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  • Writer's pictureCatherine Bilson

The Perfect Duchess by Erica Taylor

The only thing you need to know about this book is that the villain turns out to be gay. Not only that, he turns out to be the villain BECAUSE he is gay. He disposes of one sister and tries to kill off the other (the heroine) because the hero admired THEM and not HIM.

I seriously cannot believe this got past an editor. You cannot, in this day and age, have the villain of your story turn out to be a member of a persecuted minority unless you want to get righteously slapped down for it by readers who don’t share your prejudices. Making the character the villain BECAUSE of their sexuality is 10 times worse.

People were horribly persecuted in the Regency era because of their sexuality; demonising them because of it in fiction is seriously beyond the pale. It’s not a clever plot twist. It’s demonstrating your homophobia.

You might enjoy this if you’re homophobic. Otherwise, you should run very, very far away.

No stars. Just horrified screaming.

(Also, the Kindle edition is $9.90. What the FUCK.)

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.

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