ASIN #: B006T6ZPEU
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Page Count: 233
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Possessed of a luminous beauty and a delicate grace that belied her spirit and fierce intelligence, Tess Bradford left Maryland for London on a mission of greatest importance. Her husband, a devout patriot, had been seized by the British navy, and only one man could help her secure his release. He was James Devereaux, Duke of Langley, and former aide to Wellington. But Tess wasn't prepared for the passion that burned beneath Devereaux's implacable demeanor.
Wealthy and powerful, Devereaux could choose any woman he wanted to provide him with an heir. But Tess sparked in him a raging duel of loyalties. She was an American - and someone else's wife. Yet she aroused a desire that could destroy his reason ... or ignite a love as strong as the winds of battle that raged around them - a love too powerful to resist.
I was grateful to have been asked by Tracee at Pump Up Your Book to participate in this tour because I've read Ms. Baker's work before and rather enjoyed it.
Tess isn't like the other women in London. She's straightforward, speaks her mind, doesn't like to play emotional games and believes marriage is sacred. Her differences stem from her being an American. She's in London, though, to try and collect her husband from the British navy. She employs the help of her friend's brother, James Devereaux.
James falls in love with her at first sight and is bound and determined to do everything in his power to have Tess be his wife, despite their political and cultural differences. Will he result to lying? Will he use manipulation? Will James and Tess ever come together as husband and wife, Duke and Duchess of Langley?
I enjoyed that his novel was written during the beginnings of America's colonization. If I'm going to read a fictional romance, I like for it to be historically written. Not only did I appreciate the setting of the novel, but the characters were vivid and lively. Every time I read a well-written historical piece (fiction or no), such as this one, it makes me wish I had lived back in those times. I absolutely adore it.
About three-quarters of the way through the book it would have appeared that everything interesting that could happen did. That was not so. Ms. Baker presents twists and dilemmas in her novels with the ease of a seasoned writer. You have a feeling you know what's going to happen, but when it does it still takes you by surprise.
This novel was a highly entertaining read that I would recommend to all you historical fiction romance lovers out there.
*An ecopy of this book was provided to me by the author as part of my participation in her virtual book blog tour. An honest review was expected in exchange.