Review: Not the Duke’s Darling

Not the Duke's Darling (Greycourt, #1)


New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt brings us the first book in her sexy and sensual Greycourt Series!

Freya de Moray is many things: a member of the secret order of Wise Women, the daughter of disgraced nobility, and a chaperone living under an assumed name. What she is not is forgiving. So when the Duke of Harlowe, the man who destroyed her brother and led to the downfall of her family, appears at the country house party she’s attending, she does what any Wise Woman would do: she starts planning her revenge.

Christopher Renshaw, the Duke of Harlowe, is being blackmailed. Intent on keeping his secrets safe, he agrees to attend a house party where he will put an end to this coercion once and for all. Until he recognizes Freya, masquerading amongst the party revelers, and realizes his troubles have just begun. Freya knows all about his sins—sins he’d much rather forget. But she’s also fiery, bold, and sensuous—a temptation he can’t resist. When it becomes clear Freya is in grave danger, he’ll risk everything to keep her safe. But first, Harlowe will have to earn Freya’s trust-by whatever means necessary.

Features a bonus novella from New York Times bestselling author Grace Burrowes! 

Rating: 5-stars


Not The Duke’s Darling by Elizabeth Holt is a novel unlike any other. The leading female protagonist holds all the power. She fights for women to have rights. Her group of women are being hunted down like witches. The males do not like what these ladies stand for and thus, danger is everywhere. Freya is high born lady who doesn’t mind doing low work. She helps many women escape deadly scenarios. The woman is well-educated, good at arguing, and has a sharp tongue. Her past crush, is now a man she despises. Yet when the truth comes out, it becomes harder to despise him for the past deeds. Christopher is a Duke. He inherited the unwanted position. With it, he has power to help Freya and others. His character and strength is amazing! Christopher is a red blooded male with a big heart of gold. He is also just as intelligent as his lover, Freya. Both want something greater. Freya wants to make sure her mind is sure before she says yes. Christopher doesn’t want marriage but he does want Freya. This novel was full of action, danger, intrigue, and hot romance. I loved the dialogue between characters. The smaller characters were great as well. Overall, I enjoyed reading this historical romance. I look forward to reading more by Elizabeth Hoyt in the future.

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