From country miss to London duchess!
Sophie Trevelyan has been enjoying her visit to London, even if her closest companion is an overweight pug! Then she encounters the dashing Duke of Harcourt, who intrigues her more than is strictly proper
Max knows he must marry. He’s looking for the opposite of his high-spirited fiancee, who died some years ago, so he tries to keep his distance from bubbly Sophie. But when her life is endangered, Max feels compelled to rescue her with a very unexpected proposal!
Wow, I was captivated and intrigued with this story the moment I read the first line! Ms. Temple whisks you down an entertaining path and offers you a delicious reading treat where drama, humor and romance meld together to form an intoxicating read. Sophie is hilarious, spunky and I loved her antics every step of the way. Her sparring with Max and Marmaduke is pure gold! On the other hand, I found Max to be a reserved man yet beneath the façade he portrays to the world is a man who can make a good joke. His secrets add layers to his story and intrigue. I rooted for him from the start. And Marmaduke is the sweetest most hilarious pug ever!
‘Nothing. Not a quiver of his pudgy body. She knew he was awake because his eyes were open, but otherwise he might have been in a trance, his frog-like eyes fixed on the faded gold and crimson wallpaper, his backside defiantly pointed in her direction.’
One of my favorite paragraphs in the book is when Sophie sees Max for the first time. Of course she doesn’t know him at that point but the imagery that Ms. Temple paints is brilliant. I can actually visualize Max.
‘The woman, her dark hair tucked into a fashionable bonnet lined with lilac silk and dressed in a very dashing indigo military-style walking dress with silver facings, looked slightly shocked, but then she glanced up at the tall man beside her and giggled, an incongruous sound from someone so elegant. Sophie, having fully and rather enviously surveyed her fashionable clothes, turned her attention to the man and had the strange sensation of standing before a carefully and magnificently crafted statue of an avenging warrior.’
Avenging warrior? Swoon.
The Duke’s Unexpected Bride by Lara Temple is a fast-paced, engrossing historical romance that hooks you from page one. It is well-seasoned with a good dose of humor, raw emotions and engaging dialogue. Overall, it’s a well-written story with a HEA that’ll make you sigh with contentment.