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  • One seriously dashing duke!

    Miss Ophelia Dauntry is quite content to be writing about needlepoint in the Ladies Gazette, although she and her friend Maggie Grayson – another lady reporter – would rather publish articles concerning social issues. While doing research for a column that will most likely not see the light of day, Maggie stumbles upon very disquieting events. One morning, as Ophelia and Maggie are out shopping, Ophelia sees Maggie dragged away by two burly men. They are taking her to an insane asylum on the orders of her husband. Ophelia becomes immediately suspicious, as she had no inkling there was anything amiss in the Grayson’s marriage. On top of it all, George Grayson is a member of the infamous Lords of Anarchy, which have been suspected of unsavoury activities in recent years. That is precisely what their new president, Piers Hamilton, the Duke of Trent, is looking into. Trent intends to restore the Lords’ reputation and get rid of the bad elements. When Ophelia comes knocking at this door demanding explanations and to ask for his help in finding her friend, Trent wholeheartedly agrees. GOOD DUKES WEAR BLACK is a splendid conclusion the Lords of Anarchy, but still can easily be read as a standalone. Even though the characters from the previous books feature prominently, a new reader would feel perfectly at ease. In addition to the exciting mystery surrounding Maggie’s disappearance, there is of course the romance, and there is a rather interesting twist to Ophelia’s mother’s views on marriage for her daughter. Trent needs a bride, as he doesn’t want his wastrel fop of a cousin to inherit the dukedom, and concludes that Ophelia might make a fine duchess. Trent and Ophelia have known each other socially for a good while, but they get much better acquainted while searching for Maggie. Trent is one dashing, irresistible duke if I ever saw one; what a perfectly splendid character! I really loved how he brandished his title as a weapon; he truly is a soldier at heart. The friendship between Trent and his two friends, Lord Lisle and the Earl of Mainwaring is adeptly conveyed, and their banter sounds entirely genuine. The dialogues are very smooth, and the characters uniformly well fleshed-out. Trent and Ophelia are just perfect together: Ophelia is determined and independent, but still very much a Regency lady: Ms. Collins gives us a beautifully realistic and interesting heroine in Ophelia. In fact, Trent and Ophelia are such a great pair, there is a mutual respect, a sense of fun, and great chemistry, that I would really wish to see a series built around them investigating! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Another Notable Romance!

    Good Dukes Wear Black, the third novel in Manda Collins' Lords of Anarchy trilogy, was a notable finale! A Duke more at home in the trenches of the battlefield than a ballroom and a heroine who struggles not to defy convention, not only uncover a mystery but their attraction to each other in this quick and engaging romance. Ms. Collins frames her work within the parameters of a traditional historical romance but fleshes out her story with out of the ordinary interesting and well researched plot points. There is a warmth and ease in this author's distinctive writing style that will win readers over and ensure that they will return for her upcoming books! *I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.* *While part of a series this book can be read as a stand alone.*

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