- File Size: 410 KB
- Print Length: 240 pages
- Publication Date: September 1, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0041N3R8E
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #903,274 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Duke's Downfall Kindle Edition
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This book was charming. I liked the plot and I did like the characters (although I wanted them fleshed out a bit more). This was a story the author could have run away with and kept the reader enthralled for hours. However, I found myself scanning pages, looking for key words until I got to the meat of the story. I'm sorry Ms. Michaels, I really am. Chasing Boru through the story wasn't believable. Elizabeth (Betsy) showed great command over the behaviour of her dog at the beginning of the story, and then Boru proceeded to run amuck for the remainder. A few of the scenes where Boru gallumped throughout London, I'd lose track of who was where, and what was happening. I couldn't get a visual in my mind. While Boru's misbehaviour was integral to your plot, sometimes less is more.
My second complaint (and that's all it is because if these issues had been addressed, I would have given a 5 star) was POV switches. Sometimes as many as three or four per page. One paragraph would have the villains POV, the next paragraph would be our hero, then a side thought from the hero's brother, and finally our heroine. At one point I didn't know who was thinking what and had to read the sequence again. This occurred more than once throughout the book. Anything that throws your reader out of the story is not good.
As bad as the above sounds, the 'Dukes Downfall' had redeeming qualities. Ms. Michaels created characters I liked, and wanted to see more of. I wanted the romance between our heroine and hero to be more indepth, because I liked the way they interacted. Teddy is dear to my heart - when he grows up, I hope he gets his own story.
Highly recommended for those who love to overset the mannerly attributes of a Regency Romance and for fans of an antic-filled tale.
Charles Earnshaw, duke of Braxton, does not want to marry either and has so far evaded the ladies of the ton by maintaining a facade of simple-mindedness. The dog runs wild and both characters clash, repeatedly.
It just didn't work for me. There were too many scene with the dog running around and creating havroc. Too many jackets and/or dresses being ripped, faces punched and accidental concussions. Slapstick comedy might work on screen but it doesn't translate well in this novel.
Betsy Keaton doesn't want to marry her cousin, Julian, but he wants to marry Betsy because he needs her money to support the title he inherited from her father. Betsy and her grandmother escape to London, where Betsy meets Teddy Earnshaw, the youngest brother of Charles, Duke of Braxton. Teddy decides Betsy is perfect for Charles.
The schemes Teddy devises to get Charles and Betsy together are funny, and Betsy's dog Boru, an Irish wolfhound, wrecks almost all of them. There's a sweet and touching subplot about an orphan boy and his crippled dog that proves Betsy and Charles do belong together after all.
This book is great fun and a great romance. I highly recommend it.