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Saturday, April 8, 2017

A love story with a difference.



                                

It seems Alexander Savage, the Duke of Blackshire, is being stalked by someone who is seeking to make an end to him. For starters his carriage accident was no accident.
Miss Elizabeth Lacey, Beth, one of those he'd dubbed the Wilting Wallflowers some years ago is his grandmother's companion.
The Duke appears to be a confirmed rake. His sexual prowess is talked about by women in hushed tones, he's highhandedness and downright rude, and his a scars add another layer of mystery. He is a man who carries secret burdens, including the truth about his rakish ways. Having been badly burnt as a child his body carries the evidence and his heart carries the memory of the night that dashed his childhood into smithereens.
Alex loves his grandmother dearly and wants to protect her. He needs Beth's assistance. Beth wrings three wishes from him for the Dowager's pleasure. Here Beth has totally misjudged Alex's devotion to his grandmother. Not knowing his fears she sees his desire to send his grandmother out of harms way as dismissive.
Beth just can't seem to stop wanting to rescue situations and when her gaze turns to the dreadful Duke it seems that he's in need of rescuing too. But who will rescue her!
This is a light hearted read. Beth and Alex are two unique personalities, quite different characters from the norm. 

A NetGalley ARC

***1/2

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