A lot of romance novels have a Beauty and the Beast feel to them (since the redemption of the hero is often a key part of the plot), and that is very much the case here, with the hero having been horribly disfigured at Waterloo, and therefore convinced no one will ever love him, etc. Fortunately, since this is a Tessa Dare book, there was plenty of charm and humor to balance out some of the angst (for which I generally have little patience). This was often laugh-out-loud funny, as her books tend to be (there is a cat named Breeches in this book, which is reason enough to read it), and while I don't love the power dynamic of the relationship (the hero is a duke, and the heroine's a seamstress -- I generally prefer both halves of the couple to be on more even footing), I understand its necessity in this particular case (for plot reasons), and this was still thoroughly enjoyable. Not my absolute favorite Tessa Dare book, but a fun summer read that is sure to please her fans.
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