(Duke’s Club, #2)
Genre: Historical Romance
A duchess who desires her freedom.
Cordelia Eversleigh, Duchess of Hunt, has spent her entire life in Egypt, sifting through the sands, cavorting with the local tribes, and uncovering the tombs of glorified ancient Egyptian accountants. Now, all she wishes is to go to Paris and study the mysteries of the hieroglyph. There’s only one problem. She needs to annul her marriage to the husband she has never met. But when she comes face to face with the infamous duke, he stirs a wicked desire in her nature that shocks her to the tips of her oh so practical toes.
A duke longing to be tamed.
Born the second son, Jack Eversleigh, now the Duke of Hunt, has accepted he is going to be a terrible duke. Loving wine, women, and song, he knows there’s only one thing to do. Live up to his debauched reputation. But when a young woman tracks him down in a London pub, prim, proper, and with a tongue that would make the devil envious, he is captivated. . . Until he discovers that she is his wife.
Can these two embrace an arranged marriage á la mode or will their stubborn minds conquer their passionate hearts?
This is the second book in Eva Devon’s Duke’s Club series and what a deliciously wicked treat is was! Lots of ribald humour and sinfully sexy romance.
How I imagine Jack…
“I’m am not an archeological site, my lady. No matter how deep you dig, there is no hidden treasure to be found.”
Jack is just the sort of hero I have a weakness for…a rogue with a vulnerable side. His father had constantly instilled in Jack the belief that he would never be anything but a failure. This belief is so deep-rooted that his life becomes an empty, emotionless existence of ‘enjoying women, drinking to excess, and avoiding his responsibilities’. He has never tasted true happiness.
How imagine Cordelia (Cordy)…
I’m partial to unconventional heroines; so how could I not love a sun-tanned heroine with worn fingers and a practical approach to negotiations with grave robbers and idiot Italians! Cordy is a charming heroine with her openness, her honesty, her adventurous spirit and the way she is not afraid to speak her mind. ‘Clever, vivacious, good fun, were all words she’d heard to describe her. Beautiful.? No. And surely such a man only appreciated women who were beautiful.’ This glimpse of vulnerability makes Cordy even more more endearing.
The romance between these two was an intoxicating mix of perfect chemistry, simmering sexual tension, heated exchanges and sensual love scenes. I love how ultimately Jack shows Cordy that she is truly beautiful – ‘a woman who could slay a ballroom of men if she chose’ while Cordy helps Jack realise his own self-worth and enables him see his past in true perspective.
This book is full of uproariously funny dialogue and laugh-out-loud scenes. This conversation between Charles, Jack’s twin brother, and Cordy is one of my favourites.
“Nincompoop. I’ve been insulted many a time in my life but never with a trivial word. If you’re going to insult someone woman –“
“Fine, “ she snapped then smiled up at him with a hint of deviltry that would have lured Mephistopheles out to dance, “You’re the oozing fester upon ass’s behind.”
“Ah.” Charles’ lips twitched. “Now that will do”
One of my favourite scenes is where Jack rescues Cordy from the clutches of his overbearing grandmother by shinning up a tree. The resulting antics are hilarious.
Jack and Cordy are surrounded by a wonderful array of quirky characters, all there to either help or hinder our lovers on their path to an inevitable happy ending.
~~ The aforementioned Charles with his bawdy remarks – “What about it my dear. Would you like to be pressed between two twins?”
~~ Hyacinth Eversleigh, Duchess of Eversleigh, Jack’s mother who has a tendency to embarrass him with stories of a most intimate nature – “It took me a great deal of exercise to restore myself to my taut-“ A strangled note rather like a dying pigeon blurted past his lips.
~~ Jack’s grandmother – “Her Grace, The Dowager Duchess of I’m Better than Everybody, Mentally, Morally and Physically”
~~ Lady Gemma, Jack’s rather exuberant younger sister – …launching Lady Gemma was going to be like launching a Spanish galleon than a young and proper woman.
~~ Not forgetting Cordy’s hulking brothers , very protective, unless they happen to be in their cups!
Kathryn and Ryder (Once Upon a Duke) make a welcome appearance and there are possible hints of future heroes to grace the series.
I thought the final chapter was very moving and felt that Jack had finally put his past behind him.
Jack knew that everything was going to be all right. In fact, it was going to be more than all right. It was going to be absolutely, bloody glorious.
Dreaming of the Duke was funny, romantic, touching and sensual, with delightful, quirky, larger-than-life characters who stole my heart. More Duke’s Club please!
REVIEW RATING: 5/5 STARS
SENSUALITY RATING: HOT!
Read September 2014
The Duke’s Club series so far (click on cover for more details):
A special thank you to Eva Devon for sending me a copy of this book in return for an honest review. I loved every page.
NOTE: EVA DEVON ALSO WRITES AS MÁIRE CLAREMONT