Monday, October 13, 2014

Review of Dreaming of the Duke by Eva Devon

"A wife will spy upon her husband"  The first line in Eva Devon's new book caught me and never let go.  Sometimes when I do a review I have trouble putting in to words how much I really liked the book.  In this case I have no problem saying I Loved this book from the first sentence to the last.  Her writing is stunningly descriptive, deeply emotional and hystericallly funny.  I have not laughed this much reading a book in a long time.  Her characters are intelligent, captivating and funny as hell!!!  I usually do not give spoilers in my review because I want you to go out and buy this book, but there are so many scenes in this book that had me laughing out loud that I have to share one!!!

"You do realize I am still tied up and lying upon the ground."
"It has occurred to me, yes"
"I suppose you would like me to untie you."
"Yes. That would be pleasant, thank you."
"But you see," I should like to discover what it is about you that would cause my brother to act in such an odd fashion.  He doesn't usually take such interest in women."
"Are you saying he prefers men?"

And there are many more like this throughout the book!!!

The heroine Cordelia is a strong, smart, stubborn, and gives as good as she gets.  Jack is a self proclaimed scroundrel who hides his insecurites and doubts behind a mask of indifference and jadedness.  The are perfect for each other, they just don't want to admit it to themselves or each other.  The emotional journey that the author takes her characters on is astonishing, deeply heart wrenching and so beautiful.

There are great secondary characters also.  Jack's twin brother Charles is dangerously appealing and I hope he gets his own book, even though he is not a Duke.

I am giving this book 5 stars because it is one of the best I have read this year.  Do not miss it!!

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