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If I Only Had a Duke book review

Published August 31, 2016 by francesothomas

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If I Only Had a Duke by Lenora Bell is the second book in her Disgraceful Dukes series.

Lady Dorothea hasn’t had much success on the marriage mart, so she is visiting her aunt in Ireland to regroup. In the manor next door, she discovers long lost paintings of a female artist and sets out to talk the Duke of Osborne who owns them into letting her introduce the art to the world and win the unknown artist the respect she deserves.

The duke wants no part of this scheme. He’s on a mission of his own that requires secrecy. When Thea approaches him in a London ballroom to plead her case, he bestows a waltz on her, thinking he has done her a big favor. Now all the other gentlemen will flock around her and she will leave him alone. He is half right. Every lecherous and doddering noble does suddenly want her, but she is not about to leave him alone.

Thea and the duke set off for Ireland, she to escape and he to conclude his mission. Their journey is highly entertaining. Bell is a relatively new author, but I predict a rosy future for her. She brings quirky yet likeable characters alive and fills their mouths with funny dialogue.

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When a Marquis Chooses a Bride

Published August 30, 2016 by francesothomas

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About the book

Thanks to their large extended family and unconventional courtship, the Worthingtons have seen their share of scandal and excitement. But nothing has prepared them for this…

 

The Dowager Lady Worthington isn’t quite sure what to make of country-girl Dorothea Stern. As the granddaughter of the Duke of Bristol, Dotty is schooled in the ways and means of the nobility. But her sharp wit and outspoken nature has everyone in a tizzy. Especially their cousin, Dominic, the Marquis of Merton.

 

Prematurely stuffy, Dom was raised by his cheerless uncle to be wary of a host of things, including innovation, waltzing, and most perilous of all: true love. Still, there’s something about Dotty, beyond her beauty, that Dom cannot resist. But the odds are against him if he intends to win her as his bride. Will he choose loyalty to his family—or risk everything for the one woman he believes is his perfect match…

Excerpt

“Kimbal,” Dom called to his valet.

“Yes, my lord.”

“I shall be dining at White’s.”

“Yes, my lord.”

Dom scribbled a note to his friend Viscount Fotherby asking if he would like to join Dom for dinner. By the time he was dressed and had donned his hat, Fotherby’s answer affirming the invitation had arrived.

A short while later, just as a light sprinkle turned into a persistent rain, Dom handed his hat and cane to the footman at White’s and found his friend lounging in the room that held the club’s famous betting book. William Alvanley, another of Dom’s friends, was seated next to the window with another man staring intently at the rain.

He turned to Fotherby. “What are they doing?”

“Five thousand quid on which raindrop will reach the bottom of the sill first.”

Despite being close with many of the Prince Regent’s circle, Dom could not abide the excessive wagers his friends made. Alvanley would end up ruining himself and his estates at the rate he was going. “Are you ready to dine, or are you waiting the outcome?”

“Famished.” Fotherby tossed off his glass of wine. “Thought you weren’t coming to Town this year.”

“My plans changed.” Dom and Fotherby entered the dining room. “I have decided to take a wife.”

“Wife?” Fotherby choked. “Any idea who?”

“Not yet, but I have a list of qualifications. She must be well-bred, not given to fits of temper or strange starts, quiet, biddable, easy to look at—I must get an heir on her after all—know what is expected of a marchioness. And not prone to scandals. You know how my uncle hated them. I think that about covers it.”

“A paragon, in other words.”

Dom gave a cut nod. “Indeed. I could wed no one less.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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Bestselling author Ella Quinn’s studies and other jobs have always been on the serious side. Reading historical romances, especially Regencies, were her escape. Eventually her love of historical novels led her to start writing them. She has just finished her first series, The Marriage Game, and her new series, The Worthingtons, began in April 2016.

She is married to her wonderful husband of over thirty years. They have a son and two beautiful granddaughters, and a dog. After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make their dreams come true and are now living on a sailboat cruising the Caribbean and North America. Europe is next!

Website: http://www.ellaquinnauthor.com

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Buy Links:

http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/book.aspx/33403

 https://www.amazon.com/When-Marquis-Chooses-Bride-Worthingtons-ebook/dp/B0190HGU6Q/ref=sr_1_1

 http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/when-a-marquis-chooses-a-bride-ella-quinn/1123105744

 https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/when-a-marquis-chooses-a-bride/id1090799022

 

First Star I See Tonight book review

Published August 17, 2016 by francesothomas

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Susan Elizabeth Phillips is one of my favorite authors and football is my favorite sport, so I couldn’t wait to read the latest in her Chicago Stars series. First Star I See Tonight didn’t disappoint.

Cooper Graham has retired from football, but the competitiveness isn’t going anywhere. He’s trying to establish a new career when he crosses paths with Piper Dove and discovers someone every bit as competitive as he is. Though he is more accustomed to Hollywood glamour girls, something about this out-there woman who can’t be bothered with makeup, hairdo, or anything else “girly” grabs him. Oh, and she’s right when she tells him things aren’t as they seem at his brand spanking new night club. What can he do but hire her?

Besides the chemistry, these two share  essential goodness and ethics. Rarities nowadays.

The dialogue is snarky; the other characters are both colorful and warm; the plot is well-structured. I would say Susan has hit it out of the park, but that would be mixing my metaphors. Let’s just say she’s earned a Super Bowl ring.

 

 

At Fairfield Orchard book review

Published August 10, 2016 by francesothomas

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Romance novel heroes tend to be sports stars or billionaires or cowboys. Not so in Emma Cane’s At Fairfield Orchard. Her leading man is a professor. His field is history, and his future tenure rests on proving a theory about Thomas Jefferson. To do so, he seeks out the current owners of land sold to their ancestors by the great TJ himself.

Amy Fairfield and her siblings are in the process of trying to turn the orchard into a profitable endeavor. She’s put her real estate career on hold to come home and reconnect not only with the land but also with friends that she had put aside in favor of a relationship that’s now gone sour.

Professor Jonathan Gebhart suffered a broken relationship too. Unlike Amy, he doesn’t have a loving family to support him.

I have to confess I felt the plot was lacking something. What were supposed to be dramatic secrets fell flat. The few complications got resolved too easily.

That said, I liked the supporting characters, particularly the grandmother. This book is number one in a series, so I’m looking forward to additional stories.