Review: Loving Lord Ash (Duchess of Love #3) by Sally MacKenzie

May 14, 2014 Review 0

Review: Loving Lord Ash (Duchess of Love #3) by Sally MacKenzie

A Little Misunderstanding. . .

Kit, the Marquis of Ashton, is in a sticky wicket. He married young and for love—how naïve. He discovered his mistake the very day of his wedding, but he is saddled now with a wife he's reluctant to trust. And however much evidence he gathers against faithless Jess, he can't seem to prove her guilt to the final judge—his foolish heart.

Jessica knows she's bobbled her marriage, however innocently. A fairytale wedding makes no difference if she hasn't got the marquis charmed to show for it. Well, she's had enough of accidental encounters with naked gentlemen and near misses explaining things to her husband. It's time to buck up and go win her man back—even if she has to fight very dirty indeed.

Title: Loving Lord Ash
Author: Sally MacKenzie
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: How to Manage a Marquess (Spinster House #2)
Published by Zebra
Source: Publisher
Published: 4 March, 2014
Genres: Historical Romace
Pages: 323
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames

Happiness is an historical romance that makes me laugh, smile and retreat into the lives and concerns of the characters complete with well-meaning by interfering family members.  Sally MacKenzie managed to present all of those elements and more in Loving Lord Ash, the first I have read by this author or in this series, but found delightfully entertaining with no struggles to catch up with past characters or information.

Kit and Jessica married for love, but situations and circumstances, and naked men have caused a rift, and the two have been estranged for eight years. Kit retreated to his family estate, and with his brothers both deliriously happy in their own marriages brings him to decide the time is right to make a decision about his marriage.

Jessica was never a member of the ton, in fact as the daughter of the head groom, she was in that social middle ground: not quite trusted to behave with propriety by the ton, but too ‘refined’ for most of the help.  Unwilling to acknowledge the rumours about the men in her house, and not being given the benefit of doubt by her husband: Jessica has quite a battle in front of her.  Of course, Kit’s family is aware of the rumours and EVERYONE has an opinion, part of the difficulty in this whole situation is that Kit and Jessica are so very much in love: just unwilling to admit it.

The story takes estranged married couple and adds several twists and interferences, rumours and even some sweet memories to fuel the connection between them that is apparent almost from page one.   Both Jessica and Kit are well-developed and easy to like, even as neither takes the simple step of simply asking direct questions and getting the real answers: unhindered by rumours, preconceptions or agenda.  This is an angel’s food cake with strawberries sort of story: light, sweet, tasty and the perfect afternoon’s treat read when heavy thought or tension just won’t work.

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