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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Review: The Captain's Bluestocking Mistress by Erica Ridley / @EricaRidley

Title: The Dukes of Ware, Book 2: The Captain's Bluestocking Mistress
Author: Erica Ridley
Publisher: Intrepid Reads
Release Date: March 2, 2015
Genre: Historical, Romance
ARC Received From: Erica Ridley

Captain Xavier Grey's body is back amongst the beau monde, but his mind cannot break free from the horrors of war. His friends try to help him find peace. He knows he doesn't deserve it. Just like he doesn't deserve the attentions of the sultry bluestocking intent on seducing him into bed...

Spinster Jane Downing wants off the shelf and into the arms of a hot-blooded man. Specifically, the dark and dangerous Captain Grey. She may not be destined to be his wife, but nothing will stop her from being his mistress. She could quote classical Greek by the age of four. How hard can it be to learn the language of love?

The Captain's Bluestocking Mistress is Book 2 in the Dukes of War regency romance series, featuring roguish peers and dashing war heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England.

Other books in this series

She had it all planned out. He might resist at first, might deny he wanted her, but he'd come around. She was certain of that. Her heart was never factored into the equation, neither was the possibility of love. Yet, standing on the threshold that separated lust from love, Jane had no idea how to move forward. The deed was done, she experienced what she thought she wanted, but there was an emptiness she hadn't anticipated when she walked away.

And it wasn't because of Xavier's lack of attention or lack of skill or anything like that. It was because their lovemaking had been heightened because he knew her and saw her. I don't mean physically see her. He saw her.

Jane hardly existed to the members of the ton, which was sad because she really was a woman worth knowing. Who cares about age when she possessed an incredible heart, mind, and passion? Xavier didn't because the Jane he knew was all of those things and more.

Jane and Xavier's story isn't just about an on-the-shelf miss and a PTSD-suffering soldier. It's about seeing your value through someone else's eyes. It's about making a connection that's deeper than lust. It's about discovering a love and a passion for that one person who really, truly, unconditionally accepts you.

It takes courage to not only love but to accept someone else's love for you. There's the possibility of being hurt and of being rejected, but it's worth the risk. I almost thought Xavier wouldn't understand that. I thought he'd let her go after all they shared, thought he would just ignore what he felt for her instead of acknowledging it. He didn't and the way he went about proving his love for her was completely sigh-inducing and perfect for them. The ton may have forgotten Jane one too many times, but they wouldn't anymore.

A lovely story and a great addition to Ms. Ridley's Dukes of War series, fast-paced and engaging, I promise you'll love this story as much as I did.

Erica Ridley learned to read when she was three, which was about the same time she decided to be a writer when she grew up.

Now, Erica is a USA Today best-selling author of historical romance novels. Her latest series, The Dukes of War, features roguish peers and dashing war heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England.

When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, zip-lining through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest.

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