- File Size: 1004 KB
- Print Length: 195 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Grace Burrowes Publishing (September 12, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 12, 2017
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072R4Q5GN
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,613 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Duke's Bridle Path Kindle Edition
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I read one of Theresa Romain's earlier books and didn't care for it, so I've shied away from her since then. I only got this one because it came with a Grace Burrowes book. I can't say this novella changed my mind. The premise was mildly intriguing - a spinster and a journalist make a bargain to pretend to court. The heroine, Lady Ada Ellis, was mildly compelling - plain, aristocratic, kind and loyal. The hero, Mr Collin Goddard, was unappealing - handsome and charming but deceitful and superficial. They had little chemistry, and no sizzle. The storyline was sometimes incoherent and sometimes predictable. Overall, a waste of time.
In the second novella, Ms. Romain tells the story of the Duke's sister, Ava, who has hidden away in the country because of rumors spread by a gossip-sheet in London. When the reporter, Colin Goddard, comes to interview her, she sees a way to use him for her own purposes. She doesn't count on falling in love with him. It's a sweet story and well-paired with the first novella.
Theresa Romain’s story of Ada and Colin was also very enjoyable. Colin, a reporter for a gossip paper, is a charming scamp who enters into a two week bargain with Ada. He will pretend to be in love with her while the man who jilted her and his new wife are in the area and she will help him write his articles. Colin’s relationship with his brother was one of the best things about him; Ada’s perceptions were a bit unbelievable but moved the story along.
I liked the second story better, and thought it was very well done. One thing I really liked was the partnership between brothers who made a perfect team - a lack in one was found in the other. It was nicely done. It's nice to see a hero in a romance novel who isn't perfect. I also liked how the shyer brother found his feet, and would like to see his book. 4 stars
“For Harriet, by contrast, the horse was a passion and a livelihood—her only passion, besides a doomed attachment to a man to whom she’d never be more than an old, mostly overlooked friend.”
I liked the story well enough to search out and read Ramsdale’s (a secondary character) as well.
Theresa Romaine is a new-to-me author. She writes witty, fast-paced dialogue. Her story concerns the duke’s sister as she considers what life holds for her now that her brother has married.
“I’m twenty-four years old, wealthy, plain, and cynical. Frankness is my finest attribute.”
The plot is good, in both stories. The treatment is excellent-but the, we are reading work by two authors at the top of the game, so that is part of the anticipation.
The characters are superior. They dance off the page, leading their horses and friends, and the reader, down the bridal path with them.
Ada, Phillippe’s sister, meets a writer for a paper,Colin, who plans to use Ada and Phillippe’s family for subject material for articles for his newspaper. Ada volunteers to help him in this venture. His ventures also involve his brother Samuel and his medical issues as well as his learning challenges. Amazing twists to their lives. Will Ada and Colin be able to find their HEA?
The second story, ‘Desperately Seeking Scandal,’ weaker. Even though I liked the characters, the central plot felt a bit unbelievable. I do give the author credit for creating a male protagonist who is a bit different than most.
Bottom line: both stories were a pleasant afternoon read.