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A Scandalous Kind of Duke, Mia Vincy 29 March 2023

2022 American Regency-ish romance, part of a loosely linked series. Juno Bell and the future Duke of Dammerton knew each other as children, but he had his duty, and then she had her life as a scandalous artist. But fate keeps throwing them together.

It's another frustrating story from Vincy: there's too much assumption by one about the other, too much "if only I'd said this then". And while I'll accept Juno finding her artistic life unsatisfying when Leo comes back into it to offer a contrast, I can't help feeling she's something of a doormat as far as her interaction with society is concerned. (As, for that matter, is Leo.) And their conflict comes over as childish at times.

I liked the first of these, A Wicked Kind of Husband, but each succeeding book has been just a bit more stuck in the standard romance pattern (that's been done better by other writers), and therefore to me just a bit less enjoyable.

(Still, an excellent palate-cleanser after Devices and Desires.)

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A Wicked Kind of Husband, Mia Vincy

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