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Series: The Duke of Strathmore #2
Published by Destiny Romance on September 1, 2014
Genres: Historical Romance
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The Favourite Heiress…
Once engaged to the future Duke of Strathmore, the beautiful Lady Clarice Langham now finds herself in the humiliating position of celebrating his marriage – to another woman. As a result of the scandal, it seems her reign as London's most eligible debutante has come to an end. But things begin to look up when handsome and charming rake David Radley makes it clear that, at least as far as he's concerned, she's still the catch of the season.
The Illegitimate Son…
The eldest son of the Duke of Strathmore, David Radley has been raised alongside his father's legitimate children. But while he is generally received as part of the family, not everyone thinks he should be, and especially not Clarice's father, the Earl of Langham, who forbids her from having anything to do with him.
An Unsuitable Match…
David's been in love with Clarice for years, and it isn't long before the attraction between them develops into something deeper. Yet he senses Clarice is hiding something and until she reveals her secret, she won't be free to follow her heart. Despite everything, David will not give up on Clarice, not even when another seems set to claim her…
First things first, my lovelies, if you haven’t read the preceding book, Letter from a Rake, I need you to click open another tab on your browser and buy it, then make sure you read that one first. Why? Well, other than it being a book full of awesome, the events of An Unsuitable Match will make a lot more sense if you read the series in order.
Now that I have dispensed with my book PSA, I absolutely adored An Unsuitable Match.
Here are my thoughts on An Unsuitable Match:
I’ve been super keen to get my hands on David and Clarice’s story ever since meeting them in book one.
We are aware from events in the first book that there is this beautiful connection between Clarice and David, and that each wants to be with the other, however in An Unsuitable Match, the reasons why they aren’t simply able to be together are made clearer. David’s illegitimacy and Clarice’s deeply-held secret, along with familial disapproval and a couple of schemey villains, often threaten the happiness that, after reading their story, you are desperate for them to attain.
Watching Clarice and David grow certain in themselves, and in their love for each other, was just gorgeous. David never gives up on Clarice, and shows in his actions and his words just what a sweetheart he is. I adored him! It was also really lovely to see Clarice come out of her shell, and begin to believe in herself and her worth. There is so much to love about them as a couple, and you will often find yourself silently (or not so silently, in my case) willing them toward their HEA.
I’ve got to say this right here and now – Lady Alice Langham, Clarice’s grandmother, is a freaking superstar! She is one of my favourite characters of the year so far, and her championing of Clarice and David is a thing of awesome. Everyone needs a Lady Alice in their corner.
However, it is not just Lady Alice that brings supportive colour to An Unsuitable Match. From the villainous suitor, to the conniving ladies of the ton, and on to the wonderful members of the Radley family, the characters that surround David and Clarice help to enrich and advance their journey, and never take over or dominate.
Lucy’s story is next, with a rather surprising hero – but one that is proving to be most fascinating indeed.
An Unsuitable Match is a lovely, romantic, sweet read – and definitely worth the anticipation.