Over the last few years since first discovering Amazon I must have read literally 100s of historical romance novels - many of them extremely disappointing even by authors who could and have done so much better - and yet I have NEVER before written a review.
Today, however, whilst desperately looking for something new to read I happened to catch sight of the fact that this first very worthy effort by this author had been given a very paltry 2 stars by reviewers I felt a huge injustice had been done and quite driven to rectify this ridiculously low rating.
In my opinion "Seducing the Duchess" is a quite brilliant debut historical romance novel. I'm always seeking to discover those sadly increasingly elusive books which evoke that spine tingling feeling of ROMANCE and TRUE LOVE. You know - that feeling you had when you read "Jane Eyre" or "Pride and Prejudice" or watched "From Here to Eternity" for the very first time.
In my opinion this book does offer that and if you enjoy reading Laura Kinsale, Madeleine Hunter, Mary Balogh, Loretta Chase, Liz Caryle, Meredith Duran, Sherry Thomas, Carolyn Jewel etc, etc, then you should LOVE this book.
Sadly the genre is increasingly overwhelmed with drivel (I have spent a great deal of money on books that should NEVER have been published and time wondering what on Earth editors were thinking!) but this particular book and its author were a most delightful discovery and I for one will be anxiously awaiting all future books by this very talented new author who describes so well a love story which starts badly, continues even more rockily but ends very, very well indeed after some extremely persuasive wooing by the hero!