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The Runaway Duke

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  883 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Ruined! No one could ever accuse Rebecca Tremaine of being a proper young lady. She's wretched at embroidery, pitiful at the pianoforte, and entirely too informed about the human body, courtesy of her father's scientific journals. And now she's been compromised by a dandy she despises! When her parents arrange a hasty marriage, there is only one man she can turn to for hel...more
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Published September 3rd 2007 by Forever (first published August 1st 2004)
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Cheryl
This book was good in parts of it and tedious in other parts, 3 stars.

The hero, Connor, and the heroine, Rebecca, met when she was a girl and became fast friends. Connor worked as a horse groom for Rebecca's father and she would spend a lot of time in the stables with him. Connor actually listened to Rebecca and answered her questions. And she had a lot of questions and a lot to say. She was a very curious girl and had a mind that thirsted for knowledge. Rebecca would often sneak into her father...more
Nisha
This is truly an unique book. Starting with the characters, Connor Riordan, who is actually heir to a dukedom, decides to shed himself of his name after his supposed death and masquerades as a Groom for 5 years. Rebecca Tremaine, is supposed to be a genteel lady, but her thirst for knowledge makes her atypical and a task for her parents. Rebecca is compromised by a dandy, who she absolutely detests and asks her favorite companion, the Groom to help her out. They have a relationship that starts w...more
Beanbag Love
Closer to 3.5. I love Julie Anne Long's writing or this one wouldn't have held up. She created a couple of really good lead characters and then tossed them in a story so rife with coincidences it was laughable. Really, the coincidences were so outrageous that they should have been remarked on in a post-modern way but they weren't.

However, I do love JAL's writing so I'm glad I read it. It also contains one of the loveliest declaration moments I've read in a while:

"I love you," she murmured.

The w
...more
Jacqueline
May 18, 2010 Jacqueline rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: It was a DNF, so no one really.
Recommended to Jacqueline by: Impulse buy
Pages Survived: 220

This was one weird reading experience! I literally was absolutely loving this book, truly all the way through. Until page 220. Never in all my reading have I encountered a book that I went from absolutely loving to absolutely hating within the span of one page.

While it may seem laughable to some, the reason I reared up and hated this book was a result of the characters. No, I did love Rebecca and her absolutely unique personality. I even loved Connor, the hero. What killed th...more
Amanda The Book Slayer
Overall okay book. It took a while to get into the book. Required skimming pages to keep my attention and get to the good parts.

Recommend: Those who enjoy Romance novels and Dukes!

Highlights:
*Rebecca is strong willed and will follow her own path in life.
*Connor Riordan or Roarke Blackburn, makes a great Groom but a better Duke.
*Book heats up halfway through when Beccan and Connor quit fighting the inevitable.
*They fall i love, but Connor still won't share his secrets with her.
*Gypsy's make an ap...more
Margaret Foxe
There is something magical about this book. I believe it is Long's debut novel, and it does have its problems, among them a strangely truncated ending between Hero and heroine. Long's writing has certainly improved since this one. But i don't care. This is still one of my favorite historical romances. I have read and re-read this title.

There is just something so SWEET about this book. And not in a saccharine-make-me-throw-up-a-little-in-my-mouth sort of way. In a way that makes me smile VERY bro...more
Elis Madison
Rebecca is trying to save her sister from disaster (and get a little blackmail material) when she slips out to the garden in the wee hours to catch her trysting with Edelston, the fortune hunter. Unfortunately, all cats look alike in the dark. So when her father sees Lorelei sneaking out into the night and follows, and when the gardener sees a man skulking in the shrubbery, it's her father who gets brained, and Rebecca who ends up caught in Edelston's arms.

And Edelston really isn't a nice guy....more
Vampire-lk
Great novel!!! Well done storyline...fresh & lively! Wonderful pick of a regency era novel!! Love the emotions & vibrancy of the characters!!!!!! :)
Jane Stewart
It’s typical light romance reading. I enjoyed it. I was chuckling several times.

