Nothing Like a Duke
The Duke's Sons #4
by Jane Ashford
Publisher ~ Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genres ~ Historical Romance, Regency
A Georgette Heyer-esque tale of high society in the glittering Regency
Lord Robert Gresham has given up all hope that the beautiful Flora Jennings will ever take him seriously. He heads to an exclusive country house party to forget about Flora, but his plans are thwarted when she suddenly arrives.
Their attraction flares, but their romance becomes complicated when the sinister Anthony Durand shows up and threatens Flora. Every bone in Robert's body says to save her…but he'll have to learn that some damsels in distress can save themselves if he truly wants to win her heart.
A most unusual story with some very interesting scenes. The reader will enjoy this story and how the author introduces some fun games played back in the era this book is written about.
The theme throughout this book gives the reader a clear sense of the era involved and how house parties functioned. I found it entertaining with all the hidden agendas this book had and how they were resolved was priceless.
Flora's courage to go to this party that she clearly wanted to avoid comes across the page in such a manner that it encourages the reader to take heart and give something in their lives a chance.
Robert at times drove me crazy. I wanted him to just go up to Flora kiss her and make everything better. He also had his brilliant parts though where he carefully negotiated how events where turning out and how he fought to protect himself from hurt.
This story also brings in several secondary characters who not only cause upheaval but open other plot components for added interest for the reader.
I give this 3.75 stars because of all the new things I learned while reading it.
Jane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was entranced by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight was part of what led her to study English literature and travel widely in Britain and Europe. She has lived in New York, Boston and LA. Today, she is somewhat nomadic.
Jane has written historical and contemporary romances. Her books have been published in England, Spain, France, Italy, Sweden, Slovakia, Denmark, Russia, and Latvia, Croatia and Slovenia as well as the U.S. She has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by RT Book Reviews.
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