Monday, December 17, 2018

The Greycourt Series off to a Great Start: Not the Duke's Darling (Review)

New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt brings us the first book in her sexy and sensual Greycourt Series!

Freya de Moray is many things: a member of the secret order of Wise Women, the daughter of disgraced nobility, and a chaperone living under an assumed name. What she is not is forgiving. So when the Duke of Harlowe, the man who destroyed her brother and led to the downfall of her family, appears at the country house party she's attending, she does what any Wise Woman would do: she starts planning her revenge.

Christopher Renshaw, the Duke of Harlowe, is being blackmailed. Intent on keeping his secrets safe, he agrees to attend a house party where he will put an end to this coercion once and for all. Until he recognizes Freya, masquerading among the party revelers, and realizes his troubles have just begun. Freya knows all about his sins-sins he'd much rather forget. But she's also fiery, bold, and sensuous-a temptation he can't resist. When it becomes clear Freya is in grave danger, he'll risk everything to keep her safe. But first, he will have to earn Freya's whatever means necessary. 
Not the Duke's Darling
The Greycourt #1
Elizabeth Hoyt
Pub Date: 12/18/18
Rating: 4/5
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Freya de Moray wows readers and draws them into her story with excitement and a hint of a troubled past. Not the Duke's Darling, the first of Elizabeth Hoyt's new Greycourt series, introduces a group of childhood friends torn apart by tragedy and the first steps to repair the bonds they once cherished.

As a ranking member of The Wise Women, Freya lives her life helping women and children in need. Her mission is to prevent a law that will allow the burning of witches from passing. It does not include reconnecting with her family's enemy, Christopher Renshaw. Now the Duke of Harlowe, Christopher is trying to hold off a blackmailer and protect his late wife's reputation. Freya's appearance brings to light the events that happened at Greycourt, when one of his best friends nearly died.

I'm so eager to know what really happened that night, because Freya only relates to the event based on the aftermath and her brother's response. I love that this story presents a tragedy with parts of the truth missing. Everyone involved has a different perspective about what happened and some of them haven't even been introduced yet. That single even helped shaped Freya's view of the world and her decision to work with The Wise Women. I would love to see how other characters, like Messalina and her brother, were affected.

The Greycourt series begins with an unconventional courtship and a little danger! This story is perfect for fans of Grace Burrowes or Amelia Grey.
*ARC provided in consideration for review*


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