Book review: When a Duke Pursues a Lady

An innocent woman.
A loyal agent to the Crown.
A path of deception that tests the bonds of love.
WHEN A DUKE PURSUES A LADY
Tabetha Waite
When a Duke Pursues a Lady
Series: Ways of Love Book 3
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Etopia Press
Publication Date: January 10, 2018
After three years trapped in an abusive and loveless marriage, Lyra Coventry has been arrested for the murder of her husband, the Earl of Weston. Although she’s innocent of the crime, she has no one to turn to for help, until Alister Ayles, the Duke of Albright, comes forward to offer his aid. The handsome duke takes her into his custody, saving her from a jail cell. But Lyra doesn’t suspect Alister’s ulterior motive—to prove her guilty of treason—as she slowly loses her heart to a man who is far more than he seems…
Alister Ayles leads a secret life. To the ton, he is a dullard, the subject of ridicule. But as a highly respected agent for the Crown, he’s discovered a higher purpose by protecting his country. Now he’s faced with his toughest investigation to date, uncovering a plot against the Crown…and discovering whether or not Lyra, the woman he let slip through his fingers years ago, is a traitor. Nothing is as it seems, and as the plot unravels, the dangers to them increase. He struggles to keep his feelings for her contained, but when it comes down to a test of loyalty, will he stand strong, or fall prey to his desires?

My Review

“When a Duke Pursues a Lady” is a story full of twists and complications. The direction always changes (intentionally) and the reader is taken from following one path to the next. The action is simple, yet complex at the same time, so feeling bored and tired while reading is out of the question.

Lyra is a victim of 19th century perception of women. She has had to submit to a husband she never had feelings for, a horrible person whose death cannot cause anything else but relief. However, when accused of murder, she begins fighting for her innocence, all the while discovering the many layers her husband had. Alister’s conflictive feelings for his only love begin tormenting him as soon as he is charged with the task of finding out her involvement with an organization planning to overthrow the current leaders. Question is: will they be able to stick to their mission or will their feelings shift their objectives?

Now, I was mentioning the many layers of this book in the beginning of this review. We have treason inside a treason plan. We have characters that are not what they seem and what’s more, we have a murder that may not have happened as everybody tries to imply. I was reading until the end to find out who the killer was and my suspicions shifted many times throughout the book.

As much as I liked it, I decided to decrease one star from my rating because I would have liked more emphasis on Lyra’s development. She has had a very unhappy marriage that has left scares on her heart. I would have wanted to see more of how this has affected her.

All in all, I had a great experience reading  Tabetha Waite’s book. Her writing is beautiful and her story is very complex. If you are a fan of Historical Romance, this book is definitely for you. The mystery aspect is well integrated in the plot and this gives an additional plus. Happy reading !

About Tabetha Waite

Tabetha Waite

Tabetha grew up in a small town in Missouri with big dreams of being a published author after her fourth grade teacher said she liked reading her stories. She began her journey by putting pen to paper writing anything from fantasy to mystery. It wasn’t until she started high school that her grandmother introduced her to the classic, Gothic novels. As her love of romance grew to encompass Harlequins, it wasn’t until she read “Midnight Bride” by Kathleen Drymon did she develop a fascination for historical England. After discovering the allure of Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, she was hooked!
It wasn’t until 30 years and 63 rejections later that her debut novel, “Why the Earl is After the Girl,” the first book in her Ways of Love series was picked up for publication in July 2016 to critical acclaim, winning the 2017 Best Indie Book Award in Romance and Second Place in the Feathered Quill Book Award in Romance for 2018. It was initially released as an ebook and later in paperback in February of 2017. Her second book, “Where the Viscount Met His Match,” released on ebook in June 2017 and in paperback in April of 2018. Her third novel, “When a Duke Pursues a Lady,” released on ebook in January 2018.
When she’s not writing, Tabetha is reading as true bookworms do, checking out any flea market, antique mall, or doll show she comes across, and working as a lunch attendant at the local community college. She is a certified PAN member of the RWA and is a proud supporter of Passionflix.
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