Chasing the Duke by Tracy Sumner #BookReview #Historical Romance #Holidaycheer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Many Thanks to the author for a copy of this ARC. All opinions are expressed voluntarily.
Tracy Sumner is fast becoming my favorite author simply coz of the smile she brings on my face.
How can one not smile when the first chapter has a heading that goes like this,
Where childhood adversaries argue over a swan
I read the chapter title and knew I was in for a treat and suffice to say, am impressed. Lady Camille Bellington has been in love with Tristan Tierney, the Duke of Mercer, her brother’s best friend ever since they were small. But Tristan has never shown any interest but just when she has safely accepted Viscount Ridley’s proposal to save her aunt’s manor house Tristan is back from war, torn and tortured suffering from nightmares and PTSD.
The meeting however rekindles all hidden emotions in Camille and the disinterested Duke suddenly sees what he has been missing in his life. The story that develops during the time of Christmas is sweet and adorable, the chemistry burning hot causing flamed cheeks.
Tracy Sumner has a way of writing that leaves me feeling happy and contented. Like a box of Swiss chocolates to be savored alone, Chasing The Duke is pure delight perfect for the holiday cheer. There are quite a few instances in the book that while reading I had to pause and appreciate the adroitness with which a simple scene has been made compelling with the play of words. Of course, I loved Camille’s aunt, Lady Isobel Fontaine who provided hilarity with her scheming and innuendo dialogues.
An unwilling Duke and his defiant Lady must embrace a desire beyond reason to heal the wounds of the past.
She vows to never let herself fall in love again…
With her final season in the ton a surprising success, Lady Camille Bellington retires to her family’s Yorkshire estate for Christmas with a marriage proposal in hand. Beautiful and charming, but too independent for society, Camille has given up on the hope to marry for love. So she will marry for duty. The man of her childhood dreams hasn’t been home in three years, even to secure his dukedom, and her heart went with him. She’s not chasing a duke ever again.
The woman he desires is lost to him…
War hero Tristan Tierney, Duke of Mercer, returns to his ancestral home for the holidays to find himself burdened with a title and the woman he left behind betrothed to another. As he’s only seen death and destruction for years, he’s come to believe true love is a myth. His aloof demeanor veils his deepest unspoken desire, to possess Camille Bellington.
Childhood friendship gives way to something altogether more dangerous as two people give love a second chance.
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Originally published at http://rainnbooks.com on November 11, 2020.