After being captured and held captive in a traveling menagerie, Alwyn Ap Lewin, Duke of Llewelyn, refuses to shift into his lion form.
The longer he denies his inner lion, the sicker he gets, but he’d rather die free than be captive ever again.
The denizens of Lowell Close live in fear and suspicion of Alwyn-except for lady apothecary Tabitha Barrington.
Tabitha alone can help the shapeshifting duke, and with her by his side, the Wild Lion of Wales discovers he has something to live for and to fight for, after all.
This is an adult 18+ story that contains language, possible violence, and sexual situations geared to an adult audience.
Title: A Duke at the Door
Series: Shapeshifters of the Beau Monde #3
Author: Susanna Allen
Genre: Historical Paranormal Romance
Published: August 23, 2022
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating: 4 stars
A Duke at the Door continues the Shapeshifters of the Beau Monde series with Alwyn’s and Tabitha’s intriguing story. Along the way, we’ll get the chance to catch up a bit with couples from the earlier books in this series. It’s for that reason that I would suggest reading this series in order if at all possible. Yes, you can enjoy it without doing so, but I believe knowing what came before will enhance your reading enjoyment. But, you do what is best for you as always, it’s a suggestion.
Most of what you’d want to know before picking up this one can be found in the cover description. I adored and felt so sympathetic for Alwyn, he’s been through terrible trauma and, in many ways, is still reliving his capture every single day with his fear of shifting into his lion form. It’s understandable, but by not recognizing his other self Alwyn is basically killing himself. But not if the Prince Regent has anything to say about it (and he does quite fiercely). And this is where knowing what went on before in the earlier books will be helpful, but not absolutely necessary that is up to each individual reader.
I had such mixed feelings about Tabitha. She’s a human who has the gift of recognizing shifters, knowing what animal they shift into as well. She’s been brought in to help Alwyn battle his fears and find his lion once again. I’ll leave my opinion of Tabitha vague for each reader should reach their own conclusions. I liked her but there were times when I simply could have shaken her for her attitude and her words… but that was my interpretation of her.
My love of Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance, and Shifter Romance are combined seamlessly in A Duke at the Door. There are twists that may surprise you, a vile villain to expose, steamy moments, and chuckles as well. I always enjoy returning to this world and would recommend this one to those readers who love several genres and seeing some combined so effortlessly. Now comes the wait to see what comes next.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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