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A little cheesy and fantastical at times but a nice light and fluffy read Very good historical suspenseI am a fan of Romantic Suspense love it in fact I am a fan of Andrea Kane s contemporary books and she shows that she was great in the same genre back when she began writing I would recommend her books to fans of Amanda uick Nora Roberts Jayne Krentz and Julie Garwood A good book that was hard to put down Highly recommend it Back when I first started reading romance novels I came across Andrea Kane She doesn t read historical romance any but for awhile I really enjoyed reading her books And my favorite was The Last Duke I have read this book so many times and I know why I love it so much That said reading it again after many years there are a lot of problems with this book too What I Liked Pierce Thornton the hero has always been the reason I ve loved The Last Duke so much He is a a self made man pulling himself up from having absolutely nothing and becoming a very successful wealthy man in Victorian England I do love a hero who works hard and that s certainly Pierce Pierce is also a nice guy Well I guess I should say that he is a nice guy to people who deserve it He isn t a player or afraid of getting married or any of that stuff that pops up in romance novels so often to add conflict When he meets Daphne he is instantly intrigued and attracted And as he gets to know her he falls for her and that s that I really love that I have always loved the Robin Hood feel to parts of the book too Daphne is a nice person and I liked that too I do have some issues with her characters but overall I really like how kind and caring she is especially given the way her father is I really feel the connection between Daphne and Pierce I can see exactly why they are so good together They have chemistry but also souls that ust mesh so well together What I Struggled With I cannot express enough how much I did not like the narrator Flora MacDonald I know she narrates many audiobooks but this is the first I ve ever listened to her and I did not like it The language is so flowery It even creeps into the dialogue and doesn t sound natural at all Daphne is almost too good a person It s over the top what a good person she is How much she will risk to help out the poor And I understand that that is part of the reason Pierce and Daphne connect so well but holy cow it s way too much here The nicknames were a bit corny All this Snowflame Snowdrop business She has a perfectly lovely name Use that Final Thoughts I still love The Last Duke by Andrea Kane but it is not a book for everyone I love the hero but the flowery language and too angelic heroine could be turn offs for today s romance readersThis review was originally posted on uinn s Book Nook So I bought a slew of Andrea Kane books when they were on super sale Teaching me never to buy a slew of books if I am not familiar with the author I loved none but this one was slightly tolerable My distaste stems from the sugar sweet nature of the books The heroine Daphne is the abused daughter of Duke Trag The hero Pierce the illegitimate son of a Duke whose origins were not discovered until his father dies and thus grew up in a poorhouse where he suffered neglect and abuse Despite beatings from her father Daphne goes out of her way to help the poor So it s no surprise that the Tin Cup Bandit fascinates her He s a Victorian. Bestselling author Andrea Kane deftly interweaves her sensual love stories with breathtaking intrigue a touch of danger amid glorious romance Lady Daphne Wyndham is the only child of the brutal Maruis of Trag Risking a beating each time she sneaks away to help the local vicar Daphne fantasizes abou.
Era Robin Hood He steals from rich victims sells his loot and donates the money to worth charities leaving it in a tin cup He also leaves a piece of his loot from the previous robbery at the site of each subseuent robbery I could spend paragraphs describing what drove me crazy but I ll only describe a few aspects First the work of the Tin Bandit is a major theme throughout the book he steals from people he believe Deserve it because of their disdain for the poor What doesn t make sense is why none of the charities receiving the donations are reuired to give it back If the theft victims are that bad it seems that they d go after the money But it s never really clear who knows what Puzzling and nonsensical all around And then Pierce makes a big deal about Daphne s need to gain strength and courage She s been putting up with her dad s abuse for years yet continues to help the poor This girl has plenty of courage Despite these flaws I enjoyed it So there you have it This is one of my first romances I picked up as a young woman It has a special place in my heartIt s a story of tragic beginnings and abuse finding solace in love Pierce grew up in a workhouse and Daphne with her father Their worlds collide when the Tin Cup Bandit comes calling at her houseI highly recommend this to anyone who like historical romance A Heart Touching Love Story I thought it would be better after reading several reviews where people were gushing about how awesome it wasThe heroine and her mother are devoted to charitySome would say a bit too devoted People like that scare me in real lifewilling to give away all their posessions at the cost of their own safetyI mean when the Tin Cup bandit breaks into her houseinstead of being scared she offers him all her ewels Also her father beating her and her mother when they displeased himwas found out to do charity workIts mentioned that her father is in debtat first I though Must be gambling debts or bad investments But a couple pages into the book I came to the conclusion that it was his wifes and daughters charity that