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Along Came a Duke: Rhymes With Love [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Boyle
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“Wit, passion, and adventure, Elizabeth Boyle has it all!”
—Julia Quinn

New York Times bestselling RITA® Award winner Elizabeth Boyle is a wonder, and with Along Came a Duke—the first book in her delectable Rhymes with Love series based on well-known nursery rhymes—she proves once more that no one writes wittier, more endearing and original historical romance. Returning once more to England during the colorful Regency Era, Boyle transports readers to the small town of Kempton, where a local curse prevents the female residents from wedding—a fact that cannot deter a plucky young heiress who needs to marry to inherit her fortune, as she strikes out for London to wed a rakish and unsuspecting duke. Funny, touching, and wonderfully sensuous, Along Came a Duke is a prime example of the exceptional romantic magic that puts Elizabeth Boyle in the same master class as Lisa Kleypas and Christina Dodd.



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From the Back Cover

“A young lady with a fortune is subject to all sorts of untoward attentions by the worst sort of vagrants.” Aunt Allegra

A lesson Tabitha Timmons, a penniless spinster, has neverneeded to heed. That is, until she is left a vast fortune payableonly upon her marriage to the very respectable Mr. Barkworth—a match that offers little chance of discovering exactlywhat her aunt means by "untoward attentions."

But the same can't be said when the Duke of Prestonhappens along Tabitha's path. He spies a rebellious streak inher that matches his own and he makes it his missionto save her from such a passionless match, interfering in herlife at every turn. All too soon, Preston—whose veryname spells ruin—has Tabitha caught betweenthe good fortune that guarantees her security,and his kiss, which promises an entirelydifferent kind of happily-ever-after.

About the Author

Elizabeth Boyle has always loved romance and now lives it each and every day by writing adventurous and passionate stories that readers from all around the world have described as "page-turners." Since first being published in 1996, she's seen her books become New York Times and USA Today bestsellers and won the RWA RITA® Award and a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award. She resides in Seattle with her husband and two sons, or "heroes in training" as she likes to call them.


Product Details

  • File Size: 781 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062089064
  • Publisher: Avon (May 29, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ID6NRC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,406 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cinderella And Love May 7, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Elizabeth Boyle pens a delightful historical that, while slow in some spots, delivered what I most like about historical romances--flippant conversation complete with games of cat-and-mouse.

This retelling of Cinderella begins with our heroine in dire need of rescuing only she's staying where she is because she doesn't want to be a burden. She's an intelligent girl with some quirky friends (who were already being set up for the next two books).

Our hero is the Duke of Preston who has been an ass. Sorry but there's really no better way to put that. I found him a bit unlikeable at first, but the revelation of why won me over.

The story hinges on a dead relative, a will and family members willing to do what it takes to keep their hands on her money. Tabitha is a bit simple at first but once she gets her head into the game, she is willing to do what it takes to keep their hands off her money. Even if that means letting the Duke of Preston ruin her.

The romance is slow and sweet with enough heat to keep it going. I didn't want to put this book down.

For those that like a Georgette Heyer feeling to their romance, I highly recommend this one. The cast of characters never overwhelmed and I found myself quite in love with Mr. Tibbets.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming May 23, 2012
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I'll admit that I am picky when it comes to romance novels. I love an engrossing fantasy, but I like my fantasy believable and well written. Unfortunately, Along Came a Duke: Rhymes With Love falls short on both points. The plot is so overdone (woman inherits a fortune from a long lost relative! A rakish duke must find a wife! They chase, hide from and chase each other!) that it quickly became tiresome. I realize that there are only so many variations you can do on a historical romance, but I just couldn't get very interested in this one.

The writing itself is fine - there are some slow moments, which I don't mind when they are interesting (these aren't), and there are far too many overused phrases.

