The Devil Duke Takes A Bride by Rachel Van Dyken
Series: House of Renwick (# 4)
Release Date: December 25, 2014 (republished as part of the Forbidden: A Regency Box Set)
Publisher: Blue Tulip Publishing
Source: book provided by the author for review
Who said being bad wasn’t oh so good?
Benedict Devlyn, Duke of Banbury, has one thing on his mind and it isn’t marriage. But things take a turn for the worse when his menacing aunt throws a hitch in his plans to remain the most sinful and talked about man in the ton. After all, a man cannot keep the reputation of being The Devil Duke when he is leg-shackled to some simpering spinster.
But his aunt, bless her heart, thinks she’s dying, and believes her nephew’s behavior is the only thing standing in the way between her entrance to heaven or hell. So she very lovingly and selflessly sets him up. With his childhood nemesis.
A young woman who, though she claims it was an accident, has nearly killed him thrice through her lack of grace and manners. It matters not that the minute he sets eyes on her at the Christmas ball, his blood boils with lust. He refuses to allow himself to fall prey to his aunt’s ministrations.
That is, until he is compromised and stuck in an engagement to a girl who claims she’d rather jump from a moving carriage than marry him. Funny thing that, for the very minute she says no, he finds his heart very much wants to say yes. When she doesn’t leap at the chance to marry him, he sets about to not only prove that he’s worthy of her favor, but also worthy of her heart.
Review: At some time in life we all fall prey to romance/love. When that time comes we have to throw away our old ways. We then begin to act like fools just to prove how much that person means to us. It was no different for Ben and Katherine. I liked this fun story of Benedict and Katherine. Things may have seemed predictable and at times they were yet I was still able to find some depth and I found myself wrapped up in their lives. I liked Benedict and his headstrong, devil may care attitude at the beginning. Towards the end when he actually fell in love he became a little on the soft side losing his edge which well…I wasn’t so sure about. Katherine ever so clumsy I found endearing from the beginning. Not wanting to fall in love yet there it was for her to have and go after and she did. But it wasn’t easy. As beautiful as she was she was still insecure…But, aren’t we all insecure to some extent?
I found this easy to relate to. Their romance seemed to have always been on the surface but both were to headstrong to see it for what it is that is until Aunt Agatha gave gentle nudges. I think I loved Aunt Agatha the most. She was that Aunt you loved to hate. Yet I would have loved to have someone like her in my life and on my side. I simply loved the flirty nature that both Benedict and Katherine had…name calling…love/hate relationship…you just knew they were meant to be together.
Ms. Van Dyken once again wrote a simple love story that pulled me in making me fall for the characters. Grab you comfy chair and settle in for a nice simple love story.