Never Deny Your Heart by Maureen Driscoll

18916727William (Liam) Kellington, the Duke of Lynwood, loves Rosalind Carson, the sister of an impoverished viscount. But while Lynwood was still coming to terms with his feelings — dukes can be particularly dim-witted when it comes to love — Rosalind’s brother sold her into a lucrative betrothal to another nobleman. Liam vows to save Rosalind from a marriage she does not want, while also convincing her to become the Duchess of Lynwood.

The lady, however, is not one to wait to be rescued.

Rosalind has been in love with William Kellington much of her life. And it has been a rather one-sided romance. When her brother promises her to a man five decades her senior, Rosalind must find a way to live the life she wants and not the one that has been forced upon her.

NEVER DENY YOUR HEART is the fifth book in the Kellington romance series, The first was NEVER A MISTRESS, NO LONGER A MAID, followed by NEVER MISS A CHANCE, NEVER WAGER AGAINST LOVE and NEVER RUN FROM LOVE.

NEVER DENY YOUR HEART contains explicit language and adult situations. You won’t like this book if you don’t like explicit language and adult situations. And while it is an historical romance, it is 98% romance and a tiny bit of history. This book probably isn’t your cup of British tea if you’re looking for actual history or substance. But….it is a fun book. And if you’re been reading the books from the beginning, it’s the one you may have been waiting for.

Thoughts when starting this book: OH MY GOSH, FINALLY!! I’ve been waiting 5 books for this!

The Kellingtons are one of my absolute favorite fictional families. Every one of their stories is uniquely wonderful! Settle in and let me tell you why this one is the best of them all! (Hal, pour the drinks! This might take a while!)

Throughout everyone else’s stories, I have had a huge crush on the secretive, managing older brother. What a perfect big brother! Backstory (In case you don’t already know) After the tragic death of their parents at much too young an age, poor Liam had to give up his rolicking days and get to work. He practically raised his younger siblings, and now (much like a magic genie) makes all of their wishes come true. Basically. There is no scandal too big for the magnificent Duke of  Lynwood to handle, while simultaneously loving his scapegrace siblings through. He’s magnificent. All the while, we (the readers, read here: His adoring fans) have hoped he would end up with Lizzie’s blue stocking bestie Rosalind.

To the surprise of no one, but the delight of all (especially me) we finally come to their story. That is, the story of Liam and Rosalind. Rosalind has been in love with Liam even longer than we have, basically since girlhood (and who could blame her!?). Rosalind has had a front row seat to watch Liam heroically brave any scandal for his family, all the while using his prestige to fight for political reforms to help the less fortunate. Liam is literally the perfect man. We already know how fiercely he loves and protects the people he cares about. Watching it extend to Rosalind is awesome. He’s got a dark secret (Which I shall not spoil, but trust me, it’s exciting!) that he guards carefully. Seeing the powerful Duke of Lynwood vulnerably offer himself and his secret to the woman he loves will make you swoon for days.

Now, on to Rosalind. This is no milk and water miss. You probably already know that, especially if you’ve read the other Kellington stories. Rosalind is one tough cookie. Faced with a betrothal to a lecherous old man at the behest of her horrid family, Rosalind takes off to make her own way in the world. She finds herself facing loads of challenges, as you may expect. She is, afterall, a lady on her own. However, our brave Rosalind faces down every obstacle and finds a comfortable living in a quaint village far far away from all of her problems.

This story is full of adventure, romance, sizzling passion, and extraordinary perseverance. This book is definitely one of the primary reasons that Maureen Driscoll is an automatic buy for me.



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