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A brilliantly written Regency romance,
This review is from: The Duke: Number 1 in series (Knight Miscellany) (Paperback)
Belinda Hamilton is young, beautiful and vulnerable. Her father has been locked away in prison after falling into debt and now she must do all she can to survive, even if it means going against her pride and honour. When the noble and handsome Duke of Hawkscliffe offers to be her Protector in return for her help in catching an alleged murderer, Bel knows she must accept. After all, the Duke only asks for her help, not her body. It seems like the perfect arrangement but as a dangerous attraction develops between them, Bel risks going against the first and most important rule of a courtesan- never fall in love.
Miss Hamilton is the perfect heroine full of beauty, wit and compassion. After losing her job at a young girls' finishing school she refuses to be beaten and knows she must do all she can to help her father. She is certainly no weak, timid female but beneath her hardened surface lies a vulnerability and fear, which she is determined to hide.
Bel and Hawkscliffe appear to be a match made in heaven but there is only one thing stopping them from living happily ever after: Society. Faced with a heartbreaking decision, they risk losing each other to please the outside world.
Not only is this book wonderfully romantic, the plot is very gripping and excellently written. An expert in her field, Foley avoids making the story seem corny and the characters shallow. The ending however, did seem rather far-fetched and not what I would have chosen but that certainly didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book. It was some of Foley's other work which got me hooked on this genre and for that I thank her greatly. Nothing beats a bit of Regency romance.
If you're after heart-melting romance and raw sexual passion this book is exactly what you need. The sizzling chemistry between Bel and Hawkscliffe will take your breath away and arouse in you desires that you never knew existed.