Review: How to Forget a Duke by Vivienne Lorret

Reviewed by Jen

I have read a few different books from Vivienne Lorret now, and I have enjoyed them enough that I did not hesitate to pick this one up. It follows the story of a professional matchmaker who inadvertently falls in love with the man who has hired her.

That premise could’ve made it very trite. So too could the second major trope thrown in. The heroine gets amnesia. Though that is an eye-roller for some folks, it did not bother me here. I did have a few issues, but that wasn’t one of them.

I guess, for me, my biggest complaint is that I was slow to warm up to these characters. Jacinda, our matchmaker, is hell-bent on proving Rydsrom, the titular Duke, is hiding something. She dresses up like a maid to invade his private space and she tries to sneak in to his country home as well. She comes across as immature and, well, like a bit of a wrecking ball. It was kind of a blessing when she forgot who she was.

That’s not to say she changed entirely. But she was more bearable without the constant conviction that she was in the right. It was in her moments of vulnerability that she was most likable.

Anyway, once she gets battered at sea and loses her memory, she ends up having to stay with Rydstrom for… Reasons. Yes, it’s a little thin, but it did not destroy my suspension of disbelief. Rydstrom is terrified that she will discover his bastard sister who he has been raising. Again, a little thin. But as you would suspect, the younger sister, Sybil, and Jacinda become fast friends. Forced proximity does its job and our leading characters develop an attraction which eventually leads to more.

Rydstrom is a bit stuffy and apparently has a little bit of OCD. But he thinks he is making his decisions based on what’s right for his sister and I can’t fault him for that. This is a very slow burn but the moments where the hero and heroine give into their attraction are filled with sexual tension and a satisfying pay off.

Waiting for the romance to really bloom made the ending feel a little bit rushed. And it was definitely easy, The solution is simple and tied up in a little nice bow. Still, I found the second half engaging and a pleasant, easy read. I’m a little worried that the entire series will have our matchmakers falling in love with their charges, but I will give the next installment a try and hopefully the author will surprise me. This was not my favorite from her, but I enjoyed it well enough once I got going.

Rating: B/B-

*ARC provided by Avon

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How to Forget a Duke
by Vivienne Lorret
Release Date: May 29, 2018
Publisher: Avon

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