Review- Undone By The Duke by Michelle Willingham


Title: Undone By The Duke (A Secrets In Silk Novel)

Undone by the duke
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Michelle Willingham
Publisher: Montlake Romance, Feb. 12, 2013
Source: Free for review from Amazon Vine Program
Rating: 3.5
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
Victoria has a secret…
Reclusive designer Victoria Andrews hasn’t gone outside in five years, though she yearns to escape the prison of her house. She designs sensual lingerie for the most exclusive dressmaker in London, although she has never known a man’s touch.
A Duke in disguise…
Wounded and stranded in Scotland, Jonathan Nottoway, the Duke of Worthingstone, is avoiding the murderous scandal that darkened his family name. As his wounds heal, he spends several sensual nights with the beautiful seamstress who knows nothing of his true identity.
A passionate awakening
Can a woman trapped by her emotional scars be able to love a duke, when it means abandoning her safe world to embrace the life of a duchess?
**
The characters are well drawn and the heroine follows a gentle arc in overcoming her severe agoraphobia. The hero on the other hand is kind and very supportive to begin with and then does a Jeckyl and Hyde turn around that seemed totally out of character. The author seems to be setting up for a sequel or series and has introduced other characters and the beginnings of story lines that made this book feel a bit disjointed. Aristocratic Ladies would never participate in sewing unmentionables for money or otherwise. The bad evil villain is not brought down which was another disappointment. Because of these issues the book was only an “okay” read. However, the romance was lovely and the heroine was also truly lovely both in physical beauty and inner strength. The author kept me reading to find out how all the problems would play out.

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4 responses to “Review- Undone By The Duke by Michelle Willingham

  1. Edyta

    You know, I am getting tired of HRs being split between current story and the future books. This can be done well, and I have read those books where the set up is subtle and the “future” characters add to the plot (Hoyt). When done well, it makes for a good read as well as anticipation of whose book is next. Lately though, I have been annoyed by this is a few books (one of the many reasons I will not read a Kleypas book again). It almost feels like you are reading 2 incomplete books. The main plot is rushed and not fleshed out well, while the future bit makes the book feel disjointed. Just my opinion I guess and one of my pet peeves. Sorry for the rant :D.

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    • You can rant here any time you want to. As you know, I totally agree with your rant. It does depend on the skill of the author. Side characters must really add something to the current book and not appear just to promote the next book in the series. Yes Hoyt does this well and so does Sarah MacLean (new review coming next Wednesday).

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  2. mo

    I don’t have an issue with secondary characters if both stories are fleshed out, but agree that many times something lacks as a result. In my experience, more traditional regencies don’t seem to be have this problem, focusing only on the main characters. This seems to be more of a ‘recent’ issue. My inner cynic is saying this is a push by publishers for continuing sales, however authors are jumping on board too. More sales benefit both parties. It’s been a while since i’ve read a HR. The last few were a disappointment and i am getting a little sick of ‘lust’ replacing ‘love’. There seems to be little well done character development, with most authors opting to go the ‘i really want to get in your pants so i must love you’ route. Ahhhh, i’ve become a cynic!

    Oh, and that cover is horrid. I know, i know…don’t judge a book etc…

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    • Yes, a cover nightmare. There does seem to be an inordinate amount of lust. I do like it better when there is some true romance in addition to a smoldering love scene. What I’m seeing more and more often is this scene where there is what in my day was called “heavy petting”, I can’t belive the good-girls of Regency England were agreeable to this.

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