Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Defying the Duke

Author: Meta Mathews
Publisher: Totally Bound
Publisher URL: www.totallybound.com
ISBN/BIN: 9781784302825
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary; Paranormal
Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

Amelia Comstock had no idea what she was getting herself into when she took on the job of researching the mysterious disappearance of the Duke of Durbane. When the Duke starts to visit her in her dreams, she is convinced that it’s nothing more than the stress of the job. The fact that the dreams are of a highly erotic nature just tells her that she needs to get a life and stop obsessing about a two hundred year old ghost. However, when the Duke starts to appear to Amelia when she is most definitely awake, thinking her a courtesan and insisting on pleasuring her, drastic action is needed.

Amelia arranges a meeting with her boss Ben to formally quit the job, but is surprised that it is not Ben who turns up, but his handsome nephew Jack, who just so happens to look uncannily similar to her unwelcomed visitor. Jack is embarrassed to reveal that he too has been visited in the night, by a lady who looks just like Amelia no less, leading Amelia to start suspecting that her boss may have ulterior motives for setting the two of them up. With their ghostly experiences fresh in their minds, they would both rather walk away from this project right now. However they grudgingly agree that the only way they will be able to put the Duke to bed for good, and perhaps figure out why they get the feeling of déjà vu whenever they are together, is to dig deeper.

Overall I enjoyed Defying the Duke, but I did struggle to follow certain aspects of the story at times. The plot was fun, unique, and captured my interest, but I found it difficult to follow all the information unearthed by the character’s research into the Duke and what the implications of the discoveries were. It was an interesting story, but the link between the past and the present was left unclear to me.

Amelia and Jack took some time to warm to, but they had good chemistry and I liked that they were introduced to the reader before being introduced to each other. It was a nice kind of tease that worked well as I was definitely looking forward to them meeting. They clashed a bit at first, which built some tension, but I felt the attraction could having been given a little longer to bubble away before their story concluded. It just felt a bit rushed, as I couldn’t really buy into the idea of them wanting to build a future together after so little time together. I think my belief in their present relationship could have benefitted from more time being invested into explaining their connection in the past.

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