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Once Upon A Duke by Eva Devon
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it was amazing

Conquered by Love

Two individuals determined not to love again find that the heart is not easily thwarted. Ryder Blake, the Duke of Darkwell grieves for his wife whom he loved and made a vow to love forever and he refuses to betray her memory. Having become a rake of the first order, living for pleasure, he has earned the moniker the Duke of Darkness and has his exploits in the gossip columns often. Ryder dresses in black to let the world know he mourns his wife still and wears a band on his wrist that belonged to her to remind him of the vote he made to her on her death bed to love only her forever. Kathryn Darrell, having been betrayed by love by a man who only married her for her money and left her in the country all alone while he went off to London to live a debauched lifestyle is now a widow and one of the richest women in London. Kathryn is set on finding the pleasure her heartless husband denied her and end in her lonely exile. After reading in the gossip columns about the Duke of Darkwell, she sets off for London determined to have him as her lover and to know the pleasure her heartless husband denied her. Ryder upon meeting Kathryn, realizes that she is a threat to the vow he has taken and after giving her only a taste of the pleasure he has to offer, sends her on her way but Kathryn refuses to be denied and continues her pursuit of him. Neither of them counted on the love that would encompass their hearts and conquer all their denials. This was a wonderful story about two people both suffering wounded hearts that found redemption in each other. Though I was not overly thrilled by the world this took them into, I understood that their pasts brought them to it and that they were trying to protect themselves from being hurt by love ever again but love isn't something so easily defeated and their journey to that realization kept me reading to the end.
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Reading Progress

July 17, 2017 – Started Reading
July 17, 2017 – Shelved
December 16, 2017 – Finished Reading

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