Awakening His Duchess Author:Katy Madison Lord Beaumont Havendish has been thought dead for nine long years. However, death would be a relief from his grinding existence as a white slave in the tropical island of Saint-Domingue. At long last revolution gives him a chance to escape, but he?ll never escape the knowledge that the woman he loved sent him into a living hell. He leaves the t... more »ropical sands behind and returns to the gentle shores of England thinking the nightmare is finally behind him to find it has only just begun. The traitorous Yvette is comfortably ensconced in Beau?s ancestral home, posing as his bereaved widow. Yet, nothing is what it seems. Yvette is no longer the girl he once adored. She seems more like a ghost than the wicked temptress he believes betrayed him. Can he forgive the past and dare he risk AWAKENING HIS DUCHESS?« less
Four stars for originality; Saint-Domingue and the horrors of the slave rebellion, witch doctor spells, an aristocratic hero buried alive and turned slave. But it doesn't stop there; the star crossed lovers must endure their own subsequent hardships and are eventually reunited half a world away to work through their mistrust, suspicions, and soul-breaking loss. The story glossed over some of the secondary characters, and I would have liked to have seen more romance between Yvette and Beau, but given their history their portrayals were realistic. A well-written and intriguing story that I enthusiastically recommend.