Loretta Chase returns to the blog today with the first in her Difficult Dukes series, with 3 rakes known as the ‘Dis-Graces, and the women who finally remove the dis from their titles. Please read on for my review of
A Duke in Shining Armor
Olympia Hightower is not your average deb: winner of the dubious title, Most Boring Debutante for the seventh year, this bookish young woman is far from the expected. Literate and book loving, older and not wholly excited by her upcoming marriage, she’s a heroine that many of us would befriend, even as others in her situation find her odd. Now off the shelf, she’s due to marry the Duke of Ashmont, a notorious rake and one of the 3 dubbed the “Dis-Graces”, a marriage not even remotely intriguing to her, but because of her family’s desperate need for money, and her being a dutiful daughter – the marriage is on. Right up until she escapes out her window.
Hugh, Duke of Ripley is yet another of the Dis-Graces, and a good friend to Ashmont. He sees Olympia trying to run – and while tarred with the rake’s brush, he seeks to protect her and deliver her to a female relation, allowing Ashmont to come and plead his case. Hugh is a wonderfully compassionate man, he wants to make Olympia see sense, but there is something in her personality and her love of literature that calls to him: a side he’s hidden from even his closest friends. Slowly but surely their feelings and regard start to develop: a sort of mutual admiration society springing up between them. Hugh isn’t truly a rake, even though he is in a highly improper situation: his goal is to deliver the bride promised to Ashmont, and he truly struggles with his own feelings for her, and hers for him.
A bit uneven in pacing: early on the story is slow to develop and contains plenty of background and back and forth from Olympia, that actually was frustrating as it seemed to be the one worry she had: not her reputation when leaving, not being in the company of a rake – but her feelings about marriage. Fortunately though, the fun of the road trip as they are hunted, Hugh’s honest regard for her intelligence and conversational ability, and even the fun they are having with most of the rigid constraints of society falling to the wayside. Finally the connection between the two becomes apparent and spoken, with honest regard and a clear purpose that allays the fears and hesitations and allows their relationship to stand out. Full of unspoken and dreamed of passions, steam and plenty of heartfelt conversations, the story is a good introduction to the series and promises intrigue and interest for the other Dis-Graces.
Title: A Duke in Shining Armor
Author: Loretta Chase
Series: Difficult Dukes #1
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency, Setting: Britain
Published by: Avon
Published on: 28 November, 2017
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 11 Hours: 12 minutes
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Not all dukes are created equal. Most are upstanding members of Society. And then there’s the trio known as Their Dis-Graces.
Hugh Philemon Ancaster, seventh Duke of Ripley, will never win prizes for virtue. But even he draws the line at running off with his best friend’s bride. All he’s trying to do is recapture the slightly inebriated Lady Olympia Hightower and return her to her intended bridegroom.
For reasons that elude her, bookish, bespectacled Olympia is supposed to marry a gorgeous rake of a duke. The ton is flabbergasted. Her family’s ecstatic. And Olympia? She’s climbing out of a window, bent on a getaway. But tall, dark, and exasperating Ripley is hot on her trail, determined to bring her back to his friend. For once, the world-famous hellion is trying to do the honorable thing.
So why does Olympia have to make it so deliciously difficult for him . . . ?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.