Review: Once Upon A Duke (Ever After) by Elle Daniels
If you are looking for a historical romance with a beauty and the beast twist, you might enjoy Once Upon A Duke by Elle Daniels. This is the second book in the Ever After series, but it can be read as a standalone.
The story follows Roderick Fitzhugh, the Duke of Harwood, who has been living in exile for years after being accused of killing his father. He returns to London to claim his inheritance and his bride, who was arranged for him by his late father. However, he is shocked to discover that his bride is none other than Lady Caroline Bradley, a childhood friend who he once rescued from a tower.
Lady Caroline has been sheltered from society for most of her life, due to her overprotective father and a mysterious illness. She does not believe in love or fairy tales, and she is not thrilled to be betrothed to the notorious Harwood. She decides to break the engagement by pretending to elope with another man, but her plan backfires when Harwood follows her and gets involved in her scheme.
As they spend more time together, they realize that they have more in common than they thought. They both have secrets and scars from their pasts, and they both yearn for freedom and happiness. They also feel a growing attraction and passion that they cannot deny. But can they overcome the obstacles and enemies that stand in their way of their ever after
Once Upon A Duke is a well-written and engaging romance that will keep you hooked until the end. The characters are likable and complex, with flaws and strengths that make them realistic and relatable. The chemistry between Harwood and Caroline is sizzling and sweet, and their banter is witty and amusing. The plot is fast-paced and full of twists and turns, with some suspense and mystery that add to the excitement. The setting is vividly described and transports you to the Regency era. The theme of beauty and the beast is cleverly woven into the story, with references to roses, towers, books, and curses.
If you are a fan of historical romance with a touch of magic and adventure, you should give Once Upon A Duke a try. It is a charming and captivating read that will make you believe in happily ever after.
The author, Elle Daniels, has a talent for creating captivating and memorable characters. Harwood is a brooding and mysterious hero, who has a dark past and a soft heart. He is loyal, brave, and protective of those he cares about. He also has a sense of humor and a charm that make him irresistible. Caroline is a strong and independent heroine, who has a curious and adventurous spirit. She is smart, kind, and courageous. She also has a vulnerability and a gentleness that make her endearing. Together, they make a perfect match that will melt your heart.
The secondary characters are also well-developed and add to the richness of the story. There are some familiar faces from the previous book, such as Harwood's friends and Caroline's sister. There are also some new characters that introduce some intrigue and conflict, such as Harwood's cousin and Caroline's suitor. They all have their own personalities and roles that contribute to the plot and the romance.
The author also does a great job of incorporating some elements of fantasy and magic into the historical setting. There are hints of a curse that affects Harwood and his family, as well as some mysterious events that surround Caroline and her tower. There are also some references to fairy tales and legends that add to the charm and whimsy of the story. The author creates a unique and enchanting world that will captivate your imagination. ec8f644aee