cover image The Legendary Duke: Put Up Your Dukes, Book 2

The Legendary Duke: Put Up Your Dukes, Book 2

Margaret Locke. Locked on Love, $15.99 trade paper (395p) ISBN 978-1-946553-05-8

Locke follows her nearly flawless series opener with a too-clever-by-half fusion of Regency romance and Arthurian legend, specifically the story of Gawain and the Green Knight. After growing up in Italy, Gavin Knight returns to England to claim his inheritance as Duke of Cortleon. He’s a formidable fighter and determined to personally avenge the murder of his father. Marriage is the last thing on his mind. In a diverting contrivance, his plan for revenge begins to waver when he lays eyes on Lady Elinor “Nelle” Greene. It’s a venial departure from the legend, but it works. Due to her family’s diminished circumstances, headstrong, independent Nelle must marry for money. Feeling like a sacrificial lamb, she agrees to wed a much older man. Then she meets Gavin, and both must choose between duty and love. Forgiving the 21st-century dialogue may be a challenge for purists, but the story is genuine romance. (BookLife)