The Duke’s Magnificent Bastard

Romance - Historical
430 Pages
Reviewed on 08/27/2017
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Author Biography

Fall in love with Romance all over again
with author Sandra Masters
From a humble beginning in Newark, New Jersey, a short stay at a convent in Morristown, N.J. at the age of fourteen, Sandra Masters retired from a fantastic career for a play broadcasting company in Carlsbad, California, and settled in the rural foothills of the Sierras of Yosemite National Park with her husband, Ron, and two dogs, Silky and Sophie. She traded in the Board Rooms for the Ballrooms of the Regency Era and never looked back.
She wrote her first book at the age of thirteen and since then she’s always traveled with pen and notebook for her writing experiences. It’s been the journey of ten thousand miles with a few steps left to go. She deemed it a pleasure to leave the corporate world behind decades later.

Nothing she expected, but everything she desired. Her business card lists her occupation as Living The Dream.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

The Duke’s Magnificent Bastard by Sandra Masters is a spellbinding historical novel that features interesting characters and a gripping plot. Meet Thorn Wick, the bastard son of a duke, who is doing everything to win his father’s good graces by working hard to achieve recognition as a respectable golden horse trainer. But then when things seem to be going better for him, Alicia Montgomery, the duke’s ward, comes into the picture, a woman who is madly in love with Thorn. She believes she can seduce the duke’s son to get him to love her. While on a mission to Barbados, a mission sanctioned by his father, Thorn learns dark secrets about his past and what happened to his mother. Now he has to choose whether to get revenge for his mother or to allow his heart to be tempered by Alicia’s passionate love. The reader will have to turn those pages to discover the twists and exciting detours in this gripping story.

Sandra Masters has created a story and a setting that will transport readers to exciting places. Thorn Wick is a character that I enjoyed a lot and it was fun navigating the complex world of his heart and feeling the pain he carries within him by being a bastard son. The writing is beautiful and reads with an unusual fluidity. The setting is beautifully captured, thanks to the author’s masterful use of descriptive prose. The dialogues are well-crafted and they have a lot of depth with great realism injected into them. The Duke’s Magnificent Bastard is a delightful story with characters that will stay with readers for long; it is entertaining, well-paced, and designed to keep readers turning the pages.