Date: September 2010
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Pam
Obtained from Publisher
Lady Anne Danvers has waited for her marriage to the Duke of Waverly, Rhys Carlisle, since the age of six, but soon after the long awaited honeymoon is over, her husband disappears. But Anne is far more tenacious then Rhys expected. She begs his best friend for help and takes off on an adventure into the unknown, to find him.
Rhys never wanted a love match, but the feelings he’s never expected are creeping up on him. Rhys also has a secret he refuses to share, except with Simon his best friend.
When his wife turns up at his hideaway, he still refuses to tell her the secret even when she seduces him. When it’s time to go back to London, he plots with Simon to get rid of the problem and finally tells Anne.
A tale with many ups and downs, but a different refreshing tale as it’s always interesting right to the end. I could feel the heroine’s frustration, as the author wrote the character in a way most women would be able relate to her.
The hero was always trying to be noble in his own way, and it was great to see him slowly change to a man any woman could love. There is a lot of drama as an evil man tries black mail to get a huge amount of money. Secondary characters are also interesting, especially those in the village and in an extraordinary ball-room scene. The story is fresh and exciting as the hero learns he can be a better person and also love, as he realizes he can become his own man.
If you like great historical tales, well written with believable heroes and heroines, and passionate love scenes, I recommend THE UNCLAIMED DUCHESS as a book I enjoyed and kept turning pages until sleep claimed me.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.