4 stars · Duke · Forever (Grand Central Publishing) · Historical · Romance

Duke of Sin (Maiden Lane #10)

★★★★

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By Elizabeth Hoyt

A MAN OF SIN

Devastatingly handsome. Vain. Unscrupulous. Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery, is the man London whispers about in boudoirs and back alleys. A notorious rake and blackmailer, Montgomery has returned from exile, intent on seeking revenge on those who have wronged him. But what he finds in his own bedroom may lay waste to all his plans.

A WOMAN OF HONOR

Born a bastard, housekeeper Bridget Crumb is clever, bold, and fiercely loyal. When her aristocratic mother becomes the target of extortion, Bridget joins the Duke of Montgomery’s household to search for the incriminating evidence-and uncovers something far more dangerous.

A SECRET THAT THREATENS TO DESTROY THEM BOTH

Astonished by the deceptively prim-and surprisingly witty-domestic spy in his chambers, Montgomery is intrigued. And try as she might, Bridget can’t resist the slyly charming duke. Now as the two begin their treacherous game of cat and mouse, they soon realize that they both have secrets-and neither may be as nefarious-or as innocent-as they appear . . .

My review

I started reading the book, gave up, tried again, gave up, both times due to the hero. I just couldn’t see how I could ever like him. He was so inhuman in a way, he didn’t seem to have any feelings, good or bad, an empty shell of a man with a thirst for power. I went to Goodreads to write a review in that sense and saw that many people loved the book. Maybe I was missing something? It is also the 10th book in the series, so maybe I had trouble because I haven’t read the previous books? In any case, I decided to give the book a third chance and the more I read on, the deeper I got pulled in the story. I couldn’t put it down! Val is not the type of hero who has an epiphany and does completely turn around his life, but his love for Bridget (and Bridget’s no-nonsense attitude) grounds him and makes him human. In conclusion, don’t give up on the book after the first chapters, you will miss an excellent story (a word of warning there is mention of rape).

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