Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Silk & Scars by Cassandra Dean

Title: Silk & Scars (The Silk Series #3)
Author: Cassandra Dean
Publisher:_Decadent Publishing
Genre: Historical Fiction, Victorian, Romance, Epistolary
Publication: June 02, 2015

My Rating: 5/5

Source: Reading Alley

For over a year, Miss Gwendolyn Parkes and the Duke of Sowrith have corresponded. At first an error, the letters quickly became something much more, a friendship forged on like minds and perhaps the hope of something more…

When Gwen is compelled by her employer to attend the duke at his Dartmoor estate, she is devastated to find her beloved friend cold and imperious, even if he is the most handsome man she’s ever seen – despite his scars.

Edward, Duke of Sowrith, has longed to meet Gwen. Arranging her passage to his estate, he is tongue-tied when confronted with her quiet beauty. All too aware of the twisted ruin of his face, he allows fear to hold him silent…until Gwen’s safety is threatened.

Finally together, they grow closer until it seems they can never again be apart – but can a commoner and a duke find a happily ever after?

**Review copy provided via Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review**

Don't worry about spoilers, this series consists of companion novels, so it's not necessary to read the other books before reading this one.

You know, I just realized that I've read a lot of books lately with a male love interest who's scarred or suffers from some kind of disfigurement, and has the need to hide part of it under a mask, eye patch or whatever... Is this now like a thing for me?

Anyway, let's just get to the story.

Because of a misunderstanding, the Duke of Sowrith gets a letter from Gwen, one that was supposed to be for her friend Etta. He reads it and actually finds it very amusing, so he writes back to her to tell her what happened. Gwen is embarrassed and apologizes for the mix-up, especially because her employer would kill her if he found out what happened, since the duke is one of his clients.

Edward, the duke, writes to Gwen again, so that she can tell him about the story with Etta that was included in the first letter... Because he's just all about the gossip.

For over a year, these two keep writing to each other and, without realizing it, start having feelings for one another. So one day, Edward orders Gwen's employer to come to his house and take her with him, where she's now supposed to work.

This is so beautiful, you guys. Beautiful!

Edward and Gwen have an amazing relationship, ever since that first letter. The way he acts in front of her once they meet in person is adorable, and I love how she's usually the one to take the first step. He's very insecure and withdrawn because of his scars, but Gwen just keeps showing him again and again how beautiful he is to her and how he doesn't need to hide from her (she actually doesn't feel good enough for him, since he's a duke and she only a commoner).

You know that feeling you get when you see (or in this case, read) something so pretty that your heart kinda hurts a little bit, but in a good way? THAT'S WHAT I WAS FEELING. I felt for Edward so much, I just wanted to give him a big hug and tell him that everything was going to be just fine.

Another amazing thing about this is that Edward respects Gwen very much and sees her as his equal. Gwen does have a job, mind you, but she gets mistreated because of her gender. Edward can't stand this and sees how incredibly smart and passionate she is about what she likes.

I was actually grinning like an idiot the whole time I was reading this. It's just so precious.

Have you read any of the other books in the series?

Thank you for reading! Bye-Bye! ♥


  1. Such an inspirational post!
    Love it!!

  2. This sounds really nice! I'm going to have to read it ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

    1. It's really good! ^-^ I hope you do get a chance to read it, because it's very beautiful <3

  3. Ooh, the writing to each other sounds like it could be one of those incredibly sweet things that makes me want to pick up the book and snuggle it. And yes, it does seem like you have been reading a lot of those kind of books! Ahaha, must be your type. But nothing wrong with a vulnerable man trying to get by <3

    1. Yess, it's adorable! I've had to re-read some parts because they're just amazing <3
      Hahaha well I like the way you describe it! I've always wanted to read The Phantom of the Opera, I think the time has finally come :P

  4. love this post! follow for follow on GFC? x

  5. You have me intrigued with this one! :)

    1. I actually think you'd love this, Miranda! :D It's incredibly sweet <3

  6. OMG, another "Beauty and the Beast" story!! I'm just such a sucker for these retellings! I NEVER get tired of them, and they make me cry (happy tears) like such a So OF COURSE I want this one, too!!

    I love the way these two meet -- through a letter that was supposed to go to someone else. And then they keep writing to each other. This is really adorable!

    I really enjoyed reading your thoughts! Your enthusiasm for the story is very evident, and I love that!

    Thanks for sharing this great review!! : )

    1. Me too!! I really enjoy reading retellings <3 and there are a lot of great ones out there!

      Haha yes! The way they meet is very original and it also gives them a chance to get to know each other a lot more. I loved reading their letters, they were very funny and sweet.

      Thank you so much for your nice comment, I'm so glad you liked this! ^-^


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