I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Fool Me Twice by Meredith Duran
Genres: Historical Romance, Romance
Published by Pocket Star on March 25th
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Sensible and lonely, Olivia Mather survives by her wits—and her strict policy of avoiding trouble. But when she realizes that the Duke of Marwick might hold the secrets of her family’s past, she does the unthinkable, infiltrating his household as a maid. She’ll clean his study and rifle through his papers looking for information.
Alastair de Grey has a single reason to live: vengeance. More beautiful than Lucifer, twice as feared, and thrice as cunning, he’ll use any weapon to punish those who fooled and betrayed him—even an impertinent maid who doesn’t know her place. But the more fascinated he becomes with the uppity redhead, the more dangerous his carefully designed plot becomes. For the one contingency he forgot to plan for was falling in love…and he cannot survive being fooled again.
This is my first book by Meredith Duran and though I did find it interesting it started out a little slow for me.
Olivia desperately needs a way to blackmail Bertram who keeps following her and has tried to kill her. Every time she finds what she thinks is a safe place he or his henchmen seem to find her. While at Lady Elizabeth’s employ she finds some letters that tells her that the Duke of Marwick might just have that blackmail information she needs. She just needs to find a way into his house, so she poses as someone wanting a job as a housemaid. Olivia has spunk, but she has flaws and I like that in a character.
Alistair, Duke of Marwick is a brooding man. He was duped by his late wife and humiliated. He once was a great man of the people and on his way to be prime minister and now he locks himself in his room and broods. He wants nothing to do with anyone and never comes out of his room and throws things at those who dare enter. Olivia is made housekeeper instead of maid because she has numbers skills and can read. She is the only one brave enough to dare enter into Alistair’s room, even after having a bottle thrown at her head. Alistair took a bit to warm up too but then I started to like him.
They have a common enemy, but Alistair doesn’t know this at first. He is rude, boorish and mean to Olivia at first. Alistair was betrayed once and Olivia is not telling him the truth. Can Alistair handle more betrayal and can he tell the difference in what his wife and done compared to Olivia?
The beginning of the books reminded me a little of Beauty and the Beast with their banter back and forth and her always fleeing from him. The back and forth banter was fun but it also seemed to drag on a bit and there just wasn’t any of that regency seduction. It was about half way through the book that there was really anything in the way of sexual seduction that most historical romances I have read usually happens earlier on. It’s always that witty seductive fun in the beginning before the two characters even decide they want one another that I like more than the sex. (that doesn’t even happen until the last part of the book.) I guess I just didn’t feel the romance part in this book.
I really did enjoy the story but there was parts of it that fell a bit flat for me. This is the second book in a series and I would like to go back and read the first one because it’s about Lady Elizabeth and from the glimpse I got of her at the end she seems like a fun character to get to know.
If you are a fan of historical romances give it a try, it might be something that you will love.