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Nothing Like a Duke (The Duke's Sons) Mass Market Paperback – May 2, 2017
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About the Author
Jane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was captivated by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight led her to study English literature and travel widely in Britain and Europe. Her historical and contemporary romances have been published in Sweden, Italy, England, Denmark, France, Russia, Latvia, and Spain as well as the United States. Her website is janeashford.com and her Facebook page is facebook.com/pages/Jane-Ashford/154028944714495?ref=hl
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I liked Flora and Robert. They had excellent chemistry and their banter was feisty and intelligent. Sadly, we didn't get a lot of scenes with the two of them together and that's where I started to get bored. There are sooooooo many characters in this story and most of them were bland. Flora and Robert definitely stand out. I'm not sure what was going on with the dog...
Plot wise, I was expecting a lot of threads to follow, yet there weren't that many. It seemed like certain characters were given small scenes to add depth; for me, it just added confusion. The conflict was boring and also felt forced, especially at the ending scene.
Overall, I liked the premise, but struggled with the execution. I doubt I'll be reading any other books in the series.
**Huge thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for providing the arc free of charge**
I love the writing style of Jane Ashford she's focused on the romance and the character building and does so in a way that is funny, romantic, and heartfelt. Both characters balance each other out and bring out the qualities they never thought they had. Robert is the pink of the ton very popular, fashionable and very sociable. Flora is a bluestocking who spent most of her life living up the the standards of her father who never got the boy he wanted. Flora never learned to socialize, she sees these girls act dumb and it irks her to no end that they do that and that men expect their women to act that way. There is no place in Flora's world for stupidity and no love for the high society that rejected her mother for marrying a poor scholar. But Robert changed her perspective on things he made her think things were possible and that she was willing to try going into society.
Robert could not fathom why Flora's opinion mattered to him, why he tried so hard to prove to her that he wasn't just a pretty face in society but that he was intelligent as well. However Flora just kept pushing him and making cutting remarks that Robert left and he thought to put the whole thing behind him and continue has he always had but he couldn't stop thinking about Flora. Getting into society at one of the better house parties before the season started he thought was the perfect place to forget about Flora, until she shows up and takes his breath away. Flora initially planned to go to the house party to experiment and learn about how to act in society so she can finally have her season. She hurt that Robert left she thought better of him but giving up and going back into society kind of reaffirmed everything bad she thought of him. Throughout the span of the house party through the childish actions of a manipulative young woman who has her sights set on Robert to the desperate actions of a cruel and money hungry gambler both Robert and Flora learn a lot about each other.
Overall, this was a good read. The side characters are a hoot, they made the story much more enjoyable.
Lord Robert Gresham has just been in a coach accident where the axle broke when the wheel hit a large hole in the road. A cold rain has left the road muddy. Now, Robert and his men need to seek shelter. When he sees a bedraggled dog shivering in the rain, he rescues him.
Robert is heading to a month long house party at Salbridge Great Hall. His brother, Randolph, a vicar, has urged him to attend. When Robert and the dog he has named Plato finally arrive, he is a muddy mess but happy to be there.
Lady Victoria Salbridge is the daughter of the house Robert is visiting. Victoria’s parents have invited some eligible men to the party along with some of Victoria’s girl friends in hopes of finding a match for her.
When Robert discovers that Flora Jennings and her companion, Harriet Runyon, are among the invited, he is rather taken aback. Flora, age 25, is not part of the haut ton so she is often snubbed. Flora is surprised that Robert is treating her with such coolness because he has always been so nice to her. Flora is a well-educated scholar and has been an assistant to her father, another scholar. Thus, she is not used to mingling in these society events.
When Robert visits with his brother, Randolph, at his church nearby, he learns that the vicar will be moving to another parish in Derbyshire. Randolph also confides that he is looking for a wife.
As the party progresses, Victoria lets Flora know that she wants Robert and does not want Flora to get in her way. Robert keeps Flora from tripping in the garden and kisses her which is seen by Victoria who becomes quite angry.
One evening, an older couple arrive and as they are heading in for dinner, Flora is obviously upset. The woman is the same one who hurt her mother some time ago.
Flora shows her patience as the spoiled Victoria continues to show her immaturity. Victoria insists on a big play and assigns roles to each of the attendees. But danger also lurks for Flora as someone seeks to harm her.
I did not care this this story as I feel that the author’s attempt at adding somewhat confusing verbiage about the play that the party attendees undertake is unnecessary. Quite frankly, I found that to be boring.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
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