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: November 8, 2022