Manda Collins is back with the third title in her Lords of Anarchy historic romance series. Please read on for my review of this new title, now available!
Good Dukes Wear Black
The second I have read in this series, I made a crucial mistake early on, and will forever feel guilty for it: never settle into your resentful feelings toward a character until you hear his story….
The Lords of Anarchy are a group of titled friends who enjoy a bit of carriage racing and other manly pursuits. Enough to raise the eyebrows of the ton, but not intentionally hurtful or destructive, simply a group of men seeking entertainments.
Piers is the latest ‘leader’ of the group, headstrong, handsome, daring, and the Duke of Trent. He’s come to the notice of Ophelia Dauntry, a young writer with a regular feature in the Lady’s Gazette that uses a mix of research and scorn to reveal the foibles of the titled. While walking with her friend Maggie, another writer, Ophelia is brusquely shoved aside by those who spirit Maggie away.
Believing that Maggie was taken for nefarious reasons, Ophelia confronts her husband, and discovers the man is a member of The Lords of Anarchy. Since her best friends are married to men who know Piers, she and he are acquainted; and she confronts his leadership to enlist his help in finding Maggie. Initially interested in redeeming the reputation of the club and expecting its members to be in agreement with him, Piers has a decision to make.
Knowing that Ophelia would continue without him, something that his own sense of honor and justice will not allow, Piers agrees to assist Ophelia (although hoping that she will remain more in the background) as the reasons for Maggie’s admittance to a mental institution are discovered.
I found Piers a touch self-satisfied and dismissive, but he was so much more: clever and playing his cards close to the vest when he asks questions. His relationship and developing affection and admiration for Ophelia grow slowly, and the revelations of the medical beliefs and treatment of women by the ‘mental health’ system of the time were illuminating. Trent’s clear expression of his interest in helping Ophelia because he wants to please her comes primary to his wishing to see justice done, but the balance of the “mission’ and the relationship play perfectly to keep readers engaged and thinking. A wonderful installment in the series, with romantic moments, clever banter and characters that develop and reveal themselves to readers and one another beautifully.
Title: Good Dukes Wear Black
Author: Manda Collins
Series: Lords of Anarchy #3
Also in this series: Good Earl Gone Bad
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Published on: 5 April, 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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A writer for the Ladies Gazette, Miss Ophelia Dauntry’s passion is her pen. So when she sees a fellow writer kidnapped before her eyes—and the trail of evidence leads to the Lords of Anarchy—Ophelia vows to find her friend and take down the notorious London driving club in her column. But before she can argue her case, she needs the inside scoop from its newest leader: Piers Hamilton, the Duke of Trent.
Headstrong, handsome Trent joined the Lords of Anarchy after a decade in the British Army. He’s made it his business to tame the misbehavior within the driving club—and the infuriatingly attractive Ophelia is only getting in his way. The deeper she digs into the case, the more she puts her own life at risk. Can Trent convince Ophelia to trust him to seek justice…and find protection, and passion, in his arms?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.