Duke of Thorns by Sara Ramsey

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A devil who won’t be denied…
Too powerful to care for such petty things as morals, the Duke of Thorington lives as he pleases. And it pleases him to be known as a cruel, heartless blackguard—one no sane woman would dare to marry. But when his fortunes unexpectedly crumble, he must find a way to save his family from ruin. To succeed, Thorington needs an heiress. There’s only one problem…

A lady who can’t be contained…

Bold, daring Callista Briarley has survived riots, plagues, and revolutions while building her own privateering enterprise, but the sharks of English society are an entirely new challenge. It will all be worth it if she wins Maidenstone Abbey—a house her ancestors spent centuries killing each other for. To succeed, Callie needs a powerful ally. There’s only one problem…

Two hearts destined to ignite…

During the most infamous house party of the summer, Callie and Thorington have one chance to secure both their futures. But Callie’s need for freedom is directly at odds with Thorington’s brand of control. When her past puts them both in danger, will their unexpected love be enough to conquer all?

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Publisher and Release Date: Sara Ramsey, November 2014

RHR Classifications:
Time and Setting: London, 1813
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Level: 2
Reviewer Rating: 5 stars

Review by: Claudia

The Duke of Thorington approaches Callista Briarley with the proposal that she should marry his youngest brother, Andrew in order to secure Maidenstone Abbey and the estate. Andrew is not very enthusiastic about that prospect as he thinks Callie has insufficient knowledge of society and is likely to embarrass him.

To change that, Gavin decides to teach her everything she needs to know in order to try to change his brother’s mind. But to his mind, she’s not an embarrassment at all – he likes her outspokenness and her ability to go toe-to-toe with him. Still, Gavin is determined to see her marry Andrew, no matter that their meetings bring him and Callie closer together to the point they can’t deny their attraction to each other.

I loved Thorington and Calista, separately and together. Both are strong characters who are not really comfortable in society which doesn’t allow them to be who they truly are. And both are skilled at letting society only see what it wants to seem and what they want it to see.

Callie and Gavin together as a couple are magnificent. Their chemistry, the sparks that fly between them, their humorous banter, their discussions – everything made me fall for them both and hope for their happy ending. I loved the sarcasm both of them wielded so masterfully.

The love scenes are very well done. They’re sensual and sex, but there’s also real feeling and romance.

All in all, Duke of Thorns is definitely a keeper. Sara Ramsey is giving her best with this book and I enjoyed every minute with it. I can’t wait to read more about this family and want to visit Callie and Gavin again.

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