I recived the ARC for Distracting the Duke By Elizabeth Keysain. She is a new to me author and I was super excited when I got this ARC, because it was about a Duke, discovering a new to me author and it was about a Duke….. We all know how much I love Dukes.
The book is about Duke of Ulvercombe who is looking for a wife and he has found one The adorably lovely ward of Lady Clara Tinniswood, The ward is everything Lady Tinniswood is not, sweet, biddable, easy to manage, has no opinion whatsoever. Where Lady Tinniswoord in the Duke’s opinion is too opinionated, argumentative and just plain annoying. The thing is he’s right. Because they both are annoying. While at first I thought this might be an enemies to lovers kind of story, I could have dealt with that, The relationship did not transition smoothly at all , While it was obvious Clara had suffered abusive at the hands of her former husband ( he even knocked up her sister) The Duke thinks she deserved her husband being unfaithful, but suddenly has a change of heart when they get locked in a very tight space together and he has to soothe her fear, from them on the relationship becomes complicated with him trying to win Clara’s affection and her under the impression he’s just being nice to court her ward. He even gets her to make up with her sister, who it turns out didn’t really want to have sex with Lord Tinniswood, but just to paraphrase ” when kisses and touches weren’t enough”….well you get the picture. Why was she even letting that happened?! I am not condoning it in fact this this book is a massive trigger warning. And while I always like characters to find HEA it’s hard when the characters are unlikable and sadly this did not leave me with the happy feeling we should all have when finishing a book.
That being said I gave it 2 stars on goodreads because the cover was pretty. But I would not recommend this book.