Book: Lily and the Duke
Author: Helen Hardt
Genre: Victorian Romance
Lily and the Duke
Sex and the Season One
Wiltshire, England 1845
Lady Lily Jameson is thrilled to attend a house party given by Daniel Farnsworth, the Duke of Lybrook, but not because he’s the most eligible bachelor in the peerage. Her only interest is his famous art collection, which reputedly includes a painting by her favorite artist, Jan Vermeer.
Daniel, duke only by virtue of the untimely deaths of his father and older brother, wants nothing to do with his new duties. He’d rather continue his rakish ways. When he finds the lovely Lily sneaking around the property in search of his art collection, sparks fly.
Despite her father’s wishes, Lily has no intention of marrying. She wants to travel the world to gain real life inspiration for her painting and writing. And what could be better worldly experience than a passionate affair with the notorious Duke of Lybrook?
But circumstances may change the game and the players…and danger lurks, as well.
I love historical romance and this author delivered an exceptionally written story about two characters that wants to live their life the way they want to. However, their life may change when they meet. Lily, loves to paint and lives carefree without wanting to do what most women would during this time. I love how she takes life and lives it like she wants to. However when she is invited to go to a well sought after bachelor who she knows has an exceptional art collection she decides to entertain the invitation. Daniel, is handsome, a duke, and of course a rake so he doesn’t want to be tied down but will he change after that first kiss with a mistaken lady? I loved to read how these characters started to act around each other once the attraction set in.The author knows how to capture her audience by giving us a fun yet romantic novel that will make you want to keep reading. This plot was flawlessly written and is one I would love to read again. I will have to keep up with this author to see what else she has up her sleeves for us in the future.
Helen Hardt is an attorney and stay-at-home mom turned award-winning author. She’s been writing stories since the first grade, when her aspiring writer father encouraged her and gave her a small metal file cabinet with “Helen’s Story Box” written on it in permanent marker. She began her first novel, a young adult romance, in the eighth grade. Although it will never see the light of day, she still has the manuscript that she typed on the old IBM Selectric.
She stopped writing to attend college and law school. She met her real-life hero in law school, and they live in Colorado with her two teenage sons. Helen writes contemporary, historical, paranormal, and erotic romance. Her non-writing interest include Harley rides with her husband, attending her sons’ sports and music performances, traveling, and Taekwondo (she’s a blackbelt.)