Tortured duke Gibb Alford has vowed never to love again… until a beautiful French knife thrower brings him to his knees
When Gibb Alford, Duke of Menteith, saves a beautiful French knife thrower
from the unwanted attentions of a fellow aristocrat he is ill-prepared for the
immediate tug of attraction to the beautiful Evangeline. Widowed, he has sworn off
love forever, so he can well do without this temptation.
Evangeline certainly doesn’t want the complication of being in the sights of
one smoky-eyed Scottish Duke. She’s a lady on a mission, with no time for love or
However, fate and life have other plans and gradually Gibb and Evangeline
become a couple.
As each struggle with the demons of their pasts, Evangeline finds life in the
ton difficult. The spurned aristocrat Gibb saved her from, is not prepared to give in
and retire gracefully. And while Gibb fights the man, he also declares war on his own
emotions. When Evangeline’s past is revealed to her, everything changes. She has a
decision to make.
Fight for Gibb—or flee to a safe but unfulfilled future.
As for her Duke… All is fair in love and war—right?
What does TWG think?
In all honesty, I don’t think I have ever read a book like this before. I have always admired the covers of regency romances from afar, yet I, for some unknown reason, kept putting off trying to read one. I knew that when I started reading ‘The Duke’s Temptation’ that it would be a long way away from my comfort zone, but I still had to give the type of book a chance and find out what really happened in storylines under such beautiful covers.
First of all, Raven McAllan should get a round of applause for such a sassy, exuberant and lively main(ish) character, Evangeline. A woman who certainly knows her own mind and who isn’t afraid to voice her thoughts. Seeing as the men used to dominate a lot of things where history was concerned, it was extremely refreshing to have a character who pretty much turned round and stuck her middle fingers up at everything that wasn’t right. With that in mind, I did find myself becoming a little surprised when Evangeline’s reaction to Gibb, became more prominent. As such an independent character who enjoyed showing everyone that she could survive without a man, watching her persona change due to a man was a bit intriguing.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against the whole idea of love and relationships, but when someone comes across so fine tuned in their opinions and actions, watching them change their ways due to a member of the opposite gender made me go ‘hmmmm’.
As for the storyline itself, a lot of it did keep me hooked and interested, but I couldn’t warm to every single thing I read. I enjoyed the burst of energy from Evangeline and Gibb, whilst also finding their infatuation with each other romantic yet somewhat predictable.
Raven McAllan clearly has put her heart and soul into her characters, whilst also writing from the heart in regards to the overall storyline. Despite not loving the book as much as I would have hoped, I cannot fault the author on her majestic and enchanting writing style.
Raven’s bio and nosy links
Well what can I say?
I’m growing old disgracefully and loving it.
Dh and I live on the edge of a Scottish forest, and rattle around in a house
much too big for us.
Our kids have grown up and flown the nest, but roll back up when they want
to take a deep breath and smell the daisies so to speak.
I write in my study, which overlooks the garden and the lane. I’m often seen
procrastinating, by checking out the wild life, looking—only looking—at the ironing
basket and assuring tourists that indeed, I’m not the bed and breakfast. That would
mean cooking fried eggs without breaking the yolks, and disturbing the dust bunnies
as they procreate under the beds. Not to be thought of.
Being able to do what I love, and knowing people get pleasure from my
writing is fantastic. Long may it last.
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