Review: Last Night with the Duke by Amelia Grey
Publication date: March 7, 2017
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperback
About the Book:
Could finding love be his greatest scandal of all?
The Duke of Griffin has never lived down his reputation as one of the Rakes of St. James. Now rumors are swirling that his twin sisters may bear the brunt of his past follies. Hiring a competent chaperone is the only thing Griffin has on his mind–until he meets the lovely and intriguing Miss Esmeralda Swift. In ways he could never have expected, she arouses more than just his curiosity.
Esmeralda Swift considered herself too sensible to ever fall for a scoundrel, but that was before she met the irresistibly seductive Duke of Griffin. His employment offer proves too tempting for her to resist. She can’t afford to be distracted by his devilish charms because the stakes are so high for his sisters’ debut Season. . .unless one of London’s most notorious rakes has had a change of heart and is ready to make Esmeralda his bride?
This is one of those books that I find hard to rate because I really enjoyed reading it but there were a lot of things that bugged me about it as well.
I really liked Esmeralda’s character and was glad she was going to get her HEA after what she had to go through once her mother’s family disowned her. Her sister, Josephine, on the other hand I found downright annoying. Normally I love when younger siblings are a part of the story but in most cases even when they’re misbehaving or are a handful, there is something endearing about them. I didn’t feel this was the case with Josephine. I thought Josephine was spoiled and irritating. The turnabout in her character later in the book was so unusual that it seemed out of place. I honestly wish she hadn’t been in the book or played a much, much unseen place.
I liked Griffin well enough though I didn’t love him. His part of the book was really what didn’t fit for me. The whole premise of why he’s so worried about his sisters is that he’s worried someone is out for revenge for some trick he played years ago. We see him suspicious of everyone, his friends and he run around trying to figure out who the villain is and then when we find out it’s completely anti-climatic. Not to mention then it’s brushed aside like it was some side-note to the story. It didn’t really make sense to me and seemed entirely contrived to carry the romance along despite not making any sense.
All in all, like I said I had fun reading it but just a few too many nit-picky issues in the story to make it a favorite.