Golden is back and we’re headed back to the Regency era with The Duke’s Pursuit. This is a second chance type story, and we all know how I feel about the second chance trope, considering I’m living in my own second chance romance. Let’s get into the story.
Three years ago, Phillipa was madly in love with Everett, the Marquess of Hartington. He was in love with her too. He wanted to marry her, but his parents put their foot down about it, because her father was (gasp) a tradesman. But he was obviously a good enough tradesman that his daughter took part in the Season with the ton, so there’s that. When Everett told her about his parents, she told him that she would wait for him, but not very long. In order to get back at her, Everett went and kissed another woman and made sure that Phillipa saw it. She ran off and married the Earl of Essex.
Now, she’s been a widow for the last 18 months. It’s time for the Season again, and she’s heading to London to participate, see her friends, and catch herself a lover or three. She’s been alone for a while, and frankly, she’s horny as hell. As a widow, as long as she’s discreet, she can have those lovers.
At a ball, Everett is hanging out with his group of friends, who are all rakes and the wrong sort. One of his friends places a bet with him about who can seduce a beautiful widow first. They send in a 3rd party to choose which woman they will try to seduce this year. He finds a beautiful woman, dances with her, and then heads back out to all the friends. The beautiful woman that he found? The Dowager Countess of Essex, also known as Phillipa. Everett is slightly freaked out when he realizes.
I really like Phillipa. She knows what she wants, and she has no problems going out to get it. She’s also open to trying out a whole lot of new experiences. I think that she has really has a lot of guts, and she isn’t going to take any shit from anyone at all. In fact, I think she really wishes a bitch would. Like I said, I really like her a lot.
Everett, OTOH, is really unsure as to what’s going on, I think. He has one idea of what’s happening, but there are actually about 5 other things happening, and poor Ev, just no idea. I mostly like him too, but I think that he counts on his charm a little too much. He thinks that it’s going to get him what he wants, but I think that it really isn’t all that he wants.
I like that Golden turns the typical male and female roles around here a bit, at least I think she did. It really gives some dimension to the story and makes it stand out.
OK, that’s all for today. Go check it out! Happy reading!