26 January 2016

Book Review | Jilting the Duke by Rachael Miles (@Rachael_Miles1)



Aidan Somerville, Duke of Forster, is a rake, a spy, and a soldier, richer than sin and twice as handsome. Now he is also guardian to his deceased best friend’s young son. The choice makes perfect sense—except that the child’s mother is the lovely Sophia Gardiner, to whom Aidan was engaged before he went off to war. When the news reached him that she had married another, his ship had not yet even left the dock.

Sophia does not expect Aidan to understand or forgive her. But she cannot allow him to stay her enemy. She’s prepared for coldness, even vengeance—but not for the return of the heedless lust she and Aidan tumbled into ten years ago. She knows the risks of succumbing to this dangerous desire. Still, with Aidan so near, it’s impossible not to dream about a second chance…

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Jilting the Duke is a story of love, betrayal, forgiveness, and second chances. 

Aidan Somerville is the Duke of Forster – he is a rake, a spy, a soldier, a rich and handsome man, and now he’s the new guardian to his deceased childhood’s friend young son. He accepted the decision, knowing that it would be easier for him to cross paths with the woman who betrayed him, broke his heart and married another when he went off to war, his ex- fiancĂ©e: Sophia Gardiner. 

But Sophia was no longer the young, adventurous girl he once knew. She was now a hallow of a lady – her emotions, and actions are controlled. There were only two things she was passionate about: her plants, and her son, Ian. She didn’t expect Aidan to understand the reason behind what she did, nor to forgive her. She needed to be nice to him because he’s Ian’s new guardian. She already build the walls around her heart – but surprise visits, unexpected talks and stolen kisses make the bricks fall one at a time, until her walls are about to crumble down. Would she allow herself to dream of a second-chance with Aidan and risk her heart once again? Will Aidan have her once he finds out the truth?

Sophia is a strong female lead: she was educated the same as the boys in her family. She knew Greek, Latin and Geometry and she was great in Botany. She had a green thumb, and seriously knows her plants. I love her spirit: it’s sensitivity, generosity and having the grace under pressure. The anger that Aidan felt was understandable – he felt betrayed by the girl he loved and who promised to wait for him, and his best friend. But despite the fact, he still took his responsibility seriously and kept Sophia and Ian safe from danger.

I enjoyed reading this novel -  although I had been looking forward for that heartbreaking-confrontation scene between Sophia and Aidan that I found a bit lacking (this is why it’s a 4.5) – nevertheless, everything else was flawless. Sophia and Ian were loved by the man who gave her his name and protection, by the people that surrounds them, and in a weird, crazy way – by Aidan. 

This was an awesome start to a brand new historical romance series to look-forward to: The Muses’ Salon. This is my first Rachael Miles read, and I was astounded on how beautiful the novel was: the characters, the pacing, the plot, the twists and surprises, and the thrill. Her words will make you vividly see and feel the beauty of nature and the emotions in every page. Certainly, we have a new historical romance author to watch out for. 

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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