2 stars · Intrepid Reads · Regency

The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower (The Dukes of War #1)

★★

cover56481-small[1]By Erica Ridley

Oliver York returns from war to find his father dead, his finances in arrears, and himself the new Earl of Carlisle. If he doesn’t marry an heiress—and fast!—he and his tenants are going to be pitching tents down by the Thames. He definitely shouldn’t be trading kisses with a penniless debutante… no matter how captivating she is!

Miss Grace Halton is in England just long enough to satisfy the terms of her dowry. But a marriage of convenience isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. Back in America, her ailing mother needs medicine only Grace’s dowry can afford. Which means the dashing earl she can’t get out of her mind is the one man she can’t let into her heart.

My review

It’s the first book in the series following the prequel The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation (Dukes of War Book 0). I was looking forward to the book, but I was sorely disappointed. The author didn’t deliver a book of the same caliber as the prequel. I can’t pinpoint where the book went wrong: weak characters? weak story-line? plainly boring? I don’t know … I might read another book by the same author to find of which of the two books reflects more the talent of the author …

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