TITLE: The Hazards of Hunting a Duke
AUTHOR: Julia London
STARTED: May 6, 2007
FINISHED: May 8, 2007
FIRST SENTENCE: The Marquis of Middleton, who was the sole heir to the powerful Redford duchy, had an air about him, a palpable energy that exuded power and wealth.
SUMMARY: [From barnesandnoble.com] When the young ladies of the Fairchild family learn that their stepfather has absconded with their late mother's fortune, Ava, the eldest, hunts down the notoriously wealthy rakehell Jared Broderick, the Marquis of Middleton and heir to a dukedom. Much to her shock and delight, the marquis sweeps her into a whirlwind romance and proposes marriage. But after their passionate wedding night, Ava discovers Jared has ulterior motives of his own. Not only does he expect her to deliver an heir while he continues to enjoy a rogue's life, but Ava also suspects she is a pawn in her husband's quest for revenge. Marriages of convenience work for some, but for Ava a loveless bond won't do. So she devises a bold plan to confront her husband's demons so that he might be free to choose to give her his heart for the right reason: because she is the only woman he will ever truly desire.
REASON FOR READING: I enjoyed her previous series
THOUGHTS: This one was pretty predictable. I will give London credit that the OMG Big Misunderstanding (he loves me? he loves me not? dammit! I want him to love me) is actually believable. I also give London credit that the characters acted in a realistic manner. Aside from that, this one was nothing special.
MISCELLANEOUS: I am so behind where I was this time last year.
RATING: 5/10 [Meh.]