THE HEART OF A DUKE

VICTORIA MORGAN

www.victoriamorgan.com

Publisher: Berkley

Published date: December 3, 2013

ISBN-10: 0425264831

ISBN-13: 978-0425264836

Genre: Historical Romance

Source: Received for a honest review

Book Description (from amazon)

Lady Julia Chandler fears she will be walking down the aisle with a silver-tipped cane if she waits for the Duke of Bedford to seal their engagement. Seeking to quicken his pace, she decides to find her duke, kiss him senseless, and post the wedding banns. It is a good plan, until she mistakes her fiance’s long-absent twin for her duke.

Ten years ago, Lord Daniel Bryant sailed to America to find his fortune and flee his cruel brother who inherited the family title. A cryptic note draws him back to England: Come home and claim your destiny. Before seeking anything, Daniel must first determine who set the fire that nearly took his life and precipitated his flight abroad. Now with the taste of Lady Julia warm on his lips, the stakes are raised higher than before as he seeks to claim both his destiny and the lady of his heart.

My Thoughts

A thrilling novel of mystery, betrayal, and claiming a destiny.  When Lady Julia decides to take matters into her on hand regarding her engagement to the Duke of Bedford, she accidentally kisses his long-lost twin broth Daniel.  And what a kiss it was!  When feelings emerge, Julia must fight to deny them or shame her family and ruin her name by breaking her engagement.  Daniel isn’t about to let his cruel hearted brother become the husband of the innocent Lady Julia, especially now that he’s had a taste of her warmth.  As Daniel fights to save Lady Julia from a loveless marriage and a villainous husband, he must also work to uncover the truth about the fire that sent him away ten years ago.  Using what resources he has, he and Julia begin to uncover the truth about Edmund, the Duke of Bedford, but there are secrets that are determined to remain hidden.  Secrets that someone is willing to kill over.  Can Daniel and Julia find out the true meaning of the cryptic note?  And can they find a way to be together, despite her betrothal to his brother?

If you’re looking for a novel that’s full of adventure, twists, turns and deceit then look no further!  I simply adored Julia and Daniel’s characters and the plot of this novel was very well developed as well.  I particularly love a novel with an evil twin, especially when the twin gets what’s coming to him!  This book is incredibly entertaining, and I especially enjoyed the way both twins pretended to be each other in order to gather information.  While the plot of this novel was somewhat predictable, Julia and Daniel’s subterfuge was brilliant and I just kept turning page after page! Definitely a fun, entertaining read by Victoria Morgan.

Rating: 4

Heat Rating: Mild

Reviewed by AprilP

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