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January 7, 2018

Review: To The Duke, With Love by Amelia Grey

by MK French

Wanting to avoid potential gossip and ruination for his younger sister Adele, Sloane Knox finds what he feels is a perfect match for her in Paxton Quick. His sister Loretta, however, is determined to allow Paxton to marry for love. She had spurned a marriage to a nobleman years before rather than live without love, so trying to change her mind is a challenge that Sloane (better known as Hart throughout the novel) is only too willing to take up.
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To the Duke with Love
December 2017; St. Martin; 978-1250102515
ebook, print (352 pages); regency, romance
This is part of the Rakes of St. James trilogy, but it's not necessary to have read the others in the series to enjoy this one. There is the inclusion of London's underbelly in this one, though it's tangential to the romance and not exactly an integral part of the plot. Adding Finley does allow for some of the misunderstandings inherent in the genre, as well as a convenient way for them to get back together for a conversation. Having Adele and Paxton included in the matchmaking also allows for contrasts: they have more of a friendship and understanding that can in time blossom into love, while Loretta and Hart immediately have emotional sparks and butt heads.

I liked that Loretta was one to stick to her principles and that Hart respected that about her. Despite all of his frustration and lack of understanding, he never truly undermined her sense of self and didn't belittle her. He went out of his way to prove that he had principles as well and that his past as a Rake of St. James didn't dictate his present. Even Loretta's uncle is dealt with in a manner that she wanted, and Hart understood how to approach her so that they could both have happiness.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and golden retriever. 

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