My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Even the most ruthless of rogues live by their own code of honor, and for Alexander Everett, the wicked Duke of Kelfield, his includes not seducing the ward of his oldest and dearest friend. However for a man who is accustomed to getting what he wants, the lure of the forbidden fruit is enough to drive him wild. When he finds himself under the same roof as the enchanting Olivia Danbury at a summer house party, he discovers the temptation of the lady is more than he can resist.
Olivia, on the other hand, has the rest of her life all mapped out. When her fiancé returns from the Peninsular Wars, they’ll get married, settle down in the country, start a family, and live happily ever after. The sinfully sexy Duke of Kelfield was not in her plans. But when she stumbles headlong into a compromising position with the passionate duke, her carefully constructed life quickly begins to unravel. In no time, Olivia must choose between the life she’s always planned and everything she never knew she wanted.
This book will suck you in from the first page! As soon as I started reading I was glued and couldn’t put it down even at 3am. When you see that they are going to be in a scandalous situation you think along the lines of spotted kissing or alone in a room by accident, but no not with this one and it was a shocking way to be caught and still innocent. I loved it. Every scene was great and I loved everyone involved especially Poppy. She is the sweetest thing and makes you want to be able to hug her. My favorite scenes with her are when they are ordering dresses and her barging into rooms.
Oliva is the kind of heroine that you want to be friends with. She speaks her mind when asked and she doesn’t blink an eye at Poppy. She has her moments where you want to yell “no don’t do that”, but that just makes her more human.
Alex is a unique man. He is very caring and kind, but also a mystery and many wild stories follow him. You start loving him for how he wants Oliva to want to marry him, but you fall in love with him when you see how he treats and loves Poppy and the stories he tells her.
I liked how both of their pasts were brought up and handled especially Alex’s, but I really want to know what happened Phillip after the duel.