Only a Duke Will Do by Tamara Gill
Series: To Marry a Rogue #2
Published by Entangled: Select Historical
Publication Date: February 20th 2017
Genres: Historical, Romance
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Without a Season, Lady Isolde Worthingham captured the Duke of Moore’s heart at a country dance. But on the eve of her wedding, a scandal that rocked the ton and sent her fleeing to Scotland alone and unwed, leaves her perfectly planned future in a tangle of disgrace and heartbreak.
Merrick Mountshaw, the Duke of Moore, loathes the pitiful existence he portrays to the ton. With a scandalous wife he never wanted, who flaunts her many indiscretions, life is a never-ending parade of hell. When the one woman he loved and lost returns to London, he knows he can no longer live without her.
But vows and past hurts are not easily forgotten. Love may not win against the ton when a too proper lord and lady play by the rules.
Isolde and Merrick are so excited to get married. He saw her on the dance floor at a country dance a year ago and knew that she was the one for him. He wants nothing more than to get married to Isolde and start their life together. Unfortunately Isolde’s friend is a jealous bitch and finds a way to drug Merrick and make sure that Isolde finds her in his bed. The little bitch then goes on to force Isolde and her family to watcher her marry Merrick the next day while Isolde’s heart breaking.
Five years have passed and Isolde, who has been living in Scotland at a family property, decides that it’s time to face life again. She knows that she may run into Merrick and her bitch of a friend who’s now his wife, but she decides that she wants to get married and have a family. She knows that she can never love a man like she loves (yes, she still loves him) Merrick but she can be comfortable with a man and will be happy to have children.
Isolde doesn’t plan on having such strong feelings about seeing Merrick again but she’s determined to ignore her feelings and move on. Many men are interested in Isolde, including Merrick’s best friend. Merrick and Isolde obviously still love each other very much and both were betrayed horribly but as much as they love each other how can they ever be together when he’s still married to the evil bitch duchess.
This was a great story of love and betrayal. The sadness and angst was heart-wrenching and I totally understood the pain that both Isolde and Merrick felt. We only got to see Isolde and Merrick as a couple for a very short time at the beginning of the book before it all went to shit but in that short amount of time the author did a great job of showing us how much the couple loved each other. It was so sad to see them separated.
Merrick was a great character. I really liked him. He had been wronged so badly but despite that he was a great father to his son. His wife was, of course, an evil witch but he couldn’t leave her because she threatened to spread rumors about their son. He wouldn’t allow that to happen so he stayed miserable. I had to give him props for his love for his child and putting him first. He was a strong man and I really liked him.
Isolde was pretty damned strong as well. To have to live with the betrayal of her best friend and then the man she loved. Not fun. Despite it all she wasn’t too, too bitter and I liked her a lot as well.
Overall the book was really good and one I recommend. If you don’t like highly angsty books then you might not like this one but if you do then this will be right up your alley.
Rating: 4 out of 5