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Along Came a Duke (Rhymes With Love #1)

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“A young lady with a fortune is subject to all sorts of untoward attentions by the worst sort of vagrants.” Aunt Allegra

A lesson Tabitha Timmons, a penniless spinster, has never needed to heed. That is, until she is left a vast fortune payable only upon her marriage to the very respectable Mr. Barkworth—a match that offers little chance of discovering exactly what her aunt
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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by Avon
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Lisarenee
"Sir, I will have you know, I never intend to go seeking a husband and am quite content with that notion." There, she'd managed her mind, and fortified by her first success she continued unabashedly, "Marriage offers no benefits to a lady, save leaving her a servant to a man's fickle whims and his selfish demands."

What a difference a day or even a few hours can make...

Tabitha Timmons was the daughter of a Vicar. When he passed, she was taken in by her Uncle and his wife. They hadn't done so out
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Issa
Along Came a Duke is the first in the Rhymes with Love series. Tabitha Timmons is a country miss who is well past the normal marriage age, she has no desire to marry. That is until her maternal uncle’s death leaves her an heiress, subject to her marrying the man of his choice, Mr. Reginald Barkworth, before she turns 25. That happy day, of course, is only weeks away.

Along the way she meets Christopher Seldon, the Duke of Preston. Preston is a young man who spends his time gambling, drinking, wag
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Sophie Barnes
This is the first book I've read by Elizabeth Boyle and there's no doubt that I'll be coming back for more - I'm absolutely thrilled to have discovered an author who can match Julia Quinn in terms of keeping me up late at night thinking, "just another few pages..."
When Tabitha Timmons is pronounced an heiress, she immediately sees it as her golden opportunity to escape the care of her overbearing aunt and uncle who have been enjoying her company as their personal maid. There's a catch though -
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Pepa
Está escrito con ese toque divertido que tiene la autora, pero se queda flojo, o al menos, a mí no me lo ha parecido.
El problema es que se queda a las puertas en todo.... con buenos protagonistas, que para mí, la autora ha desaprovechado... me hubiera gustado saber más de él y también más de la vida de ella (la cenicienta del cuento) la trama también se queda en nada..... Y claro, esos enamoramientos espontáneos no me van nada.
Muy buenos secundarios que supongo que serán los próximos protagonis
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Kez Elizabeth
So I'm pretty down with the whole regency romance novel formula, and most of the time I can find aspects of a novel from this genre to enjoy. Not so with this latest offering from Elizabeth Boyle. The problem for me was the protagonists. Tabitha Timmons is apparently your quintessential vicar's daughter: chaste, moral, bit of a stick up her butt. Which apparently excuses the fact that one touch by our "hero" results in her dissolving into a pile of tragic, oh so feminine, oh so fluttery goo. He ...more
Chuckie
I got a little bored, to tell the truth. The dialogue was bland, and the interaction between the main characters was initially very weak. A large part of the book is based on miscommunications (between the main characters, but also between other characters), an element of romance fiction that I always found frustrating.
LuvGirl
2.5 stars.I was laughing out loud and liking the fluffiness of this book in the beginning, but it got tedious after a while. The story needed a little more depth. It read like a traditional regency. Card board cut out characters and a depth-less story had me wishing I didn't waste my time on this one.
Rachel C.
The plot was a kind of a madcap muddle. Also, a historical romance writer should know that "a bit of muslin" is used to describe prostitutes, not ladies.
Bookworm1858
Elizabeth Boyle books are pretty much must-reads for me so the title, cover, and plot didn't really matter to me. I saw her name and that was sufficient. However if it did matter, I think the duke part would be very enticing. I once read that romance books with duke in the title sold better and I believe that; I know I like books when the man is of high rank, not that a mere mister can't be a good hero, of course...

Anyway on to the book itself: I suffered some confusion in the beginning just wit
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Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
The same day that the very respectable vicar's daughter Miss Tabitha Timmons tells the insufferable, yet horribly alluring Mr Preston that she has no need to get married, she finds herself unexpectedly engaged to a gentleman she has never met. But she can't get the enticing Mr Preston and the feelings he evokes in her out of her mind and another chance encounter that ends with a wager and a kiss leaves not only Tabitha's head spinning.

