THE DUKE’S CAPTIVE
Rating: 4 Cups
Viola, Lady Cheshire is finally out of mourning for the late Lord Cheshire and plans on enjoying herself this season. She is a well known artist, but the beautiful mother of a young son has a few secrets that the Ton should never know.
Ian, the Duke of Chatwin was the victim of kidnappers five years ago. He was held for five weeks and nearly died. All of those involved have been brought to justice except one. He is handsome, wealthy and the grandest prize on the Marriage Mart.
Five years ago Viola tried to help the man imprisoned by her sisters, falling in love with Ian in the process. Now she is a widow with a young child and some very dark secrets and finally out of mourning, but her past has come back to haunt her in the guise of the Duke of Chatwin. Ian cannot remember much of his time in the dungeon, but he wants all involved to pay, even the mother of a child he is pretty sure is his.
This novel has a lot going for it. There is an excellent love story, full of secrets, intrigue and betrayal. The characters are well developed and multidimensional; no one is all good or all evil. Viola is very misunderstood and Ian a bit arrogant in his thirst for revenge. His attraction to her makes him a bit crueler than he would have been otherwise, but Viola is no shrinking flower. The other characters are interesting as well and I enjoyed the author’s descriptions of them. Fans of historical romance and Ms. Ashworth are going to love this novel, I know I did.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More