Larkin, Emily. Primrose and the Dreadful Duke. [United States]: Emily Larkin, 2018.
Paperback | $14.99 USD | ISBN-13: 978-0995105072 | 369 pages | Paranormal Regency Romance
Primrose and the Dreadful Duke is a great continuation to the Baleful Godmother world, while also expanding it outside the realm of the initial series as the first in the subseries about the Garland Cousins. And as always, while you do gain context about the greater world Larkin built by reading from the beginning, this book can stand perfectly well on its own.
Oliver and Primrose are one of the best couples Larkin has written, in terms of their great banter, establishing their love-hate relationship from growing up together that grows into a more lasting love very well. While it is common to encounter bluestocking “Original” heroines in historical romance, I loved the way Primrose was written, with her passion for the classics, like Catullus and Marcus Aurelius and for alliteration.
And then there’s Oliver. While Primrose may call him “dreadful,” especially at the beginning, at his core, he is far from a truly dreadful duke, and one of the handful of dukes I truly fell in love with. I love his good humor which had me laughing, and made him a great partner for Primrose.
I was also love the development of the relationship between him and his cousin Ninian. With his life in danger, and two previous titleholders also having lost their lives in similarly suspicious circumstances, I liked how this situation brought them closer as not only cousins, but as brothers, and to the possibility of happy endings for both of them.
I would recommend this to anyone who likes a historical romance with a touch of paranormal/magic, and anyone who loves witty banter between an absolutely adorable hero and heroine.