This is my first Elizabeth Boyle read, but it won't be my las
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Jen Meegan
I must be frank. While I enjoy reading romance novels, especially those with a historical bent (Regencies, Georgian, et al)...Along Came a Duke was not the type I would have purchased had I been given a chance to read the preview chapters. But this was a Vine selection and as such, I only had the cover image and the back cover description to go on. It also had the benefit of a recommendation by Julia Quinn, one of my long-time favorite Regency writers. Let's just say I expected one sort of Regen ...more
Sarah
I discovered Elizabeth Boyle while laid up in the hospital after surgery and tore through several of her books in a few days. Now out of the hospital with other things to do, I can't figure out why I liked her so much.

This book is SO heavy handed. I know. I know what you're saying. It's a romance. It's SUPPOSED to be heavy handed. But no. This book is so ridiculously full of the author, who thinks she is SO clever. I guess if you're an author this is to be expected...but in this case, it gets o
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Natalia
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Miley the Book Junkie Reads . . .
1st read by Boyle and I was thoroughly entertained all the way to the end. I had many laugh out loud moments. Boyle's had me clamoring for more. Preston has me enchanted and Tabby is a jewel full of non lady like qualities for the ton. Which has me loving her all the more. Now her relations earned the dubious pleasure of being despised.
LaFleurBleue
This is definitely a light, slightly fluffy but rather funny romance. Not the one to read, for a stickler to historical authenticity, nor for someone looking for deeply moving feelings or strong multi-dimensional characters. There still are some mistakes, words missing, repetitions of words, that should have been edited.
That said, I rather enjoyed my reading of this book, which felt like a bedroom farce by many aspects. Many scenes are very long, over a few chapters; people come and go, the dial
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Sharyn
A perfect book for starting 2015. Been on my shelf for awhile as I was collecting the series. Found 1 and 3 on my shelf and got 2 at the library so these will be the first 3 books of the year. I have enjoyed all her other series so I am reading this one. Good dialogue, but maybe too many misunderstandings. Lo0ved the Duke of Preston, finding his backstory was lovely and psychologically explained his personality. Also Mr. Muggles, an adorable dog who helps the plot along. Tabitha Timmons, the her ...more
kris
EVERYONE IS A MINX AND / OR A "SLIP O' MUSLIN" (??) AND THEN THEY BONE.

THE END.
Laura
No me gustó. No me voy a explayar mucho en el porqué, porque ni yo me entiendo, pero a grandes rasgos puedo decir que el romance me pareció poco creíble.

Tabitha un persona bastante tonta, insulsa, semi irritante (view spoiler)
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Chy
I couldn't resist; I had to read a "historical" romance novel in the middle of reading Delusions of Gender. Had to. Couldn't be helped. And I gotta say, this cover was like a spoonful of sugar on the entertainment. (It is not the cover on the copy I have. Like, at all.)

{chortles merrily} I mean, even look at the name of the series: Rhymes with Love. Not love, but something that rhymes with it. "Shove," I think.

I keep forgetting one star is "didn't like it." It was entertaining as hell, just...pr
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SidneyKay
Gush-o-rama alert!

Yes, you are about to hear some gushing! Squeal. What a joy it was when I opened Ms. Boyle's latest book, Along Came a Duke. At first, I wondered if I would be able to like the hero. The Duke of Preston, our hero, is painted as rather a foolish fellow. And, along with his friend, Roxley, who seems to have a strong liking for the drink, I thought, "what a couple of buffoons, and these are the heroes?" However, by the time Preston and Tabitha have a rather lengthy dinner, I found
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Nath
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Michelle
While writing this I’m still not quite sure how I should rate this book. I’m a big fan of Elizabeth Boyle and have thoroughly enjoyed her previous books (4 stars!). I thought Tabitha was a great character: she was independent, accepted that she had a hard life but made the most of it and found joy if the life she was leading, was outspoken and let no one intimidate her (4 stars!). Unfortunately I’m a little iffy on our hero. Preston was funny and sarcastic and tried hard to overcome a tragic chi ...more
Mary Gramlich
Am I seeking perfection in all things or just my love?

