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The Duke of Shadows by Meredith Duran
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it was amazing
bookshelves: historicals, 2018, best-of-2018, favorites

As we've talked about before - angst is such a personal thing. Generally, particularly in contemporary romance, I avoid it. (Suanne being my notable exception). I find that angst is frequently created by the plot. A lazy author device where horrible incident after incident is thrown at the characters. Their reactions aren't explained beyond "x just happened so of course this is the reaction." But we don't all react the same to stress.

So when an author is spoon-feeding me her character's reactions with no emotional context I'm resentful and bored. Meredith Duran avoided all of this. There were difficult and harsh events in the story, but they weren't the center of the upheaval. My feelings - sadness and stress and worry and and love for the characters - came from the characters themselves. Julian and Emma were the strength of the story - its bedrock. Organic sentiments were stirred by them - not by the crap happening to them. It's a difficult distinction. It involves an author doing work - making characters that I will love and with whom I will connect rather than writing cringe-worthy high-drama that belongs in a soap opera.

I suspect I've found something magical in Duran - a truly special author. I'm anticipating reading everything she's written. (So much love to Sam for introducing me to Duran and buddy reading with me. I had a blast, friend.)

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Reading Progress

October 27, 2018 – Started Reading
October 27, 2018 – Shelved
October 27, 2018 – Shelved as: historicals
October 27, 2018 –
page 14
3.77% "Sam says I have to read it. So I have to read it."
October 27, 2018 –
page 26
7.01% "Goodness this writing is lovely"
October 27, 2018 –
page 39
October 27, 2018 –
page 77
20.75% "Asshole"
October 27, 2018 –
page 90
24.26% "This is stressful"
October 27, 2018 –
page 104
28.03% "He’s wonderful"
October 27, 2018 –
page 129
34.77% "He is an interesting creature"
October 27, 2018 –
page 162
43.67% "Oh Emma. My heart hurts for you."
October 27, 2018 –
page 178
47.98% "What is this Part 2 nonsense?!?!?"
October 27, 2018 –
page 198
53.37% "You dumbass"
October 27, 2018 –
page 213
57.41% "Fuck. I’m breathless with that scene. Perhaps the best reunitement scene ever."
October 27, 2018 –
page 232
62.53% "Ohhhhhhhh. Welcome to Angstville. Population : Me."
October 27, 2018 –
page 257
69.27% "Well I’ve found my Romance of the Year."
October 27, 2018 –
page 265
71.43% "They are breaking my heart"
October 27, 2018 –
page 285
76.82% "Gracious"
October 27, 2018 –
page 296
79.78% "Allowing myself some sleep so I can wake up and read."
October 28, 2018 –
page 320
86.25% "It’s soooooooo romantic"
October 28, 2018 –
page 329
88.68% "Why is he back? He’s the worst."
October 28, 2018 – Finished Reading
December 30, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018
December 30, 2018 – Shelved as: best-of-2018
December 30, 2018 – Shelved as: favorites

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Sam (AMNReader) what are you talking about, fabulous review!

*The Angry Reader* Meh. I don’t think it conveys the Book’s full awesomeness.

Sam (AMNReader) *The Angry Reader* wrote: "Meh. I don’t think it conveys the Book’s full awesomeness."

you should read the comments on my review of this--wait, maybe it's not this it's the SoLL. Either way, that's precisely what a few other reviewers and I discuss.

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Gaufre Lovely review.

I enjoyed your updates.

Hollis loooooved this book. I've only tackled two of Duran so depending on your next one I want to buddy with you beautiful people.

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