Reviewed by Heather C
Title: Forbidden in February
Author: Suzanna Medeiros
Series: A Year without a Duke #2
Hero & Heroine: Robert Milton & Isabel Durham
Genre: MF Historical Romance
Length: 71 pages
Release Date: January 25, 2016
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: A Year Without a Duke
The duke has died. Long live the duke! The only problem is no one knows who the new Duke of Beckworth is. All of England wonders, but no one more so than the people who depend upon Beckworth for their livelihood. In 1816, a year so cold that the word “summer” is a cruel joke, that livelihood is even more uncertain. However, they are all about to find out, with the duke away, there is nothing more warming than scandal and love…
Forbidden in February, book 2
Robert Milton’s future as the valet to the Duke of Beckworth is uncertain. His employer has died, leaving no heir in sight. When Robert’s mother also dies, he discovers that her companion has taken over her household.
Isabel Durham’s dream of gaining her independence is almost a reality, but her cousin is determined to see her married to a wealthy but much-older man. Robert’s arrival in London is the answer to her prayers. Neither can deny the very real attraction sizzling between them and if he ruins her, she’ll be free of the unwanted marriage.
But Robert’s very existence has proven to him that romantic entanglements are to be avoided at all costs. His desire for Isabel could cost him the one thing he’s vowed never to lose–his heart.
Forbidden in February is the second book in A Year Without a Duke series following Jilted in January by Kate Pearce, and tells to the story of Robert Milton, the valet to the late Duke of Beckworth, and Isabel Durham, the lady companion to Robert’s recently deceased mother.
Robert hasn’t been a very good son. Born a bastard and tired of his mother’s manipulations, he doesn’t return home when she writes to him announcing she is very ill. When the message arrives that Robert’s mother has passed, Robert must return to his mother’s home to settle the estate and sort out the staff. When he gets there, he discovers his mother’s companion is not at all what he expected and a misunderstanding with Isabel puts the two in an uncomfortable situation.
Hiding from her cousin set on marrying her off to a wealthy, old brute, Isabel’s future is undetermined. Robert has no need for a lady’s companion to stay on with the household staff…and Robert’s future is also up in the air as the next duke may have no need for him as a valet. Determined to make her own destiny, Isabel has a proposition for Robert: ruin her so her cousin will leave her alone.
Like the first book, this was cute and both the characters are very likable. Unlike the first book, it took me several days to read this story and it was only 71 pages long! I had difficulty getting hooked on it and I really didn’t feel a romantic connection between Robert and Isabel. Both characters couldn’t make up their minds on what they wanted…then they make love and Robert proposes. Nuh uh, I don’t buy it at all. Isabel and Robert only spent a few hours together in the few days after they had met!
Again, I was disappointed with the sudden ending. Am I to expect this with all the books in the series?? I felt that Robert and Isabel still had more story to tell.
What I did like about this book is that it’s another story about untitled and working characters finding love. It’s a short, simple read and I’m completely invested in finding out who the next Duke will be.
Even though this is book 2 of the series, it could easily be read as a standalone. Seduced in September by Genevieve Turner is up next.
Overall Impression: It Was Good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*