Review of “The Duke’s Holiday” by Maggie Fenton

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The Duke’s Holiday (The Regency Romp Trilogy #1)

Synopsis:

The Duke of Montford, cold, precise, and more powerful than the Prince Regent himself, wants things the way he wants them: cross-referenced, indexed, and at his beck and call. And he always gets what he wants.

Until he meets Astrid Honeywell. And a giant pig. And a crooked castle in the middle of Yorkshire.

Astrid Honeywell, staunch bluestocking, has struggled for years to keep her family together by running the estate and family brewery after her father’s death. She is not about to let the tyrannical Duke of Montford steal away all she has worked for because of some antiquated contract between their families. So when the priggish Duke comes to call, she does everything in her power—including setting the family pig on him—to drive him away.

She didn’t expect him to be so… well, infuriatingly attractive. Every time he scowls at her, she has the most improper desire to kiss him—and a whole lot more.

Montford can’t decide whether to strangle Astrid or seduce her. The one thing he knows for a fact is that he must resist his powerful attraction for her at all costs. He has a very proper, very demure fiancée waiting for him back in London, after all. But when Astrid is kidnapped by a disgruntled suitor and whisked off to Gretna Green, Montford will do anything to get her back.

Will these two drive each other to Bedlam… or can they make it to the altar without killing each other?

Includes an OCD Duke, a fiery heroine, mistaken identities, errant livestock, pompadours, drunken declarations, a touch of smex, and enough witty banter to sink a ship.

NOTE: This is a sexy historical romance. Recommended for 18+ due to adult content. (less)

My Thoughts:

  The Duke’s Holiday was too funny for words! I liked it a lot! I loved the Duke with his OCD disorder and cocky attitude. So far the most up tight hero in the beginning of any story I’ve read. In the end he turns out to be perfectly besotted and in love. The heroine was feisty and brave, she even saves herself, not completely, but certainly close. I liked that she fought for women’s equality and had many revolutionary ideas. I even enjoyed Astrid and Montford’s banter and their attraction very much with both of them trying to fight it and of course eventually succumbing to it.

I’m not a fan of physical comedy, but many people are and I think those readers will be delighted by this book. The antics are not my cup of tea, but I enjoyed the romance and reading about the Duke’s character development. I know I’m in the minority, because most people think old comedies like I Love Lucy are hilarious.
Since the irreverent, madcap style of this book won’t suit everyone, I highly recommend reading the very generous sample before purchasing.

If allowed I would give this 3 1/2 stars, but since Amazon and other sites only allow whole numbers I gave it a 3.
I receive a Free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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