This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Aurora Publicity, Publisher. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Taming a Duke's Wild Rose by Tammy Andresen
Series: Taming the Heart #2
Also in this series:Taming a Laird's Wild Lady, Taming a Rake into a Lord, Taming a Savage Gentleman, Taming a Rogue Earl
Also by this author: Taming a Laird's Wild Lady, Taming a Rake into a Lord, Taming a Savage Gentleman, Taming a Rogue Earl, Christmastide With My Captain, My Enemy, My Earl, Earl of Sussex
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Publisher: Independently Published
Source: Aurora Publicity, Publisher
Purchase at: Amazon
Since the death of her mother, Lady Rose Wentworth has dreamed of a hero. A knight or soldier who sweeps her off her feet and heals the scars she hides within. These fantasies cloud her judgement when it comes to a man’s true nature and every suitor she pines for proves to be less than honorable. But Rose is convinced she has finally found a true hero in the soldier, Carl Lundberg.
Fearing for Rose’s future, her father arranges a match with the scarred duke. Powerful and rich beyond reason, Lord Wentworth is convinced this is the man who can provide a real future for his daughter. But Rose knows better, or so she thinks. Now she is caught between two men, one handsome and dashing, the other scarred but intriguing none-the-less. As each vies for her hand, Rose finds it more difficult to discern whose intentions are pure.
The more Rose is entangled in the web of love and marriage the more she questions which man has the true heart and who can unlock hers.
Exciting, romantic, and heartfelt! I tore through this book in a matter of hours. It is a fantastic read that I could not put down. Something that is nice, even though I did not read the first book I did check out the series and I can say that the previous protagonists from the first book in this series are written into a few scenes in this story. So, if you were a fan of the first book this will be a double pleasure for you. Also, at the end of this novel is a sneak peak of the Author’s next book that follows a character that was included in this story. All I can say is yes, please!
Rose’s character is a young woman who has been without the guidance of a mother figure and to her detriment it has given her false expectations to what kind of man she should have her focus on. Due to her misguided perceptions, her father the Earl of Essex has taken it upon himself to disrupt her romance attempts and then arrange a marriage that he feels will ground her. Unfortunately for her father Rose is not interested in his plans for her and His Grace, the Eleventh Duke of Wellington aka Alexander Cross.
Alex, oh I love this character. His scarred appearance in a society of aristocrats has essentially made him as popular as a leper. He also has issues surrounding his self-perception. He is taken with Rose from the moment he lays eyes on her but has issues trusting her heart to be faithful and that she truly can look past his scars.
There are sexy times and I find that I love their first time together because it is hilarious from Alex’s perspective, lol, he just couldn’t wait. I found his character to be chivalrous and wonderful. He is not a rake who has been turned around by true love. He is a compassionate and humble man who is really just searching for someone to love him unconditionally. Swoon!
Anyone who has read this blog before knows that I dislike love triangles immensely. I promise you that there is no love triangle in this story but there is definitely a great drama that unfolds between the three characters. Plenty of suspense and danger throughout this story as well. This is a page-turner and I highly recommend.
*Thank you to Aurora Publicity for this complimentary copy of Taming a Duke’s Wild Rose*