Welcome to the review of the second full-length novel in Erica Ridley’s Dukes of War historical romance series. Today you can read an excerpt from this title as well as enter my giveaway where you could win an eBook copy of The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower, Book One in The Dukes of War series for yourself!
The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress
We first met Xavier in book 1, a friend of Oliver, the new Earl of Carlisle, and Oliver’s worry for his friend are great. In that book, Xavier was literally “dead inside” needing to be moved, seated, fed, you name it. So trapped in the horrors that he saw during the war, Xavier is broken, perhaps beyond repair.
Enter Jane, thought to be firmly on the shelf, her intelligence is apparent, even as her social skills are better suited to a pre-teen. Jane’s dichotomy is unusual: her candyfloss proclamations are not an affectation, her girlish side often pops out and is spoken before she can reign it in. But then, just as quickly she can astound with her intellect: with a brilliant observation or statement so pointedly real that you often wonder if it came from her lips. While I thought early on that this trait of hers would frustrate me, it was quite endearing and made her wonderful to watch since you never quite knew what side would come out.
And poor Xavier: he’s never quite sure what Jane will say next: her utter delight in things she enjoys, and then her daring honesty when she declares her affections for him. Totally keeping him off balance even as she intrigues him to no end, I don’t believe that he thought her proclamations were honestly meant or possible, even as it was the first light of hope to shine in the prison he has built from his memories.
Jane may not be in line for marriage, but she has no intentions of continuing to be alone: if she can’t rouse Xavier’s interest in her with conversation, perhaps she can convince him to be seduced. And her plan is foolish but so very Jane, and another man just may have taken her offer. But here is where Xavier is head and shoulders above the rest: he lets Jane in: from his outright refusal to interact with anyone, he opens up marginally to Jane. And that little crack is all she needs to walk in and push, prod and worry him with her wit, her heart and her humor.
When she thinks she has made some progress toward a goal, Xavier’s grand gesture from one who hasn’t made any moves at all to speak of since his return will bring cheers from reader’s lips. So wonderfully over the top and so perfectly unlike the Xavier we have come to know, the romance and development of their connection is wonderfully written.
Title: The Captain's Bluestocking Mistress
Author: Erica Ridley
Genre: Historical Romance
Published on: 2 March 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 4 Hours: 24 minutes
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Captain Xavier Grey’s body is back amongst the Beau Monde, but his mind cannot break free from the horrors of war. His friends try to help him find peace. He knows he doesn’t deserve it. Just like he doesn't deserve the attentions of the sultry bluestocking intent on seducing him into bed...
Spinster Jane Downing wants off the shelf and into the arms of a hot-blooded man. Specifically, the dark and dangerous Captain Grey. She may not be destined to be his wife, but nothing will stop her from being his mistress. She could quote classical Greek by the age of four. How hard can it be to learn the language of love?
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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.