I absolutely loved this book! It was so lifelike in that here are two protagonists, Delilah and Thomas, who grew up sharing many daring escapades together and were like brother and sister with everything in common! Perfect together but ‘clueless’ in that they couldn’t quite see they were made for one another! But I digress.
Lady Delilah Montebank is a treasure, only her mother doesn’t see it and has hounded Deliliah to find a husband – or she’ll find one for her! After being picked on once too many times Delilah pronounced she would have the most eligible Duke of Branville up to snuff by her birthday – within weeks of her announcement!
Her best friend, Lord Thomas Hobbs, the Duke of Huntley, thinks Delilahs quest to become a Duchess is ridiculous. Naturally he was a confirmed bachelor. But with Delilah thinking her ‘love potion’could possibly win over Branville, Thomas switches rooms whereby Delilah mistakenly gave Thomas the potion.
With room switching and ladies attempting to compromise other bachelors at the house party, the story gets pretty hilarious at times. But when push came to shove it would be Dukes to the rescue, but who would win the prize of Lady Delilah?
First of all MARRYING WINTERBOURNE was delightful and Ms Kleypas’ originality and creative scenarios have left me with that wonderful ahhhhhh…. feeling once again. I discovered Lisa Kleypas many years ago, and I find that as the years progress her writing gets more and more refined like a fine wine. It just gets better than ever and one must give high marks to this new series The Ravenels.
Common-born Rhys Winterborne’s vast wealth and success weren’t given to him. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants through a unyielding determination to succeed. From the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. And if it takes ruining her to ensure she marries him, then so be it. However as his all consuming lust changes into a love he’s never felt before, he’s afraid of losing her.
Right from the start Lady Helen was a bit frightened of the Rhys but as she gets to know him better she sees the vulnerability and the gentleness of the man. Helen realizes she is in love with Rhys but then discovered something about herself that could destroy the man she loves. Her biggest decision, should she trust in love or continue the lie that if Rhys knew would destroy his faith in her?
Wealthy heiress, Diana Sommerville, both beautiful and intelligent has finally returned home after overseeing her family’s diamond mines and taking care of her beloved brothers remains who had been killed in the Boar Wars in Africa. She wanted peace and solitude when she arrived at her family home, but instead she found to her horror that Rupert Lacey, the man she once loved and now loathed had moved in before her return and intended to stay!
Rupert Lacey had grown up with Diana and her brother. They were best friends and Diana was going to marry Rupert until she discovered that he had been unfaithful. However, her brother, unbeknownst to her, had left a will naming Rupert his beneficiary to share Diana’s wealth and home.
*** One can imagine the scenario’s that commenced when Diana was faced with the fact that her beloved brother had left his shares of diamond mines, a prize race horse, and her family home and properties to her former fiance! Try as she might, legally there was nothing Diana could do to wrest control from Rupert! Worse, most people assumed they had married while abroad and to keep herself from utter ruin while living in the same house, Diana had to pretend they were man and wife.
Try as she might, Diana was not immune to Rupert and the passion that existed between them sizzled. It would take honesty and truth to set them free to love again which is exactly what they each wanted should these two stubborn souls admit to themselves.
368 pages Publication: November 27th 2018 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks
ISBN13: 9781250295972 Rating 5*
Can’t say when I enjoyed a story more! Historical romances are my favorite and THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE DUKE by Janna MacGregor was one I truly enjoyed.
Lady Daphne Hallworth was ready to celebrate the holidays with her family but all the participants left assuming everyone had a ride. At first quite piqued that she was left home alone, Daphne uses the time to work on her dream—opening a home for unwed mothers. Taking a bit of time out for a walk, she sat in the park and thought to make some notations in her very private journal, when a young pickpocket grabbed her reticule with the journal in it. Giving chase she ran into her brother’s best friend-turned-enemy, Paul Barstowe, Duke of Southart. Her personal journal holds secrets that could devastate her family. Daphne has always harbored private feelings for the man her family scorns…though perhaps striking a bargain with the handsome Duke will solve both their problems?
Paul, long considered good for nothing, aims to open a hospital to honor his brother and restore his reputation. So when a conflict over the land, which Daphne wanted for her Home for unwed mothers, brings him straight into Daphne’s life, they make a deal: He will help her find her diary if Daphne can change her family’s opinion of him.
Lady Daphne has held a tendre for Paul for most of her life, and in spite of the conflict between her brother and his once best-friend – Daphne still held him in her heart. Amidst lots of scenarios between Daphne and Paul while he does his best to protect Daphne from ruin as her stubbornness of wanting to retrieve her journal leads her to several locations a lady never should be in, their passions ignite. And in trying to turn over a new leaf, will Paul’s efforts to help turn her brother into wanting to call Paul out!
London banker Quinn Wentworth is facing execution, for a murder which he is being framed for. But, before the floor drops out of the gallows he’s declared the long-lost heir to a dukedom! Quinn has fought his way up from the vilest slums, and now he’s ready to use every dirty trick he knows to find the enemy who schemed against him.
