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    A four-star review on Addicted to the Duke by Bron

    Alex has been looking for revenge against Murad, the Turkish pirate who captured him and kept him captive for two years. He had never thought it would be the beautiful Hestia who presents him with that chance. Hestia has loved Alex from the day he freed her from the hands of Murad. When she finds herself in a difficult situation that threatens her life, she asks Alex for help. I love Bronwen Evans’ books but this one is totally different from the others I’ve read by her. Although I enjoyed reading it, I found it very repetitive and full of inconsistencies. However, I loved Hestia. Her love for Alex is so great that no matter what people think about it, no matter Alex’s behavior towards her, or her father’s attitude for him. I liked Alex as well, although he was so damaged because of the things he was forced to do under the influence of opium that he was not able to see how much he loves Hestia. As the book I read was an advanced copy and I consider that it was not totally edited, I have decided to give it a four stars rate. I received a free review copy of this book by NetGalley
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    Another Winning Regency Romance by Ms. Evans!

    Alex and Hestia, another wonderful couple who found their happy ever after with this author’s storytelling. There was a topic in this story that you don’t often read about in Regency romances, that of addiction to opium (aka laudanum). The topic was addressed by the author with directness and dispatch right from the beginning of the story, and I admired that about the storytelling. Alex’s addiction stemmed from his capture and captivity by a piratical Turk which later made for a very rocky romance between Alex and Hestia…and a very interesting journey and adventure. Once started I just could not put it down.
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    Sadly not a great book for me :(

    1 helm Please follow me on my blog :) Review originally posted on Vellum Voyages (www.vellumvoyages.com) Mmmm not a good book for me :( I struggled to get into the story and started skim reading from 30%. One of my favourite tropes in romance is the forbidden trope, where the H/h is expected to keep away from the other for whatever reason but they still end up together. The blurb was quite appealing as it had an adventure on the high seas as well as, touched on a few sensitive topics of drug addiction, abduction, slavery and rape so this book may not be suitable for those who are sensitive to these issues. Major kudos to Bronwen for venturing into these sensitive issues, as I do appreciate this isn't an easy feat. Alexander Sylvester Bracken, Duke of Bedford, was captured when he was twenty-one and held captive as a slave by Murad - a Turkish pirate. Alex suffered many atrocities at Murad's hands and also picked up an addiction to opium. Alex manages to escape and forge a life for himself but is filled with many demons which he tries to exorcise by losing himself in numerous, countless, faceless women. Lady Hestia Cary was kidnapped by this same pirate when she was sixteen and if it wasn't for Alex coming to her rescue she would have suffered a fate worse than death at the hands of Murad. Fast forward six years and ever since Alex saved her life, she has never stopped loving or yearning for Alex but Alex keeps his distance even though he loves her too. Unknown to Hestia, Alex has promised Hestia's father than he would never court her or seek her hand in marriage. Now Hestia's father is missing and Lady Hestia has sought out Alex to help her find him and bring him back home. It would have been an easy mission to accomplish if he didn't have to take Hestia along with him for her own safety. Away from home and stuck on a ship together, awareness of each other runs high and inhibitions and promises are not heeded and Alex and Hestia cannot deny each other any longer. What a great adventure it sounded like! And really the storyline and plot had great potential, but Bronwen's writing style was difficult to get into and didn't flow well in my opinion. There were lots of anachronistic phrases and words and also many repetitions of inner thoughts of the H/h which I found really jarring. Hestia was too whiny and lovestruck in a childish way and I wasn't enamoured by her at all. She came across as rather silly to me. Alex is definitely a very very tortured hero who is battling an addiction, but I just couldn't muster a kinship with him no matter how hard I tried. The addiction was mentioned numerous times which was repeated too much and I felt like it took away from the intensity of Alex's suffering rather than enhance it. Both Hestia and Alex fighting their feelings for each other was annoying and haphazard, rather than heat filled yearning. I really liked the fact that, Bronwen was brave enough to touch on sensitive topics and it definitely is highly commendable, but sadly it just didn't do enough for me to not be bored. *Thank-you Bronwen Evans, Netgalley & Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept for the ARC.
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    Great story!

    I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. I loved this book. The love story between Alex and Hestia is well written and keeps your attention. Also the storyline of their previous and later capture by the Turk pirate Murad adds great drama to this book. I have read several of Evans historical romance novels and they have all been wonderful books. I would highly recommend this one. I hope Stephen will be featured in his own story.
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    Addicted to the Duke

    Excellent read. I loved the plot. Cannot wait for book two!
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