Tabitha Timmons has been forced to life her life under the very firm hand of her aunt and uncle who see her as a free ride not a loving niece. Tabitha longs for freedom from her country life and dreams of what wonderful things exist outside the confines of this restricted life.

Christopher Seldon, The Duke of Preston has no checks nor balances for his life and grabs every day with enthusiasm. Tabitha could not be any further from what he think
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Jessi
I haven't read anything by Elizabeth Boyle before, and so wasn't sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised. Tabbitha was an interesting heroine who must learn to know her true self rather than the person she has be trained to present to the world. Also, the hero is truly a rascal and a rake and I very much enjoyed his internal struggle as he tries to deal with why he is that way and if he wants to change or not. They have some serious chemistry together, and their sexy seductions scene tak ...more
Zel Polev
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Judy Goodnight
This is the first book by Elizabeth Boyle that I've read. The whole Rhymes with Love series is up for reading this month.

After a great start with the introduction of our main female characters, Tabitha Timmons and her friends Harriet & Daphne, and main male characters, Christopher Seldon, Duke of Preston, and his friend Roxley, there was a slow, confusing section that set up the whole business about Tabitha's inheritance. Rather than try to figure it all out, I just persevered and went on. F
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Kitten Kisser
While the story was reasonably entertaining & humorous there is not a lot of romance. A quick & easy read with not much substance. Tabitha is told she must marry a particularly attractive yet boring man in order to inherit a fortune. The problem is she meets the Duke of Preston & it is he who sets her heart fluttering. Tabbitha has some pretty crappy relatives who are not the least concerned about her welfare or happiness. Preston has been shunned from society for one too many scanda ...more
H2bourne
This starts out a bit slowly but then picks up pace as the story progresses. It's nice to see the transformation of Tabitha from being practically enslaved by her aunt and uncle at the vicarage to winning the heart of a Duke, albeit a somewhat reckless one. I appreciated this tale of Miss Tabitha Timmons and the Duke of Preston. Tabitha's two friends, Harriet and Daphne, added some humour to the situation. Tabitha finds out she has inherited from her maternal uncle but a condition of his will is ...more
Aspoon
This book was just okay for me. I didn’t feel a “true” connection between Tabitha and Lord Preston. The book dialogue was mainly focused on Tabitha which I didn’t like much… I read about Lord Preston initially in the 2nd book titled “And The Miss Ran Away With The Rake” and I loved him in that book so I couldn’t wait to back track and read his story since I started out of sync. After reading “Along Came A Duke”…Lord Preston isn’t as fun and witty and interesting as he was in the 2nd book… Actual ...more
IzamaRi H. Fabela

Ya saben que soy fiel seguidora de este género y que por regla general soy muy exigente con estas historias. Y desde hace un tiempo, todas las novelas que había leído de este género no terminaban de gustarme por una u otra cosa.

Así que la pesimista de mí, pensé que me iba a pasar lo mismo con este libro. Que iba a tener algo que hiciera que no me gustara del todo, pero gran error el mío, pues este libro ha logrado regresarme la fe en este género.

- ¿Por qué sonríes? - le preguntó Tabitha. Preston
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Elizabeth Boyle was an antipiracy paralegal for Microsoft before settling down to write full-time. Her first novel, Brazen Angel, which won Dell's Diamond Debut Award in 1996, also won the Romance Writers of America's RITA Award for Best First Book, and was a finalist for Best Long Historical Romance. She lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington. She is also the author of Brazen Heiress.
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Other Books in the Series

Rhymes With Love (6 books)
  • And the Miss Ran Away With The Rake (Rhymes With Love, #2)
  • Have You Any Rogues? (Rhymes With Love, #2.5)
  • If Wishes Were Earls (Rhymes With Love, #3)
  • The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane (Rhymes With Love, #4)
  • The Knave of Hearts (Rhymes With Love #5)
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