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  • historical romance with action

    Not The Duke's Darling, by Elizabeth Hoyt, was published in December 2018. The first book in a new series, Greycourt. Three friends, one horrible incident, actions have consequences. I'm on the fence about this book. It's deffinately Ms Hoyt's work, she deals with action plots very well but somehow this story fell short. I suppose the secret Wise Women society plot was a little too far fetched. It would have been nice if such a group existed but sadly not. Freya de Moray is a likeable character until she's not. Back and forth with her. She's strong, capable, intelligent, should be a perfect alpha female character. Her blind anger and lust for vengence is sharp and deep. It's long lasting but quick to go away. Christopher Renshaw is one of those characters that unexpectedly came into a title, Duke of Harlow, and has to struggle to keep up. He has employees to help but he's thrown in the deep end & survives. He's a nice man but geeze, he's beating himself up through the entire book. His enlightenment comes too quick & completely for me to find it believable. I'm torn about him too. I do love Ms Hoyt's work and hope the next book has characters I can become invested in and root for. I received an Arc of this book from the author. Happy reading. #NotTheDuke'sDarling #GreycourtSeries #ElizabethHoyt #historicalromance

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  • Loved the Story!

    Have to admit I enjoyed the story of Freya and Christopher. He really annoyed me about not recognizing her, until I realized he never really interacted with her much due to their ages. I loved how feisty she was! I also really liked the ending! Thank you for the Advanced Readers Copy!

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  • I loved this complex romantic suspense story!

    This story hits the ground running with Freya demonstrating that she's not just the heroine of her story, but an actual risk-her-life-for-others hero who needs her own cape. I fell hard for her in the very first chapter, and I adored her spunky, independent spirit throughout the entire book. Christopher took a little while to show his worth. At first he comes across as a bit arrogant yet easily manipulated, but soon his inner strength starts to show through. He's fascinated by Freya (aren't we all?) and finds in her a reason to address his own issues and get his life back on track. This story has a lot of twists and turns, and while the romance has a very satisfying HEA, there's a storyline that we're only given part of the explanation for. It's apparent that this thread will be woven throughout the books in this series. Even so, there's plenty of action, suspense, swoony romance, and triumphant conclusions that kept me glued to the book from beginning to end. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.

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  • Steamy and emotional and smart

    Freya, the daughter of disgraced nobility, lives under an assumed name as a Wise Woman, a member of a secret sect of helpers and healers. When a member of the House of Lords plans to introduce legislation to allow the persecution of witches, she seeks to stop him by discovering evidence against him in the death of his wife. At a house party near the man's estate, she runs into a childhood friend, the Duke of Harlowe. Their families are now estranged, and she blames him for the tragedy that turned her brother into a recluse. Yet neither Freya nor Harlowe can deny the attraction between them. When she learns that he has secrets, too, she becomes involved in his schemes. Can they escape the threats hanging over them? And can she find the courage to give him her heart? Elizabeth Hoyt is among the best of the best. This book is full of intrigue, but it doesn't overpower the romance. It's steamy and emotional and smart. I loved how Freya exerted her independence, and Harlowe gave her the space she needed. I highly recommend this book. Thanks, NetGalley, for the ARC I received.

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  • Good, But Not My Favorite by Hoyt

    I've read quite a few books by Elizabeth Hoyt and loved them all, so was happy to get the opportunity to read this one. It was good, but definitely not one of my favorites from Hoyt. My problem with writing a review it is putting my finger on why I didn't like it as much as the others. I liked the characters, I liked the story for the most part, but something was lacking for me. Part of it was clarity - I was a bit confused for a while about what was actually going on with the Wise Women, as well as the nature of the incident in the past that had Freya so angry with Christopher (not that it isn't a familiar trope, but in this instance it just became frustrating). And for some reason for a long stretch I had issues keeping the secondary characters straight. Maybe it was my mood at the time - and for that reason I won't hesitate to read the next book in the series - I know that Hoyt is usually a must-read for me and I definitely saw promise for future books in the series. It is good - just not quite as good as I expected. My thanks to Grand Central Publishing and Netgalley for providing a copy for an unbiased review.

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