Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Devil's Duke (Book 2) / Falcon Club (Book 5)
Format: Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Avon (October 25, 2016)
Author's Website: http://katharineashe.com/
Notes: I received an eARC loan from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I am also an Avon Addict which means I love the books that Avon publishes enough to volunteer to read as many ARCs and books as they can send my way. So you'll be seeing a lot of books reviewed by me from this publisher. Please note, however, that if I don't like a book, it will be truthfully reflected by a low rating.
I liked the situation Ms, Ashe created by having two very headstrong individuals face-off with one another. I also adored Colin even though there were moments when I shook my head at his backwards views on women, He really came through in the end, however, and I enjoyed that Zenobia was able to change his mind about matters. Additionally, there was a very touching and moving scene at the end that I loved. I did, however, have a hard time warming up to Zenobia, There were moments in the book when I really didn't like her very much. While she is a smart and strong individual, at times she appeared to be a tad bit too cold, calculating, and set in her ways. There was a love scene where I just wasn't feeling the love, the heat, or the chemistry between these two. She kind of took on the role usually reserved for male rogues. Eventually she won me over because I came to the realization her indifferent/frosty attitude towards Colin was a coping mechanism to protect her heart.
Overall, I gave this one 4 out of 5 roses. It was fun and reminds us just how far women have come in the world. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one earned a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public.
Order of the Falcon Club series (according to Katharine Ashe's website):
Please note that 'How to Marry a Highlander' and 'The Scoundrel and I' are both Novellas.