Though related to the Grimm brother from her mother's side
family, Miss Magdalene Evelyn Barlow's life is anything but
Heiress to a vast fortune, Magdalene has been living at Mrs.
Seminary for Young Girls since she was nine because of the
attempts on her life. After another attempt on her life,
this time by the
wife of her reverend cousin no less, Magdalene finds herself
a bit adrift
when the duke arrives and closes down the school.
Anthony Jacob Danbury, the Duke of Thornton, grew up as
spoiled as a
rotten apple until a tragedy sent him into self-exile.
Always dressed in
black, Anthony now considers himself a degenerate with a
around his neck, so when the delectable Ms. Barlow indicated
interested in him, Anthony does his best to ignore his
desires and turn
the girl away. Fate has other plans for the duke though and
going to get away from Magdalene that easily.
With THIS DUKE OF MINE, Delilah
Marvelle spins a wonderful tale by weaving in some of Grimm's
fairytales. The mystery of what the brass key Anthony wears
neck adds a bit of mystery that'll keep readers intrigued.
The thing I
love about Ms. Marvelle's books is that her characters are
changing. You rarely ever get the typical cookie-cutter
heroines that usually end up in historical romances. In the
case of THIS DUKE OF MINE, Anthony is very
forward thinking when it comes to women and it's not
seen often in other historicals. For fans of Ms. Marvelle, THIS DUKE OF MINE also connects to
her Whipping Society Saga, which, as a fan of that series, I
enjoyed. For readers who are unfamiliar with her work, if
you enjoy well
researched historical romances that are different from the
you won't be disappointed with any of the author's books.
Once Upon A Time...there was a Duke who wore a brass key
throat. No one in the kingdom knew what it unlocked until
Miss Magdalene Evelyn Barlow may be related to the Grimm
but her life, even as an heiress to a vast fortune, is
anything but a fairy-
tale. Only one man can bring that fairy-tale to life: The
Thornton. His gruff and isolating ways hides an overly
ridden man who refuses to let any woman near until
Magdalene rolls up her sleeves and introduces him to the
WARNING: This book contains strong language and sexual
may cause respectable people to swoon.