The Duke’s Holiday: The Regency Romp Trilogy # 1 by Maggie Fenton

The first in a new Regency Series from Maggie Fenton, The Regency Romp Trilogy, had promise and some memorable moments, but the wit and humor I was expecting was a little more petulant child than sophisticated bluestocking and titled man than I expected.

The Duke’s Holiday

Cyril is a touch OCD, over-the top staid and stuck in his routine with a penchant for having things just the way he wants it. When word comes that his Yorkshire estate has some sort of kerfuffle in the long-term family in residence, he heads north, against his wishes and better judgment.

Astrid and her family have been living on the estate and running their family business, Honeywell Ale.  Since the death of her father she’s been managing the estate and the business, and trying to keep the family in line. Known for her intelligence, her confidence and her business savvy, she is not interested in her landlord’s appearance at all.

So, the plot is fairly straightforward without great questions: a bit of dramatic overload with a kidnapping is added to increase sympathy for the heroine and push Cyril into action.

Where I had more problems with the story was in the lack of development of Astrid – she was overdone in her childish behavior and antics, petulance and repeated immature actions. I missed her proof of intelligence, although we are repeatedly told she is smart. Sadly, she was one of the more unlikable characters I’ve encountered in a while, a bit of editing and removing her repeated attention grabbing antics, showing more and telling less would have benefitted her tremendously.

Cyril, on the other hand is the guy you love to see discomfited, he’s so rigid that removing the 2 X 4 from his backside would have been a daily delight. I liked him: a bit too rigid, and utterly unprepared for Astrid’s antics, I expected a firm over the knee moment for her that never came.

It wasn’t a bad book, but it was in need of some firm editing and less antics, more character development and a bit less emphasis on making moments funny rather than allowing the moment to BE funny would have helped this story dramatically.  It was amusing overall, and not a bad beach side read, uncomplicated, easy to put down without losing track and easy to follow.

The Duke’s Holiday: The Regency Romp Trilogy # 1 by Maggie Fenton

Title: The Duke's Holiday
Author: Maggie Fenton
Series: The Regency Romp Trilogy #1
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Montlake Romance
ISBN: 1477828028
Published on: 7 April 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 420
Audio Length: 15 Hours: 11 minutes
Rated: three-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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The Duke of Montford, cold, precise, and more powerful than the Prince Regent himself, wants things the way he wants them: cross-referenced, indexed, and at his beck and call. And he always gets what he wants.

Until he meets Astrid Honeywell. And a giant pig. And a crooked castle in the middle of Yorkshire.

Astrid Honeywell, staunch bluestocking, has struggled for years to keep her family together by running the estate and family brewery after her father's death. She is not about to let the tyrannical Duke of Montford steal away all she has worked for because of some antiquated contract between their families. So when the priggish Duke comes to call, she does everything in her power -- including setting the family pig on him -- to drive him away.

She didn't expect him to be so ... well, infuriatingly attractive. Every time he scowls at her, she has the most improper desire to kiss him -- and a whole lot more.

Montford can't decide whether to strangle Astrid or seduce her. The one thing he knows for a fact is that he must resist his powerful attraction for her at all costs. He has a very proper, very demure fiancée waiting for him back in London, after all. But when Astrid is kidnapped by a disgruntled suitor and whisked off to Gretna Green, Montford will do anything to get her back.

Will these two drive each other to Bedlam ... or can they make it to the altar without killing each other?

Includes an OCD Duke, a fiery heroine, mistaken identities, errant livestock, pompadours, drunken declarations, a touch of smex, and enough witty banter to sink a ship.

NOTE: This is a sexy historical romance. Recommended for 18+ due to adult content.

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Maggie Fenton

Maggie Fenton writes witty historical romance. Her first novel is entitled The Duke's Holiday. She also writes Steampunk Romance as Margaret Foxe.


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