Friday, July 20, 2012

The Forgiven Duke by Jamie Carie

I have absolutely adored this series! From the covers to the stories beyond the cover, these are great reads! 

Here’s the summary:

Tethered by her impulsive promise to marry Lord John Lemonthe path of least resistanceAlexandria Featherstone sets off toward Iceland in search of her parents with a leaden heart. A glimpse of her guardian, the Duke of St. Eastonthe path less traveled by on Dublin’s shore still haunts her.

Will he come after her? Will he drag her back to London, quelling her mission to rescue her treasure-seeking parents, or might he decide to throw caution to the wind and choose Foy Pour Devoir: “Faith for Duty,” the St. Easton motto. The Featherstone motto Valens et Volens: “Willing and Able,” beats in her heart and thrums through her veins. She will find her parents and find their love, no matter the cost.

The powerful yet wing-clipped Duke of St. Easton has never known the challenge that has become his life since hearing his ward’s name. Alexandria Featherstone will be the life or the death of him. Only time and God’s plan will reveal just how much this man can endure for the prize of love.

And now, my review:

Our heroine is still in pursuit of her parents. She’s gotten herself into quite a predicament, but the duke is also in pursuit, and because of the letters these two have exchanged, the duke is personally invested and motivated to find her. And the chase continues. 

I liked watching the duke grow through this story. His isn’t an easy journey. First of all, his hearing continues to fade in and out. Imagine experiencing his adventures without the benefit of hearing. He’s lived a privileged life, but suddenly, in pursuit of our heroine, he’s out in the world, away from the protection of his castle and his country. Self-entitlement is beaten out of him as he faces down the enemies who want to capture and harm Alexandria. 

Jamie is very adept at keeping us guessing where she’s going to take us. Readers who have waited through book one for certain key elements will not be disappointed. The romantic thread in this book is very satisfying, just what you’d expect from Jamie. I’ve read her work before and really enjoy her voice, her characters, and her romances. Cannot wait to read the third book in this series: A Duke’s Promise.

Highly recommended.
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