Except for one tiny problem! Thinking he was on his way to the devil, he had married Jane Winston, the widowed, pregnant daughter of a meddlesome prison preacher. Quinn, believing his days numbered, offered Jane marriage as a way to guarantee her independence and provide for her child. Neither thinks they’ll actually have a future together. And that is where the fun begins.
One thing you can expect from Grace Burrowes are different scenarios which I have found are a trademark of this brilliant author. And MY ONE AND ONLY DUKE the first book in this new series introduces us to the unconventional Wentworth family which I predict is going to be a winner!
Quinn is now an even wealthier gutter rat out for vengeance. Jane is a minister’s daughter who must turn a marriage of desperation and convenience into a proper ducal union. Add to that Quinn’s two sisters, and younger handicapped brother who were just as hungry for payback as Quinn for the dastardly person who framed their brother and Jane had her hands full. With some training, albeit not in a role as a duchess, Jane had the task of turning this unusual household into a refined ducal residence as well as teaching Quinn that love and trust were part of having a real marriage.
Having a most disastrous London debut, Millicent Edgebrook has proven herself skilled at securing matches—for every young lady but herself. Resigned to spinsterhood, and eager to gain independence from her lovable but eccentric uncle, Millie works with the Everton Domestic Society. Her next assignment: find a bride for Preston Knowles, Duke of Middleton. How difficult can it be – As difficult, it seems, as resisting her own attraction to the duke…
Preston has promised himself not to be ruined by love. Yet he’s fantasizing about the lovely matchmaker his mother hired to find him a bride. Millie’s past is shrouded in secret, and the Everton Society forbids relations between employees and clients. But even with so many obstacles against them, Preston longs to convince Millie of his devotion, but what will he think if he discovers the reason for her ruin?
True love never runs smooth but when Millie is faced with the prospect of being blackmailed by the man who ruined her– who but the Duke will come to her aid and save her!Delightful story!
Book Publisher ebook, 352 pages Publication: September 25th 2018 by Avon
It was easy for society to overlook Lady Ida Howlett; they found her bookish, opinionated, and off the marriage mart. But little did they know that behind a calm exterior beats the heart of an adventuress, one who, determined to discover her runaway sister’s whereabouts, steals a carriage and sets off on a daring mission. Then she discovers she’s not alone! Bennett, Lord Carson, is inside, and he refuses to leave.And so begins one of the cutest and most adorable Regency romances I’ve read in quite a while!Loved Lady Ida!
Lord Carson was the dependable one, the one who sacrificed for the good of the family, the one that kept his mother in good spirits while his dad carried on with his mistress and spent as much money as he could!Sensible, kind, sweet, but persona non grata to the rest of Lady Ida’s gan Frampton family as he didn’t marry either of her two older sisters!
Their great adventure proved to be a long journey and during that time they became quite good friends who started to appreciate the quirks that made each other different.Lady Ida knew that Lord Carson would never be serious about her, as she was not soft, blonde, amiable, and no one was going to change her. Carson on the other hand decided quite soon that even though she was opinionated and courageous, she was also intelligent and really quite a good conversationalist and companion.
Lord Carson’s biggest issue was trying to then convince Ida she was exactly his type!
Right from the boat I have to say I LOVED this story!From the beginning to the endI couldn’t put it down! Violet Somerset was a terrific heroine and her attempt to save her young sister was well thought out as well as extremely entertaining! One (me) had to laugh out loud at Violet’s remarks to Nicholas, the Earl of Dare, who was so clueless as to the double entendre’s Violet was continually lobbing at him. For Nicholas, who had never had problems in seducing or attracting females – as the handsome bachelor earl – really couldn’t comprehendwhy he was having so much trouble trying to charm this very unique and intelligent young woman!He was told she was shy and unassuming – but with him she was anything but! I found the story be unbelievably funny, until of course the game was up when Nicolas found out his ‘Hyacinth’ was none other than her older sister Violet, who by that time was just almost ready to tell him the truth.
Bottom line:Again I loved this story and can’t wait for the third book in this absolutely delightful series!
I must say this was quite a fresh outlook on a simple Regency historical romance.The heroine was in extreme dire straits and her life was going to be hell if she hadn’t had the support of a loving aunt who gave this young woman the strength to save herself. All she had to do was convince the Earl of Westal to agree to her outrageous proposal.Without giving too much away in spoilers of our heroine, Veronica Glendalion, you can only surmise that her future looked extremely bleak and short if she couldn’t convince the Earl to help her.
In a normal world Veronica might have been turned away immediately as a crazy person for approaching an almost complete stranger – the Earl of Westal,a member of the nobility – but she had met him as a child and hoped that he would remember him saving her from a bunch of bullies.However, what helped her case was the fact that the Earl’s mother had been trying for years to marry him to another whom he had absolutely no interest in. Other than the fact that Westal was quite taken with Veronica’s striking blue eyes, he definitely wanted to help this lady in distress!
Frankly, I truly LOVED this story, the pacing, the suspense, the characterizations, but due to some portions of the book being repeated and poor editing I can’t give this a a higher rating. The story itself is a 5* but overall I have to give it a 4*…