Karen Ranney again on the blog today with the second installment in the Duke Trilogy, a historic romance series. Please read on for my review and an excerpt, check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the book, and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win one of two print copies of THE SCOTTISH DUKE, the first book in the trilogy. Please read on for more about
The English Duke
There’s no great secrets or surprises here, and that is perfectly fine because Ranney delivers two characters in Martha and Jordan that fairly breathe in the corner of your eye as the story unfolds. Both of these characters are intelligent, curious and slightly different from the norm that has come to be so prevalent in today’s books. Add to their complexity and moments of vulnerability, and what emerges is a story rich in layers, providing a conclusion that is richer for the nuances and subtle clues that each character offers to the other, as their connection is built.
Martha is wonderfully curious, intelligent and brave, with a serious case of love for a man she has only experienced through letters. Her father’s protégé, the young inventor, now Duke of Roth, Jordan is determined to proceed through his discoveries and inventions alone. Until Martha arrives with her father’s final bequest, and a request to participate.
Jordan is wonderfully geeky in all the best ways, and a touch awkward, which does give poor Martha a bit of pause, but to work beside him, learning and watching his mind work, perhaps will lead to a chance. And their camaraderie is wonderful. These two have science and curiosity in common, and that with Martha’s father, give her a singular, even unique, approach and understanding of his work. The quiet unveiling of their histories and concerns, along with their likes and dislikes all serve their budding friendship, and builds the foundation for a true match. A wonderfully paced and plotted story that focuses more on the emotional connections and Sympatico of the characters than on a pure physical connection to show their affections. Emotional intimacy won the day in this story, and the sensual scenes were overlaid with flowery prose and euphemism that just fell flat for me. Overall, this was a wonderful story, memorable for all of the things it was, especially for the characters of Martha and Jordan.
Title: The English Duke
Author: Karen Ranney
Series: Duke Trilogy #2
Also in this series: The Scottish Duke
Genre: Historical Romance, Victorian
Published by: Avon
Published on: 28 March, 2017
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 33 minutes
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In the second in New York Times Bestselling Author Karen Ranney’s scintillating series, society’s most coveted duke finds the one thing wealth and position cannot buy—the perfect partner…
For years, Martha York has been fascinated by a man she’s never met—Jordan Hamilton, the new Duke of Roth and protégé to her inventor father. Could the elusive gentleman possibly live up to his brilliant letters? When Martha travels to his estate to carry out her father’s last bequest, she discovers that the answer is a resounding yes, for the duke’s scientific mind belies a deep sensuality…
Jordan was determined to complete his prototype alone, but it’s impossible to resist the alluring young woman who shows up at his door. Working together, they grow ever closer, until a case of mistaken identity leaves him bound to another. A woman’s heart may be more complex than the most intricate invention, but Jordan must find a way to win Martha’s, or lose the only woman who can truly satisfy him…
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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.
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