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This was definitely a book that took the reader on a journey of character changes and heart-wrenching revelations. I finished it in a day, staying up into the wee hours of the night, mostly because after reading the first half, I wasn't about to set the book down for a few extra hours of sleep. Nope, I was going to keep reading until I got my happy ending. And I got it - Diana Quincy delivered.
Sinful Sunny, or the Duke of Sunderford to polite society, is quite content living his life one orgy and sexual act at a time. Having grown up with little love and an abundance of restrictions until his father's passing, he has used his freedom to revel in the delights that most would consider obscene. His whole world is turned upside down, however, when there is a knock on his door and two little girls along with their prudish governess are suddenly thrust upon him. Having lived virtually without any responsibility, he balks at having to change his ways for two brats and an uppity servant. It's not too long, though, until he begins to see that this new life might be the best thing that ever happened to him.
Sunny was a good hero...eventually. And I do mean *eventually.* It took him many, many pages and countless bad decisions to realize how rude he was to Isabel Finch, the governess he so frequently mocks. Even in the end - we're talking at 86%, folks - he was still questioning whether or not he could be faithful to Isabel. Suffice it to say, the learning was slow, but the end result was really quite lovely. Isabel was strong and kind, and I had no problem getting on her side from the very beginning. Sunny was immature due to his childhood and wealth, and so while I found his behavior to be ridiculous, I understood it to an extent. As another reviewer mentioned, this did get a bit "50 Shades" on me with the playroom he has in his house. It seemed a bit exaggerated, but as I am not an expert on that time period, perhaps this was more common than I think. Either way, it was little gross to have Sunny's escapades made so clear in the story, particularly when he had these escapades while his wards were in the house. Isabel was a very good influence on him, and the turning point was when she forced him to realize what he would miss if she and the children weren't around. That was perhaps the greatest part of the book, and I almost wished the author had dragged it out a bit longer.
I really liked this book and would definitely recommend it to others! A great book with lots of character, it captured my attention and made me yearn for more.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**