An All Regency Friday
MY REVIEW of
Duke of My Heart
A Season for Scandal
by Kelly Bowen
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Scandal can be handled…
Captain Maximus Harcourt, the unconventional tenth Duke of Alderidge, can deal with tropical storms, raging seas, and the fiercest of pirates. But he’s returned home from his latest voyage to find a naked earl – quite inconveniently deceased – tied to his missing sister’s bed. And he has only one place to turn. Now he’s at the mercy of the captivating Miss Ivory Moore of Chegarre & Associates, known throughout London for smoothing over the most dire of scandals.
Miss Moore treats the crisis as though it were no more serious than a cup of spilt tea on an expensive rug. As though this sort of thing happened on the job every day. Max has never in all his life met a woman with such nerve. Her dark eyes are too wide, her mouth is too full, her cheekbones too sharp. Yet together, she’s somehow…flawless. It’s just like his love for her, imperfect, unexpected – yet absolutely true.
Even though I read the three books in this series in backwards order, I did enjoy all three. Duke of My Heart is Book #1 of the Seasons of Scandal series. I do however feel I may have enjoyed it more since I was already aware of it’s Hero and Heroine from the subsequent books in the series.
I knew who Ivory was and what her role in the series entailed. I also was aware of Max but not to the same extent as “The Duchess”, Ivory as his role in the other two books was not as prevalent as hers.
This book is a love story with a background of mystery and intrigue. The mystery only adds to the enjoyment of this title.
I will most certainly look for other books to come out in this series as there are other characters to explore more deeply.
I gave this book 4.5 of 5 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 3.5 of 5 flames.
This book was borrowed in Kindle Format from my local library through Overdrive to read.
Silk & Shadows
Book 1 of The Silk Trilogy
by Mary Jo Putney
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He called himself Peregrine, the wanderer, and he came to London for revenge…
Like the falcon he named himself for, Peregrine is wild and free, an exotic prince who fascinates 1839 London with his wealth, mystery, and dangerous allure. He emerged from his mysterious Asiatic past to exact retribution for an appalling crime. Nothing and no one can stop him—except perhaps Lady Sara St. James, whose fragile beauty conceals a gentle heart, genuine goodness, and a soul of steel.
Unable to resist his seductive charm, Lady Sara turns away from her ordered life to embrace a man she loves, but cannot fully trust. In Sara, Peregrine sees a chance for a life beyond revenge. But can he keep her without revealing his devastating secrets? Or protect her from the enemy he has vowed to destroy?
The Silk Trilogy:
#1 Silk and Shadows
#2Silk and Secrets
#3Veils of Silk
“Sharply defining unforgettable characters and exquisitely fashioning a sumptuous love story, Ms. Putney proves herself a dreamspinner of the highest order….This splendorous tale is the perfect romance for the reader in search of the extraordinary.”
“Mary Jo Putney is a gifted writer with an intuitive understanding of what makes romances work. I loved Silk and Shadows, couldn’t put it down, and don’t think readers will, either.”
—Jayne Ann Krentz
“A fabulous, fabulous book. Bravo!”
“Silk and Shadows is something else. Like brilliant. It got under my skin as very, very few books have. It’s still under my skin. Mikhal was haunting.”
“Mary Jo Putney’s absolutely best yet.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USAToday bestselling author, Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure. Her entire romance writing career is an accidental byproduct of buying a computer for other purposes.
Her novels are known for psychological depth and intensity and include historical and contemporary romance, fantasy, and young adult fantasy. Winner of numerous writing awards, including two RITAs and two Romantic Times Career Achievement awards, she has six times had books listed among the Library Journal’s top five romances of the year, and three times had books among the top ten romances of Booklist, the magazine of the American Library Association.
Her favorite reading is great stories, but in a pinch she’ll settle for the backs of cereal boxes. She’s delighted that e-publishing can now make available books that have been out of print.
Triumph and Treasure
Highland Heather Romancing a Scot Series Book 1
by Collette Cameron
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A disillusioned Scottish gentlewoman.
Angelina Ellsworth once believed in love—before she discovered her husband of mere hours was a slave-trader and already married. To avoid the scandal and disgrace, she escapes to the estate of her aunt and uncle, the Duke and Duchess of Waterford. When Angelina learns she is with child, she vows she’ll never trust a man again.
A privileged English lord.
Flynn, Earl of Luxmoore, led an enchanted life until his father committed suicide after losing everything to Waterford in a wager. Stripped of all but his title, Flynn is thrust into the role of marquis as well as provider for his disabled sister and invalid mother. Unable to pay his father’s astronomical gambling loss, Flynn must choose between social or financial ruin.
When the duke suggests he’ll forgive the debt if Flynn marries his niece, Flynn accepts the duke’s proposal. Reluctant to wed a stranger, but willing to do anything to protect her babe and escape the clutches of the madman who still pursues her, Angelina agrees to the union.
Can the earl and his Scottish lass find happiness and love in a marriage neither wanted, or is the chasm between them insurmountable?
The Dashing Widow
Book One in the Regency Romps Series
by Elizabeth Bramwell
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Abigail Merriweather is learning the hard way that the Ton does not look kindly on newcomers to its ranks – especially when that newcomer is a dashing young widow whose wealth comes from the trades. Were it not for the gentle guidance of her best friend, Abby doubts she would have survived the Beau Monde’s disapproval for even a week – and especially not the critical gaze of the Earl of Gloucester. The man is insufferable, arrogant, and everything that Abby hates about the Ton – except those rare moments when he laughs, and Abby’s heart starts to beat in a most uncomfortable rhythm.
George, Earl of Gloucester, is horrified at the scrapes his sister’s best friend keeps falling into. True not all of them are her fault, but that doesn’t change the fact that her actions reflect poorly on his family. Since Mrs Merriweather doesn’t have any intentions of leaving London before the Season’s end, there’s nothing for it but for George to step in and help her navigate the treacherous waters of the Ton. She’s impulsive, tempestuous, headstrong and willful; in short, everything that he claims to dislike in a woman… except after spending time with Abigail Merriweather, he’s starting to wonder whether her faults are what make her so endearing.
Abby and George may be developing a strange sort of friendship, but they come from different worlds that are not entirely compatible. The real question is whether they can get past their own prejudices – and the interference of their friends and family – to find out whether an arrogant Earl and a dashing young widow can fall in love without creating a scandal.
The Thief Steals Her Earl
Craven House Series Book 1
by Christina McKnight
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