Title: Undone By The Duke (A Secrets In Silk Novel)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Michelle Willingham
Publisher: Montlake Romance, Feb. 12, 2013
Source: Free for review from Amazon Vine Program
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.