First impressions are often what solidifies how we see someone else. We forget to look beneath the surface. Edward and Georgiana have a rough start as a result of their first impressions. And when caught in a situation that forces them together, they are also forced to look beyond those impressions to the real selves beneath. Georgiana has no desire to join the ton, and is perfectly happy reading, walking the Dales, and soaking in life. In other words, she is not aspiring Duchess material. Edward is a Duke with an arrogance in keeping with his station. He appears cold, rude, and snobbish. Although these impressions seem to capture these two, they are wrong. Edward begins to realize Georgiana is “strong, determined, and not to be intimated.” Georgiana starts to see Edward is passionate, with a sense of adventure and hope. They fascinate each other. Their journey to an HEA is funny, emotional, tender, passionate, and well worth the read.
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4.5* When it comes down to it, cute is really the only word that would adequately describe this book. I did often find myself flummoxed and a bit exasperated at Edward's issues. I felt as though I was either reading two separate books or maybe a version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with how contradictory his personality ended up being. The beginning of the book showed him as being hot and cold at the same time with a heavy dose of arrogant pride (much like many other historical romance heroes). In the second half we learn that he is really a vulnerable, gentle soul with issues of his own, who is kind and goes out of his way to please those around him, even if that means hiding who he really is. I was disappointed, however, that his friend Montrose didn't play a bigger role after the beginning chapters. I thought their love was rather romantic and I liked how perfect and accepting the are for each other. It's just... a cute book. 🤷😚
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