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How to Entice an Enchantress

Karen Hawkins

The Duchess Diaries: Book 3

September 17th, 2013

It’s always a good day when I check out the book shelves and find a new release by Karen Hawkins staring back at me!

How to Entice an Enchantress, is the third book in Ms. Hawkins brilliantly entertaining “The Duchess Diaries” series and this time around the youngest Balfour sister, Dahlia is the subject of the Duchess of Roxburghe’s matchmaking plots, with a most unlikely candidate anxious to win her hand.

“Reclusive Viscount Kirk, horribly scarred by a tragic accident that stole the life of his beloved first wife, is a man defined by fury. For years he’s eschewed society, growing abrupt and curmudgeonly. But now, when he’d given up on life, he’s fallen madly in love with the refreshingly naive daughter of his neighbor, dainty and charming Dahlia Balfour. Desperate to win her attention, Kirk calls in a favor from the Duchess of Roxburghe and asks that she transform him into a fashionable suitor for Dahlia’s hand. But what’s easy to change on the outside, isn’t as easy to change on the inside…

Dahlia’s always dreamed of a fairytale romance. Although Viscount Kirk is only seven years her senior, because of his cantankerous ways and lack of social graces she thinks of him as her “older neighbor,” and is blissfully unaware that he sees her as anything other than an acquaintance. She is shocked to see him at the duchess’s grand house party, trying to fit with the very societal rules he so frequently mocks. Surprised by his attention, irritated at his bald honesty, and intrigued that he finds her worth the effort, Dahlia regards Kirk as the opposite of Prince Charming. Without the pretty words and grand gestures she yearns for, can true love find its way into her unwilling heart?”

Painted lightly as a bit of a villain, but intriguing man of mystery, in the previously released How to Pursue a Princess, Viscount Kirk has called in a favor owed by the Duchess after completely bungling his own attempts at wooing the lovely Dahlia.

Reclusive since the accident several years ago that took the life of his first wife and left him scarred and his leg damaged, Kirk is a quiet man who is completely set in his ways until Dahlia comes into his life. When a misunderstanding and a badly botched proposal puts an abrupt end to their friendship, Kirk becomes willing to do whatever it takes to get her back. Even if that means re-learning the rules of society and mingling with the guests at the Duchess’ house party who look at him like he’s a monster.

Dahlia is a true romantic and still stinging from the most unromantic proposal in history, she is determined to find true love and passion during her stay with the Duchess, just as her two sisters did before her. So when she arrives and discovers a favorably changed Kirk also in attendance, the sparks immediately begin to fly.

Despite Kirk’s unwavering attitude about the silliness of love and romance, his actions throughout the book speak more loudly than words and make him a completely endearing character. In complete opposition, Dahlia is as sweet on the outside as she is inside, but blinded by her notions of what she thinks true love should be like.

I lost count of the times that I wished to reach inside the pages to give Kirk a hug or tap Dahlia on the head and tell her to “Wake up and see the truth!”, but Ms. Hawkins certainly knew what she was doing by allowing the romance to mature on its own.

Even before the last chapter is read, the reader knows in their hearts that the deep and abiding love between these two characters will only grow stronger with the passing of time and that’s a beautiful thing.

Read it! Keep it! And read it over and over again…you won’t be disappointed.


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