When a Duke Pursues a Lady

Tabetha Waite
When a Duke Pursues a Lady
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Etopia Press
Release Date
January 2018
Book 3 of Ways of Love
Historical Romance

An innocent woman. A loyal agent to the Crown. A path of deception that tests the bonds of love.

After three years trapped in an abusive and loveless marriage, Lyra Coventry has been arrested for the murder of her husband, the Earl of Weston. Although she's innocent of the crime, she has no one to turn to for help, until Alister Ayles, the Duke of Albright, comes forward to offer his aid. The handsome duke takes her into his custody, saving her from a jail cell. But Lyra doesn't suspect Alister's ulterior motive—to prove her guilty of treason—as she slowly loses her heart to a man who is far more than he seems...

Alister Ayles leads a secret life. To the ton, he is a dullard, the subject of ridicule. But as a highly respected agent for the Crown, he's discovered a higher purpose by protecting his country. Now he's faced with his toughest investigation to date, uncovering a plot against the Crown...and discovering whether or not Lyra, the woman he let slip through his fingers years ago, is a traitor. Nothing is as it seems, and as the plot unravels, the dangers to them increase. He struggles to keep his feelings for her contained, but when it comes down to a test of loyalty, will he stand strong, or fall prey to his desires?

Book Review by Gabrielle Sally (author,reviewer)
Apr 27, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
46 people found the following review helpful
If you read any of my other reviews, then you know that I LOVE period pieces. There's something about an author giving her insight into a world that we can only read (or dream) about and Tabitha Waite does a remarkable job of doing just that.

Her world building was quite engaging and her characters were marvelous.

What we know: Having spent three years in a loveless marriage, things go from bad to worse when Lyra Coventry is taken from her home in chains and arrested for the murder of her husband, a man who regularly abused her. Alister Ayles, the Duke of Albright, and considered quite the dullard by the ton, is actually one of the Crown's most respected agents.

What does that give us? An intriguing Regency romance with danger, conspiracies, murder, and a true test of loyalty (but to what or whom?).

Likes: As I pointed out, Ms. Waite's world building and attention to detail is what kept me tapping those pages. Her character development and the attraction between Lyra and Alister, especially the witty banter, made for fun reading. Of course, we have the suspense behind those members of "the Cause", all of which come together to make a wonderful read.
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