Lily and the Duke: A Sex and The Season Novel
By Helen Hardt
Book Blurb from the Back Cover:
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 for 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 wordly 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.
My Opinion on Lily and the Duke
This is my first experience reading a Helen Hardt novel. It was such a treat! I didn’t know what to expect as my friend, Wendy, has been practically begging me to read her for a long time. I have downloaded her books before, but this is the first one I actually cracked. I wish I would have read her works sooner! Her writing is engaging and wonderful. I just couldn’t put this book down.
Lily is my kind of character. She is spunky, smart, and independent. She just wants to see the world and work on her art, when in her world she is expected to get married and raise heirs. She is actually dreading the coming of the London season as it is “nothing more than a thinly veiled meat market.” Then, she crashes into the Duke, literally, and gets swept up into his arms.
Daniel (the Duke) is a fairly likeable character. He is tall and handsome. I pictured him as a blond Mr. Darcy. He has a questionable history with the women until he meets Lily. She catches his attention and he can’t let her go. He does have a mysterious, tragic past that just makes him all the more likeable.
Once they get united, the sparks just fly. The sex scenes are oh so hot and juicy. I just love the connection the two of them have and how the romance just keeps bringing them closer together, even if it is the last thing either one wants. This story is absolutely adorable, and it will be one I reach for to read again.
Thank you to the publisher for this book. This is my honest opinion.