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Read à Never Desire a Duke 102 ☆ A secret from his past holds the key to their futureA Marriage Beyond HopeLady Sophia has long been estranged from her husband Lord Vane Barwick the Maruess of Claxton whose rud list of amorous conuests includes almost every beautiful woman of the ton Yet a shocking encounter with him in a crowded ballroom—and a siA secret from his past holds the key to their futureA Marriage Beyond HopeLady Sophia has long been estranged from her husband Lord Vane Barwick the Maruess of Claxton whose rud list of amorous conuests includes almost every beautiful woman of the ton Yet a shocking encounter with him in a crowded ballroom and a single. I've given this a C at AARThis second chance romance in which an estranged couple are stranded together following a snowstorm was for the most part an enjoyable and well written début from Lily Dalton The novel has lot going for it – an attractive and devoted hero to die for a lovely underlying sensuality and a real sense of relationship progression but a couple of rather large flaws prevented me from rating it highly Sophia and Vane Barwick Duke and Duchess of Claxton have been estranged for some months following the loss of their unborn child Instead of taking comfort from each other the loss tears the couple apart and shortly after the tragedy Claxton leaves England to resume his diplomatic work in Europe During his seven month absence his wife hears not a word from him and feels certain he must be having a whale of a time and not sparing her a thought With this in mind Sophia determines that it is time for her to move on with her life and she is going to ask her husband for a formal separationOn the night of a party which is being held to celebrate her beloved Grandfather’s birthday she hears that Claxton has come back to England and is both annoyed and upset that she seems to have been the only person to have had no idea of his returnBecause Claxton had a reputation as a bit of a ladies’ man before their marriage Sophia now has it in her head that he’s been sleeping around since too He admits that in a drunken binge after their loss he did escort a few women around that he probably shouldn’t have and that he also didn’t conduct himself with particular discretion – but he never slept with any of them Sophia doesn’t believe him – a situation not helped by the fact that her gorgeous husband has to continually fight off the unwanted attentions of numerous women The fact that he isn’t interested in any of these other women seems to have passed her byHer reuest for a separation catches him completely off guard as he had hoped to be able to set things right between them and resume their life together It’s true that his running off to Europe to escape his grief wasn’t probably the best thing he could have done and he does admit that he should have stuck around and fought for her and their marriage But – and here is the first of those big flaws I mentioned – it’s Sophia who refuses to see him and sends him away following the miscarriage Claxton is the one who believes they should unite in their grief and console each other for their loss but she withdraws from him and yells at him to stay away from her This is the premise for their separation and it’s rather weak Sophia needs time to think and to work out what she wants – so after the party she heads off to Camellia House Claxton’s childhood home knowing that he never spends any time there But unbeknownst to her her husband has discovered her intention and arrives before her walking into the midst of a situation that could have come straight out of a French farce and which only serves to worsen his relationship with his wifeSophia always spends Christmas with her family so she doesn’t intend to be away too long but the onset of a severe snowstorm means that a return journey is impossible and is likely to be so for a few days So she and Claxton have no alternative but to wait out the weatherThere were some very well characterised secondary characters in the story most notably the flirty Lady Mellenbourne who really just wants to be loved and Mr and Mrs Kettle the house’s old retainers They worked there when Claxton’s mother was alive and are very fond of him despite his long absence He had a happy childhood there – until his mother died when he was ten and he and his brother were removed from the house by their tyrannical father who up to that point they had never even seen Claxton harbors no love for the man who believed his young heir should be taught all the things necessary to grow up a real man such as drinking gambling and whoring Especially the whoring which Claxton admits probably accounts for the rather large number of females who shared his bed before his marriageAnd this leads me to major flaw number two At the beginning of their stay at the house Sophia asks Claxton to write her a list of the names of all his previous lovers – not because she wants to hold it over him but because she doesn’t want to find herself blindsided in the future by an encounter with an ex mistress Naturally he is completely averse to the idea and tries to talk her out of it but it’s the only way he can get her to agree to abandon the idea of a formal separation so he capitulates and