Overall, this book is a big "meh". It's fine if you are running out of books to read or you want something to fill a long flight, but it certainly won't go on my shelf of romance novels to re-read over and over again.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, love, loved it! June 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
"Miss Timmons, I never regret a good sin." "...Is there such a thing?" "Miss Timmons, if you have to ask, then you haven't found the right one." This is when I officially fell in love with Christopher Seldon, the Duke of Preston. I loved this book for several reasons, but mainly for the dialogue between the H/h. They truly fell in love, and didn't just fall into bed. I don't get why some of the other reviewers didn't like this one, but I loved it, and will preorder the next in the series as soon as I can!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars DNF - Never engaged August 13, 2012
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I've tried several times to finish this. I used to really enjoy Boyle's books and I'm not sure if she's changed or I have. I can't get more than three chapters in to Along Came a Duke despite numerous tries. The opening chapter sets the tone for the rest of the novel, so download the sample if you're on the fence. Our heroine's dog chases and ruins expensive feathers, so when meeting a new person one of the heroine's friends quickly removes the feather from said person's attire, saying "you'll thank me later" (or something like that). If this strikes you as amusing, Along Came A Duke may please you more than it did me. I found it tedious. The heroine is a bit of a martyr and the hero is a case of arrested development. That makes sense for a duke, but this is one of the least powerful dukes you could imagine. He's not a selfish man because no one holds him responsible, he's a whiner because he likes whining. From the domineering family that houses our poor relation to the frustrated family surrounding the duke, there was no one for me to root for.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much fluff August 19, 2012
By LuvGirl
Format:Mass Market Paperback
2.5 stars. I was laughing out loud and liking the fluffiness of this book in the beginning, but it got tedious after a while. The story needed a little more depth. It read like a traditional regency. Card board cut out characters and a depth-less story had me wishing I didn't waste my time on this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars mischievous man July 10, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Along Came A Duke
Reviewed by Suzanne & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

'The same day that the very respectable vicar's daughter Miss Tabitha Timmons tells the insufferable, yet horribly alluring Mr Preston that she has no need to get married, she finds herself unexpectedly engaged to a gentleman she has never met. But she can't get the enticing Mr Preston and the feelings he evokes in her out of her mind and another chance encounter that ends with a wager and a kiss leaves not only Tabitha's head spinning.

This is my first Elizabeth Boyle read, but it won't be my last as I am already impatiently awaiting the next book in this series! For me, this had everything I love about a light hearted historical romance; a spunky heroine not afraid to speak her mind; a cute dog; witty and fun dialogue that had me grinning and a hero I can daydream about.

After that glowing praise it may seem strange that I didn't give the book a higher rating, but the reason for this is that Preston, the hero of the book, took me some time to warm to. At the beginning I found Preston to be childish and thoughtless but as the book went on he grew on me. I think it was a combination of his charm, which shines through the pages, and Ms Boyle adding some maturity to his character as the book progresses, making him seem less like a delinquant boy and more like a mischievous man, something that was far more attractive.

What I also like about this book, was although it wasn't a particularly steamy and there was never any long graphic sex scenes, it had instead a build of sexual chemistry and connection between the Tabitha and Preston.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Same ole same ole
YUK!! I am so tired of these "romance" plots. Surely, there must be more to writing plots than always reverting to romance. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Donna K. Wills
4.0 out of 5 stars Really loved it..
It was entertaining all the way through. Loved Preston and Tabitha, Roxley, Harriet, Daphne. The Barkworth family was a little strange and I loved how Preston kept messing up the... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Trish
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs more something
While the story was well written, it was a bit hard to get through it. The storyline was well thought out but the story felt like a b grade movie. Read more
Published 21 days ago by visa
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Fun book to read. Lots of fun characters and liked the way they interact with each other. Good plot and humour.
Published 1 month ago by Steve Stange
4.0 out of 5 stars Just plain delightful to read!
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Last Book Finished in 2013!
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Felicia The Geeky Blogger
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read
This was a fun read. Tabitha and Preston are easy to like, so you want them to get there HEA. The secondary characters are also very good. This was a nice start to the series. Read more
Published 3 months ago by MJR
4.0 out of 5 stars Lighthearted and witty
Lighthearted and witty. Just what I needed. A rake with a golden heart, besotted with the heroine from the moment he meets her. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Atunah
2.0 out of 5 stars Excruciatingly slow
Excruciatingly slow to get started, and it never picked up. I love a good historical romance, but this was just boring and the characters annoying. Read more
Published 3 months ago by SJL
5.0 out of 5 stars I really liked this book...
I really enjoyed this book, it was simply a fun read. I don't expect perfection from any book, it's easy enough to nit pick if that is what a person wants to do ... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ilovetobake
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Very good read. I purchased the book because I read And the Miss ran away with the rake first. So I wanted the background story. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Adrinne Franklin
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Elizabeth Boyle's passions include her husband and two sons (or as she calls them, "her heroes in training"). In between the kids's activities, camping and gardening and trying to keep up on her ever-growing knitting pattern collection, she continues to write new and exciting romances.

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