I have read a few books by this author, many years ago, that I enjoyed. I picked this one up at a used book store for $1. Thank goodness I did not spend full or half price on it. The beginning seemed so promising, but by the first 3rd of book, I could tell it was not up to the usual standards for romance novels.
This paragraph is a spoiler so skip it and go to the next one if you don't want to know a few details about the book. It starts off with Trey at the altar about to marry Edwina, a wealthy widow. Someone burst in to tell him his one true love who disappeared 6 months prior has been in an asylum which was orchestrated by his manipulative, hateful grandmother. From there the writing becomes very amateurish. Very unrealistic scenarios follow (not unexpected in a romance), but quite unlikely. Two examples: 1) the previously selfish, rude, debauched duke decides to work in a mine, voluntarily 2) the woman he left at the altar stays in his home after he jilted her. He allows it even though he shouts, threatens and tells her to leave every few pages AND she remains through all this even though he professes to love Maria every few paragraphs.
Even though it was a quick read, I realized it was because the text was in a larger than usual size. There really wasn't a lot of substance to this book. Quite disappointing, mainly because it had so much potential.