Sunday, December 19, 2021

Review: The Spinster and the Rake by Eva Devon

Author: Eva Devon
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Publication Date: February 2021

Edward Stanhope, the icy Duke of Thornfield, likes his life in a certain order. Give him a strong drink, a good book, and his dog for company, and he’s content. But when he goes to his library and finds a woman sitting in his chair, petting his dog, what starts as a request for her to leave quickly turns to a fiery battle of wits, leading to a steamy kiss that could ruin them both if they were caught.

So of course, damn it all, that’s when Edward’s aunt walks in, and thereafter announces Miss Georgiana Bly is the future Duchess of Thornfield.

Georgiana was content to be a spinster, spending her days reading and working to keep her family out of debt. But now her days are spent locked away with a growly duke, learning how to be the perfect duchess, and her nights spent fighting the undeniable attraction to a man who was never meant for her.

As their wedding day approaches, the attraction between them burns hot and fierce, but is it enough to melt the duke’s chilly facade? 

The Spinster and the Rake is the first book in the Never a Wallflower series.  This one involves  Edward and Georgiana.  They are two people who never wanted to marry, yet are forced to when they are caught in a compromising situation.  I was hoping for an amusing story and while there were amusing parts, it kind of fell short of my expectations.   I did ultimately enjoy the book, however I didn't love it.

The romance part was fairly good.  They had great chemistry together and good banter.  I liked how they played well off of each other.  The hero seems to be on the spectrum. But since I really have no experience with autism I can't say how accurate the representation is for this character.  The biggest issue I have about both of these characters is that they don't fit the title.  Edward is hardly a rake and I wouldn't say Georgiana is a spinster either.  She never wants to get married.  Edward is kind of socially awkward and not one I would say is a great seducer of women.  As for the rest of it, I found it repetitive and kind of slow going.  Nothing really happens.  The big conflict in the end was such a dud because it was easily fixed with money and influence.  It's a quick read, so give it a shot. I'll probably read the next one.

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