STORY BRIEF:
Roarke’s father is a Duke who viciously beat and abused Roarke while growing up. Roarke joined the military fighting Napoleon. The story begins when a fellow soldier is killed in battle. Roarke assumes his identity and claims that Roarke was killed. He returns to England and works as a groom for Sir Henry (to avoid his father). Over a five year period he becomes close friends with Henry’s daughter Rebecca...more
Steamywindows♥♫
I really like this author's writing style, and enjoyed this story despite the implausibility of a duke running away to live as a groom for years. That aside, this is a very nice romance about an unusually honest, curious and courageous young woman and a man who finds himself enchanted and finally besotted by her.

I loved the story of when he meet her. He had to rescue her out of a tree when she still a young girl, out of grief for loss of her beloved dog, she climbed a tree and wouldn't come dow...more
Cindy
Yoo 4 bintang, jujur ya ini ceritanya agak lambat di awal, sampai 70% baru kelihatan nih romancenya mau diarah kemana, lebih banyak petualanganya aja, tapi asik kok, suka :), gak berasa Insta love ...

Si Conor Riodan, itu sebenernya seorang Duke yang super duper kaya raya, dibesarkn oleh ayah yang suka main tangan akhirnya dia mengambil kesempatan untuk kabur dari gelar dan kekayaan dia dengan mengaku sebagai temannya saat ditemukan sekarat dalam perang. Sejak saat itu dia menyama sebagai Cornor...more
ChloeLeeNH
Aug 24, 2008 ChloeLeeNH rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Regency Era fans
This one moved fast... and though I felt the heroine was a bit young... you believed that she was older than her years and the hero really loved her and wanted to save her from her fate of a mistake that brought her to be betrothed to someone that she didn't even know. Their race across England was filled with adventure that was both funny and endearing... Nice quick read with very little deep though involved :)
Suri
I LOVE this book. Def going to my fave list.
I love that it has an 'adventure' feel to it.
I love that the hero was the first to fall in love, secretly at that.
I love her thirst for life, to experience things.

One thing though, the ending or his final decision seemed to me made him into a hypocrite... although I did wish for that kind of ending.
Amanda
Becca's story was fun. I really enjoyed the story between her and Connor.The ending felt rushed but all in all this was a fun laugh out loud (at times) book to pass a few hours.
Chumchum_88
Honestly I'd give it a 3.5 or 4 because though I loved plenty of what happened in it there are some stuff that annoyed me.

first I need to compliment the author cause the book made me so engrossed in the reading, thinking that I'm still in the beginning of the book while I was actually in the middle XD, I loved all the twists and turns, the funny parts, and the heroin.

the heroin was a breath f fresh air, I know most romance book portrait the heroin as someone who is different, but here Rebecca wa...more
Kyraryker
The beginning of the book had me thinking it would be a light good hearted read and it pretty much was from start to finish. I found myself really liking the character of Rebecca, she had a sort of exuberant naiveté which was endearing.
I have to give props to Julie Anne Long for writing in such a surprising scene, it's hard to shock me but I almost slid off the couch when it was revealed the locket Rebecca stole, to help fund her escape plan had an inscription to Roarke Blackburn, Connor's real...more
Annika
It took me quite some time to get through this book - I had to put it down several time because I was annoyed/dissapointed.

OK, so what bugged me:
I did not like Rebecca very much. Even it became a bit better in the end she was just and behaving like a child.
Then there is Connor/Roarke who is at least 10 years older and knows her since she was 11 or so.
I can live with the age difference, which is typical for historicals, in case the heroine is behaving somehow adult. Which Rebecca is not. And I di...more
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
For me this was not a Romance Story; but more on the lines of and Adventure Story. the Romance that was written was at the end of the book and not more than 5 pages however their was Adventure but that is not what I wanted to read. I have never read a story were the Villains where Rewarded; after having the hero's brother murder by having his throat cut, and trying to kill the hero and heroine 3 times no less so she could steal the hero's Title and fortune, doesn't make sense you don't reward th...more
Karen Wilson
I decided to read this book even though I was skeptical that I'll like it.

