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Here’s the blurb:
Maggie Armstrong, the long-lost illegitimate daughter of the heir
presumptive to the throne, is bedeviled by her husband’s limited
definition of fidelity. After observing him in a ménage à trois at the
court of King Charles II, she is determined to bring him around to her
way of thinking—by any means necessary.
Robert doesn’t mind being punished for his transgressions. Rather,
he enjoys being whipped, especially by his beloved bride. Unfortunately,
her heart might not belong to him alone. His younger brother, who he’d
sent abroad to clear the way for himself, is coming home sooner than
expected, and Maggie’s feelings for Hugh may not be as dead as her
husband had hoped.
Both duke and duchess soon learn, to their peril, Hugh Armstrong is
not the honorable man they’d been led to believe. Insanely jealous of
his brother’s situation, Hugh will stop at nothing to strip Robert of
all he holds dear—including his life.
But the real danger for Robert and Maggie is not the villainous
Marquess, but the growing friction betwixt Catholics and Protestants in
Restoration Era Great Britain.
Can their love survive the trials that await them?
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Well, that escalated quickly and without notice. The ending was a little surprising and abrupt if i do say so myself and in all honesty while i hate cliffhangers, what reader doesn’t, I was ok with this. It finished off like the first book, in the middle of a situation that you wished you would sort of know the end but aren’t exactly dying to read the next one to find out. Which I am not really revving to find out how this ending pans out but i did enjoy this book.
The beginning of the book starts immediately where the first book ended and continues with Maggie attempting to punish her husband by using her alter ego Mistress Margaret. I suppose that it’s all fine and dandy however i found it a bit abusive and not necessarily petty but more like “Come on Margaret! You can do and be better than that!” She was in distress and i get that. She was retaliating in what she thought was the most punishing way but it just came off as sort of….annoying. I will say though that her husband took everything in stride and show a never ending amount of love for her which is better than i would be able to manage. I realize they are in a different time but frankly i just didn’t expect her to break trust with him that way in their sexual relationship. In some ways i was disappointed with the way she was throwing a tantrum but i am pretty sure I would have been in the same mode. An eye for an eye and all.
After listening to Maggie think about her marriage and her scattered feelings I sort of did NOT sympathize with the Duke. Yes, I know it is all too easy to sympathize with the female especially being one but she had me thinking that she had made a mistake in marrying the Duke as well. Little do we know that is so far from the truth. Then re-enters Hugh…you know the briefly mentioned sibling to the Duke in the previous novel and the scathingly, sarcastically mentioned brother in this novel.
Wow! I will say that Nina Mason did a wonderful job of surprising the utmost hell out of me. Talk about creating a villain that i sincerely am disgusted by and hateful towards. We learn SO MUCH about both the Duke and his…awful..brother. At the point in the book where pain in the ass Maggie starts suffering injustices and indignities I almost put the book down. I seriously didn’t want to finish. She is a woman, your brother’s woman and in a delicate way, MUST you treat her that way? I felt filthy and angry for poor Maggie but more so with Hugh’s beautiful little French wife Juliette for playing along as well. Let’s just say I was not entertained nor thrilled with the way thing explosively occurred. I mean it was just thing after another and you know what?! At some point I stopped reading and looked at my boyfriend like “I myself, would murder your brother, his wife, and you when you got home for leaving me with him!” But Rosebud suffered through with a dignity and strength i didn’t think she had.
Ultimately Hugh was handled deftly but not without issue. I was wary of The Duke of York, Maggie’s father, because I just didn’t know which way he would go. Nina Mason wrote him so neutrally and without casting a tiny bit of a light on his character before fully including him into the story. He was a wild card! Things could have gone either way with him but i was nicely surprised by the balance he gave the story. As for the rescue mission that i thought would be carried out by Maggie’s Husband…..FAT CHANCE! Mistress Margaret rose up, with the help of the almost negligible Mrs. McQueen, and not only SAVED HER HUSBAND BUT! saved herself as well! Well, Touche there Maggie Touche! I didn’t expect that out of you at all. It made for a very feminist roar and i wanted to stand up and applaud this character for rising above in a way i would never be able to.
Overall, this was a nice and steady paced novel that had its shares of ups and downs but ended up working out, sort of. I say sort of because again, there is a bit of a cliffhanger and you’re kind of left frowning and wondering what the hell happened or where the rest of the book is. I for one was scowling so hard at my kindle i almost drilled a hole in it. I get that there must be some anticipation for the next installment but Sheesh! While i may not be anxiously anticipating the next installment myself i am curious enough to want to find out what really happens. It seems that these two are destined for excitement and surprise no matter what the situation. There was just SO MUCH happening in this book but it fit and worked together well. I can’t really say whether I enjoyed one book over the other but i will say that I felt this one was easier to read. It didn’t really feel too try in any one place or like i was being let down which was an improvement. I would certainly recommend this to anyone who HAS read the first book but i think unless someone specifically asked me for a historical romance i would forget to mention the first book and end up mentioning this one.
Here’s a little about the author:
|Nina Mason, author|
mythology, and the metaphysical. She strives to write the same kind of
books she loves to read: those that entertain, edify, educate, and
She is the author of The Queen of Swords, a darkly erotic Scottish paranormal
romance/urban fantasy; The Tin Man, a political thriller; Devil in
Duke’s Clothing, an erotic historical set in 1680 Scotland; The Duke’s
Bedeviled Bride, the follow-up to Devil in Duke’s Clothing; Starry
Knight, the first book in a new PNR/UF series; and Dark and Stormy
Knight, book two in The Knights of Avalon series.Born and raised in Orange County, California, Ms. Mason
currently lives in Woodstock, Georgia.
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