writes itOf course it’s just about the worst idea imaginable – even though he’s been faithful to her since he asked for her hand and the women he’s named are all in his past Sophia is still hurt and angry even though he did exactly what she asked after advising her against itAnd as if that’s not bad enough Sophia rather than destroying the list instead keeps it and wears it like a talisman tucked into her bodice She uses it to remind herself not to let herself fall in love with him again because while she is someone who loves whole heartedly he clearly isn’t If he was then he wouldn’t have slept with so many other women – and because he didn’t love any of them he therefore can’t love her eitherHuhBy this time I was losing patience with the woman She believes the worst of her husband for no reason other than gossip and rumor and the fact that women find him attractive She’s insecure uick to condemn and freuently self righteous – and all the while Claxton is showing her in as many ways as he can think of that he loves her True he wants to seduce her as well but he’s also considerate kind and doing his best to meet her than halfway in trying to mend their marriageOn the plus side I thought that the way their relationship progressed was very well written indeed with some lovely moments of domestication like the cooking scene and interaction with the local villagers Claxton has not been to Camellia House for than a decade and because the house and estate has been closed up there is no work for the locals and the village is becoming rather run down as a result I liked that Sophia helped Claxton to see that the estate and surrounding area needed him and his patronage and the way that they were bonding over their shared interest in the local communityIn the end this really was a book of well if not two halves then two parts A large chunk of it was very enjoyable indeed – the parts which followed Sophia and Claxton as they began to open up and say the things they needed to say to each other as they took the first steps towards repairing their fractured marriage Their interactions were humming with romantic tension and awareness and the love scenes were well written and sexy But the initial premise for their separation was weak and I found Sophia’s insistence on retaining an emotional distance from Claxton got annoying very uickly She justified it by telling herself that it was because she was accepting his limitations when it came to loving – that he would never love her as completely as she did him so she was protecting herself from future hurt But there was no real basis for this assumption on her part and I had a huge problem with the fact that Sophia just couldn’t let go of what is a rather ridiculous determination to protect herself against a husband who shows her over and over again that he is utterly devoted to her Towards the end keeping the list of exes leads to some unforeseen and for Claxton heart breaking conseuences – and at that point I really wanted him to tell her he’d had enough and she could have her bloody separationFor a début novel this was well written and the characterization was strong with Claxton probably being the most well drawn of all the characters I think Lily Dalton has shown real potential in this novel as it’s clear that she is capable of writing with flair and emotion and that she has the ability to tug at the reader’s heartstrings But I would have enjoyed the book if the conflict between the protagonists had had a sound basis and if the heroine had been less sanctimonious and in the end deserving of her husband’s devotion

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Touch are all it takes to reawaken her furious passion for him But how can she trust the man who crushed her dreams and took away the one thing she wanted mostA Love Beyond ReasonLord Claxton has never forgiven himself for the youthful mistake that ruined his marriage to Lady Sophia Now after nearly a year abroad the. Sometimes you read a book and you are just swept off your feet and sometimes you read a book and think why did I even bother to read that book BUT most books fall somewhere in the middle Lily Dalton's Never Desire a Duke is just that sort of book It is a book that makes you believe in love believe in forgiveness and believe that there is always room for a second or third chance It also reminds us that not everything is what it seems and sometimes we have to take things on faith Lady Sophia is a strong independent woman she has to be since her cad of a husband doesn't even remotely believe in the marriage vows Something she might have understood had she not done the unthinkable and fallen in love with the promise of him After losing their child and being abandoned by him Sophia discovers that he has returned and just one look sets her on fire all over againVane Barwick the Duke of Claxton is mad bad and dangerous to know He has led a life of dissipation and gluttony in all areas but one look at Sophia and his world just stopped He became almost instantly a devoted spouse only trouble is he had no words to describe it and when a note from a past fling causes the accident that lost their child Vane is bereft When Sophia locks him out of her heart he is lost Fleeing to the continent on a diplomatic mission But now Vane is