Romantic Thursday Review: A Duchess in the Dark by Kate McKinley

Romantic Thursday
It’s Romantic Thursday with Bookmunchies! So why is Thursday romantic? Because I like Thursday and I like romance! Basically, I just love romance, in YA books, in adult, contemporary, historical, whichever the genre and sometimes I’m too lazy to write full reviews but I do love sharing fun quotes or just gushing about characters. So that’s what Romantic Thursday is for! To share my love. May it be through actual full reviews, quick reviews, or just fun quotes.

A Duchess in the Dark - Kate McKinleyPublisher: Forever Yours (December 3rd 2013)
eBook: 50 pages
Source: Netgalley
Add on: Goodreads
Rating: 3.5ish of 5 stars
*Warning: this book is intended for mature readers.

Miss Daphne Hayward is on the hunt for a safe, honorable husband and she has set her sights on the perfect target. He’s kind, titled, and miraculously single. She plans a full-scale seduction that will bring him to his knees, begging for her hand in marriage. But when she mistakenly climbs into another man’s bed, sparks ignite, threatening to send all her plans up in smoke.

Ashton Fitzgerald, Duke of Claymore, is surprised by the powerful desire that surges through him when he sees Daphne for the first time. So when he unveils her as his mysterious midnight visitor, he is determined to make her his…forever.


You think going into the wrong room and seducing (the wrong) somebody is a rare occurrence, I mean wouldn’t you notice? But not in the world of historical romances apparently (ex. Fallen by Celeste Bradley). Oh well, true love and all. Who am I to question it?
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Miss Daphne Hayward plans to “compromise” herself so no one can stop her from marrying Edward, her true love. So she sneaks off to his bedroom to seduce him. It’s dark. There’s some steamy sexy time. Everyone’s happy. That is until Daphne leaves the room, and finds Edward out in the hall. Oh, not Edward’s room but actually Ashton Fitzgerald, Duke of Claymore’s room.

Considering it’s a novella, is a pretty thorough story. Happily for me, Daphne and Ashton’s story wasn’t even entirely insta-love! They’re both likable characters. I sort of assumed the Ashton would be your typical high and mighty Duke, and while he was when he needed to be, he was also pretty funny. Daphne wasn’t overly memorable but she was cute. I liked them together, they had a nice spark.

Overall, a pretty quick and enjoyable read for when you need your sexy time Regency romance.

PS. Enter the Get Hooked on Historical Giveaway for a chance to win this ebook (along with a collection of other sweet historical reads)!

{* Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Author: Cyn

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