Compromising the Duke's Daughter

Compromising the Duke's Daughter

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"Lady Joan Morland has already risked her reputation once with dashing Drew Rockleigh. And when her coach is set upon, it's Drew who rescues her, more roguish and tempting than ever! Then Joan discovers Drew has lost his fortune and decides to repay her debt by helping him. But after a sizzling kiss, she finds herself compromised once again! This time, scandal is surely inevitable...and the only thing to quell it is a walk down the aisle!"-- Page [4] of cover.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario :, Harlequin Enterprises Limited,, [2016]
ISBN: 9780373299140
0373299141
Branch Call Number: FICTION Brendan Mary 12/2016
Characteristics: 280 pages ;,17 cm.

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FindingJane Feb 24, 2017

I’m sorry to dismiss this romance. The male protagonist romantic lead is quite unusual, given his soiled background. I’ve read about lower-class romantic males before now but only a few with his sordid upbringing. In spite of the questionable circumstances of his birth, Drew Rockleigh proves to be honorable, resourceful, gritty, adaptive, cunning and more than capable of dealing with the questionable people around him.

Lady Joan Morland is feisty and cares deeply about others, including the less fortunate. But she’s also meddlesome, foolish and careless about her reputation and personal safety. Time and again, Drew must rescue her from her own folly and missteps and it started to annoy my no end. When Joan tries saving him or bringing him information, it turns out that he’s always one step ahead of her and is already handling the situation, much to her chagrin and my disappointment.

Joan is no match for Drew save in temperament and sexual curiosity. She’s constantly on the wrong end of the argument with him, finding herself at a loss with his logic or peeved by his cool insouciance or amusement at her expense. There’s no real equality between them. I actually found myself hoping that he’d stick to his guns and leave her. Foolish chits running after capable rogues make for boring literature unless they’re secondary characters instead of the main ones.

But the secondary characters are what redeem this novel. Unlike Jane Austen, whose books deal solely with the problems of the upper orders and never the lower class, Ms. Brendan’s novel probes the lives of the many disparate people who swirl around Lady Morland and her rakish beau. There are whores, rogues, clerks, clerics, street urchins, roustabouts, henchmen, blackmailers, gossips, snobs, slobs and all sorts of folks. Their presences aren’t merely for local color but form intrinsic parts of the storyline. They and they alone raise this indifferent romance to the realm of actually enjoyable literature.

“Compromising the Duke’s Daughter”: Come for the story; stay for the ambiance.

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