back and this time he is not going to let Sophia chase him awayI really liked Vane must be the name He was a man who had it all and lost it but refused to give up He offered his heart the only way he knew how over and over and over again And yet was rebuffed again and again This man had a stalwart heart and all he wanted to do was offer it to the woman he loved The fact that he had no clue as to how to do that caused a few problems BUT Vane wasn't the problem in this book It was SophiaSophia was self righteous insecure stubborn condemning and harsh Sure there were some valid reasons but most of them were rumor and innuendo The fact that she had the family support and HE was considered the villain is what turned this book from a good book to an ok book Lack of communication ran rampant between this couple Although I do like when Vane turned the tables on her When considering a separation he said why not a divorce since female adultery was the only acceptable reason for divorce Sophia needless to say was not happy grins Of course when Vane pointed out that all they had to do was spread a few rumors and it would be fact Sophia was surely put in her place And believe me I was happy to see it And THAT was the problem I wanted to see Sophia put in her place I just couldn't like herThe fun thing about this book was the fact that Ms Dalton twisted the old tried and true catty other woman who wanted my man theme We found a villainess that was in reality a decent woman who just wanted love A family mystery helps to bring the two back together and we see glimpses of a pleasant woman that Vane might actually love so the love story itself isn't entirely unbelievable But honestly had she treated me the way she treated Vane I wouldn't have bothered to try for reconciliation In a romance we need to WANT the couple to be together For me honestly I could not have cared less Sorry SophiaI will be reading Never Entice an Earl the next book in the series because I believe this storyline might be fun Hopefully both characters in that book will capture my interestShauniThis review is based on the ARC of Never Desire a Duke provided by netgalley and is scheduled to be released on September 24 2013

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Never Desire a DukeReformed rogue vows to win back the only woman he's ever truly loved He'll do whatever it takes to prove he can be the honorable husband she deserves and the passionate lover she desires As the snowdrifts deepen outside their ancestral home can they rekindle the flame that burned so bright and find a new path to foreve. THIS REVIEW IS FOR A DNFI am so pissed at this book right now I hated it I almost didn't even review it But if I hold all of this anger inside me it may drive me insaneI'm going to start off with a bang I hated the heroine Sophia She's beyond awful Before I tell you why I have to give you an idea of the premise Sophia fell in love with and then married Claxton 17 months ago Then she got pregnant and when she was around 7 months along she received a letter from one of her husband's former lovers She went into a rage or a something and slipped and fell down the stairs losing the baby She began to hate Claxton after he left England on a diplomatic mission She had been hearing that he was sleeping around Even after she finds out that he WASN'T sleeping around she wouldn't forgive him Not that he had done anything wrong to begin with She never let up on him I'll admit that he probably handled himself in a less than stellar manner after the death of their child but everyone grieves differently But she learns about his awful childhood which explains why he has a hard time showing his feelings AND she learns that he never cheated on her and she STILL wouldn't give him an inch I got really tired of reading about how much he hurt her and how she couldn't trust him After she asks him for a legal separation she goes and tries to walk to town in the ice and snow all by herself She almost breaks her neck and Claxton has to help her It gets worse from there She's spending his money on random strangers like it's nothing Even though she wasn't doing anything out of malice it bothered me In fact she's a sweet and generous person to everyoneexcept her husband To me it felt really disingenuous for her to be wanting to leave him but for her to then go into town and start throwing cash around like she has the right just pushed me over the edge Everything she did made me hate her and Claxton didn't do much for me That was probably because I hated her and he was trying so hard to win her back Nevertheless I found myself rooting for him I thought he was exceedingly stupid to write down the names of ALL the women he'd ever slept with PRIOR to their marriage After she read the list and recognized most if not all of them she held it against him It was BEFORE they got married for shit's sake I only really liked the parts where he couldn't hold his anger in any and finally said something mean to her He'd only done it once or twice by the end of the book and I think he should have done it a lot oftenI wouldn't recommend this book to anyone I hated it with a passion and I don't think I'll be reading any books from this author I'm just glad I didn't purchase this one It would have been a waste of money