Review: Secret Confessions of the Enticing Duchess
*I received an ARC copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Synopsis | Goodreads
Because the most dangerous lies are the ones you tell your own self… Oblivious of her true identity since birth, Abigail Thorne lives a quiet life working in her mother’s dressmaking shop. When a stunning nobleman enters the shop with his obnoxious fiancé, she is immediately enticed. Suffering his parents’ sudden loss at a young age, Percival Montagu, Duke of Northcott, becomes enamored with the ravishing dressmaker and craves to make her his mistress. But he has made a lucrative deal and too much is at stake should he breaks it. When a stolen jewel and a series of well-crafted events throw Abigail in gaol, her life is in peril. Percival is the only one who can save her from a terrible fate. However, he doesn’t know that their pasts are sickeningly intertwined and something darker is connecting them...a shattering secret that should have been kept hidden, forever. *If you like a realistic yet steamy depiction of the Regency and Victorian era, then Secret Confessions of the Enticing Duchess is the novel for you.
Review | Rating: 4 stars
I love historical romance and devour them. This was the first novel I read by Oliva Bennet and I truly enjoyed it a lot. It was intriguing and so many moving parts. I was wondering what was going on throughout the book and why was it so important for the Duke and Lady Rosaline to marry. I loved the romance between Percival and Abigail. It was so sweet with just the right amount of steam. It was clear from the beginning that they were made for each other. I loved seeing all the points of view and always being able to know what was going on from each character's points of view. Because of this, I was wondering just when everyone else would find out. Abigail and Percival were in the dark for most of the book and would get information that sounded incriminating. I did like how each of them would hear the other one out and didn't just jump to conclusions. The pacing and reveals were done well enough that nothing happened too fast but wasn't so slow that it was frustrating.
I liked Abigail's mother, Joan, and her mother's lover, Phillip as well as her best friend, Claudette. I thought the motives of the "bad" guys were trivial but totally believable. People do things out of desperation all the time and that's what happened in this story. I loved Abigail but she was a bit indecisive for me. One minute she was willing to be a mistress to Percival and the next she just couldn't do it. I wanted her to make a choice and stick with it. Percival was the same way as well. They both let society and their families dictate their decisions and it made them a bit indecisive. But they were both amazing, well-written characters that I could relate to and I enjoyed reading their story. The story was well written and the pacing was done well. The characters and their motives were believable and I loved the ones I was supposed to and despised the others. I truly enjoyed reading this book and cannot wait to read more books by Olivia Bennet!