Summary ( from Goodreads)-Samuel Charles Aubrey St. Aldwyn, Duke of Gravenhurst, is a radical rogue and champion of unpopular causes. No one would dream that he is also the author of a bestselling series of dark historical novels, a writer accused of corrupting the morals of the public, and a master seducer who counts among his passionate fans wellborn Miss Lily Boscastle. But Lily is no stranger to disrepute.
When her engagement to another man ends in a tarnished image and public disgrace, Lily is forced to seek employment outside London — as housekeeper for Gravenhurst himself. Her sharp wit and sensuality appeal to his wicked instincts — and she’s a perfect match for every beguiling move he makes. Yet there’s more to him than Lily imagined — a secret known to few living souls, ghosts from the past that haunt both of their futures in ways too dangerous for even the duke to have invented
My rating- This was a hard one to rate. I really wanted to give this book an A because I would absolutely read this book again. Unfortunately, there were some major flaws in the book that make me feel a B rating would be more honest.
What I loved- This book had intriguing characters. I absolutely fell in love with Samuel. Heck, I would marry him in a heartbeat. I was enchanted by a man who writes stories of adventure and love. His romantic nature made me swoon for him like a fairy tale character. Samuel is a hero who goes far out of his way for love. I didn’t want to put this book down. I couldn’t wait for the characters to get together and have their Happily Ever After.
What I didn’t like- I didn’t think I was going to like this book when I first started it. The beginning was too confusing for me and it took me a bit t get my bearings. Also, there are many things that happen to the characters in this book that are improbable. While that can be said for many books, I didn’t feel that this one sufficiently suspended disbelief. Many of the character actions felt forced, especially in the beginning of the book. After I was past the beginning of this book I really loved it and was more forgiving of the few improbable things that happened later in the story.