Genre: Historical

THE DUKE’S GUIDE TO CORRECT BEHAVIOR by Megan Frampton

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THE DUKE’S GUIDE TO CORRECT BEHAVIOR by Megan FramptonThe Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior by Megan Frampton
Series: Dukes Behaving Badly #1
Published by Avon Genres: Historical
ReviewedbyVanessa

Marcus inherited the title of Duke of Rutherford—a title that he was ill prepared for and didn’t relish having.  He finds that being a Duke has its benefits and he wants to make something of himself rather than twiddling away his life in meaningless pursuits.  A perfect opportunity to become more responsible makes itself known in the form of a child he had with a former lover showing up on his doorstep.  Seeking to make a better life for his child, Marcus hires a governess to teach the child and himself how to behave, as befits his station in life.  Marcus however, despite his longing to be better, finds that he would really like to engage in debauchery with his newly acquired governess, Lily.

Lily Russell and her friends have started a service to provide the well-to-do with employees who are trying to make a better life for themselves.  When a call comes in seeking a governess for a Duke, Lily is forced to go on the interview as no one else is available.  Lily finds that she is attracted to the new Duke of Rutherford, but she can’t jeopardize her position, or her friends’ livelihood, and she is also drawn to the young orphaned child now in the Duke’s custody.  Fighting their mutual attraction, Marcus and Lily embark upon making a situation for the young girl better, as well as teaching Marcus how to behave as a proper Duke.

The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior was a sweet romance showing how the characters strove to overcome obstacles set upon them.  Watching Marcus and Lily work to ignore the pull that they felt for one another and do what was ‘right’ in society’s eyes at the time their story was set was a way to pass a bit of time.  There were a few goose bumps scenes enmeshed within the pages of The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior, but I felt that it took Marcus was too long to truly grasp his title and what it meant!  I also felt that Lily caved too quickly when threatened by another character, and I would have liked a bit more finesse on her part in The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior.  However, her actions held true to her character.

CATCH A FALLING HEIRESS by Laura Lee Guhrke

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CATCH A FALLING HEIRESS by Laura Lee GuhrkeCatch a Fall Heiress by Laura Lee Guhrke
Series: An American Heiress in London
Published by Avon Genres: Historical
ReviewedbyMelissa

Linnet Holland wants to marry for love and she thinks she found the man of her dreams. She never expected that Jack Featherstone will ruin it and her reputation! Jack was only trying to protect Linnet from a man who had hurt a friend of his. Now he finds himself honor bound to marry Linnet in order to preserve her reputation. Can Linnet and Jack find something more than just duty in this forced marriage?

 

I fell in love with Jack in the first chapter of Catch a Falling Heiress and never stopped. I wanted him to have his happy ending and Laura Lee Guhrke delivered. I loved watching Jack and Linnet find their way around each other and fall in love. Perfect for reading for historical lovers!

THE DUKE’S DILEMMA by Grace Burrowes

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THE DUKE’S DILEMMA by Grace BurrowesThe Duke's Dilemma by Grace Burrowes
Published by Sourcebooks Genres: Historical
ReviewedbyMelissa

When the lady he’s chosen as his bride decides on another suitor, Noah Winter, Duke of Anselm is nothing if not practical. He decides to wed the lady’s companion, Lady Thea Collins. He’s sure she’ll be a perfect fit. Thea’s not sure she wants to be Noah’s duchess but in order to save her sister from the same misfortune which has fallen her, she will take a chance. Can two people brought together in a marriage of convenience make something more? Or will the whole marriage end in disaster?

 

I’m super picky when it comes to historical romance. I read so few of them now days that a title really has to suck me in for me to be excited by it. The Duke’s Disaster did exactly that. From the moment Noah extended his proposal to Thea I was hooked and unable to stop reading. Grace Burrowes has been added to my list of “must read” historical authors! This is one book that will be on my keeper shelf!

FOUR NIGHTS WITH THE DUKE by Eloisa James

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FOUR NIGHTS WITH THE DUKE by Eloisa JamesFour Nights with a Duke by Eloisa James
Series: Desperate Duchesses #8
Published by Avon Genres: Historical
ReviewedbyShayna

At fifteen, a heartbroken, embarrassed Mia Carrington swore she’d never marry Evander Brody.  At twenty-eight, Mia has no choice but to take back her words.  In order to secure guardianship of her nephew and thus protect him from his evil uncle, Mia must marry – fast.  Having just been jilted at the altar, she’s desperate enough to blackmail the long ago object of her affections.

