Series: Affairs by Moonlight #3
Also in this series: A Lady Never Lies
Genres: Historical, Romance
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.