I’m so pleased to be kicking off The Duke’s Temptation blog tour today. There is also a fab giveaway at the end of the post that you absolutely don’t want to miss. Huge thanks to Raven McAllan and Jenny from Neverland Blog Tours for having me.
Tortured duke Gibb Alford has vowed never to love again… until a beautiful French knife thrower brings him to his knees
When Gibb Alford, Duke of Menteith, saves a beautiful French knife thrower from the unwanted attentions of a fellow aristocrat he is ill-prepared for the immediate tug of attraction to the beautiful Evangeline. Widowed, he has sworn off love forever, so he can well do without this temptation.
Evangeline certainly doesn’t want the complication of being in the sights of one smoky-eyed Scottish Duke. She’s a lady on a mission, with no time for love or dalliance.
However, fate and life have other plans and gradually Gibb and Evangeline become a couple.
As each struggle with the demons of their pasts, Evangeline finds life in the ton difficult. The spurned aristocrat Gibb saved her from, is not prepared to give in and retire gracefully. And while Gibb fights the man, he also declares war on his own emotions. When Evangeline’s past is revealed to her, everything changes. She has a decision to make.
Fight for Gibb—or flee to a safe but unfulfilled future.
As for her Duke… All is fair in love and war—right?
I love when an author finds a way to make a regency romance with a spectacularly strong female and Raven McAllan has done this with Evangeline. A feisty, French, knife thrower, she doesn’t let anything at all get in her way and even when she is put in a compromising position she can easily deal with it without the need of help from anybody, least of all a man. She is very much a modern woman in a historical setting and this made me love her even more.
Gibb Alford is a Duke who blames himself for his wife’s death, as a result, he has no interest in remarrying and merely does his time with social functions and shows no interest in the many women who throw themselves in his path. When he meets Evangeline though his pull towards her is unmistakable and he is stuck in an awkward position of pursuing his feelings or continuing to close himself off.
I really loved watching these two struggle with their own ambitions versus what their emotions were telling them. It was a roller-coaster for the pair of them to fight how they felt because the attraction is not just physical they have a strong personal connection as they build a strong friendship.
Raven McAllan has built a strong relationship here which is based on far more than the physical and watching two people fight and resist it is interesting and emotional for the reader. This is a wonderful story and beautiful to watch them discover whether they can overcome their own barriers to be there for each other.
Sending huge thanks to Raven McAllan, Totally Bound and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.
About Raven McAllan
Well what can I say?
I’m growing old disgracefully and loving it.
Dh and I live on the edge of a Scottish forest, and rattle around in a house much too big for us.
Our kids have grown up and flown the nest, but roll back up when they want to take a deep breath and smell the daisies so to speak.
I write in my study, which overlooks the garden and the lane. I’m often seen procrastinating, by checking out the wild life, looking—only looking—at the ironing basket and assuring tourists that indeed, I’m not the bed and breakfast. That would mean cooking fried eggs without breaking the yolks, and disturbing the dust bunnies as they procreate under the beds. Not to be thought of.
Being able to do what I love, and knowing people get pleasure from my writing is fantastic. Long may it last.
This giveaway is for 2 prizes, a paperback copy of one of Raven’s previous Regency books, “The Earl and the Courtesan” which is UK only and an Ecopy which is open Internationally.
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Title: The Duke’s Temptation
Author: Raven McAllan
Genre: Romance | Historical Romance | Regency | Erotica
Publisher: Totally Bound
Publication Date: 31 October 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US