Title: Lily and the Duke
Author: Helen Hardt
Genre: Victorian Romance
Lily and the DukeSex and the Season One Wiltshire, England 1845 Lady Lily Jameson is thrilled to attend a house party given by Daniel Farnsworth, the Duke of Lybrook, but not because he’s the most eligible bachelor in the peerage. Her only interest is his famous art collection, which reputedly includes a painting by her favorite artist, Jan Vermeer. Daniel, duke only by virtue of the untimely deaths of his father and older brother, wants nothing to do with his new duties. He’d rather continue his rakish ways. When he finds the lovely Lily sneaking around the property in search of his art collection, sparks fly. Despite her father’s wishes, Lily has no intention of marrying. She wants to travel the world to gain real life inspiration for her painting and writing. And what could be better worldly experience than a passionate affair with the notorious Duke of Lybrook? But circumstances may change the game and the players…and danger lurks, as well.
' So throughout this whole story I couldn’t help but keep saying “awwwwww” in my head along with “Oh my” and “Gawd that is hot” and lastly “That little harlot!!” ha-ha. Lily and the Duke is a very easy flowing, lovely, and absolutely delectably erotic regency romance story. There is some mellow angst and one conniving elite gold digging b*t*h in this book but overall it’s a very heartfelt story between Lily and Daniel and the intense love and passion they come to feel for each other.
Lily (whom I freaking love) is a very headstrong, quick-witted minx. Totally against conformity and the idea of being forced into an arranged marriage she cares little for her virtue and would much rather spend her days lavishing in her artistic abilities and seeing the world for all its beauty.Daniel FYI the Duke known for his escapades with the ladies and all kinds’ debauchery is hosting a party at his home in which Lily and her family are invited. New to Duke-dom Daniel is far from prepared to manage his estate and even less inclined to partake in the picking of a bride. But when Lily and Daniel’s paths cross accidentally the fire and spark between these two is volcanic. Both arousing and stirring new feelings in each other Lily and Daniel can’t get enough of one another.
Daniel loves Lily’s confidence, innocence, intellect, beauty and strength while Lily is enamored with Daniel’s understanding of the arts and the manner in which he treats her; fair, equal, and above all else. Of course his aptitude in the bedroom doesn’t hurt either. J We can just call it a wonderful perk. These two are like magnets pushing and pulling and taking the other to new heights.
Of course like I stated before what’s a romance without a little angst and we do get a dose but it’s just a dash to keep you on your toes and adds a perfect bridge in the story for Daniel and Lily to progress in their love and desires for one another. I really enjoyed this read and I loved the flow of the story, the emotions were very prevalent through the book and I found it easy to both relate and enjoy the interaction and dialogue between all the characters in the story. I am also quite interested in seeing where Rose’s (Lily’s sister) story will go in the next book.'
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Helen Hardt is an attorney and stay-at-home mom turned award-winning author. She’s been writing stories since the first grade, when her aspiring writer father encouraged her and gave her a small metal file cabinet with “Helen’s Story Box” written on it in permanent marker. She began her first novel, a young adult romance, in the eighth grade. Although it will never see the light of day, she still has the manuscript that she typed on the old IBM Selectric. She stopped writing to attend college and law school. She met her real-life hero in law school, and they live in Colorado with her two teenage sons. Helen writes contemporary, historical, paranormal, and erotic romance. Her non-writing interest include Harley rides with her husband, attending her sons’ sports and music performances, traveling, and Taekwondo (she’s a blackbelt.)
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