Review: Not the Duke’s Darling by Elizabeth Hoyt

Four Stars

I don’t think I can adequately express my excitement over the fact that Elizabeth Hoyt has started a new series. NOT THE DUKE’S DARLING wasn’t only a unique and exciting romance, it was also a masterful groundlaying for what looks to be a fantastic new historical romance series. As always, Ms. Hoyt’s ability to invest a reader in her fictional world is second to none. Consider me invested.

While this book is multilayered and intriguing, the plot mostly revolves around Freya and setting the groundwork for a new series. Honestly, there are about eight characters I am hoping to see stories from in the future. I love the way Ms. Hoyt spreads out information over the course of a book.

I will say, I do understand why this book had mixed reviews. Freya is a difficult heroine. Her extreme independence and constant spurning of a hero who clearly adores her was difficult to read occasionally. While I understand the reviews, I personally loved the romance. I felt like it was paced to perfection. Freya was utterly blindsided by her love for Christopher, and it showed. Christopher was a gorgeous beta hero wrapped in a damaged package.

While Freya and a lack of romance screentime kept me from giving this book five stars, I loved this book. All the characters were richly portrayed, and deeply human. I was invested in the plot from the first page to the very last, and the writing was superb, as always. There is also nothing quite like an Elizabeth Hoyt love scene. Talk about steamy, dreamy, yet realistic. I was here for all of it.

Overall, this was a solid start to what I can tell will be a superb series. The romance was raw and the chemistry was incendiary. I can’t wait to see which characters are going to have their own books! Bring on the rest of the Greycourt series!

**I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review**

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