Monday, January 9, 2023

REVIEW: The Duke Gets Even by Joanna Shupe


 I've been DYING for Nellie's story since the first time I 'met' her and The Duke Gets Even did not disappoint. I finally got the story behind her sneers at Duke Lockwood and it's a good one. Their first meeting set the stage for the lust. longing, denial, and love affair to come. I truly loved getting to know both of these characters better. Nellie was just as fiery and fierce as I'd hoped and Lockwood was as genteel and masterful as I suspected. And while both of them somewhat lived up to how they'd been characterized in the past by others, they were both more complex and tender than the outside world would ever know. Nellie missed her mother terribly, loved her father with everything she had, and skewered those who blindly followed, but as her friends know, her heart and kindness knew no bounds for those she cared about. The same goes for Lockwood--his sense of responsibility and obligation tied him to the role he was in but he refused to go along for the sake of going along. While he may have appeared to be more socially acceptable, he really just did what he wanted in a way that didn't create as many waves as Nellie did. 

I adored these two together, seeing the previous couples, and getting an insider's view of who Nellie and Lockwood were, what they were about, and how they ended up together. I inhaled this novel in a matter of hours because I just loved their story so much. And while I was sad to see it end, I am hoping against hope that Finn gets his own book *fingers crossed*. 

Go get The Duke Gets Even--you'll have zero regrets. 


A rebellious heiress.
A duke in dire straits.
An anonymous midnight tryst.

To escape the shackles of marriage, Nellie Young purposely ruined her reputation a long time ago. Now she dedicates herself to hedonistic pleasures only, like kissing a handsome stranger in the ocean under the moonlight...

To save his estate, the proper Duke of Lockwood must marry the perfect bride—wealthy, with an unblemished reputation. While in New York he's the perfect gentleman, and no one knows he's suppressing his darkest desires. The last thing he needs is another scandal.

Except Nellie sees through Lockwood's charade, straight to the real man underneath. This uptight duke is far more than he lets on, and she can't resist him. Their secret affair turns scorching, far more than either expected. And when his beautiful rebel finds an unconventional cause, Lockwood has to decide if he's willing to sacrifice everything to keep her.

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