My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I wanted to love this book. I really, really did. I'm always on the lookout for British-set historicals written by actual British writers. It has long struck me as strange that the vast, vast majority of Regencies are written by Americans. I think Soliman shows tremendous potential, but this book just didn't work for me mainly because I just don't like the "Arrogant Duke sets out to Ruthlessly Seduce and Ruin Poor, Defenseless Heroine For the Sake of Random Bet" trope. I do, however, like Bets as plot devices (I'm fickle, I know), so I decided to give this a try, hoping that it wouldn't fall into the above category for me. But, the hero here was just too arrogant and abrasive to hold my interest. I think readers who LOVED this particular trope in all its guises when it was a regency staple of the late 80s/90s would enjoy this far more than me--think Early Catherine Coulter, Amanda Quick, Woodwiss, etc. If you love arrogant, unrepentant Rake heroes, give this a try as well. I look forward to seeing what future offerings Soliman brings as I have a feeling that I would love her writing if I connected more with the hero.