A READER'S OPINION
LAST NIGHT WITH THE DUKE introduces us to delightful characters in the first Rakes of St. James book.
Esmeralda Swift owns a placement agency for governesses, chaperones, and such. She seems to be the perfect solution to the Duke of Griffin's predicament of finding a suitable chaperone for his two sisters. Esmeralda is an admirable character who takes care of her younger, charming sister. She can't risk anything going wrong but Griffin's offer is too good to pass up.
Griffin was more charming than rakish and had a kind heart. After a slow start to the story with one conversation lasting many chapters, some mystery is implied about a prank Griffin and his two friends, also Rakes of St. James, played when they were younger. The mystery didn't really come about but maybe there will be more of that in the next two books. There is instant-love/lust and I wish the Esmeralda and Griffin had more time to get to know each other without so much back and forth. Most of the excitement took place in the last few chapters. The author has a nice and easy writing style that I enjoyed. This is a cute story that is typical of the genre. Most of the book was much cleaner than I expected, and I really appreciated that. Readers of historical romance are sure to appreciate the happily-ever-after ending.
Star Rating: 3 1/ 2 Stars | Content Rating: 4 1/2 Hearts | Reviewed by: Kaylie Morgan
Could finding love be his greatest scandal of all? The Duke of Griffin has never lived down his reputation as one of the Rakes of St. James. Now rumors are swirling that his twin sisters may bear the brunt of his past follies. Hiring a competent chaperone is the only thing Griffin has on his mind--until he meets the lovely and intriguing Miss Esmeralda Swift. In ways he could never have expected, she arouses more than just his curiosity. Esmeralda Swift considered herself too sensible to ever fall for a scoundrel, but that was before she met the irresistibly seductive Duke of Griffin. His employment offer proves too tempting for her to resist. She can’t afford to be distracted by his devilish charms because the stakes are so high for his sisters’ debut Season. . .unless one of London’s most notorious rakes has had a change of heart and is ready to make Esmeralda his bride?
Series: The Rakes of St. James (Book 1)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (March 7, 2017)
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