Series: The Greycourt #1
Published by Forever, Grand Central Publishing on 12/18/2018
Genres: Romance, Historical
Review Copy Provided By: Forever, Grand Central Publishing
New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt brings us the first book in her sexy and sensual Greycourt Series!
Freya de Moray is many things: a member of the secret order of Wise Women, the daughter of disgraced nobility, and a chaperone living under an assumed name. What she is not is forgiving. So when the Duke of Harlowe--the man who destroyed her brother and led to the downfall of her family--appears at the country house party she's attending, she does what any Wise Woman would do: she starts planning her revenge.
Christopher Renshaw, the Duke of Harlowe, is being blackmailed. Intent on keeping his secrets safe, he agrees to attend a house party where he will put an end to this coercion once and for all. Until he recognizes Freya, masquerading amongst the party revelers, and realizes his troubles have just begun. Freya knows all about his sins. Sins he'd much rather forget. But she's also fiery, bold, and sensuous-a temptation he can't resist. When it becomes clear Freya is in grave danger, he'll risk everything to keep her safe. But first, Harlowe will have to earn Freya's trust-by whatever means necessary.
Features a bonus novella from New York Times bestselling author Grace Burrowes
I was provided a review copy; this did not influence my opinion of the book.
❝He was a man, both good and bad and everything in between.
A man who made her very aware that she was a woman of blood and bone and wants.❞
Confession time … this is my first, Elizabeth Hoyt book. I know, I KNOW. You don’t need to tell me what a fool I’ve been. Or what I’ve missed out on, because this book was an EXPERIENCE. It was an adventure. It was a treat.
Historical romance has never been my go-to choice for reading, but as I get older, I find I’m enjoying them more. ‘Not the Dukes Darling’ was a time travel experience that delighted this notice historical romance reader.
I love Hoyt’s voice, tone and writing style. She tempers her descriptions, providing just enough to paint a picture forcing the reader to envision the backdrop and experience the emotions.
❝For years he’d been exiled from these shores. Had lived in a country with foreign sights and smells and people and he had thought all that time — thirteen years — that when he returned to England, his birthplace, everything would be different.
That he would be home.
Except when he returned it was to a title too grand. To parents dead and friendships destroyed and turned to dust. To grand manors that echoed with his solitary footsteps when he walked through them.
England was no longer home. All that he could’ve built and loved there had been lost as he spent his youth in India. It was too late to find a home now.
He did not belong anywhere.❞
That is until Christopher Renshaw, the Duke of Harlowe found Miss Stewart, Lady Holland’s companion, (Freya de Moray). There was something familiar about the beautiful, understated woman who reminded Christopher of his childhood. She pushed him, fought with him, and yet, she excited him.
❝She glowed, a fire, burning brightly, luring him closer, appearing to offer him peace.
❝You drive me mad, little thief,❞ he whispered, and gave in to the constant, terrible temptation.
He kissed her.❞
He yearned to have her beauty in his life, for her to set at ease thunderstorm that brewed within him. He wanted her soft lips to only spit hatred at him and her green-gold eyes to gaze only at him.
With a guilt-ridden Duke who’s being blackmailed and a beautiful, mysterious ladies companion who is not who she seems; ‘Not the Dukes Darling’, was a wonderful historical adventure with mystery, intrigue, romance, and humor.