The Forgotten Duke

by Sophie Barnes

Rating:
3/5

Regina is a dutiful daughter. She has known forever that she will marry for the convenience of her parents. She is disappointed in their choice however, and finds the nerve to run away the morning of her wedding.

The Scoundrel of St. Giles is well known for his dastardly deeds, even by sweet and innocent Regina. Yet, he provides her safety, food, comfort and isn’t at all the villain she thought he was. But Regina doesn’t know Carlton’s past and why he is so determined to keep her with him.

I haven’t read any of the other books in the series, but it was fine as a stand alone. But I have read that Carlton is found in other stories in the series, and the series seems to be well loved, so perhaps start at the beginning for the full effect.

This book has such high reviews from all of my goodread friends. I think I just had bad luck with this book. There was something about it that did not pull it together for me. I have so many questions and complaints and am just left asking, “Why?”. Why was this happening? Why was that happening? WHY are they falling in love? I don’t know. But it happened. And it’s not a bad book at all, it was just missing something for me. And there was a lot of action and chaos going on, which is not something I love. But you might! So, everyone else give it a try.

There were a lot of really cute scenes in this book, and the hero’s love is powerful for the heroine. I think truly one of my favorite parts was when he found out she’d never had cake and makes sure to get her one to try.

Below is a slight spoiler (it happens in the very beginning of the story) that I’m annoyed about
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Firstly, I’d like to address the reason she had to run away from her wedding. Her betrothed was a 14 year old boy with some degenerative disease that affected his muscles. Okay, I get it, she’s 18 and she doesn’t want to marry a child. But he was SO NICE. And I felt SO BAD for him. I was actually hoping this was the hero and they had some kind of separation and then came back together when he was older. But she was so devastated thinking he couldn’t ride horses with her or play hide and seek with their imaginary kids. I just thought it was ridiculously shallow and stupid reasons. I’m not mad at her for running away but I wish it was done a bit different. I want Stokes to have his own story. He deserves love oh so much.

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