- File Size: 1448 KB
- Print Length: 307 pages
- Publisher: Harper & Appleton (April 7, 2015)
- Publication Date: April 7, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00TBGU2AW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,276 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Duchess By Mistake: House of Haverstock, Book 2 Kindle Edition
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I really enjoy the author’s writing style—rich with wonderful, likeable characters, heart-warming moments, dangerous intrigue, and just the right touch of humor. Her stories are never dark or depressing and I always find myself smiling and more than satisfied with her happily ever afters. Although this novel is classified as a “sweet” story, where the bedroom door stays closed, that does not mean that it lacks anything in romance or heat. There are so many sparks between the hero and heroine during the light of day that you really don’t feel cheated by not knowing what happens when the candles are extinguished.
Lady Elizabeth Upton once was madly in love with a young officer that left for the Peninsula without making a declaration of his love. After several years of no correspondence, it is obvious to her that he didn’t return her feelings. Feeling heart broken and foolish, she determines to stay a spinster and focus her energy on bettering the lives of war widows and orphans. She knows just the place to use for these families—a recently vacated property owned by her brother’s best friend, the thoroughly debauched Duke of Aldridge. Determined to secure his donation of the property, she sets out to ask for his help on the very first day he returned to town.
Home from Italy at last after five long years, Philip Ponsby, the Duke of Aldridge, is ready to assume the responsibilities of his title. That means reconnecting with his family, friends, and setting about finding a duchess to provide heirs. But first things first: he needs a bath. Expecting a call from a beautiful courtesan wishing to ask for a favor, the Duke gives instructions to his butler that if a young lady should arrive while he was in his bath to go ahead and send her on up to his chambers. There’s no point in waiting around all day in his study for her to arrive. So what if she sees him is his bath? She’s a courtesan and seen it all before.
Of course, it is not the worldly courtesan that ends up being shown to his chamber just as he steps out of his bath in all his deliciously duke-ish glory. It is the exquisitely beautiful and quite maidenly sister of his best friend. Oh the scandal! In a matter of hours it is all over town and there is nothing for it but for them to wed. Immediately.
It is not an easy way for them, taking this road from marriage of convenience to love of a lifetime. Along the way there are plenty of misunderstandings and dangerous machinations of spurned former loves threatening to be their undoing. It all comes together in a wonderfully enjoyable tale that I really loved and I think you will too! The entire accidental “ducal appendage” sighting scene and the characters’ reaction to it is honestly one of the most hilariously written scenes I’ve read in a historical romance. Ever. It’s worth buying the book just for this scene alone. I definitely recommend Duchess by Mistake as well as all of Cheryl Bolen’s other romantic gems. In this world of indie publishing there are a lot of choices and it can be hard to find good authors. It’s nice to find one like Ms. Bolen who is consistently wonderful and worth reading.
The story is well written and Cheryl Bolen is right on with her description of Dukes, Duchess and the other Lord and Lady's of Ton. She is spot on. I was glad to see an author who knew how to write Titled people of this era in time. My problem is I don't think the story on a whole fits in the Historical Romance genre. The entire book is absent of Romance between the couple. Romance includes loving making between a husband and wife, but there isn't any in this story. Its implied that they had a passionate night but that's not romance!!. The author doesn't have to do over the top sex scene, but a few are necessary for romance.
The other reason I am giving Duchess By Mistake 3 stars instead of 4 is becasue very close to the ending we get the very unnecessary and worn out misunderstanding between Philip and Elizabeth. I guess Ms. Bolen was short on word count so she through in Philip's ex Mistress the Countess Savatini and the old bow of Elizabeth's Capt Smythe The H/H now believes each is in love with there former acquaintance's. This has nothing to do with the story at all, so why mess it up and put it in the story?? Can we Say Word Count!! Something Romantic and sensual between Philip and Elizabeth would have been more suited toward the end. I want to beg all authors to please stop with the Misunderstanding Scenario!! Try Communication, relationship building and honesty between the H/H couples!!!