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- Publication Date: February 9, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01B57SJAY
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,674 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Dukes, Duchesses & Dashing Noblemen: A Once Upon A Rogue Regency Novels, Books 1-3 Kindle Edition
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Lady Amelia, awkward and gangly all her life and totally unaware of her beauty, begins to wonder if the man she "loves" will ever truly see that she is his perfect match and lay claim to her before a beautiful but empty headed wench can steal him away. The Duke of Aversley, jaded and beyond redemption, sees her but only as a way to help her prideful brother, his best friend. At least, that's the lie he tells himself.
Ms. Johnstone's delightful and heartwarming tale of misplaced love and loyalty will endear you to each character. I loved how each strove in their own ways to protect the ones they held most dear all the while still not seeing the truth right in front of their eyes and bungling it despite their best intentions. The little nod to My Fair Lady was a refreshing spin.
My Seductive Innocent
Nathaniel Ellison, the Duke of Scarsdale, has vowed that he is not the man those closest to him believe him to be, one with a good heart and the capacity to love deeply. Sophia Vane is young, idealistic and dreaming of a better life for herself and her young half-brother. She refuses to accept that all she's ever going be is a tavern "wench" working for her drunken and scheming father for the rest of her days.
Ms. Johnstone is one of my favorite authors for she never fails to deliver a great story with compelling plots and diverse characters. You get emotionally invested in each of them and you never want the story to end and this is no exception.
My Enchanting Hoyden
Philip De Vere, Lord Harthorne, is conflicted. Despite his every effort to turn around the crushing debt and financial ruin left by his late father, he finds his only salvation is to marry for money which his poet's heart and soul is adamantly against. After tragedy befalls them, Jemma Adair and her twin sister Anne have no choice but to call upon their wealthy grandfather, a man they have never met and have very specific opinions about, to save them from a life on the streets in America.
I loved this book! Julie Johnstone puts together a wonderful story of what lengths/sacrifices a person would do in the name of love. With misconceptions and ill-conceived notions, blended with a little mischief and poetic prose, her characters are interesting and their lives believable which kept me turning until THE END.
A vow at the time of his birth has shaped Colin, the Duke of Aversley, into a jaded man. A man who does not trust women and classifies them all into deceitful lot – his mother being the top offender.
Lady Amelia De Vere has long held 2 beliefs – 1) she’s not pretty and 2) she’s in love with Charles, the young Lord who rescued her when she was young.
When Colin receives notice that his best friend, Phillip, is to wed he makes his way to the estate to talk him out of it. Receiving a request from his mother he stops there first – the reason: his beloved father left a letter to be delivered to Colin after his death and if Colin had not married by the age of 25. A letter that states Colin must marry FOR LOVE before the age of 26 or lose all his inheritance that is not entailed. Making his way to his Phillip’s estate Colin stews on this information. Upon arriving at Phillip’s estate Colin realizes things have changed and the dire financial circumstances that Phillip faces. Crafting a way to give Phillip the money he needs without Phillip refusing, Colin bets Phillip that he can polish up his sister and prove that she will become like all women – want nothing more than money and title. If Colin wins then he pays all of Phillips debts and if Phillip wins Colin will marry Amelia (which solves his problem of a wife) and never mention giving money to Phillip again.
Amelia finds herself fascinated by her brother’s friend, the cold emotionless Colin, and is extremely grateful when he fetches Phillip from the town pub where he has gone to drown his failed engagement. After returning from a humiliating outing Amelia finds out about the wager. At first she’s totally against it – she shouldn’t need false pretenses to earn the love and attention of a man. Until she realizes this is Colin’s way of helping Phillip and since she has not intentions of changing she doesn’t worry about Phillip losing the bet.
Oh how the seemingly simple becomes so complicated. The more time Colin spends with Amelia the more he realizes the true goodness within her. The more time Amelia spends with Colin the more she sees the tortured soul. Will either one of them realize their love for the other. If Colin does will he recognize it for what it is? Will old fights, lurking evil, a mother willing to do anything to save her children and a mother wanting to repair her relationship with her son help or hinder their love?
Julie Johnstone does an amazing job of playing to an emotional rollercoaster starting from the prologue. Not only is there excellent interaction between the main characters but involving secondary characters as well. My Fair Duchess will have you rooted to your seat from the very beginning to the very end. Fair warning – be prepared for you heart to fill then drop as each scene plays out. A definite A++ book in my opinion.
My Seductive Innocent
Believing in the hope her deceased mother's letter gives her, Sophia Vane works for her abusive father but has been stashing money away so that she & her half-brother can escape & make a better life for themselves.
With a mother that was verbally abusive & denied any love, it's no wonder that Nathaniel Ellison, the Duke of Scarsdale, has hardened his heart. The only affection he lets come to light is for his lame cousin, who he feels responsible for because he feels he caused his lameness.
Nathaniel wonders into the tavern where Sophia works & comes to her rescue when she's being accosted by her father's right hand man. When he asks for directions, Sophia offers to show him the way; however, they are held up before they reach their destination. When Nathaniel is injured Sophia takes him back to her father's tavern where he tries to use the situation to his advantage.
Wanting nothing to do with her father's plans, Sophia realizes she & her brother must leave immediately whether they have the money or not. On his way leaving the town, Nathaniel again runs into Sophia & admires the way she is handling the person who her father sold her brother to. Realizing that the only way to repay Sophia & repair her reputation is to marry her.
Through a series of misunderstandings, a vicious aunt, a vindictive ex-mistress and attempts on his life can Nathaniel soften his heart to love Sophia. Will Sophia's love withstand all that happens?
Absolutely LOVED this story! Julie Johnstone outdid herself with this one. Expect the unexpected - not everyone is who they seem & situations aren't always what they seem!!! Definitely a heart pounding, breath stealing read!!!
My Enchanting Hoyden
What’s a Lord to do when he’s inherited an impoverished estate? Why marry for money of course – after all it is the way of the ton. So why does the notion leave a bitter taste in Philip De Vere’s, Lord Harthorne, mouth? Because as a romantic at heart he wants to marry for love. He enlists the help of his friend & his wife in making a list of the eligible, wealthy debutantes; a list that does not contain the name of the fiery red-headed hoyden he can’t seem to push from his mind.
Suffering a broken heart & the sudden death of her mother all Jemma Adair wants is to continue working the bakery her mother started. Men & marriage have no place in her life. Until the appearance of her grandfather demanding she & her sister return to England with him & make their debuts. To make matters worse he has given his approval of a marriage between her & Lord Gilmore. Knowing she needs his money to support herself & her sister she agrees – all the while planning on doing everything in her power to get this lord to break the contract.
Philip & Jemma make an agreement – he will help her rid herself of Lord Gilmore & she will give him lessons in becoming a rake to woe a wife. When things happen where Jemma needs him, Philip always choses helping Jemma instead of pursuing a wife – a shame that Jemma is not a candidate as her grandfather is not providing a dowry for either girl. Jemma swore she would never trust another man – why then does she constantly rely on Philip when things go wrong?
With the help of a pair of matchmakers could something develop between the two? Will a series of mishaps & misunderstandings threaten to destroy whatever could be between them? Will Philip decide he is not willing to forego love? When Jemma learns the past is not what she thought it was will she learn to trust?
Julie Johnstone quickly became a favorite author & My Enchanting Hoyden is just another example of why. Ms. Johnstone with have you laughing, crying & wanting to smack Philip AND Jemma. Be prepared for a fun story!
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