Publication date: December 27, 2016
Series: Keeping Up with the Cavendishes
About the Book:
Claire Cavendish is in search of a duke, but not for the usual reasons. The man she seeks is a mathematician; the man she unwittingly finds is Lord Fox: dynamic, athletic, and as bored by the equations Claire adores as she is by the social whirl upon which he thrives. As attractive as Fox is, he’s of no use to Claire . . . or is he?
Plus His Brawn
Fox’s male pride has been bruised ever since his fiancée jilted him. One way to recover: win a bet that he can transform Lady Claire, Society’s roughest diamond, into its most prized jewel. But Claire has other ideas—shockingly steamy ones. . .
Equals A Study In Seduction
By Claire’s calculations, Fox is the perfect man to satisfy her sensual curiosity. In Fox’s estimation, Claire is the perfect woman to prove his mastery of the ton. But the one thing neither of them counted on is love . . .
This book sounded like so much fun from the synopsis that I had to give it a go. While I will say it was a quick read and I actually really enjoyed the entire Cavendish family, I found that I didn’t fall for Claire or Fox.
The main reason I can’t say I was in love with this book despite Rodale having a breezy, easy and fun to read style of writing is that the hero just didn’t have much substance. Fox openly admits he’s not the smartest and he relies on his good looks, title and athleticism to carry him through life. At first I figured this was just a facade and we would see deeper depths to his character but we don’t. Yes, he ends up being rather sweet but he is what he is and there are no hidden depths of intelligence, caring for others or any real sense of responsibility to anything. It really made it hard to fall for him as a hero because I want more than just a pretty face. To compound this once he does fall for Claire almost his entire plan to win her over is to use his body. Up until the very end he talks about how he’s going to physically entice her, he uses his body to pleasure her and he keeps himself in peak condition to keep her happy and satisfied in bed. While we know there is much more to Claire I feel like in his head he truly thinks the only way he can keep Claire is by pleasing her physically.
There are plenty of other people who enjoyed this book so it probably just wasn’t my cup of tea. I will say I did love Rodale’s writing style which made the book a quick, fun read. I just wished I had loved the hero a bit more. The highlights for me were the other Cavendish siblings and I can’t wait to James’ story!