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Dominic (Books We Love historical romance) [Kindle Edition]

Hazel Statham
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

London 1776 Dominic Blake, Earl of Vale, is a young man of privilege and breeding whose world is turned upside-down by Jack, a beautiful young girl in boys' clothing whom he finds sheltering on his doorstep after fleeing an attack by her abusive brother.

Despite leaving his protection, Jack is once more destined to enter Dominic's life when, injured in a horse race, Dominic is forced to rusticate to his father's estate and again meets Jack in her boyish guise.

In turn, she becomes his pupil and his love and despite danger and misunderstandings, this is the story of their unconventional and delightful courtship.


This is a sweet story. There is humor as the two characters interact and a friendship grows. The interactions between the two characters is well written, and you will find yourself caught up in the emotions of the story. I recommend Dominic as a sweet historical romance. Colorful characters, beautifully descriptive settings, and an interesting plotline makes this one of the best historical romances I have read." ~ 5 Hearts, The Romance Studio

"This sweet romance is quite addictive. If you have been searching for a warm-hearted regency romance with an authentic accent, you should read Hazel Statham’s Dominic." ~ 5 Angels, Fallen Angel Reviews

"Dominic is a wonderful story of the scandalous rake who becomes a tutor to a beautiful innocent young woman, Jack, who teaches him about the unconditional love of his lifetime. Hazel Statham gives her readers a story of compassion that will tear at your heart strings as you anxiously read each page." ~ 4.5 Blue Ribbons, Romance Junkies

"The characters are likable and real, and the author breathes new life into an old genre." ~ 4 Cups, Coffee Time Romance

"Dominic is a well-written fascinatingly fun love story that readers will find a pure delight. Ms. Statham is a magnificent author who always gives a true love story that is truly a joy to read from beginning till end." ~ My Shelf

"Hazel Statham's historical romance has everything that makes a reader want to keep turning pages to find what exciting things are going to happen to our hero and heroine next. Of course, we all know that there is going to be a happy ending, but the way she gets us there will make us want to draw a warm bubble bath and relax with candles, a glass of wine, and Dominic." ~ Mary Kunkle

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About the Author

About the Author I was born in 1946 and have lived all my life in a part of England that is known as The Midlands - Staffordshire to be precise. I have written on and off since I was 15, mostly for my own amusement and that of friends and family. I am fascinated by history and write mainly in the Georgian and Regency periods. I have an empathy for these eras, which encourages me to recreate them in my work. I have been married to my husband since 1969 and we have a daughter and beautiful grandson. Now that I no longer work, I am able to devote my time to my writing and my family – not forgetting my lovely Labrador, Lucy, who is my constant companion. It’s not easy typing at the computer with a rather large Labrador trying to get on your knee I hope you enjoy reading my work as much as I enjoyed writing it. Happy reading.

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  • Print Length: 220 pages
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  • Language: English
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Georgian Fairy Tale June 1, 2009
With a nod and a wink to These Old Shades and The Devil's Cub, Dominic is a charming, witty and well-told tale of two young lovers in Georgian England.

Dominic is the son and heir of the Duke of Lear and is under pressure from his father to begin to take himself a bit more seriously. Dominic is into rakery, gambling, racing, mills and a spot of heavy drinking with his friends. His father (a happily married reformed rake himself) feels that Dominic needs to grow up. His mother is very fond of him and possibly indulges him a bit too much but she does truly adore him (and it's mutual). Dominic has two sisters and, true Georgians, they are NOT at all mealy-mouthed and say what they think - refreshing!

Through a twist of fate, young Sophie finds herself in the care of Dominic one night when she hides near his front door, running away from an abusive home. Masquerading as a young boy, she is a bit of a tomboy (cf Leonie!!) and Dominic tutors her in hunting, shooting and swordplay. Despite his self-perception as a real jack-the-lad, Dominic really is a sweet man, caring and kind but terribly immature. So, when love strikes, he certainly does not know what to do about it or the rush of emotional entanglement that follows. Sophie (aka Jack) likewise is a loving and charming girl but she, too, is unsure about what to do.

Well, as always, love finds a way and with many "alarums and excursions" they ultimately find true happiness but the way is not straightforward and there are lots of fun diversions.

This is a very promising author with a sure touch for those of you who like the traditional type of regency, particularly those that follow the path set out by the great Georgette Heyer. There is a related follow-on to this book and I will try to review it shortly. Highly recommended for a few hours of blissful escape.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Treat October 11, 2010
This is a lovely pre/early Regency Romance set in 1776 that reminded me of the writings of Georgette Heyer. The tone and style are authentic to the time period with wonderful descriptions of the settings, clothes and activities.

