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Fiona has a condition called curlyredhairfreckleyitist . Unfortunately, this condition has had her shunned from the ton, treated like a witch and put on the shelf. Fiona has lived with her grandmother since her parents died. Her grandmother is worried about passing and leaving Fiona alone. Besides her grandmother and sister, the rest of Fiona’s family are horrid and treat her like a leper. They want to marry her off to her cousin, which doesn’t suit Fiona at all. Fiona has a dream. She wants to be an archaeologist and spends most of her spare time digging up the estate she lives on as she’s found some Roman treasures. Her relatives want her to marry her cousin, which means her dreams will not be realised. She comes up with the idea of having a fake fiancé to get them all to leave her alone. She just needs to find a victim/fiancé to play the part for awhile.
Percival, the Duke of Alfriston, has returned home from the war without his cousin and also without part of his leg. He became the duke because of his cousin’s death, so he’s not exactly comfortable in his position. A new appointed duke and an amputee has not given Percival a very settling homecoming. He’s on a mission to get the family jewels from his estate and return to perform his duties as a duke and marry a lady he’s never met. On the way back to London, his coach is attacked by a red-haired highwaywoman. She doesn’t want his money though…she wants his body.
How to Capture a Duke then goes on with a madcap adventure where Fiona finds her victim, kidnaps him and forces him to meet her grandmother. How on earth the coach driver thought she was attacking them, just because she had a knife in her hand, is beyond me. The driver then runs away, taking Fiona’s horse, leaving the duke to fend for himself. I mean he’s an ex-serviceman with two arms, one leg and heartbeat…and she’s got one piddly little knife. Who should have won, I ask you? Unfortunately this was the eye twitch stage.
The story then settled down and was alright for a little while, we see the two of them get to know each other a little better and Percival comes to understand why she put him in this position. I was flying along really enjoying it and then he all of a sudden decides he loves her…like bam… crash - her red curly hair fascinates me so much…I LOVE HER!! He’s overcome with lust, she strips for him (WTH!!), he pulls out his ROD (I was shuddering even typing that word) and he get her off and she gets him off too. Seriously, she’s a virginal bluestocking, how the hell did she know to do that? So, they’re all in LOVE for like 3 hours (or something) and everything goes KAPUT!! Mis-communications, family interference lead them to part ways.
Months later, he admits he can’t live without her and comes back for a bit more rod fondling. If I never see the word rod used in that context again, I will be a happy woman.
Honestly, this story has great potential. The writing and editing was exceptional, the ideas interesting, but the flow and sexy times left me groaning. More good than bad and I will definitely try another of this authors work if she promises to never type the word rod in a sex scene… unless it’s a kinky book and used to describe a piece of equipment…not that type of equipment…the other type of equipment…you know what I mean…
I received a complimentary copy of How to Capture a Duke via the author for an honest review.
Lord Percival Carmichael has returned home from the Napoleonic war without part of his leg and without his cousin, who was the Duke of Alfriston. Now, Percival is the new duke. He is also now expected to marry the woman who was to be his cousins duchess. He has the ring in his pocket and is on his way back to London when his best laid plan is upended by a bluestocking wallflower. His life will never be the same again.
The plot of How to Capture a Duke by Bianca Blythe is original and interesting, but the execution could have been better. Still, the author did manage to pull off some amusing (if occasionally silly) scenes, as well as sweet tender moments. I liked Fiona. She is strong, dedicated, caring and tolerant. I did not like Percival as much. I prefer strong alpha males. He fluctuated between sarcasm, whining and indecision. Lastly, there is some mildly descriptive intimacy, but for the most part this is a clean book.
This book kept me entertained for the three evenings it took me to read it. I did receive this book as an advance copy and I thoroughly enjoyed it.I plan to read more by this author.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
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