 

Vander can’t believe Mia’s audacious proposal – or her blackmail scheme.  Against all better judgment, he agrees to marry Mia, but with a condition of his own: he’ll only bed her for four nights a year, and only if she begs for it.  But when Vander learns there’s more to Mia than meets the eye, he knows he’s made a mistake.  Because four nights with Mia will never be enough when he’s rapidly falling in love with his new wife.

 

Four Nights with the Duke is a fast-paced, addictive read filled with lively, interesting, strong-willed characters.  Author Eloisa James knows how to capture your interest and not let go, and I found myself unable to put Mia and Vander’s book down.

 

I absolutely adored Mia.  She has a big heart and is protective of those she cares about.  Mia’s been hurt over and over, but though she has insecurities because of it, she remains a strong, resilient woman.  I wanted to see Vander fall head over heels in love with her, because they fit together so well.  Vander inadvertently hurt Mia in the past, and he makes plenty of mistakes with her in the present.  Vander’s got hidden scars of his own that have given him a distorted view of what love and marriage would mean for him.  He’s flawed, realistically so, and doesn’t always choose his words wisely.  I actually liked that about him, because he grows over the course of the story and realizes what a treasure Mia is.

 

Aside from the romance, we get to see Mia and Vander’s other passions.  Vander’s for buying, breeding, and racing horses and Mia’s for writing.  Mia’s work as a writer of popular romances was particularly fun to read about, and watching her struggle with writing her latest gothic romance was delightful.  Historical romance fans will also surely delight in the nods to authors Julia Quinn and Lisa Kleypas that are sprinkled throughout Four Nights with the Duke.

 

Four Nights with the Duke is the eighth book in the Desperate Duchesses series and the second book in the spinoff Desperate Duchesses by the Numbers series.  Though Mia and Vander’s story can easily be read as a standalone, it was a treat to see Thorn and India (of Three Weeks with Lady X) and Villiers (of A Duke of Her Own) again.  But the most captivating secondary characters are those new to the series, namely Mia’s spirited young nephew Charlie and Vander’s cheerful, often-drunk uncle, Chuffy (a nod to Twelfth Night’s Sir Toby Belch).  Charlie and Chuffy bring a sprightliness to Four Nights with the Duke that I loved.

 

Ms. James’s stories are always wonderfully entertaining and Four Nights with the Duke was no exception.  I devoured the book in one sitting and I cannot wait to read the next Desperate Duchesses story, Seven Minutes in Heaven!

THE WARLORD’S WIFE by Sandra Lake

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THE WARLORD’S WIFE by Sandra LakeThe Warlord's Wife by Sandra Lake
Series: The Sons of the North #1
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Historical
ReviewedbyMiranda

Independent Lida is used to fending for herself.  When her husband, the love of her life, died he left her with a gift. Unfortunately, his family called her a whore when they discovered her pregnancy and sent her packing.  Now she has a beautiful daughter and lives with her family.

 

Jarl Magnus is a celebrated Warlord looking for a sturdy wife to bear his sons.  He makes an offer to wed Lida and expects no objection.  He was sorely mistaken.  After much deliberation Lida agrees to marry him.  He doesn’t understand why Lida isn’t content to be his wife and wallow in his riches.

 

Lida and Magnus have no trouble in the bedroom but if they don’t learn to communicate outside the bedroom their marriage is doomed. Danger lurks on the horizon. Will they learn to communicate before it’s too late?

 

Author Sandra Lake’s debut novel The Warlord’s Wife is a gem! I had such a wonderful time reading this novel.  I even finished it in one sitting.  Lida has been dealt a rough set of circumstances. She isn’t keen to be under someone’s thumb.  But Magnus makes a deal she cannot refuse.  At some points both Lida and Magnus aggravated me because they are so darn stubborn. For two people that are so hot in the bedroom they should be able to talk outside it for five minutes without making each other mad.

 

Poor Magnus! While his male chauvinist side rubbed me the wrong way at times I felt bad for him as well. He could not figure out Lida’s mind but he really wanted to.  There are some really funny moments in the story as well.  Ms. Lake has created multi-layered loveable characters.  I could not get enough of Lida’s daughter Katia and how Magnus was with her.  Magnus and Katia’s relationship was adorable.

 

The Warlord’s Wife has it all; a feisty couple, cute kids, bad guys and an outstanding plot.  When Magnus and Lida begin working together as a team they cannot be defeated.  I loved taking the journey to happily ever after with them!   I look forward to the next book in the series, The Iron Princess.

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