Along Came A Duke (Rhymes with Love, #1)
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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 aun...more
Paperback, 362 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by Avon Books
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"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...more
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...more
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 -...more
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
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
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...more
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.
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...more
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.
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,
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...more
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...more
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
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...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...more
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
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Last Book Finished in 2013!
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.50

First Thought when Finished: Along Came a Duke was a brilliant beginning to this series!

Overall Thoughts: Confession: I read this one after reading the third one in the series. Totally doable if you are so inclined to go against the grain. I will say this, it made me love the 3rd couple even more and made me wish I had done it in order. There was a...more

Exceptional. Great characters, solid plot.

Tabitha Timmons, yet another spinster from Kempton, is the unlikely recipient of a fortune and needs a trustworthy friend badly.

Preston, the Duke of Preston, stumbles into her life at just the right time and needs all his ducal authority to straighten out this mess.

I loved the characters, their motivations were so believable, which made the final conclusion satisfying. I adored the richness of the friendships between Tabitha and Preston and between Tabit...more
This was a fun start to a new series. Tabitha is a vicar's daughter who has had to toil endlessly for her aunt and uncle until she suddenly inherits a fortune provided she marries a certain dull Mr Barworth. Preston is a duke who never follows the rules and has little care for what wreckage he leaves behind, that is, until he meets Tabitha. Then, he makes it his mission to "save her" and ends up wanting her all to himself.

While the characters came across as a bit immature and impetuous, it made...more
Tabitha Timmons is one of the cursed-ladies of Kempton. Anyone who marries a Kempton lass will soon perish. Except that this plot point really doesn't have to do much with the story except as a convenient reason that Tabby (as the hero calls her) is unmarried at 25. Being a vicar's daughter isn't enough? This is really my biggest quibble with the book. Why bring up something so juicy and gothic if you're not going to use it? Will it come into play later in the series?
Anyway, Tabby doesn't especi...more
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Lee Thao
[2.7 STARS]

Along Came a Duke is my first book by Elizabeth Boyle. Sadly to say, it didn’t not impress me. In fact, it left me agitated throughout the entire book. I was waiting and waiting and waiting and the spark just took so long. It will arrive after maybe (50 pages on a single scene) and then last like two seconds and then the whole waiting starts again. (sighs)

The Storyline? Overly used theme that the author failed to bring its best potential like other authors. The Characters? Nothing rem...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Along Came a Duke is one of the books I got from Amazon Vine as an ARC. I like books by Elizabeth Boyle and this one is no exception.

This has quite a few laugh out loud moments in it. The two main characters are wonderful. Preston is that mixture of rogue and enduring little boy that women love. He doesn’t know it but he has been looking for a way to go home since he was six and with Tabitha he finds what he has been looking for.

Tabitha or Tabby as Preston calls her has not had an easy time sin...more
4.5 Stars

Deutlich spannender und fesselnder als erwartet, ich hatte wirklich nicht erwartet, dass mir die Geschichte so gut gefällt. Irgendwie hatte ich zu Beginn und durch den Klappentext einen ganz anderen Eindruck vom Helden, ich dachte er wäre ein typischer, unemotionsloser Rake/Rogue-Typ, aber am Ende ist er eigentlich eher ruhig und deutlich emotionaler als ich gedacht hätte. Ich mochte ihn wirklich sehr gerne, eben weil er im Inneren ganz anders ist als das Bild, dass alle von ihm zeichne...more
Virginia Campbell
"Along Came a Duke", and he was hiding his broken heart behind outlandishly rakish behavior. Christopher Seldon, Duke of Preston, is paving a path to Hell with less than good intentions. Miss Tabitha Timmons, a ward of some very selfish and demanding relatives, stands to inherit an unexpected fortune upon her marriage to a respectable suitor. Once Preston meets Tabby, he determines that she deserves so much more than life has handed her so far, and he decides to save her from a miserable fate. H...more
I wanted to like this... the premise sounded entertaining, and its sequel was rated fairly highly by a romance blog I (usually) trust. I figured I'd start with #1 in the series. And I may not continue.

There was a LOT going on in this story, and unfortunately almost everything that happens is an exemplar of all my unfavorite romance tropes and stereotypes. The virginal, holier-than-though country miss. The roue with a heart of gold (and, of course, a title). The foppish, idiot, mercenary suitor w...more
This story was entertaining, delightfully funny and reminds me of the old saying, "a man chases a woman until she finally catches him."

ALONG CAME A DUKE by Elizabeth Boyle is a historical romance with page-turning banter and romantic liaisons that leave the reader wanting more with each unexpected encounter. Preston is an incorrigible flirt and he's met his match in the irrepressible and witty Tabitha who quickly learns she can give as much as she gets. The characters are distinctly three dimens...more
The opening of Elizabeth Boyle’s novel, Along Came a Duke, immediately brought to mind Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. As Austen’s classic romance novel begins with the declaration that every man with fortune must be looking for a wife, Boyle’s romance novel takes the opposite stand with a poor country girl declaring she has no desire for a husband.
Building on the classic nursery rhyme, Little Miss Muffet, Boyle’s title immediately sets the stage for the hero, the Duke of Preston, who has a...more
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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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