My rating: 4 of 5 stars
ARC kindly provided by Alexia Praks in exchange for an honest review.
‘The Duke’s Revenge’ is the second novel in ‘The Rogue’, a historical regency romance series. It is written by a debut author whose origins come from Wattpad. It is filled to the brim with drama, love and happily-ever-afters. After all, who doesn’t like a happy ending?
The Duke’s Revenge centres on Ivy, the bastard child of an earl who lives with her step-mother and half-sister. She is treated like a servant and is often physically abused by her step-mother until she decides to run away to start a better life. She is aided by a man who saves her from two highwaymen as she travels to a nearby castle with her mute uncle, where she can find shelter and food from the servants there. The duke Maximilian stumbles upon her in his bedroom after an early return from travels. His learning of Ivy’s identity as the daughter of the lady who killed his elder brother, and seeks to have his revenge by making innocent Ivy his mistress and ruining her. But all is not as it seems, and Ivy may just be the innocent woman, not the daughter of a cunning lady.
What I often love about Alexia Praks is that her character really are the MOST hilarious ones I’ve ever come across. They are very lively and easily distinguishable from each, which I liked as some authors have series where all the characters seem to blend into one and the same after reading a couple of the novels. ‘The Duke’s Revenge’ takes place in the same world as ‘The Earl’s Desire’, the first novel in the series, and the duke and earl of these two books are friends and we see a little of both of them in each other’s stories.
The plot was original yet somewhat predictable, much like the previous novel, but fun to read. It was just as cliché as the previous yet I found that romantic and I liked the easy and light undertone of it.
The grammar is slightly wonky and there were several times I would reread a sentence and think of my own way of writing it just because the way the author wrote it seemed to be strange. There were a few mistakes and word omissions in the novel but there were no typing errors, but all this a good editor can fix in the future.
Congratulations to the author on writing and publishing a book!
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!