Dominic is a 24 year old Earl who is living wild, and losing heavily at the gaming tables. One evening he stumbles to his bachelor home to find a beaten young urchin at his door. He first thinks the "boy" is a thief but, realizing it is a girl, he thinks perhaps she is a light skirt. After she defends herself, he is able to get her to explain that she has run away from her brother who promised her to a man as a gambling debt. Before Dominic can help her, "Jack" slips away and he puts her out of his mind. The first third of the story develops the arrogant character of Dominic and the troubles that send him to the country.

I really like Sophie's naive, but feisty and brave character. Dominic first meets her alone on the streets posing as a boy. Then Dominic meets her again in the country as a young lady at a country dance, although he doesn't immediately recognize her. Again she masquerades as the boy "Jack" to enjoy the freedom of outdoors and riding. She convinces Dominic to teach her to shoot and fence. This leads to a close and warm friendship between them.

Dominic's best friend becomes enamored of the vibrant Sophie, creating a love triangle that embroils them in trouble. Sophie is infatuated with Dominic but she knows he is not interested in marriage which is being pushed upon him by his father. Nor will Sophie let her Aunt finagle or trap Dominic into marrying her.

The story includes horses, action, misunderstandings and witty dialogue that makes it fun and engaging. If you like Regency and especially the Georgette Heyer feel, you will love this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite enjoyable! December 16, 2012
By HSlady
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Like other readers/reviewers, I really enjoyed this historical romance, written in the old fashioned style that reminds me of some of the Georgette Heyer romances I have read. Classic formula, interesting characters who are believable. No explicit scenes to distract or detract from the story. I will be searching out more books by this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Dominic August 5, 2007
When Dominic, the reckless young Marquis of Vale, finds a young boy lurking on his doorstep, he is intrigued to discover the waif is actually a girl in disguise. When he sees her bruises and learns she has run away from a tyrannical brother, he offers to place her under his mother's protection. But Sophie fears his mother won't believe her story, and is unwilling to be beholden to a stranger.

Fate once more brings Dominic and Sophie together and the confirmed rake is unaccountably taken with this artless girl who loves to dress as a boy. But Dominic has never let a woman near his heart, and he's not about to change now.

Ms Statham has penned a lively Regency romp with shades of Georgette Heyer. It is an entertaining read with plenty of period atmosphere and numerous obstacles to be overcome by the hero and heroine before they can find true love. I thoroughly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys Regency romances.

Heather Garside

Author of The Cornstalk and A Hidden Legacy

The Cornstalk
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful new romance novel! November 21, 2005
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Hazel Statham's new historical romance has everything that makes a reader want to keep turning pages to find what exciting things are going to happen to our hero and heroine next. Of course, we all know that there is going to be a happy ending, but the way she gets us there will make us want to draw a warm bubble bath and relax with candles, a glass of wine, and Dominic.

Though I have never been to England, Dominic takes me on a tour of the countryside in his time through Mrs. Statham's descriptive writing. It has all the components of a good historical novel, but with a new and exciting plot. I like it so much that I ordered one for my sister also.

I can't wait to see Mrs. Statham's next novel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 13 days ago by CTreff
5.0 out of 5 stars Dominic
I honestly wasn't sure if I'd like this, great surprise very well written and a wonderful read.
Published 1 month ago by Lisar
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like a good chase
Enjoyed this romance because the action moved along at a good clip and the heroine didn't melt into his arms every second. No sex scenes and there was a definite chase. Read more
Published 13 months ago by C. L. Orlando
3.0 out of 5 stars not quite a four
Actually pretty good. More vivid details would have been nice. Not quite a four though. Easy reading if you like.
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Adore Dominic!
the way the author talks about Dominic you can see thru, if only a glimps, at the true character he is. i loved the book.
Published 14 months ago by T.L.
4.0 out of 5 stars Dominic (Books We Love historical romance)
This book was really well written and I can't wait to read more of her books I loved this one...
Published 14 months ago by Cm C
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute
This was a very cute Regency Romance. It is done in the Traditional style and is thus a clean romance. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Becky
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic and excellent
This was a classic and excellent Regency. Just what I am always looking for when I read a Regency. It has love, a little intrigue, and plenty of scenes that made me smile. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Love to read witty and clean
3.0 out of 5 stars cute
A cute enough story, but I found Dominic to be rude and overbearing. He was a hard character to like. Sophie appeared quite immature. Glad it was free!
Published 15 months ago by C Cobb
3.0 out of 5 stars Good historical romance
This book was a quick read, well written with a few editing errors, but nothing that was too offensive. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Cindy DeGraaff
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More About the Author

Hazel Statham began writing at the age of fifteen, finally committing to paper the stories she spun as a child. Writing has been her passion ever since, although marriage, motherhood, and career left time for little else. Once she retired, however, she was able to devote herself to writing full-time, publishing her first novel in 2007. A longtime student of history, she writes mainly in the Regency and Georgian eras, though she has been known to dabble in the medieval as well. She lives in Staffordshire, England, with her husband, Terry, and their beloved yellow Labrador, Mollie

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