Linnette, the Dowager Duchess of Doveshire, has been running the estate of the Doveshire’s since the death of her husband four years ago but now the new duke has returned and London society has started to talk. Linnette the Lioness by Lavinia Kent picks up where Kathryn the Kitten (you can read my review here) ends, with Kathryn and Linnette not speaking to each other because of a caricature that was drawn showing Linnette with Kathryn’s husband. With Kat not speaking to her Linnette is at a loss over who to trust now that the new Duke of Doveshires has returned from Canada, not only has he returned to take over the running of the estate but Linnette is having trouble ignoring her feelings for the man she once thought she would run off and marry before he abandoned her to join the military.
I have to admit I didn’t like Linnette the Lioness as much as I enjoyed Kathryn the Kitten. Linnette didn’t feel like it had as much story line as Kat did, more snapshots of sex scenes and less about the characters’ interactions and the plots of the story. Also, Linnette and James got a little rougher with each other than I really enjoy reading about, I understand that Kent was trying to show the passion that exists between the characters but I just didn’t enjoy reading it as much. Linnette is a shorter novella, about 144 pages of regular book length so it was a quick read. I didn’t dislike the story I just didn’t love it. However, I am excited for Annabelle’s story based upon the caricature that was released at the end of the Linnette.
The Real Duchesses of London
Annabelle the American (August 2011)
Author: Lavinia Kent
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Release Date: August 9, 2011
Available for purchase: Amazon
**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way