Reviewed by Jo Hurst
Simon Hawkins, duke of Trent, is no stranger to scandal. Rumors and innuendo have darkened the House of Trent for decades, and it has fallen to Simon to restore his tattered family name. He lives by a strict code of honor, but when he is called home to investigate his mother's disappearance, the distinguished duke will tangle with temptation. For there waits the only woman he has ever loved--and the last woman he should desire...
Sarah Osborne has spent her life dreaming of Simon's touch. But dukes do not long for lady's maids--or so Sarah believes, until a stolen kiss sparks a passion that could be her ultimate undoing. As the couple begins a forbidden romance, a cunning enemy plots to destroy the duke and everything he loves. Now, caught in a blackmailer's web, Simon faces an agonizing choice: sacrifice his family's future or break Sarah's heart.
I would like to Sharon for sending me The Duchess Hunt and allowing me to review for her blog.
When we first meet Sarah she is a young girl on the estate of the Duke of Trent, she ends up falling in to a blackberry bush to be rescued by Simon, the Duke of Trent, this is where their love story begins.
Sarah is a very likeable character, she is a strong and adapts to circumstances as they are thrown at her.
Simon for his part, what you would expect from a Duke, tied by his duty as a Duke, desperately trying to protect his family's reputation, after this had been destroyed by his mother and father. To top this off his mother has disappeared without trace, as the book is set before the telephone, motor cars etc had been invented this is no easy task.
It took me a few chapters to get into this book, there is blackmail, mystery and romance, add to the this are the Trent brothers and their determination to find their mother. Jennifer Haymore makes this an easy read, she gets you behind the good guys, ie Sarah, Simon and his family. I really wanted certain characters to get there comeuppance.
The book leaves you with unanswered questions........
I'd like to thank Sarah at Piatkus for sending me a copy of this book for review, and Jo for helping me with my backlog by reviewing this book for me especially as she is so busy with her own blog, Cometbabesbooks.