After inheriting an English title when his cousin and his
family are believed lost at sea, Antonio de las Torres Thorndyke has no current wish to marry. His life is in Spain
where he breeds and trains his magnificent Andalusian equines in the art of Haute Ecole while living with his family in their
Young, a recent widow, Caroline Lockler's marriage was arranged
by her dying father to his middle-aged friend so she'd be taken care of. Her short-lived marriage was never consummated before
her husband is killed in a riding accident.
Caroline and Antonio meet in England after eight years
pass, when both were quite young. An unexpected attraction between them flares up almost immediately.
Will Caroline's hopes for love and romance re-emerge in the passion she sorely missed in her marriage?
Will her devastating neighbor, the new
Duke of Weston--a devilish rake--be the man to teach her how to love from the boy she fantasized about for the past eight
Just then, Ripley, the Crestwood
butler, opened the double doors to the salon and announced in his most distinguished, robust tones, “His Grace, the
Duke of Weston and Lady Briella Thorndyke.”
Conversation abruptly ceased.
All eyes focused on the doorway. Hal quickly stepped forward to greet their guests of honor.
A minor shock sparked through
Caroline when she pivoted and spied the Spaniard. He wore evening dress as if he were born to it. But then, what did she expect?
He was an English duke, a peer of the realm, just beneath royalty, no longer a callow, moody, Spanish youth.
He was quite disturbing,
poised in the doorway like a hawk ready to choose his prey, and more dangerously masculine than she remembered, if that were
possible. He needed only to enter a room to set the atmosphere buzzing. Instinctively, Caroline knew she wasn’t the
only female who took notice. She, nevertheless, was determined to ignore her mounting nervousness.
The duke’s snowy, ruffled
shirt and elegant cravat contrasted against the honey-bronze of his skin. Emerging from his jacket’s sleeves, ruffled
lace edged his cuffs. His white brocade waistcoat was embroidered with gold and silver threads and fastened with what appeared
to be real gold buttons.
His dark, arresting countenance
took Caroline’s breath away. Her lungs emptied while she braced herself to meet him again. Taking a deep breath, she
rose slowly, forcing her legs to move and follow her brother to greet their guests. She felt her pulse rate accelerate as
she approached Antonio and his sister. The Spaniard’s ebony hair resembled a blackbird’s shiny feathers, cut short
and barbered in the current fashion. A deep widow’s peak drew Caroline’s eyes even as his teeth flashed in a haughty
smile of greeting.
There was absolutely no doubt
in her mind that the Spaniard was more formidable now than when he was younger.
5 Angels from "Fallen Angel Reviews"
There are sexual encounters, and they do get described – though not in graphic, modern language.
Blaise Kilgallen has written a fabulous historical tale, with a fairly smooth plot flow, plenty of character development and
an unforeseen twist that will keep you happily reading.
Romance Junkies gave The Reluctant Duke 4 Stars
Told amidst the ever changing
scenery of nineteenth century Spain, England and Ireland, Blaise Kilgallen takes us on a lady's tender revival from depression
to sexual fulfillment to love. Wonder if there will be another story for Antonio's feisty sister Briella, and the intriguing
half Irish noble, Terence Kilburn.
5 STARS FROM THE ROMANCE
To say that the book was fast-paced and exciting would
be an understatement. I loved this book! There is no way to tell parts of the story without wanting to tell more and more
(which would be an injustice because nothing should keep you from reading it for yourself!) The best I can say is to read
it and expect to be surprised and then expect even more! Ms. Blaise Kilgallen, in my opinion, has a big hit on her hands;
I would read anything with her name on it.
Sensuality rating: Very sensual
Reviewer: Brenda Talley
Four Stars from Just Erotic Romance Reviews
Blaise Kilgallen draws the reader into the 1800’s with her detailed descriptions and easily
apparent knowledge of the period. From believable dialogue to the beautiful settings,
Ms. Kilgallen takes you back in time.
filled with a bit of arrogance and a domineering attitude, so when Caroline at first rebuff’s his advances,
he is immediately intrigued. Their public encounters are filled with fiery tension
and confrontation, while their private liaisons are rife with carefully restrained passion.
The cast of secondary characters created by Ms. Kilgallen leaves the possibility of additional books and I for one
look forward to any future publications by this