Now Samantha enjoys creating her own happy-endings for characters that spring from her imagination. Samantha describes romance writing as the best job ever. Part-time hospice social worker, moonlighting author, and pilates nut, she enjoys a happy and hectic life with her real life hero and two kids in the Midwest. Visit her at: www. Her older brother had always shown a flair for dramatics, often predicting disaster where no risk existed.
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Now, Luke has become the Duke of Foxhaven, and is seeking to disengage himself from his responsibilities as a duke, starting with cancelling his betrothal to Lady Vivian Worth. Vivian is a spirited, bold, and somewhat reckless young lady. She is not given to conformity over strict manners or propriety, and her childhood situation - the death of her parents - has contributed to her streak of independence.
The first meeting between Vivian and Luke is humorous and engaging, she having mistaken him for another, and he believing her a dairy maid. What I love most about this book are the characters of Vivian and Luke. Vivian is such a delightful character whose charm and innocence bellies a sensitive and caring nature. For her family, she is afraid of failing to secure her marriage, but she cannot help "messing up" the proprieties, as they were.
I absolutely adored Vivian, and she provided me with a few hours of laughter in her dealings with Luke. He suffers from the effects of a traumatic brain injury, which cause concentration problems among other things, and is hence the reason for his delegating ducal responsibilities to his brother, and believing he has no right to make Vivian his duchess.
Later, his problems turns more psychological, as his own anger and fears of failure manifested physically to difficulty in reading, leading him to believe even less of himself. Of course, it was Vivian who finally convinced Luke of his worth, and in so doing, established a stronger emotional bond with him. Were this the whole of the story, I would have given this book 5 stars. Ultimately, the first half of the book made me want to sing praises to Samantha Grace, while the latter half diminished my enjoyment of the story.
Despite the extraneous plot twists, Lady Vivian Defies a Duke is a clever and enjoyable romance between two unique and engaging though Luke was a bit vexing characters.
I look forward to Mrs. ARC received from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Lady Vivian Defies a Duke