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- Print Length: 320 pages
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- Publisher: Night Shift Publishing (May 24, 2016)
- Publication Date: May 24, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01CW9SB4I
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Thwarting the Duke (When the Duke Comes to Town Book 2) Kindle Edition
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I will say right now that I really love all of these authors; HOWEVER:
I am sick and tired of reading and paying for what would be excellent books with fantastic story lines along with charismatic heroes and heroines that become drudges to read because of all of the errors. It takes much of the joy out of enjoying a good book. I don't know who is to blame, I'm hoping it is the editor; because there certainly aren't any proofreaders working on it. I am not an English teacher, I graduated from high school after having excellent teachers that stressed the importance of proofreading and correcting mistakes. When I find over 25 mistakes in a book or an anthology I am thoroughly disheartened. Had the book had only a couple of mistakes since no one is perfect, this book would have gotten 5 stars. When I have to re-read a sentence two or three times to actually try to understand what the author is trying to say then I become disenchanted with what would have been a fantastic book. If I ever have the pleasure of writing a book or a short story, I certainly hope there are better proofreaderS who check it out several times before letting so many mistakes "slide through the cracks". It saddens me that such wonderful writers are having such a tough time finding good proofreaders.
I apologize for any mistakes I have made in this review; however, I'm not an English teacher or a proofreader . . .
I have a friend who is a writer, she says it COULD BE that the publisher doesn't want to waste their time and money changing errors. She may or may not be correct, I don't know, I'd be looking for another publisher if that were the case.
I'm just an unhappy reader who feels sorry for three fantastic authors.
Lady Hope's Dashing Devil by Ava Stone
An overturned phaeton in the park is the start of an entertaining story. The heroine (Lady Hope) is a free-spirited woman who is holding on to the love of a man who died, which turns out to be Henry the new Earl of Kilworth cousin. It was the his phaeton (The Earl of Kilworth) that she damaged which starts the amusing story. The Earl fights his attraction to the lady Hope, but the elusive Earl of Danbury has plans for them, to marry all of his relative off by the end of the year!
Her Reluctant Lord by Sue London
Agatha (our heroine) is charged with taking care of her two younger brothers - a daunting task - so she has no time to find a love match for herself as she puts her brothers above everything else. Laurence, the Viscount of Rothering, assumes his title as the result of the death of his brother and is clearly feeling overwhelmed and stressed out. Now his best friend asks a favor of him - escorting the niece of the Duke of Danbury around London which the Viscount accepts. Agatha acts like a "Lady" hiding her true self, and the Viscount thinks that she is a beautiful but simpering and boring miss.
It's in the Duke's Kiss by Julie Johnstone
Lady Emma has loved Nathaniel for a very long time. Nathaniel is a charming but reckless, devil-may-care rake with no thoughts of responsibility. Nathaniel's older brother is the very staid Duke of Blackbourne who tries to guide his reckless younger brother without success. Will Emma discover who Nathaniel really is (that he is not a very bad influence)? If the Duke of Danbury has anything to say about it then she will have a shot at finding her true love. But the Duke likes her too so who will she choose?
Lady Hope Post’s life was devastated by the untimely death of the man she loved. Now, a year later, she doesn’t care whose wife she is to become at the hands of her great uncle, the Duke of Danby. Even though she doesn’t care she is horrified by her sister’s actions in bringing a gentleman up to scratch even though she doesn’t love him; and amused by the lengths her cousin will go to to avoid the Duke picking out his wife.
Thaddeus Baxter, Earl of Kilworth, is striving to restore the family name after the death of his rogue cousin, the former Earl of Kilworth. He is definitely not looking for a wife.
A carriage mishap, “blackmail”, and unspoken apologies soon prove that a person may not always get what they thought they want.
As always, a delightful tale by Ava Stone; she has an amazing talent for making the reader feel the characters emotions all while wanting to shake sense into them. Looking forward to what she has in store next for the Post family. (Other members have been featured in previous box sets and have been released on their own – each can be read as a stand-alone.)
Her Reluctant Lord by Sue London
With younger brothers with nicknames like Fox, Timid, and Trouble it’s no wonder that Agatha Chase has little thought to her future. Taking care of these three and trying to keep their home together consumes all her time. That is until a messenger from her great-uncle, the Duke of Danby, arrives with a dictate that she is to be sponsored for the season by a friend of her late great-aunt; something that Agatha does not want; but thinking of the benefits for her brothers, she agrees.
Laurence Garner, Viscount of Rothering, wants to return to his naval position; he does not want the title that belonged to his brother before he did a foolish thing which cost him his life. Laurence abhors the title and the responsibilities that go with it – he’d rather be ordering his crew about than managing estates and he definitely does not want a wife. Laurence sense of honor and loyalty find him agreeing to help his best friend out when said friend asks him for a favor – go to London and escort the great-niece of the Duke of Danby.
Coached in the ways of the ton Agatha plays the part of a simpering miss to perfection while seething about the obnoxious lord who is attending her. Irritated that he has been wrangled into squiring this simpering miss about Laurence soon comes to realize there is more beneath the lady’s veneer.
Brothers who cause trouble, a lively sponsor, a harridan of a great-aunt add the right touch to the interaction between Agatha and Laurence.
Sue London writes in a way that the reader feels the way Agatha and Laurence feel in their thoughts and actions with the other. A sweet tale of “don’t judge the book by its cover”.
It’s In the Duke’s Kiss by Julie Johnstone
Lady Emmaline Radcliffe has loved Lord Nathaniel since she was eight years old; since the day he wiped a tear from her check and the ball he asked her to dance when no one else would. Now if she could only get his attention to see if he is as she remembers to hopefully garner a proposal. Which is what leads her to The Serpentine, Hyde Park ice skating. After begging her older sister to stay a little longer, Emmaline skates off towards Lord Nathaniel and his older brother the Duke of Blackbourne who is the epitome of the type of man she will not marry. Her mission complete Emma skates away from Nathaniel and the scowling Duke only to be joined later by Nathaniel. What happens next will change her life in ways she never imagined.
Lord Nathaniel, profligate second son, lives his life with reckless abandon. Never serious about anything or anyone he seems to live to thwart his older brother, the stodgy, serious, controlling Duke of Blackbourne. Always thumbing his nose at his brother Nathaniel sets out in pursuit of the lovely Lady Emmaline Radcliffe setting events in motion that changes everything while changing nothing.
Lucien, Duke of Blackbourne, is constantly cleaning up his brother’s messes, which is the reason he is looking for a calm wife – he needs peace in his life. Tired of Nathaniel’s childishness Lucien vows to let Nathaniel suffer the consequences of his next screw up; until it threatens the life of the lovely Lady Emmaline.
An act of heroism, misunderstandings, matchmaking mamas, the Duke of Danby, an angry brother, and a searing kiss may change what the hero and heroine think they want.
As always, a wonderfully written story by Julie Johnstone. Ms. Johnstone’s ability to draw the reader into the story had this reader wanting to scream, smack heads, and kick some sense into one of the brothers.