The Duke's Temptation by Raven McAllan ** Blog Tour Review & Giveaway**

Welcome to today's feature on The Duke's Temptation to celebrate the publication of Raven McAllan's latest historical novel. There is a Giveaway to go with this. Details on how to enter are at the end of this post. There are two prizes- one is open to uk only and the other is International.

Tortured duke Gibb Alford has vowed never to love again... until a beautiful French knife thrower brings him to his knees




When Gibb Alford, Duke of Menteith, saves a beautiful French knife thrower from the unwanted attentions of a fellow aristocrat he is ill-prepared for the immediate tug of attraction to the beautiful Evangeline. Widowed, he has sworn off love forever, so he can well do without this temptation.



Evangeline certainly doesn’t want the complication of being in the sights of one smoky-eyed Scottish Duke. She’s a lady on a mission, with no time for love or dalliance.



However, fate and life have other plans and gradually Gibb and Evangeline become a couple.



As each struggle with the demons of their pasts, Evangeline finds life in the ton difficult. The spurned aristocrat Gibb saved her from, is not prepared to give in and retire gracefully. And while Gibb fights the man, he also declares war on his own emotions. When Evangeline’s past is revealed to her, everything changes. She has a decision to make.



Fight for Gibb—or flee to a safe but unfulfilled future.



 As for her Duke… All is fair in love and war—right? 


My Thoughts 
This is quite a highly charged romance and different to the type I usually read. Given that though, I found it to be an entertaining read with central characters who dominated the story and who grabbed the attention. Mainly told from the male perspective, but not always, you do feel that you get to know some of their inner motivations.

The most interesting aspect of the novel to me is the 'ton'. This is the name given to the upper echelons of society in the late Regency period and we are given an insight into the social customs and hierarchy of that period throughout the book. In fact, how the characters have to abide by the rules of society is an important part of the story for me. The fashionable gentry have to display strictly observed manners and ways of behaving. Marriage is how women gained status and wealth. Some were unscrupulous in how they went about snaring a husband.

In short: As the author says on her Author page: 'Romance with a twist' .

About the Author
 
Well what can I say?

Dh and I live on the edge of a Scottish forest, and rattle around in a house much too big for us. 


Our kids have grown up and flown the nest, but roll back up when they want to take a deep breath and smell the daisies so to speak. 


I write in my study, which overlooks the garden and the lane. I'm often seen procrastinating, by checking out the wild life, looking—only looking—at the ironing basket and assuring tourists that indeed, I'm not the bed and breakfast. That would mean cooking fried eggs without breaking the yolks, and disturbing the dust bunnies as they procreate under the beds. Not to be thought of.


Being able to do what I love, and knowing people get pleasure from my writing is fantastic. Long may it last.

You can follow Raven here: Author page   |  Blog 

  Book links:  Amazon Author page   |  Amazon UK

Publisher: Totally Bound Raven's page

 Publication dates - pre-order                10th October
                                Early Download     24 October
                                General release       21 November

    
Thanks to Raven, Totally Bound and  Jenny at Neverland Tours for a copy of the book and a place on the Tour.

Giveaway

This giveaway is for 2 prizes:

a paperback copy of one of Raven's previous Regency books, “The Earl and the Courtesan” which is UK only 

and a Ecopy which is open Internationally.  

 

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