**I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
This book was so addictive, I did not put it down since I started reading. I blame you, Stacy Reid, for the circles I am sure to have under my eyes in the morning.
The story begins with Adeline, our heroine, who is desperately trying to avoid marriage to the Earl of Vale. In seeking to escape such a vile fate, she tries to compromise herself with her suitor, Mr. Atwood. However, she instead finds herself in the wrong bedroom and is compromised with Edmond, the "Mad Duke." They agree to a marriage of convenience, so that she'd can be saved and his daughters can have a mother. She longs for his love, but Edmond is firm that he will not risk loving her and then losing her. His previous wife died during childbirth, and he has never forgiven himself.
I loved Adeline! She had such a bright disposition, and she never gave up on Edmond. She took to her new role as a Duchess and made the most of it. Her growing love for Edmond was lovely to watch. Edmond, on the other hand, really frustrated me. He eventually redeemed himself, but he was a coward for most of the book. Especially towards the end. In that regard, I wish both characters had been stronger. Adeline should have stood up for herself more, and Edmond should have grown a pair much sooner than he did. (I know, I should tell you how I really feel, right?)
I am eager to read other books by this author! She has a great talent for storytelling, character development, and letting the reader know of the history of the time period. I encourage you to try this book on for size. You won't be disappointed!