What I Did For a Duke by Julie Anne Long
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A Duke (10 points!) swears revenge on Ian Eversea after finding Ian in bed with his (the Duke's) fiancee. And what more fitting than to seduce and abandon Ian's sister? But once he meets the sister, he finds her not an easy target--she's heartbroken because the man she has loved for years has declared his intention to wed another. And as our hero gets to know her better, the less he wants to ruin or abandon her, and the more he likes her...could it be love?
The beauty of this book isn't in the plot, but in how well the characters are drawn and the way their relationship is developed. This is a romance where you feel sure the characters love each other rather than just being hot for each other--the hero and heroine share not only banter but also a deep bond--it just takes longer for one of them to realize it for another. Long has written some books that have incorporated the far-fetched (I Kissed an Earl) or just plain weird (Since the Surrender), but when she nails it, she nails it, and this book is not only nailed but sanded and finished to perfection.
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