To the Duke, with Love (The Rakes of St. James #2) by Amelia Grey

Amelia Grey has created an endearing story and truly shows a realistic slice of life in that time period. ~ Amanda, Guilty Pleasures

Blurb:
There may be times when a gentleman is desperate to gain a lady’s attention, but a gentleman would never resort to desperate measures to obtain it.
―A Proper Gentleman’s Guide to Wooing the Perfect Lady

Sloane Knox, the Duke of Hawksthorn is guardian for his sweet, younger sister. Due to his misguided past as one of the infamous Rakes of St James, Hawk is hoping to avoid the Season by securing a match for her before it begins. He has the perfect gentleman in mind, but for one infuriating―and unexpectedly intoxicating―obstacle: the intended groom’s own sister, Miss Loretta Quick.

Having narrowly avoided her own arranged marriage to an unacceptable nobleman, Loretta is determined that her dear brother―a gentle, good-natured soul―should marry for love. Matching wits with Hawk may be her greatest challenge yet. . .until she realizes it may also be her greatest pleasure. For the young duke’s irresistible charm has not only begun to crumble her stubborn resolve, it has claimed her heart in true love as well. . .

Amelia Grey’s To the Duke, with Love is a compassionate story with engaging characters that a reader can care deeply for. Sloane Knox, The Duke of Hawksthorne, has come up with a plan to arrange a marriage for his sister before her season begins in order to avoid any scandal due to his rakish reputation. Paxton Quick is the ideal man for Adele but there is one thing standing in his way; his sister Loretta. Loretta Quick knows all about how an arranged marriage can go wrong since it happened to her and now lives in exile of her own making. She isn’t going to let it happen to her brother without a fight and she will go to great lengths to see that her brother finds a marriage based on love. When a young orphan beggar lands on her doorstep one night, it takes both of them to arrange help for him, and gives them a chance to see the softer side of each other. Loretta sees a kinder Hawk and he sees a compassionate and caring woman. What develops is a character driven story of letting the past go and look to the future. It also shows a side of society that isn’t often seen before but reminiscent of a Dickens novel where there really isn’t a happy ending for everyone but we get one for our hero and heroine.

I love strong heroines and Loretta is most definitely one. Over the course of her isolation she has learned forgiveness and understanding and stands by her convictions and her own vow. She looks for the goodness in people and puts others happiness before her own. Hawk admires her and falls in love with her those attributes and must figure out a way for Loretta to let go of that vow so she may have a happy and loving life. The author has created an endearing story and truly shows a realistic slice of life in that time period. The second rake of St. James wasn’t looking for love for himself but he found it nonetheless with a very deserving lady. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to the third and final Rake of St. James novel.

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