Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Review: The Duke of Shadows by Meredith Duran

Title: The Duke of Shadows
Author: Meredith Duran
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Pocket Star
Number of Pages: 371
Source: My Copy

In a debut romance as passionate and sweeping as the British Empire, Meredith Duran paints a powerful picture of an aristocrat torn between two worlds, an heiress who dares to risk everything...and the love born in fire and darkness that nearly destroys them. From exotic sandstone palaces... Sick of tragedy, done with rebellion, Emmaline Martin vows to settle quietly into British Indian society. But when the pillars of privilege topple, her fiancé's betrayal leaves Emma no choice. She must turn for help to the one man whom she should not trust, but cannot resist: Julian Sinclair, the dangerous and dazzling heir to the Duke of Auburn. To the marble halls of London... In London, they toast Sinclair with champagne. In India, they call him a traitor. Cynical and impatient with both worlds, Julian has never imagined that the place he might belong is in the embrace of a woman with a reluctant laugh and haunted eyes. But in a time of terrible darkness, he and Emma will discover that love itself can be perilous -- and that a single decision can alter one's life forever. Destiny follows wherever you run. A lifetime of grief later, in a cold London spring, Emma and Julian must finally confront the truth: no matter how hard one tries to deny it, some pasts cannot be disowned...and some passions never die

I love new to me authors who have a huge backlist. Something tells Meredith Duran is going to be a favorite historical romance author of mine.  I bought Duke of Shadows on a  nudge from Tasha at Truth, Freedom, Beauty and Books  am so glad I did. It's a new favorite. I can't remember the last time I sighed so much while reading a romance.

The romantic tension between Emma and Julian, the Duke was felt on every page, and you could feel their pain when they thought the other had done them wrong. I don't want to spoil this book for everyone, but just want to say that this was just one of those unexpected gems of a read.

I liked that it was all light and fluffy, but had a bit of darkness and grit to it. It was a realistic read while at the same time incredibly romantic. This is one of the best debut romances I've read in a long time and can not wait to get through her backlist. :)