Review: Distracting the Duke by Elizabeth Keysian

Distracting the Duke

by Elizabeth Keysian
Publication Date: February 20, 2017
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Select, Historical Romance


Elizabeth Keysian’s Distracting the Duke is an entertaining page-turner of a regency romance that had me hooked from page one.

Early on, we have one of those embarrassing moments that eventually set up Distracting the Duke’s meet-cute: Clara overhears Marcus and a friend discussion what sort of woman he should marry and Marcus is initially dismissive on Clara and her charms. She is far too opinionated and intelligent for him, and he is in the market for a “brainless, biddable” wife who will not argue with him and will bear him lots of children. Clara, on the other hand, is a widow who is not the least bit interested in being any man’s wife–after a disastrous marriage to an odious, abusive man, what she wants is independence, since (at the moment) she is having to live under her brother’s roof and by his rules. Marcus is all set to woo Ellie, Clara and her brother’s ward, but somehow Clara keeps distracting him.

Though Clara and Marcus start off as enemies of sorts, it’s obvious these two are meant to be. The chemistry between them is electric and they both ignite the other’s curiosity and passion. I really liked how Ms. Keysian added doses of reality–touching on the domestic abuse and betrayal Clara was subjected to in her first marriage and the emotional and physical abuse Marcus dealt with during his formative years as well as how watching his parents marriage crumble affected how he himself views the institution.

This is a well-written story with engaging characters. My only quibble is that sometimes the pacing felt a bit too fast and I wanted the author to slow down a bit. I also longed for a little more historical bits (more about the politics of the time, etc) but the characters kept me hooked and I was charmed by their love story.

A recommended read!




Devonshire, England, 1820

Determined to avoid the strife-filled marriage of his parents, Marcus, the Duke of Ulvercombe, wants an amenable, biddable wife, and has set his cap for a certain pretty miss. Unfortunately, her vastly opinionated, frustrating, and lamentably beautiful guardian, Lady Clara Tinniswood, keeps distracting him, tempting him to consider a far more tempestuous—and passionate—union.

Recently widowed Lady Clara Tinniswood wants only to organize a quiet new life for herself, beyond the control of any man. But one shockingly unguarded moment while confronted by Marcus’s gloriously naked body catapults her headlong into a forbidden passion and threatens to undermine all her well-laid plans.

Even if Marcus abandons his sweet ideal and surrenders to his growing desire for Clara, there’s one unalterable issue which could destroy their hopes forever… 



Elizabeth Keysian felt destined to write historical romance due to her Cornish descent, and an ancestral connection to the Norse god Odin. Being an only child gave her plenty of time to read, create imaginary worlds, produce her own comics, and write sketches and a deplorably bad musical for an amateur dramatics group.

Three decades spent working in museums and archaeology fired Elizabeth’s urge to write, as did living on a Knights Templar estate, with a garage full of skeletons, a resident ghost and a moat teeming with newts.

Elizabeth lives near Bath in England with her partner and cats.

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