Friday, January 22, 2010

Review : A duke to die for by Amelia Grey

Title : A duke to die for
Amelia Grey
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

About the book:

When the rakish fifth duke of Bakewell’s unexpected and shockingly lovely new ward arrives, she claims to carry a curse that has brought each of her previous guardians to an untimely end. As she tries to persuade him to release her to manage her own future, and he tries to find her a suitable husband, they become scandalously entangled.
When several potentially deadly accidents befall the Duke, Henrietta is the only one who can help him..

My Review:

Henrietta, a young lady, is sweet, innocent, intelligent, bold, frank (or I must say not afraid to let her mind out) and a naïve girl who has a list of guardians to take care of her after her parents’ death. She was 7 when she lost both her mother and father; a tragic incident which still haunts and has left a mark on her. Anyway, all her guardians fall into an unexpected and unnatural death which leaves her to only believe that there is curse on everyone who will come forward to take her responsibility. After the death of all her previous guardians mentioned in the list, the last name left is of the Duke of Blakewell !
So, there she goes at his place and tells the entire story to the duke. Lucian has recently taken the position of the Duke of Blakewell after his father’s death. He is now the new young duke who is a rake and a scoundrel. He is sexy, young, wealthy, and an irresponsible man and spends his time in gambling and horse racing. But, apart from all this he is very good at heart and totally is a duke to die for!
So, with so much of responsibility already, he gets one more at his doorstep – Henrietta!! He wants to get rid of her and in order to do so, starts to find a suitable groom for Henrietta. But, destiny has something else in store for both of them with the curse hovering above their heads..!

Ok. There are some other important characters in the book which I thought to be villains almost till the middle of the book because it was pretty clearly written in that manner in the first few pages. But, they were not..! I think this contradiction was the only problem with the book, as there was no intention of keeping these characters a mystery for the readers.

I enjoyed this book a lot, but it does not top into my best read romantic books. The romance is no doubt very heartwarming. The chemistry which is been shown between Henrietta and Blake is very sweet. I could also picturize the lavish balls and the beautiful gowns described in the book which took me entirely into that era and the ambiance.
Amelia gray is a new author for me, and I liked this book which happens to be the first in the series. Would look forward to read the next one in the series!


Blogger Lea said...

Sounds pretty interesting! Lavish balls, beautiful gowns...romance! How can you go wrong?

January 25, 2010 at 6:19 PM  
Blogger IceJewel said...

yeah, I love to read historical romance books a lot !! And I love it specially when they drag me in their world :)

January 27, 2010 at 5:27 AM  

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