I received this ARC for a fair and honest review.
You know I love Dukes, I mean you have a Duke on the cover, in the book, on the title and I am all there for that so when I saw the ARC for Last Night with the Duke By Amelia Grey I was like okay I am here for this, so here, then I started reading it.. The book is about The Duke of Griffin and he basically needs a chaperone for his twin sisters, So he Hires Esmeralda swift the disinherited grand daughter of a viscount . The catch is that Esmeralda gets to bring her sister Josephine and her dog Napoleon . Griffin needs Esmeralda to be very vigilant because he has heard a rumor that someone is going to ruin the twins because of prank that he and two of friends pulled when they were younger. That is basically the sum of it all.
This book had so much potential The cover is crazy beautiful and My thought was the series is called the Rakes of St James, well we all know how Rakes are right? Yeah, not even close he was not very charming, or devilish or even close it the mark. Dukes are so my catnip and in my world they can do no wrong, which makes me sad to writ this because this book just went so down hill. Firstly there is no chemistry between the hero and heroine there are some sad attempts at it but he harps on a moral code and the fact she works for him. I happen to like that trope and see nothing wrong with a chaperone or governess hooking up with her boss only he finds out that she is the granddaughter of Viscount does she become “his social” equal” and he kisses her that just had me saying are you joking? and I wanted to punch him. But it gets worse The twins are complete idiots and annoying. While the Duke… The Duke and it kills me to say this is a total jackass not only because of the prank he pulled in his youth, which I might add he is only twenty eight and keeps referring to himself as old. I mean really ? since when is Twenty eight old?? If you are like me and like a book with a lot of flirting and romance you wont find it in this one, because by the time they finally bang it was near the end and it was unspectacular
There is a part where the dog gets taken away. You see Esmeralda and her sister found it as stay a year ago and kept it ever since, but suddenly this guy shows up claiming it’s his granddaughters dog and of course Josephine throws a fit Esmeralda is useless and the guy takes the dog. This was just all unnecessary in my opinion. Also the fact that Duke goes to get the dog back but the guy has already taken it off back to his granddaughter and Josephine is all like “it’s okay ” The way she threw that fit, no it wasn’t and that guy needed a throat punch too.
The only small bright spot in this book was the dress maker Madame Donceaux. If the book had made me smile half as much as she did I would have liked it. But I have given it two stars on Goodreads and one of those stars is just for the cover.