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ANNA AND THE DUKE
Genre: Historical Romance
Ewan MacLaughlin is plagued by the fact that his father left him when he was only three years old. So when his father unexpectedly dies and he inherits the title of Duke of Brahm, Ewan travels to London and meets the family he never knew. His new brother, Richard, had been expecting to become the Duke his entire life, only to have it grabbed away at the last minute by someone he's never met until now. Without even getting to know Ewan, Richard is bitter towards him.
Richard's fiancée sees Ewan is a passionate, handsome man with no bone to pick with her beau. Anna also begins questioning her love for Richard. Around Ewan, she gets butterflies when he brushes by her. Has she ever felt that way about Richard? Richard's jealousy is getting the better of him. Soon, he is plotting a scheme to ruin Ewan. But with Anna and Ewan's love growing rapidly, will Anna marry the wrong man?
This book was difficult to get interested in. The first half was slow and not descriptive. The second half, though, picked up and transformed into the kind of romance novel everyone wants to read; a forbidden romance, an evil villain, and a suspenseful bit leading up to the climax. (May, 304 pp., $4.99)
Reviewed By: Ali DeGray
Publisher: Avon/True Romance
Published: May 2002