****This review and the novel are intended only for 18 and older****
Disclaimer: I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Historical romance
|Buy it now at Amazon.com|
Here’s the blurb:
Maggie Armstrong, the long-lost illegitimate daughter of the heir
presumptive to the throne, is bedeviled by her husband’s limited
definition of fidelity. After observing him in a ménage à trois at the
court of King Charles II, she is determined to bring him around to her
way of thinking, by any means necessary.
Robert doesn’t mind being punished for his transgressions. Rather,
he enjoys being whipped, especially by his beloved bride. Unfortunately,
her heart might not belong to him alone. His younger brother, who he’d
sent abroad to clear the way for himself, is coming home sooner than
expected, and Maggie’s feelings for Hugh may not be as dead as her
husband had hoped.
Both duke and duchess soon learn, to their peril, Hugh Armstrong is
not the honorable man they’d been led to believe. Insanely jealous of
his brother’s situation, Hugh will stop at nothing to strip Robert of
all he holds dear, including his life.
But the real danger for Robert and Maggie is not the villainous
Marquess, but the growing friction betwixt Catholics and Protestants in
Restoration Era Great Britain.
Can their love survive the trials that await them?
Here’s the trailer:
The Duke’s Bedeviled Bride by Nina Mason is the second installment in the Royal Pains series. The first book, The Devil in Duke’s Clothing, should be read before reading the second book. I absolutely loved this book, possibly even more than I did the first book. There were plenty of twists and turns, which kept me tethered to my phone until I had finished the book. Although there were plenty of sex scenes, this book was a little more focused on the established relationship between Maggie and Robert and the trials they encounter from Robert’s brother, Hugh, and the growing conflict between Catholics and Protestants. The sex was hot, the conflicts had me cringing, and the characters were well written. I had already come to love Maggie and Robert from the first book, but enduring the trials with them, I grew to love them even more. I love how Nina Mason peppered historical terms and French throughout the novel (and for those, like me, who didn’t understand some of the words, she does include a short glossary of the terms in the back of the book). The book does end on a major cliffhanger, and I can’t wait for the next book to see how it resolves. I highly recommend reading this book (and the first, of course) because it was an engaging and exciting read in a well written historical setting.
Here’s a little about the author:
|Nina Mason, author|
mythology, and the metaphysical. She strives to write the same kind of
books she loves to read: those that entertain, edify, educate, and
She is the author of The Queen of Swords, a darkly erotic Scottish paranormal
romance/urban fantasy; The Tin Man, a political thriller; Devil in
Duke’s Clothing, an erotic historical set in 1680 Scotland; The Duke’s
Bedeviled Bride, the follow-up to Devil in Duke’s Clothing; Starry
Knight, the first book in a new PNR/UF series; and Dark and Stormy
Knight, book two in The Knights of Avalon series.Born and raised in Orange County, California, Ms. Mason
currently lives in Woodstock, Georgia.
Here where you can find Nina on social media: