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Review ❤️ The Duke Effect by Sophie Jordan

October 28, 2020


She doesn’t care about love…

Despite being surrounded by her happily wed sisters, Nora Langley prefers botany to ballrooms and would rather spend a lifetime in her laboratory than consider affairs of the heart. An expert herbalist, Nora has been masquerading as her late physician father for years, dispensing invaluable medical advice. She corresponds with people all over the world, including an old army colonel. But when the man shows up on her doorstep, he is nothing like she expected—he is a young, handsome heir to a dukedom who suddenly threatens everything she holds dear.

He only cares about duty…

Constantine Sinclair arrives on the Langley doorstep in a desperate bid to save the woman who raised him, the Duchess of Birchwood … only to discover that the venerable doctor he expected is a bold and lovely charlatan. Furious at the deception, he vows to reveal her secrets. Determined to prove her skills, Nora promises to save the duchess in exchange for Con keeping her secret. Con reluctantly agrees… and soon Nora’s brilliant, headstrong ways are throwing his carefully controlled life into chaos. What happens when the rigid soldier begins to lose his grip on his heart?

Release Date:
Oct 27, 2020
Series: Love on Cue
Book: 7
Heat Level: Sensual
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: Avon Books
Price: $5.99

The last Langley sister gets the short end of the stick.

I’ve been reading this series since we started with the first Langely sister, who excitedly rushed home to care for her family after her father passed away. Since then, I’ve hung on bated breath for the adventures of the remaining sisters and none more than Nora, who wanted to follow in daddy dearest’s footsteps as a doctor. Of course, she couldn’t, but that’s not to say she still hasn’t been treating patients in their small town, serving as a midwife and doing other doctor work.

I vastly hoped for a love story that would be sweeping and knock this scientist off her feet. Instead, it’s a pompous proud new to inherit duke who used to be in the military and a good ol’ fashioned threat of exposure that get our heroine on the path to her HEA.

This book fell into a lackluster bucket amid the crazy hijinks and sweeping moment romantic elements that have been present in Jordan’s previous books in The Rogue Files series.

What did I like? The idea of an ex-military man set to inherit a title and finding out his pen pal was a woman instead of the male doctor he thought he’d communicated to over years. I also like the heroine, I always liked her. She’s more logical and sensible. Not prone to flights of fancy, but also strong and sturdy. Someone telling her no isn’t going to stop her and it doesn’t in this book.

What I didn’t like?

The hero being an ass, in his prideful moments threatening to expose the heroine and then never actually seeing the heroine in action. There are holes. Plot holes. These two come together because Nora is afraid of being exposed to other people, she’s provided medical advice to, so she hies off to London to help the hero’s aunt, a duchess in pain. Nora is never actually able to help the duchess much and shows no proof of her abilities, which I guess is fine if the hero falls for her anyway. But, thinking back, I’m not sure what he falls for. Her smile and attractive body or the fact she gets excited about helping people and studying medicine. 

They spend just as much time avoiding each other as being around one another only to fall into each other’s arms by mere circumstances and uncontrollable lust, which suddenly manifest as love. Meh.

If you’re looking for pure escapist, slightly reality bent historical romance, this book is for you. I won’t yuck on that yum, but it wasn’t my cup of tea and I wanted a bit more.

~ Landra

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