I adore Jennifer Haymore’s storytelling, because I know I’m in for a great adventure. Recently, I had the good fortune to get my greedy hands on an ARC of the first book in her latest series:
THE HOUSE OF TRENT
Book 1: THE DUCHESS HUNT
Simon Hawkins, duke of Trent, is no stranger to scandal. Rumors and innuendo have darkened the House of Trent for decades, and it has fallen to Simon to restore his tattered family name. He lives by a strict code of honor, but when he is called home to investigate his mother’s disappearance, the distinguished duke will tangle with temptation. For there waits the only woman he has ever loved-and the last woman he should desire . . .
Sarah Osborne has spent her life dreaming of Simon’s touch. But dukes do not long for lady’s maids—or so Sarah believes, until a stolen kiss sparks a passion that could be her ultimate undoing. As the couple begins a forbidden romance, a cunning enemy plots to destroy the duke and everything he loves. Now, caught in a blackmailer’s web, Simon faces an agonizing choice: sacrifice his family’s future or break Sarah’s heart.
I read this book in, oh, about a day and a half. I know. I’m a glutton when it comes to a good story, and I’ll stay up half the night to finish one.
All opinions are mine. The Duchess Hunt: * * * * *
Oh, the scandals are delicious! What I particularly loved about The Duchess Hunt were the fully developed characters. I felt that I knew Ms. Haymore’s characters intimately. The story delivers on character, believability, sensuality, and intrigue. It was fun to learn about the Dowager Duchess and her less than traditional lifestyle, especially her approach to family and child-raising. Her disappearance added a layer of intrigue to the story.
I loved watching Simon wrestle with problems of heart and head, and how he put reputation and family above all else. To see him develop from a rather aloof, controlled man, to a more relaxed and loving human being was satisfying. Sarah was the perfect match for Simon. She understood him like nobody else could. She was totally devoted to him and yet unselfish. The secondary characters were well written and all brought color and passion to this interesting tale.
With this book release today, I don’t want to give away any spoilers. But, I think you will adore Simon and Sarah’s story. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series.
To learn more about historical author, Jennifer Haymore, visit her at www.jenniferhaymore.com where she writes a blog, or connect with her on Facebook.