The Duke’s Temptation – Raven McAllan | Book Review

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The Duke’s Temptation Synopsis

“Tortured duke Gibb Alford has vowed never to love again… until a beautiful French knife thrower brings him to his knees       

When Gibb Alford, Duke of Menteith, saves a beautiful French knife thrower from the unwanted attentions of a fellow aristocrat he is ill-prepared for the immediate tug of attraction to the beautiful Evangeline. Widowed, he has sworn off love forever, so he can well do without this temptation.

Evangeline certainly doesn’t want the complication of being in the sights of one smoky-eyed Scottish Duke. She’s a lady on a mission, with no time for love or dalliance.

However, fate and life have other plans and gradually Gibb and Evangeline become a couple.

As each struggle with the demons of their pasts, Evangeline finds life in the ton difficult. The spurned aristocrat Gibb saved her from, is not prepared to give in and retire gracefully. And while Gibb fights the man, he also declares war on his own emotions. When Evangeline’s past is revealed to her, everything changes. She has a decision to make.

Fight for Gibb—or flee to a safe but unfulfilled future.

As for her Duke… All is fair in love and war—right?”

Note: This review is spoiler-free!

Why did I pick it?

I pretty much knew I had to give this a go after reading the line “beautiful French knife thrower“. I read a lot of romantic fiction and they often all blend together with similar storylines, this however, sounded COMPLETELY different, you could say the temptation was too much!

What I loved about it

I wasn’t disappointed either. The storyline was fresh and completely different from anything I’ve read recently and certainly lived up to the synopsis.

The book dove straight into the action whilst still setting the scene, which I thought was great. It had me gripped from the first chapter and really set the tone for the rest of the book.

I loved how feisty Evangeline’s dialogue was and the touch of humour throughout, it made for some lovely heartwarming scenes, the “travelling” scenes in particular.

Gibb was a fantastic leading man and I liked that unlike most leading men, he is flawed from the beginning, again it added to the uniqueness of the storyline.

What I loathed about it

With the originality came some little niggles. As I read a lot of novels set in this period I’m used to the society “rules” that the protagonists are usually bound by, this didn’t seem to be the case with this novel, so some of the believability of certain situations was a little lost for me, which was a shame.

I thought the author could have made more of some of the plot points. I’m a sucker for a drawn-out romance and the build-up, but I didn’t get that between the two main characters here. The secondary plot point of finding lost relations also seemed over and neatly rounded up too quickly for me, it missed the element of suspense just a little.

Thoughts

This was my first book by Raven McAllan but it won’t be my last, “The Rake’s Unveiling Of Lady Belle” has caught my eye and it sounds just as original.

When and where can you get it

You can pre-order The Duke’s Temptation on Amazon today

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8 Comments

  1. October 26, 2017 / 6:43 am

    Thank you so much for reviewing. I now have a lot to think about, and really appreciate your comments.

    • hannah
      October 28, 2017 / 8:56 pm

      Thank YOU for letting me read it 🙂

  2. Hannah
    October 29, 2017 / 8:29 am

    What a fab review, I’m always on the hunt for new books to read, and this will be added to my ever growing list!

  3. October 29, 2017 / 8:30 am

    Thank you Hannah for reviewing The Duke’s Temptation for the blog tour- I really appreciate it and the author was thrilled with the reviews. I’m so glad you enjoyed it and I hope Raven’s next book doesn’t disappoint either 💋 Xxx

  4. October 30, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    Not something I would go for myself but I’m glad you liked it! 💖

  5. October 31, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    I love this review xx

    Jamie | www,jamies-corner.com

  6. A Sparkle Of Grace
    November 3, 2017 / 5:46 pm

    While it sounds like an interesting story I’m not a fan of romantic fiction. Great review though!

    A Sparkle Of Grace

  7. November 6, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    This sounds like a really fun romance story. Might have to add to my reading list x

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