Lady Georgina Gordon is fun,
free-spirited and not a little unconventional. Raised in a
family that revels in their baser natures, nonetheless, all
her sisters have married titled men. Now, itís her turn, if
her matchmaking mother has anything to do with it.
The Duchess has set her sights on the
Duke of Bedford, a typical oats-sowing British gentleman,
complete with multiple mistresses and no intention of
marriage, but a lot of money and a title. And while he
doesnít want to marry, that doesnít stop him from coveting
the beautiful Georgy.
However, Georgy has no interest in
Francis, but that doesnít stop her from flirting with him.
All the while, she pictures his brother, John, instead.
John is happy to represent the tenants
in the House of Commons, and while his love for his sons is
readily apparent, no one knows the misery of his marriage to
an opium-addicted witch. At night, he dreams of a woman he
can share his love and life with. And despite the awkward
circumstances in which he met her, he canít help but think
I did really enjoy the two main
characters. John is dark, brooding, but also loving and
protective of those he cares about. Georgy is all fun and
games, but that hides a shrewd intellect that she puts to
good use. The characters remained constant throughout the
book, which is good, because the book was full of incredibly
detailed and minute changes in plot. Yes, there are other
plot changes that make a difference Ė a suicide, a marriage,
a wager. But in order to get to them, you have to wade
through the smallest actions and reactions to get to the
more understandable events.
I wanted to like The Decadent
Duke more than I did. But other than the wonderful
characterization, it mostly felt like a Victorian version of
Threeís Company, complete with misunderstandings and