Short, Sweet, and Snappy Review:
Title: The Duke and the Lost Night
Author: Jennifer Conner
Genre: Historical Romance
What I liked: the general premise
What I didn’t like: It was a bit dry
Recommended Read: Maybe
Rating: 3 Stars
Amelia arrives on the doorstep of her childhood friend, the Duke, in the middle of the night with an outrageous plan. If he agrees to ruin her, then she won’t be required to marry the cad she doesn’t love. Will Spencer do what she desires and go along with her idea, or does he have a very unexpected plan of his own? This is story one of the series, The Regimental Heroes.
As far as historical romances go, I have one preference; Lords, Dukes, Kings. Ladies, Countesses, Princesses. I am a sucker for anything Victorian and slightly earlier, and I love either bad boys reforming or girls gone awry. So this short story caught my eye fairly easily with the title alone.
The premise of the story is simple enough; a Duke and a young lady reclaiming a night they should have had many years before. However, despite it being a reasonably enjoyable read, I felt there was something missing that would have made it a great read. The first of these issues was that the overall feel of the story was a bit boring. With everything that happens in the book and the potential that it possessed, I felt it could have been so much better than it was. I also thought the dialogue was stinted in places and could have flowed much better than it did.
Overall, as a free short story, it might be worth a read if you’re into Dukes and Victorian times, but I feel it could have been much better than it was.
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