Review: My Last Duchess

My Last Duchess (The Wildes of Lindow Castle, #0.5)


New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James returns to the Wildes series with a prequel about the Wilde children’s parents, Hugo, Duke of Lindow, and Ophelia, Lady Astley.

Every Duke needs a Duchess…

Hugo Wilde, the Duke of Lindow, has a drafty castle, eight naughty children—and no wife. Ophelia, Lady Astley, has a fine house, one well-behaved daughter—and no husband.

Hugo takes one look at Ophelia and loses his heart, but she doesn’t want more children or a castle. She takes one look at him and heads for her carriage.

Desperate to find a duchess, Hugo identifies an appropriate lady to woo. Yet when he meets Ophelia again, the duke realizes that he will marry her, or no one.

Now he faces the greatest challenge of his life.

He must convince Ophelia that their blazing sensuality, his exquisite castle, and his eight charming children add up to a match made in heaven.

When duke finds his duchess, can he win her heart?

A Wildes series prequel about the Wilde children’s parents, Hugo, Duke of Lindow, and Ophelia, Lady Astley.

Rating: 5-stars


My Last Duchess by Eloisa James is fantastic. It takes me straight into the heart of the story. A widowed Duke recently divorced from his second Duchess, needs to find another woman to marry. He needs a mother for his youngest daughter. However, with an estate full of eight children it will be hard to find a woman to take enough interest without running away. The Duke also would love to find a woman who makes him and his children happy. His last wife, ran away with another man. She left their kids in the Duke’s care. Not that he minds, the Duke loves all seven of his kids plus, one ward whom he has taken in as his own child.

Instantly, I liked this Duke. He’s harden over the years due to his last Duchess. But with the help of his sister and children, the man chases for a new wife. Thus, he finds one. Only she wants no marriage. An affair only, would make her happy. Yet neither the Duke nor her feel happy when apart. It takes great strength and patience to woo the special lady.

The plot is well-done. The pages are so engaging, I can’t stop reading it. This story makes me laugh a lot. I love the characters including all eight children. The personalities were fun and charming. I love the dilemmas that the Duke his his future Duchess go through and how they can’t say way from each other. Overall, this is the best historical romance!

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