A Duke Never Yields by Juliana Gray {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 18 June, 2014 by Amanda / 12 Comments

A Duke Never Yields by Juliana Gray {Amanda’s Review}A Duke Never Yields by Juliana Gray
Series: Affairs by Moonlight #3
four-stars
Also in this series: A Lady Never Lies
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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Impatient with the strictures of polite British society, Miss Abigail Harewood has decided to live life on her own terms—and the first thing she requires is a lover. When the commanding Duke of Wallingford arrives on the doorstep of her leased holiday castle, she thinks she’s found the perfect candidate: handsome, dashing, and experienced in the art of love.

But tempting Wallingford into her bed proves more difficult than she imagined. Restless and dissatisfied with his debauched life in London, the formerly rakish duke is determined to spend a year chaste. But as Abigail tries her best to seduce him, Wallingford finds his resolve crumbling in the face of her irresistible charm…and her alluring secrets.

A perfect Saturday afternoon escape read

Thoughts on A Duke Never Yields

Full disclosure: A Duke Never Yields was a total escape read for me, which means I loved the book while I was reading it (except for maybe the ending, which just made me go, “Really? Why?”), but the more I think about it, the more I find issues.

So I’m going to get my thoughts out and then stop thinking about it. Especially the ending.

Despite my desire to read series in order—even with series whose books can technically be read as stand alones—I skipped book 2. Partly because my library only had the third book and partly because after reading A Lady Never Lies, I had little desire to read about the couple in book 2. I have no regret about that.

Because this series is partly simultaneous—events that happen in previous books are told from a different perspective here—I kind of knew some of what was going on and going to happen. Which was, honestly, reason to read faster and reason to get distracted with the desire to skip ahead.

Still. Abigail was fun. Wallingford looks like a typical rake, and he’s not and that makes him intriguing, though not always particularly likable (until he becomes likable-ish again). This was the perfect book to spend a Saturday afternoon with, and I’ll definitely be seeking out more Juliana Gray books in the future.

four-stars

Filed under: ESR: 8, Historical Romance, Review: Amanda, ,

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12 Responses to “A Duke Never Yields by Juliana Gray {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. That is one thing I love about Historical Romance–you can often skip books in the series if you aren’t interested in the couple. They tend to work as stand alones (or at least individual enough that you can pick up the little stuff)

    • Yes! I’ve actually started doing that a lot now. And it definitely makes it easier for me to get books at the library—no worrying about where specific books are (or if they have them at all).

  2. That’s one of the few things that frustrates me about blogging — when I have to analyze a book that, as I’m reading it, I realize it’s an escape book, one that won’t hold up under scrutiny. Oh, well. I still love so many of those books.

  3. Well now you have me all curious about this ending Amanda! I want to know why it made you ask why, and since I don’t mind spoilers, you can totally tell me:) It’s been a while since I’ve picked up a historical romance (I still need to do that full Sarah MacLEan reread!), so I’ll have to check this one out!

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