Madeline Hunter has outdone herself again! The first book in a new series called "The Decadent Dukes Society" and "oh my" what DUKES!!!
Adam Penrose, the Duke of Stratton has returned to England after being in France for years and he is determined to find out who was responsible for his Father's death. He knows that his Father committed suicide because he was the one to find him. There were rumors that when Napoleon escaped from exile on Elba and made his way back to France, his Father aided him because his wife and Adam's Mother is French. There was no proof ever given and Adam will do anything to clear his Father's name and he knows just where to start. There has been bad blood between Adam's family and The Earl of Marwood's family for at least two generations. The most prevalent rumors are that the previous Earl of Marwood was the instigator of the whispers of Treason.
Lady Clara Cheswick is in mourning for her beloved Father The Earl of Marwood. She and her Father were very close and when he died he left her independently wealthy so she would not have to depend on her brother for support. Clara is a unique young lady, she has decided that she never wants to marry and give up her freedom and property to any man. She has enough money to do anything she wants with her life.
Adam remembers Clara as "Bright-eyed and vivacious" when she had her Season. Now she is a alluring grown woman who is independent, impertinent, and according to her brother, a shrew. Adam sees something very different in her and is attracted to her right away. A seduction of her would be fitting revenge against the Marwood family.
Clara and Adam are both compelling and intriguing characters that are the hallmark of why I love Madeline's books so much. There is so much depth to her writing that you cannot help falling in love with Clara and Adam. This story is powerful, enthralling and intricate, you will never want it to end. The best way I have of describing Madeline's writing is that I am addicted and never want a cure. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a truly wonderful Historical Romance.
Received a complimentary copy for an honest review.