Distracting the Duke
by Elizabeth Keysian
Publication Date: February 20, 2017
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Select, Historical Romance
Devonshire, England, 1820
Determined to avoid the strife-filled marriage of his parents, Marcus, the Duke of Ulvercombe, wants an amenable, biddable wife, and has set his cap for a certain pretty miss. Unfortunately, her vastly opinionated, frustrating, and lamentably beautiful guardian, Lady Clara Tinniswood, keeps distracting him, tempting him to consider a far more tempestuous—and passionate—union.
Recently widowed Lady Clara Tinniswood wants only to organize a quiet new life for herself, beyond the control of any man. But one shockingly unguarded moment while confronted by Marcus’s gloriously naked body catapults her headlong into a forbidden passion and threatens to undermine all her well-laid plans.
Even if Marcus abandons his sweet ideal and surrenders to his growing desire for Clara, there’s one unalterable issue which could destroy their hopes forever…
This is the first thing I have read by this author but I am a big fan of historical romances so I figured I would give it a try. I was not disappointed – and you will not be either.
This book follows the story of Marcus, who is the Duke of Ulvercombe, and Clara, who is a widow trying to help find a marriage prospect for her ward. Things look to be perfect when Marcus catches his eye on Clara’s ward but then circumstances keep throwing Marcus & Clara together and it seems to be harder for Clara to keep focused on her ward’s marriage plans. There are plenty of moments when Clara is quite outspoken about her thoughts, even though Marcus is a Duke above her station. And for some reason, that doesn’t deter his fondness for the widow but actually the opposite. He seems to long for their battles of wit and it makes the reader wonder why he would think to want a ‘amenable & biddable’ wife.
I love how the author wrote the characters; they all seem realistic (I’m going off other historical things I’ve read – fiction & nonfiction – because obviously I wasn’t around in the 1820s) and you couldn’t help but root for the Happily Ever After for Clara and Marcus. For a while there I honestly believed that it wasn’t going to end the way I wanted it to but I am glad with the way the author wrote their story. I loved the way that Marcus did his best to break down every stereotype that Clara had about the nobles; and the way he helps her overcome her fears of small places? Well I think that’d help ease my mind too. If you are a fan of handsome, charming dukes and outspoken, opinionated women then you will enjoy this book as much as I did.
ABOUT ELIZABETH KEYSIAN
Elizabeth Keysian felt destined to write historical romance due to her Cornish descent, and an ancestral connection to the Norse god Odin. Being an only child gave her plenty of time to read, create imaginary worlds, produce her own comics, and write sketches and a deplorably bad musical for an amateur dramatics group.
Three decades spent working in museums and archaeology fired Elizabeth’s urge to write, as did living on a Knights Templar estate, with a garage full of skeletons, a resident ghost and a moat teeming with newts.
Elizabeth lives near Bath in England with her partner and cats.