The Forgiven Duke starts with Alex on a ship with her fiance while the poor Duke is left on the shores watching her sail away. Once again he is on the chase to catch up with her. The question is, will Gabriel catch up to her and what will happen if he does?
This is definitely not a stand alone book, please be forewarned that you won't understand anything unless you read the first book The Guardian Duke. I found myself clearly in angst with this book, feeling emotionally drained from catastrophe to catastrophe that happens to the poor Duke. I was also really quite exasperated at our leading lady. Lessons that I hoped she had learned in the first book were definitely not learned. Personally, for me, I would have liked her to grow a little more. All of this said, I did enjoy the book. It's well written and once again we are left with a little bit of a cliff hanger. There was just enough romance to keep me wondering where Alex and Gabriel's relationship will lead. I'm excited to see what the final installment will take Alex and Gabriel.
*This e-book was given to me via netgalley for my honest opinion and I honestly did.
Jamie Carie has written a beautiful new series of novels that fall into her Forgotten Castle's series. The Forgiven Duke follows on the heels of it's predecessor The Guardian Duke, and picks up the story of Lady Alexandria Featherstone who is in search of her parents, treasure hunters who went missing. While its been a year, everyone else has now assumed they are dead but Alexandria isn't so sure and wants to go searching in their last known location in Iceland, at a place known as the Black Castles.
Yet just as she is about to disembark on her ocean voyage with Lord John Lemon, a man she believes she may love and has promised to marry once they arrive in Iceland, she doesn't escape unnoticed. Her guardian, the Duke of St. Easton has managed to see that she left on the ship, Archilles, and will stop at nothing to bring her back. He has a secret he is trying to hide and that is his hearing loss. Unfortunately he's about to have his journey cut short when he's taken back to London and Alex remains an ocean voyage away.
Will these two ever find true happiness despite living their lives for others sake or will God have a greater purpose in mind for them if they are willing to be honest and wait for one another?
I received The Forgiven Duke by Jamie Carie compliments of Propeller and B & H Books for my honest review. This is such a charming novel that keeps it leading lady, strong and willing to pursue what she believes is right no matter what anyone thinks and is struggling to decide just what her heart really wants. Will it be Lord John Lemon or the Duke of St. Easton? Will she fall in love to save a man who appears to be broke or will she fall in love to save a man who has fallen in love with her but can't admit it? I rate this novel a 5 out of 5 stars and is a must read if you love a little action with your romance!
Tethered by her impulsive promise to marry Lord John Lemon - the path of least resistance - Alexandria Featherstone sets off toward Iceland in search of her parents with a leaden heart. A glimpse of her guardian, the Duke of St. Easton - the path less traveled by - on Dublin's shore still haunts her.
Will he come after her? Will he drag her back to London, quelling her mission to rescue her treasure-seeking parents, or might he decide to throw caution to the wind and choose Foy Pour Devoir: "Faith for Duty," the St. Easton motto. The Featherstone motto Valens et Volens: "Willing and Able," beats in her heart and thrums through her veins. She will find her parents and find their love, no matter the cost.
This is the second book in the Forgotten Castles trilogy. It is a wonderful follow-up to The Guardian Duke.
The characters continue in their search for themselves and their search for each other. At times, I was literally cheering them on to find each other. The fact that they keep missing each other is frustrating - in a good way. As a reader, I kept reading to make sure they would eventually find each other!
Jamie Carie again does a great job with the characters as they battle within themselves. She paints a beautiful picture of the relationship between them.
There were some moments that didn't seem realistic, but I was wrapped up enough in the story to not really allow that to effect my reading journey.