The Devil’s Own Duke-Review
The Devil’s Own Duke
By Lenora Bell
Series: Wallflowers vs Rogues #2
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Publication Date: September 28,2021
Publisher: Avon Romance
Source: Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 3.5 Stars
USA Today bestseller Lenora Bell returns to her Wallflowers vs. Rogues series with a romance between a lady and the scoundrel claiming to be next-in-line for her father’s title.
Lady Henrietta Prince is far too busy for romance. She’s dedicated her life to turning her family vineyards into a profitable sparkling wine venture. But when she shares a thrilling kiss at midnight with a handsome stranger, she’s captivated…until he claims to be the distant heir to her father’s dukedom.
Ash Ellis is a gambler who lives life on the edge. Now he’s locked his sights on a glittering prize and nothing will stand in his way.
When Henrietta is forced to marry the wicked rogue to keep her beloved vineyards, she vows that Ash will never have her trust, or her love. Even if his kisses are more intoxicating than the finest champagne.
His new bride is certainly beautiful, but biddable? Not so much. Ash will settle for nothing less than Henrietta’s total surrender…but is he the one in danger of losing his heart?
I think this would have been a 4 star read if I read it in one sitting but I kept getting pulled away and distracted by other books. The plot line was one I enjoyed. Hetty is a duke’s daughter and when her father is left heirless, her future and her vineyard is at risk. Ash shows up a her ball and the attraction between them is so strong that they end up kissing. However, it is revealed that Ash is the distant heir to the dukedom. The claim is so distant and tenuous that the potential family relation between Ash and Hetty isn’t weird. Basically, Hetty and Ash get pushed into a marriage of convenience, which happens to be one of my favorite tropes. I liked both Hetty and Ash as characters and I thought the attraction between them was well done. They both had admirable goals, especially Ash with his desire to reform child working conditions, which was his reason for pursing the dukedom. Hetty and vineyards was interesting and I’m enjoying Lenora Bell’s cast of unconventional heroines. Overall, it was a decent read and I’ll continue the series but nothing really made it a favorite read.