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"Sparkling characters, a fast-paced plot, and beautiful descriptions of Regency England made this moving story of love lost and found once again, a book I couldn't put down. A delicious debut by an author to watch!" --Danelle Harmon, author of The Wild One

About the Author

Elizabeth Boyce lives in the southeastern United States with her husband and several rambunctious children. She likes to think in the shower, sip wine, and pretend she has a cooking show. Visit her blog:

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  • File Size: 1052 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 144057345X
  • Publisher: Crimson Romance (October 15, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 15, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009979I76
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,538 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Elizabeth Boyce is the author of the bestselling historical romance trilogy ONCE. Her new series, THE HONORABLES, launched in October 2014. Elizabeth lives in South Carolina with one husband, three children, and a very spoiled cat.

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88 of 97 people found the following review helpful By OLT TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 5, 2013
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When will authors of Regency romance stop with the divorce or annulment trope in their stories? Divorce doesn't really play well historically at that time when it was so difficult to get one. From 1670 to 1857 only 325 divorces were granted in England. True, the plaintiff here was a duke and had the money for an Act of Parliament but divorce was very uncommon even in the upper classes. The divorced female became a pariah and even the male was left with some social stigma.

But that's not all that annoys me in this 5-star (according to the majority of reviewers) book. The storyline itself is really hard to take and the characters so unlikeable I was wishing for the Black Plague to get them all. If the duke here had just had a heart-to-heart with his duchess there never would have been a divorce to begin with. The fact that he wouldn't take the time to listen to the woman he supposedly was in love with and hear her side of the story just plain royally p***ed me off. Instead the wimpy wuss lets his interfering mommy lead him around by the nose. And that wussiness continues throughout the book.

Then we have our heroine, who has a "Just knock me down and step on me" sign printed on her back, figuratively speaking. She continues to love this miserable wimpy jerk throughout the book. Oh, spare me a love like that!

And as if all this love drama weren't enough, the author adds a silly element of suspense and revenge for something the duke did when he was 13. (As you can see, he has been very consistent all his life at being a horse's patootie.) He tries to justify his actions at 13 but, let me tell you, everything he did was too little, too late in my opinion.

At the end, duke and ex-duchess are together again and they certainly deserve each other.

In summary, as a historical novel it's pretty basic and not very historical. As a romance, it's definitely not my kind. Apparently I'm in the minority, however.
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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Milan on June 6, 2013
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I must pay more attention to my instincts in future because there is no way that this book deserves all the 5 star reviews it has received. Whilst I appreciate that this may be a debut novel, it doesn't mean it's a great story. I have to say I felt cheated by the reviews and therefore felt justified in returning the book for a refund. I've given it two stars only because it wasn't badly written or full of mistakes. This is another case that highlights that the Amazon review system is flawed.

The main male character cannot be described as a hero and therefore for the first time in all my reviews I will not be using "H" to describe him. He systematically destroyed the h's life and turned his back on her so that she descended into poverty and misery. At one point she works as a cook in an inn where they see each other again. He isn't vaguely sorry for her. What kind of person takes his mother's version of events without giving his wife a chance to explain? He had no honour and later when the h describes him as a gentleman, i was dumbstruck. He was such an ass. My stomach was in a knot for the first 60% of the book. What killed me though is that after he has sex with her because he can't contain his lust for her, he discovers that she was probably telling the truth about what happened because he sees she has physical proof of her version of events, so whilst she's good enough for sex, she isn't good enough for him. Thanks to him her life is ruined. He is then considering marrying someone else and decides to marry his ex off so that she isn't a temptation to him when he marries the woman he's courting. This is now in the latter half of the book!!! There is no possible way for him to be redeemed in my eyes.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By boogenhagen on October 7, 2013
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This is a favorite Regency trope-- the wrongfully divorced woman being remarried by the the divorcing husband but unfortunately certain aspects makes this story way too over the top to even be remotely believable. Especially if your a regular reader of Regencies. There are some spoilers ahead so please be warned.

First of all, divorce in Regency England for adultery was incredibly hard to obtain - there are THREE separate trials that must occur -a criminal conversion case, the lover is basically "stealing or trespassing on the husband's property (the wife's uterus for potential pregancy)"; a Church trial in which a Bishop determined the validity of the complaint; and then a civil trial in the House of Lords where any property settlements made during the marriage where sorted out before any divorce was granted. One instance of supposed adultery by a single observer (in this case the harridan evil mum of the H) would have basically been laughed out of court. The supposed transgressor was a commoner, the witness a managing mum and it did not appear that anyone else was called to testify. In a real Regency divorce case, numerous witnesses, including peers, maids and servants would have been compelled to testify that the wife was an adulteress. Sheets would be examined, evidence would be sworn to and almost certainly the doctor treating the h in this story would have been called as well as all the estate staff and the mum's story just wouldn't be credible as there was a logical and reasonable explanation.

Secondly there is a continual theme in this story the h needs to remarry. Both the H and the brother of the h try to force her to do so.
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