Duke of Shadows by Meredith Duran
Why This One: I’ve had it for a while now and it was always on my TBR list. It finally made it to the top of the pile. And I know many have read and loved it.
Steam Level: While not nearly as hot as the last one, few are, it was still warm enough for me to enjoy
Amazon Blurb: From exotic sandstone palaces...
Sick of tragedy, done with rebellion, Emmaline Martin vows to settle quietly into British Indian society. But when the pillars of privilege topple, her fiancé's betrayal leaves Emma no choice. She must turn for help to the one man whom she should not trust, but cannot resist: Julian Sinclair, the dangerous and dazzling heir to the Duke of Auburn.
To the marble halls of
Destiny follows wherever you run.
A lifetime of grief later, in a cold
My Thoughts: I don’t know why it took me so long to get around to reading this one!!! I love unusual settings in romance and I knew this would be one I would enjoy. Years ago I read M.M. Kaye and her wonderful
After surviving a horrific tragedy when the ship Emmaline Martin was sailing to
And this is only the first part of the book. The second half takes place five years later back in
Quite simply, I loved this book! I loved Emmaline and the sufferings she has endured. In the second half of the book, she is frozen inside, yet still full of passion and determined to hate Julian for his abandonment. When she discovers the truth; that he searched endlessly for her, she still holds him at arms length due to her actions while still in
I also enjoyed Julian though he was still a bit of a mystery. We didn’t learn much of him until later in the book.
The writing is powerful and it’s reminiscent of Shadow of the Moon by M.M. Kaye, a book I read and loved years ago.
I met Meredith Duran in SF, though I doubt she remembers me. Now I’m wishing that I’d read this book before I went so I could have gushed when I met her. But of course on the other hand, now it’s not long a wait for her next books!!
I know this is a book I’ll reread again!
Grade: 5 out of 5