Heat Level: Sensual. Moderate. Tone: Warm. Witty. Romantic.
Release Date: 2nd April 2020
Length: 70,000 words
A brusque duke bound by duty. A brazen heroine bound by poverty. Art. Trickery. Friendship. Diamonds. And Cleopatra…
A lady intent on deception…
A duke who knows every trick in the book…
A passionate obsession with fiery consequences.
With a coldness to match the diamonds that adorn his cravat, Casper Brook, the eighth Duke of Rothwell, possesses all a nobleman could desire…almost. So when a seductive minx perches upon his desk and claims to know the whereabouts of his one deepest obsession, temptation beckons to uncover all her secrets.
With a boldness to match the red flame of her locks, Miss Evelyn Pearce possesses naught but an ailing young sister and an ebony-black cat…almost. So when she perches upon a duke’s desk and claims to know the whereabouts of his one deepest obsession, temptation beckons to discover all his desires.
Her plan to deceive a duke of ruthless reputation is audacious, but in true society, weren’t all dukes buffle-headed with jovial smiles and far too many acres? Plots unravel, guises fall and deceiving the flawless Duke of Diamonds has sparkling consequences…
My Review ~ Delightful Regency read, full of humour, warmth and romance
5 Stars *****
This new release by Emily Windsor is just the ticket if you are after a feel good romance. Full of wit and charm, it features a handsome duke with a reputation of being cold and brutally efficient in his business dealings, and a desperate woman intent on deceiving him to safeguard the health of her sister and escape poverty.
It has oodles of humour and warmth and the hero and heroine are a perfect fit for each other. I just loved how the hero Casper reacts as soon as he claps eyes on Evelyn – his well-planned and ordered world is rocked on its axis and starts to unravel…
Although immediately attracted to Evelyn, he is resolved to reveal the truth of the matter but also unmask her true character. In the process he reveals more than he ever expected, not just about Evelyn but himself and others dearest to him in the process.
As for Evelyn, she is by far my favourite Emily Windsor heroine to date! She is no shrinking violet and speaks her mind, her time spent surviving amongst London’s slums giving her even more spunk and backbone. I so sympathised with her situation and how circumstances led to her and her younger sister being in such dire straits. The path she has embarked on, of deceiving a Duke, is not one she is proud of but in the dire circumstances they are in she feels she has no choice.
She is a strong and intelligent woman who is not afraid of going toe to toe with Casper and is selfless in her love and devotion to those she cares for. As the plot evolves she realises that Casper is not the stuffy Duke that she thought him to be.
Can Evelyn go through with her ruse? What will Casper – a man who despises untruths and artifice, do if he realises the extent of her ruse? Will she manage to deceive the Duke and secure a safe and secure future for her and her sister away from London and the dangers that lurk there or will her past catch up with her? I enjoyed both the evolution and the pacing of the plot and the supporting characters added to the drama and general mayhem.
The Duke of Diamonds is a thoroughly well-constructed and delightful Regency caper with a HEA, which I recommend to all lovers of the genre.
Reviewed by Tina Williams
Please note, an ARC of this book was given to me by the author for the purpose of a fair and honest review.