Jane Ashford returns to the blog today with the third in her historic series, The Duke’s Sons. This one brings a soldier with a learning disability and a heroine with a slightly eccentric family together. Please read on for my review, an excerpt and a quick note from the author as well as be sure to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win one of ten print copies of Heir to the Duke, the first in The Duke’s Sons series by Jane Ashford. Please read on for my review of
Lord Sebastian’s Secret
Sebastian Graham is a brilliant strategist on the battlefield, but completely out of his element in society and libraries. For years he has struggled to hide his difficulties with reading and deciphering the written word, but hand him a battle plan overview and he’s everyone’s golden boy. He’s convinced that if the woman he is utterly in love with discovers this secret, he’ll lose her forever.
Georgina Stane is gorgeous and bright, and fortunately her family is rich enough to be considered eccentric rather than utterly crazy. For they are – wholly unconventional and outrageous. Two terrible parents who veer wildly from utterly absent to so present and imposing that one can see how Georgina is able to accept a bit of ‘unusual’ in her life.
And then as a couple – I had real issues. This story is overburdened with too many characters, al placed for one or another reason that may have been in earlier books – but completely unfathomable reasons here when we consider the plot moving forward, and I would have much preferred more dialogue between the two. Their connection, physically, was problematic, as their sensual scenes felt awkward and hesitant. In my opinion, the story would have been better served with the removal of those scenes, as they are written as if the author is uncomfortable, and would have preferred to leave them out. There wasn’t a ton of emotion in here unless one considers Sebastian. He was struggling and moving on, trying to find compensations for what would now be diagnosed as dyslexia, and he’s still determined to be kind, protective, and happy in spite of those worries.
It just wasn’t a book that carried a flow for me, making the story a bit more difficult and longer to read. With humor that comes more from the antics and behaviors of others that borders on crazy unrealistic, this is a story best enjoyed by those who enjoyed earlier titles in the story to have some background on the ‘events in London’ that appear to have such an influence on the couple.
Title: Lord Sebastian's Secret
Author: Jane Ashford
Series: The Duke's Sons #3
Genre: British, Family Saga, Historical Romance, Regency
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published on: 3 January 2017
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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He’s hidden this shameful secret all his life…
Lord Sebastian Gresham is a battle tested soldier and brilliant strategist. Yet all his life he’s had to hide his complete failure to decipher letters. In his own mind, he’s just stupid. What a miracle it is that he’s found the perfect bride. Lady Georgina Stane is beautiful, witty, and brilliantly intelligent. Sebastian is head over heels in love, proud as a peacock, and terrified. But if she finds out his secret, he’ll lose her love forever.
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.
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