were to blameIm not sure the author intended it but thats how it came out looking to meThe heroines nickname is snowdrop I expected that she would burst into song like some disney princess She was so flawless that I came tp hate herAnd the romance thenThe hero and heroine meet like two times and then theyre in LOVEDespite him being a cit and she being a lords daughter The father even introduces him to her The inaccuracies in this bookThe only thing that was historically accurate was the plight of the poor Ugh Pierce is soooo dreamy I fell in love with this story the first time I read it and the second time I read it I fell even in love with this story Though after reading it the second time I ve noticed that the relationship between Pierce and Daphne is very loosely developed There really wasn t any development between them until after they were married and that was different for me I m used to a relationship developing between the two main characters before marriage I do love this story very much it has a special place in my heart and I am very happy with it Daphne Wyndham has spent her twenty years on Earth in perpetual fear of her father and his vicious violent temperament But that doesn t prevent her from helping those less fortunate in any way she canAnd hang the conseuencesBut there s suddenly somethi. T the legendary Tin Cup Bandit who robs the rich to aid the poor His scandalous exploits inflame her rebellious spirit and fire her romantic imagination And when he appears in her bedroom she suspects all her wild dreams may come true Pierce Thornton grew up in a British workhouse and now thirsts
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Ng she wants for herself And that is the brooding enigmatic Pierce Thornthon who also happens to be the one man his father fearsPierce Thornton hates Harwick Wyndham the Maruis of Trag with a vengeance A vengeance that he s about to fulfill by ruining the Maruis once and for all And the only thing preventing it are the feelings he harbors for the man s lovely defenseless daughterA nice little story of domestic abuse hard divides between social circles and ranks and one s ability to rise above it allIt offered no superlatives ust the safe formula Andrea Kane is known for in her historicals An instantaneous connection between the two protagonists that uickly blossoms into love the hero using a uniue pet name for the heroine and slight suspense sub plot thrown into the mix to bring the two of them together captained by an avaricious villain willing to risk it all to gain the upper handThe trials and tribulations seemed pathetically easy to overcome the trust between hero and heroine never wavered and the villain got his due in the end again rather easily solvedIt was cute and sweet yet nothing to write home about Perhaps a 355 This is only my second adult historical romance sorry if I make a lot of comparisons and although I cant figure out why it cant uite compare to Lord of Scoundrels I loved Lord of Scoundrels but The Last Duke didnt really grab me I can only speculate as to whyThere where certainly a lot of difference Lord of Scoundrels had what I understand to be a common formula for the genre a spinster and a rogue The Last Duke was very different Daphne is very young and naive nothing like a spinster And Pierce is one of the most ridiculously kind and compassionate men I have ever seen written He felt a bit contrived at times as did their romance The things they said to each other from the very beginning were so over the top mushy I had to shake my head at them Even while having sex they sounded like they were reciting poetry And although there was uite a bit of explicit content they didnt uite have the same intensity as Jessica and Dain Although Pierce seemed to be a master in the bedroom like every other leading man of the genre although there was no explanation for it Perhaps it was innate skill but usually these men are womanizers who have been learning the art of love making since they were old enough to with every whore in London But Pierce is a practical man who said he had no time for woman before Daphne and had focused entirely on his business until he met her So where did the skill come from Perhaps it doesnt matter but once their physical relationship started Pierce went through such a drastic change that I unconsciously started imagining him to look in my mind the same way I had imagined Dain Despite not feeling as realistic as Lord of Scoundrels I still enjoyed this Pierce and Daphne were great characters Both full of compassion and selflessness They were amazing people who were constantly thinking of others And the story concerning the Tin Cup Bandit was very interesting I loved the idea of Pierce trying to woo Daphne away from her fascination with the bandit despite him being both men Very clever And there was a lot of really captivating intimate scenes that I still enjoyed despite feeling a bit contrived And I intend to read the seuel The Theft which concerns their son It sounds like it will have a clever plot as this did. Or vengeance against the nobility and the Maruis of Trag As he plots to ruin Trag a twist of fate opens an unexpected door allowing him to fulfill his life long crusade bringing the fashionable world to its knees But in the process he encounters a far greater perillosing his heart to Daphne Wyndham.
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Coming in March 2019 from Andrea Kane DEAD IN A WEEKAndrea Kane is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty nine novels including fifteen psychological thrillers and fourteen historical romantic suspense titles With her signature style Kane creates unforgettable characters and confronts them with life threatening danger As a master of suspense she weaves them into excit