by Amelia Grey
Series: The Rakes of St. James #3
Published on May 29, 2018 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
Nearing thirty, the Duke of Rathburne is finally ready to make amends for the wager that caused him and his best friends such scandal―but taking on a ward who needs a husband is a feat he’s not sure he can manage. The last he saw of Miss Marlena Fast, she was a spirited little ruffian, not the sort of bride most bachelors on the marriage mart sought. But one glance at the lovely lady she has become is enough to convince him otherwise…
Orphaned young and shuffled from family to family, Marlena counts on her fierce independence and quick wits to keep herself content. Being the responsibility of a notoriously wicked duke who upended so many lives is an unexpected challenge when she realizes he arouses her decidedly feminine desires. Marlena must be careful. She has her own scandalous secret to protect. If he finds out, will it shatter her chances of a happily-ever-after with the notorious rake?
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Another Duke of St. James book, another meh read leaving me wondering why I bothered to read It’s All About the Duke. The previous books in the series were lacking and read like the same story told over, but this one I just couldn’t even get into.
Biggest issue? The pacing. Because it’s slow. Dreadfully slow. It takes multiple chapters to move the story anywhere and when it does, it really hasn’t moved far. And it wasn’t just the drawn out story, but the dialogue too. Every conversation takes an age and a half to accomplish nothing.
And it’s such a shame too because I think Grey had something here with the characters. Marlena was entertaining in the “I’m going to be stubborn and rebel” sort of way that usually leads to a number of comical situations. And Rath was a decent leading gentleman.
But frankly I remember very little about either one of them, or the rest of the cast for that matter. Nothing about this book struck me as particularly engaging. I think this book and the previous two had promising premises but the execution was far too long-winded to make them worth the trouble.
I don’t expect there to be another in this particular series as all the dukes have been married off now but who knows? It’s happened before. In any case, this book was a weak finish to the series so far and I’ll likely be hesitant to read another book by this author in the near future.