In Syrie James’s newest Dare to Defy novel, a devastating duke goes head to head with a determined young woman.
Lance Granville, the Tenth Duke of Darcy, was none too happy to give up his career in the Royal Navy to inherit the family title, complete with an ancient castle he needs to renovate. When an architect arrives on his doorstep, Darcy is astonished to discover that she’s a woman.
Kathryn Atherton has one goal: to become the first woman architect in Britain. Marriage doesn’t figure in her plans. Despite the odds, her schooling is behind her. Now she needs experience. When she’s sent to a small tidal island in Cornwall to remodel a castle, the last thing Kathryn wants is to be attracted to its roguishly handsome owner.
Kathryn is determined to keep things professional, but the sizzling attraction between her and the duke quickly blazes out of control. When Darcy learns that Kathryn is an heiress whose fortune would save St. Gabriel’s Mount, he wages the most important battle of his life: to woo and win the woman who’s captured his heart. But duchesses can’t be architects. And Kathryn has worked too long and too hard to give up her dreams…
About the Author
Syrie James is the USA Today bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Runaway Heiress; Nocturne; Dracula, My Love; The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë; The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen; Jane Austen's First Love; Forbidden; The Harrison Duet; and the international bestseller The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen. An admitted Anglophile, Syrie loves all things British and 19th century. Her novels have hit many Best of the Year lists, won the Audie Romance Award, and been designated as Library Journal Editor’s Picks and the Women's National Book Association’s Great Group Read. Syrie lives in Los Angeles and is a member of RWA, JASNA, and the Writer's Guild of America. Visit Syrie at www.syriejames.com.
I really liked this synopsis and the idea of finding a new-to-me author and I’m wondering if 3 stars is too high. I liked Kathryn and Lance well enough. They’re both smart and charming people. Together they have great conversation and instant attraction. There are a few other characters, but it’s mostly just Kathryn and Lance. Plot wise, it was okay. The scenes did get repetitive, as did the inner monologues of both characters. The story progresses with several interrupted intimate scenes...and that’s all. There isn’t any tension or real build up. Even the forced time span didn’t feel like it added anything. Overall, it was the characters who kept me reading as I did want to read their HEA. **Huge thanks to Avon for providing the arc free of charge**