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Undone By The Billionaire Duke (Modern) Paperback – 7 Sep 2017
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Maybe the author intended it that way, but it somehow detracts and distracts.
I bought it because I like the author, but it was not worth it.
Jane Eyre aka Eleanor has signed up to be the fifteenth governess for Hugo the Duke’s ward that he inherited from an old stalker. Eleanor is there as governess so she can support her shallow, selfish sister’s attempt to capture a rich husband. So Victorian! Victoria Holt vibe with humor.
From the minute Eleanor meets the dark Duke as he charges up on the horse that hates him, he is enthralled. Eleanor, not so much. She gets down to business with the little girl and meets the Duke periodically as he prowls the halls looking for her.
Duke Hugo has some baggage. The world thinks he is a horrible seducer who abused and abandoned the angelic mother of his ward which forced her into his best friend’s arms. Although the couple is dead, the tabloids are still trashing him. This was actually the least interesting part of the story.
What was so engaging and charming is Hugo’s fascination with Eleanor as well as his banter. I say his banter as Eleanor is a little buttoned down and repressed after living under the electric lamp of her little sister who happily tells the hero how frumpy Eleanor really is when she slithers in for an unwelcome visit.
Not a perfect book, but I was charmed by the eloquence, humor and whimsy of the hero. He’s pretty unusual for an HP hero as he knows he’s his own cliche. As he rides up to heroine he thinks, "All I need is a billowing cloak."
He’s also self-deprecating, charming, whimsical and can’t wait to get his lordly hands on the little governess. Even when it looks as if he was betrayed he blows it off without the usual tantrums and arm twisting of a petulant billionaire tycoon.
The seduction scene is nicely done, and there is an extended happily ever after that rings true for the couple and their ward.