All this duke needs is his duchess…
For five blissful months I’ve been engaged to Dylan Hale, the most handsome, commanding, and wickedly sexy duke in England. For five months I’ve woken up next to the man I love, indulged in secret trysts, and submitted to every delicious desire. Even better? We’ve managed to keep it hidden from everyone. That means no paparazzi scandals, no snide comments from Dylan’s mother, and no harsh public scrutiny. It’s been heaven, but with Dylan’s royal responsibilities looming, our time alone is running out. And while I can’t wait to be Dylan’s wife, I’m terrified that becoming Dylan’s duchess might mean losing myself.
4.5 stars — I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.
I LOVE it when a series gets better as it goes along! I don’t know if it was just me, but I enjoyed this one a lot more than the previous two books, it was a fantastic finale to the trilogy. And I think that surprised me a little, b/c I honestly had no idea how we were going to get a whole other book out of Dylan and Lydia’s story, and the previous two had been good, but a bit long and occasionally boring. I honestly can’t tell you if I was just in a different mood this time, or it really was better, but we’re going to go with the book being better. Benefit of the doubt and all that.
I can honestly say that by this point in the trilogy, I was already in love with Dylan and Lydia. They had the most fantastic banter, I can’t tell you how delightful it was to see them sassing each other back and forth. And while they had a highly sexual relationship, I really could see more to their relationship than just that. And I felt like we just got to see more of them together (without just sex) in this book. The thing I loved about this book is that while they hit roadbumps along the way, they weren’t drawn out, and I was so proud of them for not taking to long to work things out together. They didn’t frustrate me as characters. They still had some growing to do, but I felt like even in all that I could already see how far they’d come together. And so this book gave me ups and downs, but never made me feel anxious or annoyed (which can be hard to do). I was fully invested in their romance and love and was so happy with the way things were resolved along the way.
I loved that we got both Lydia *AND* Dylan’s POVs throughout the whole story. I really felt like we got to know Dylan just a bit more that way. And I really did end up loving both characters. But most of all, I LOVED them together. I loved the way they complimented each other. I loved how thoughtful Dylan was of Lydia, and how she showed him how to feel love and learn more about the man he was and who he could be. And I LOVED that Lydia was so strong and challenging to both Dylan and the world in general. I loved that we got to see Lydia’s Brooklyn life. I will admit I still kind of wanted to know more about Lydia’s mother. It just seems so bizarre to not know anything about her, but that’s just me being greedy.
And I was still in love with the secondary characters, particularly Emily and Will in this book. Can we say spin off book? 😛
So yeah. Great finale. Love seeing an author develop over time. Surprisingly really appreciated this last story in the trilogy. They’ve become characters I really enjoyed reading about, I was so happy I stuck with them.