Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Book Review: Defying the Duke by Meta Mathews

~ Genre ~ Science Fiction, Fantasy, Ghosts, Romance

~ Audience ~ 18+

~ Blurb ~

Can Amelia and Jack defy a spirit from the past long enough to ensure their future together?

Having discovered that there's no demand in Atlanta, Georgia, for college graduates with a Ph.D. in history, Amelia Comstock accepts a job from her former professor to research the mysterious disappearance of the Duke of Durbane two hundred years ago. Unfortunately, her research seems to have stirred up the duke's spirit which—convinced she's a courtesan—visits her during the night intent on pleasuring her sexually. When Amelia tries to quit her job in hopes of ridding herself of the duke, her boss tricks her into meeting his nephew, Jack, who bears an uncanny resemblance to the duke and who is struggling with his own unwanted visitor from the past.

When Jack Durban, a computer programmer, accepted a transfer to Atlanta, he didn't expect his uncle Ben, a professor and historian, to recruit him to help research the disappearance of the Regency-era Duke of Durbane. Nor did he expect to start getting ghostly visits from a woman wearing a ball gown who insists on pleasuring him against his will. Determined to end his research, Jack agrees to do one last favor for his uncle, which results in his meeting Amelia Comstock, a beautiful historian who strongly resembles his pesky visitor from the past. Jack soon realises that he and Amelia share a unique connection, meaning they must work together to defy the duke so they can enjoy their future together.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of dubious consent.

~ My Review ~
I seem to have a thing for ghost stories lately. Not the really scary kind just the fun entertaining ones. This is a fun fast reading novella dealing with two very sensual ghosts who refuse to go away for some unknown reason.

Jack’s character won my heart because he didn’t just fall over for his ghostly women who wanted to continually please him against his consent. The author did a great job of writing his emotions to his ghostly visits in a manner that made you just want to grab Jack as your one and only.

Amelia’s character was smart and quick on her feet in how she reacts to the chain of events she works through between the Duke and herself. I love how she was willing to think quickly on her feet and continually think of new options.

I do like the ending of the book but I feel it could have had a little more meat to it for more of a lasting impact.

This book is great for those wanting a fast, entertaining and erotic read.

A copy was gifted in exchange for an honest review via Totally Bound Publications

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~ About The Author ~

Meta Mathews is—fortunately or unfortunately—one of those writers who can't pick a time period and stick with it. Her first published book was a sweet contemporary set in the American South (where, not coincidentally, she lives). After writing another contemporary, she veered back in time a couple of centuries for the setting of a traditional Regency, which won the National Readers' Choice Award that year. Next she decided to stick with the Regency setting but move from sweet to rather steamy (to put it mildly).

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