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Surprising Lord Jack (Duchess of Love Book 2) by [Mackenzie, Sally]
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*Starred Review* When Frances Hadley overhears Aunt Viola, her guardian, make plans to marry Frances to a disgusting older man, she disguises herself as a boy and flees on horseback, determined to get the money that will go to her unwanted groom. Frances wants to buy a small cottage where she doesn’t have to worry about others making decisions for her. But a violent winter storm strands her at the Crowing Cock Inn. The innkeeper and his wife take pity on the “lad,” letting him stay in the room usually reserved for Lord Jack. As fate would have it, Lord Jack unexpectedly checks in but decides to let the scrawny, sleeping boy stay. Jack then insists on accompanying the youth to London, where he discovers that the lad is a lass. Although nothing happened, they did spent the night in the same bed, so there’s only one thing an honorable man, even one known as a rake, can do—marry her. But Frances still has no interest in matrimony. MacKenzie (Bedding Lord Ned, 2012) has penned another humorous Regency-era gem that will get a collective thumbs-up from readers. --Shelley Mosley

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"MacKenzie has penned another humorous Regency-era gem that will get a collective thumbs-up from [fans]." ---Booklist Starred Review

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  • File Size: 1810 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (March 5, 2013)
  • Publication Date: March 5, 2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009T9SCBM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,816 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sally Mackenzie is to 19th c English romances what Sandra Hill is to Vikings: a whirlwind of oddball hilarity into what otherwise can be mundane situations. However, I approached Surprising Lord Jack with some trepidation as I found Book 1 in the series (Bedding Lord Ned) really difficult to finish with nonsensical events and actions. Surprisingly, though, Mackenzie seems to have returned somewhat to her old form, providing a light and easy read against the backdrop of a Jack the Ripper-ish scenario.

The heroine is a gentleman's daughter who has been in charge of running her brother's estate since she was in her teens, but she flees to London to get the release of her dowry after discovering one of her potential suitors was in subterfuge with her aunt to attain her fortune. Disguised as a man in her brother's clothing, she is mistaken for a pre-teen boy by everyone she meets, including the hero, on her journey to town. Finally there, she discovers her brother has moved from his residence and she is at a lost as to what to do. The hero offers her housing, still thinking she was a boy, but it's not too long after that he discovers her true self.

This is where the story turns farfetched. Upon learning he's been harboring a girl, the hero turns to his parents for help mitigating any gossip. The hero's parents too readily embrace the heroine, with all parties acknowledging the heroine's aristocratic lineage and proclaiming she would be a perfect mate to the hero. The hero's mother even tells the heroine that her grandparents had always wanted her and her brother to join their mother's family, but had been barred by their paternal, iron-fisted aunt.
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Frances Hadley has been running her family's estates for 10+ years while her harpy aunt berates her and her brother and father can't be found nor bothered. When her conniving aunt tries to orchestrate a scandal to marry Frances off, Frances bolts. She dresses as a boy to travel to London to obtain her dowry so she can live her life on her own terms away from her frustrating family. Along the way she is forced to stay the night at a busy inn where the only bed avail is a shared bed...with Jack Valentine, third son of the famous "Duchess of Love" and notorious rake. Jack is running from his mother's matchmaking and pushy young ladies. He'd rather share a bed at an inn with a youth than risk a scheming lady. Jack takes pity on the young boy in his room and offers to give him a ride to London, not realizing the boy is actually a woman. To make matters worse, someone recognized Frances and has already spread the gossip. Will Frances and Jack be forced to marry to save reputations? Will the Duchess of Love be able to save the day and marry Frances away to someone else to save her?

I read the prequel short story The Duchess of Love when it was first released and enjoyed it. I enjoyed the storyline, the voice, and the characters. I thought I'd enjoy this one, but am left with mixed feelings.

Overall, it was an enjoyable read. You know going into this that Frances and Jack find love, but not sure how. It was interesting to watch these two get to know each other and become friends. I never really saw the romance, but I did enjoy their interactions.

Some people are immediately put off by Frances. She is a shrew and a harpy, but I get her. Ms.
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Looks like other reviewers have already given a synopsis of the book, so I'll get right to the chase: where was the romance? I felt like I kept waiting for it to appear, but it just was not happening. I found the heroine, Frances, to be a little annoying and fell completely in love with Jack. Frankly, I don't know how or why he put up with her. I did, however, like the all around murder/mystery storyline. Also, I felt like there was NO ending. It just all of a sudden stopped. I had to turn back some pages because I couldn't believe it just abruptly ended. I didn't feel like the author tied everything up. All in all, it as an ok read.
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I like this series a lot, however, this book is not the book to start with (if you did). I wish that Ned and Ellie's story would have stayed mostly in their own story ( Bedding Lord Ned), with just the normal cameo' s in series. It took away from the suspense of the villain catching. It also took away from the main characters in this book, which was supposed to be their story. The end was anticlimactic and rushed. Too many hero's and heroines, just too much. So I truly rate this as a 3 1/2 stars, mostly because as a whole, it is a fun series.
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For some reason I pre-ordered this book and I'm not sure why now because the previous book certainly wasn't great either.

I really kept hoping the book would improve but sadly only the last few pages held a hint of romance. Don't expect wild declarations of love either, I must say I have my doubts about the main characters' hea, and that's because the author put them there. I don't know what the author was thinking with this book as she made the h very unlikable for almost all of the book. It was bad enough that the h cut off her hair so she could look like a boy because maybe that would have redeemed her a little but even in physically describing her the author wasn't kind at all. The h is thin and tall with no curves, she is also a shrew and hates all men because of the way her father and brother have treated her for her whole life. The H is a sympathetic character and likable and I truly don't understand how he fell in love with the h. Again the author is to blame for this because she describes his thinking about the h and it is in no way romantic. He is very aware of all of the h's faults. When they finally talk about loving each other it is in the most tentative of ways.

The side story of the murders is stupid and distracting, again I'm not sure why the author chose to include this in the book.

I remember being disappointed in Bedding Lord Ned (Duchess of Love) but I truly cannot recommend this book at all. I am intrigued about Ash's story but I will not be getting that book until there are some reviews out and I can be sure it's worth buying.
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