Book Blurb:The younger son of an earl often cannot afford to marry for love, so it is fortunate Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam has fallen in love with Helen Malham, who has both beauty and wealth. Her father, however, will not allow her to marry a man without a title.
When the Prince Regent names Richard the Duke of Blachedone, it is both a blessing and a curse. His newly acquired title means he may marry Helen—assuming she will have him once the truth comes out. He was awarded the dukedom not for his service to the Crown, but because he is the former duke’s illegitimate son, and soon all of London will know.
Mr. Calvin Aldrich is a rake and a blackguard and set to be one of the richest dukes in England … until his uncle is stripped of his titles and possessions while on his deathbed. Bereft of his inheritance, Calvin will stop at nothing to get revenge on his uncle’s illegitimate heir. He will strike at Richard in any way he can, even if it means ruining an innocent woman.
The Review: I really wanted to like this book. I really did. How often do we get a book that based on Colonel Fitzwilliam and not a more popular set of characters. The author did do a good job of keeping Richard in as much in character as Ms. Austen made him. The villain though I did not like him. He was a whiny little thing. All he cared about was getting revenge on Richard because he stole his inheritance. Maybe if he had been a better person the Duke might have kept him as his heir. Ms. Malham was a forgettable heroine. Ms. Bray could have made a better love interest for Richard.
I had a hard even getting through this book. A 150 page page book should have only taken me maybe two hours to read if that. The book was just a major hassle to get into as most of the book was just so slow for me. The last maybe 10 percent of the book is when it picks up in action and even then it doesn't last long. All in all I probably won't be reading this book ever again.
Rating: 3 out of 5