Synopsis: Amelia Willoughby has been engaged to the Duke of Wyndham for as long as she can remember. Literally. A mere six months old when the contracts were signed, she has spent the rest of her life waiting. And waiting. And waiting . . . for Thomas Cavendish, the oh-so-lofty duke, to finally get around to marrying her. But as she watches him from afar, she has a sneaking suspicion that he never thinks about her at all . . .
It's true. He doesn't. Thomas rather likes having a fiancée—all the better to keep the husband-hunters at bay—and he does intend to marry her . . . eventually. But just when he begins to realize that his bride might be something more than convenient, Thomas's world is rocked by the arrival of his long-lost cousin, who may or may not be the true Duke of Wyndham. And if Thomas is not the duke, then he's not engaged to Amelia. Which is the cruelest joke of all, because this arrogant and illustrious duke has made the mistake of falling in love . . . with his own fiancée! (from the back of the book)
Review: This is part of a dualogy with Quinn's The Lost Duke of Wyndham. More accurately, it's the same story in both books, but this one focuses on Amelia and Thomas, while the other on Grace and Jack. I enjoyed the intertwining of the stories - see the same event from one of four PoV. Quinn did an excellent job. This is not at good at her Bevelstroke series, but it was in no way a poor story. Her characters are felt flat to me, after the Bevelstroke stories, but her dialogue and descriptions were just as witty and well-done. While not as good as her others, it was still a pleasing read and I enjoyed it.
Bookmarks: 7 of 10
Date Finished: 5-6-2011