Duke in DisguiseIt’s hard to distill this book into a short review, because it was chock full of elements I loved with surprising moments at every turn. Sebastian is fantastic at creating characters that go against expectations, either the reader’s or for their position in society.

Verity and Ash follow the “friends to lovers” journey, but the road to happiness is paved with surprising revelations and political issues. Much of this book does not take place in the upper echelons of British society, instead giving us a detailed look into the working class. This frees the characters from some restraints, but not others.

Verity is possibly one of my favorite romantic heroines of all time, and I’d happily read stories about her life and escapades because she never needed a romance to define her. This story is highly recommended to anyone looking for a different take on many romance tropes.

Rating: 5 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.

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By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Her debut novel, STEEL VICTORY, was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction graduate program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was one of the co-editors for FAR WORLDS, a speculative fiction anthology. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (www.jlgribble.com), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/jlgribblewriter), and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

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