May 6, 2015

Loved by a Duke by Christi Caldwell Review

For ten years, Lady Daisy Meadows has been in love with Auric, the Duke of Crawford. Ever since his gallant rescue years earlier, Daisy knew she was destined to be his Duchess. Unfortunately, Auric sees her as his best friend's sister and nothing more. But perhaps, if she can manage to find the fabled heart of a duke pendant, she will win over the heart of her duke.

Auric, the Duke of Crawford enjoys Daisy's company. The last thing he is interested in however, is pursuing a romance with a woman he’s known since she was in leading strings. This season, Daisy is turning up in the oddest places and he cannot help but notice that she is no longer a girl. But Auric wouldn’t do something as foolhardy as to fall in love with Daisy. He couldn’t. Not with the guilt he carries over his past sins... Not when he has no right to her heart...But perhaps, just perhaps, she can forgive the past and trust that he’d forever cherish her heart—but will she let him?

I am going to start this review by telling you that this story does end with a Happily Ever After. I feel it is important that you know that up front as Christi Caldwell book Loved by a Duke takes you through every emotion you have, from light hearted laughter to such grief where you ugly cry (at least I did), that even a week after reading it, I still feel each emotion clearly.
So we are going to continue on with the stars of this book.
Lionel is one of the main characters of this book, but yet…he is dead.
 Auric is a man of pride, responsibility…and guilt. He takes responsibility for his friend’s death and the guilt for his friends’ family.
Daisy is Lionel’s sister and is secretly in love with Auric
Marcus is/was Auric and Lionel’s friend and was there the night that Lionel died and he truly becomes the savor of this story.
So now you know really the characters and really part of the story. But this book is so much more; this story is not only about love, but about acceptance and grief. For me, the worst and best part of this book is when Daisy is in Lionel’s room, saying goodbye. I seriously ugly cried then and I am tearing up just thinking about it. But there are also so many other parts of this book that truly more me, but that one scene, had me sobbing like I had lost my own brother.
I am constantly amazing at just how much Christi Caldwell’s books blow my mind, I think I wax lyrical about just how much I love her book, but also that, that book is the best one ever written. Well I was wrong, as THIS book is the best one she has ever written and to be perfectly honest, I don’t think any story will ever beat it.
So now it comes to the scoring, which is the easiest part of this whole review and also the only time I am not crying. Loved by a Duke earns 10 out of 10.

USA Today Bestselling author, Christi Caldwell blames Judith McNaught's "Whitney, My Love," for luring her into the world of historical romance. While sitting in her graduate school apartment at the University of Connecticut, Christi decided to set aside her notes and try her hand at writing romance. She believes the most perfect heroes and heroines have imperfections and she rather enjoys tormenting them before crafting a well-deserved happily ever after! 

Christi makes her home in Southern Connecticut where she spends her time writing, chasing around her feisty six-year old son and caring for her twin princesses in training!

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