The Bachelor Duke
by Cecilia Rene
The Bachelor Duke for the most part is a happy, positive story about the transformative effect love can have on a person’s life. Remington, the hero, is a confirmed bachelor because of the behavior of his own father, and other men of his acquaintance. When he meets Olivia, everything about her appeals to him in a way he has never experienced before. Olivia is having her first social season in London, having been somewhat delayed in making her debut. She has a heavier, curvier body type than what is fashionable. The derogatory comments people make about her appearance make her somewhat insecure, but she doesn’t let them get her down too much.
Remington proves to be surprisingly romantic. When some angst arises between the 2 main characters, I thought the heroine handled it rather immaturely. But her character is young and inexperienced with relationships. Remington is really also inexperienced with relationships, so it is understandable that their communications is not seamless. Poor communication compounds the misunderstanding between herself and the hero. In the last 5 or so chapters of the book the stakes get raised dramatically and there are several very surprising developments.
I thought this book was well-written and very easy to read. The main characters were interesting, the secondary characters were vivid, and the villains were incredibly evil. The intimate scenes between Remington and Olivia included a great deal of emotion. I would have liked to know more about what happened to the villains at the end. I also would really love to know more about what happens with Olivia’s cousin Julia. I will definitely be on the lookout for a second book!