Monday, July 10, 2017

Review: The Duke Meets His Match by Tina Gabrielle

Title: The Duke Meets His Match
Author: Tina Gabrielle
Genre/Age: Historical Romance/Adult
Series: Infamous Somertons Series (Book Three)
Publisher: Entangled Scandalous
Format: ebook via Publisher
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisThe daughter of an infamous art forger, Chloe Somerton grew up poor. Desperate to aid her sisters, she’d picked a pocket…or two. Now circumstances have changed, and Chloe has a chance to marry a young, wealthy lord. Only his mentor—a dark, dangerous duke—stands in her way. The duke knows about her past, and she’ll do anything to keep him from telling.

The moment Michael Keswick, the Duke of Cameron, sees Chloe Somerton, he recognizes her as a fraud. The stunning beauty with sapphire eyes and golden hair now appears to be a proper lady, but he knows better. What begins as a battle of wills soon escalates into a fierce attraction. In Chloe, Michael finds peace from the memories of war, but he refuses to marry…and she won’t settle for anything less.

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

Another scandalous sister finds her match!

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Chloe is used to living with a scandalous reputation. Her father was a notorious art forger and her life has been a series of ups and downs will illness. But she's feeling much better now and since her two sisters have managed to snag a titled gentleman, she wants one too. And she's found just the earl to give her the life she wants. It's just too bad that his duke protector is such a jerk.

Michael knows Chloe's secret and it isn't about her father. He's seen Chloe's criminal behavior in person and he doesn't trust her intentions with Henry are pure. He is certain that she only wants to trap the boy in a marriage so she can claim his title and money. It's Michael's job to look out for Henry's future and he takes that commitment seriously.

Unfortunately, Michael cannot control his own attraction to Chloe. Instead of pushing the girl away from Henry, Michael somehow continues to draw her to himself. And when they find themselves alone, he starts to wonder if Chloe should belong to him instead. But his pursuit isn't an easy one since Chloe won't settle for anything less than marriage and Michael knows that vows are not in his future.

This book actually had a strange effect on me. While I liked each of our two main characters separately, I didn't love their behavior when they were together for most of the book. For instance, Michael is a mature character when alone but then becomes a jealous buffoon when near Chloe. Chloe seems like a sensible person on her own but then pursues Henry in front of Michael even when she knows she isn't all that interested.

There is also the odd way that Michael does sort of take on a dominant role with Chloe. I like a mild level of "alpha male" in my heroes, but Michael toed the line of going overboard a few times. I thought this was going to make me despise him. It actually didn't. In the end, his roughness was a good match to Chloe's softer personality. Despite their differences, they did seem to balance each other out.

The romance was passionate kisses and sensual tension for most of the book. Then when the magic happened, I wasn't disappointed. The chemistry between our couple was pretty darn powerful. I can thoroughly appreciate an enemies-to-lovers story and that's practically what this is. Even though their attraction is felt early on, they continue to battle it out. I did feel bad for Henry at times, though. Poor thing was so smitten that it must have made him blind.

In closing...
I still have one sister left to read about and I hope to get to her story soon. Four suns!

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