I wondered if the author can make me change my mind such that I would grow to like the Hero since he shirked his responsibilities for his people with consequences. That's not something I would expect from a heir to dukedom, who was supposed to have pride and dignity. Perhaps the author wanted to portray a very realistic man.

If you can accept the Hero for his past choices and not deem it cowardice, then one may enjoy the b...more
Caroline
Where to start? This book was a sheer delight to read, a page-turner from beginning to end. Connor and Rebecca's mad dash across England, pursued by hired thugs, reminded me of Hitchcock's rewrite of John Buchan's The 39 Steps, and was just as gripping and exciting.

The characterisation was masterful. Connor, a reluctant duke posing as an Irish groom, and Rebecca, the girl he's seen grow from a precocious and joyful scamp into a brilliant young woman, could so easily have ended up as stereotypes...more
Borderstar
I read and rated this a while back but just catching up with reviews...

I will start by saying that this isn't the best historical romance I've ever read and there were some niggles for me, BUT there is just something about it that I really enjoyed and could imagine reading it again - which is why I have bumped it up from 3.5 to 4 stars.

I really warmed to the characters - I think my favourite things about the story were that Connor was living as a stable boy/groom (Becca's father's reaction to fi...more
Kristen
In Julie Anne Long's debut into the historical romance world, she catapults into a world of second chances and hidden secrets. Connor Riordan works for the Tremaines in England as an Irish groom. But he's hiding a secret--he's really Roarke Blackburn, the Duke of Dunbrooke who supposedly "died" in the world, five years ago. When he helps Rebecca Tremaine from an arranged marriage, they're onto the journey of a lifetime and flee to Scotland. While she disappeared, Rebecca's sister, Lorelei, has a...more
Fannie Yulandari
This is the first book that create many praises for the author. But after reading her other and more advanced books, I think this book is not as good the next books she written later on. This a story of a young man that supposed to be a Duke but runaway from his responsibility for almost 5 years. He then choose to live a humble life as a groom to a country gentleman. And then he meet with his employer daughter, still barely a girl, who then blossomed to a beautiful girl. After an unfortunate inc...more
Mary23nm
I was enjoying this book until almost the end. (view spoiler)...more
Minesweeper
It was a bit dull: there wasn't enough tension to keep me flipping the pages, and I had to skim large portions of e book to be able to finish it. Some points of note:

1. The age difference between the hero and the heroine is disconcerting. She's 18 and he's in his late 20's or 30's. Furthermore, the guy knew her since she was a kid and supposedly stayed in England (instead of following his dreams and going to America) because of her.

2. What's with all the "wee Becca"s? It was annoying and also co...more
Yulia Anggraini
jauuh lebih suka in drpada yg sang pengacara n pencuri itu...

jiaah nama hero x Roarke... >,<
udah terbiasa n identik klo nama Roarke t adalah "merek dagangx" JD robb... ; p hehe...
n roarke itu g punya nama belakang tp dsini Roarke backburn... hihi...
tp untung j sepanjang cerita herox lebih sering dpanggil Connor Riordan...jd g brasa d twilight zone deh... ;p

kurang bersimpati am c Connor yg udah tw klo ayah n adek x meninggal n membuat para penyewa lahanx menderita tak terurus dy ttp ingin k...more
Stacey Lund
As historical romances go, this one had a few things going for it: a hot Duke (okay, that's pretty standard), amazingly heart-wrenching back story on said duke, and a relate-able heroine. It also made me laugh, and the tenderness between Connor and Rebecca was lovely.

3-4 Stars, or a B-.
Dangermousie
This is so historically implausible that it must create an anachronism singularity to swallow the world, but if you can overlook that, it's pretty fun. Hero is a Duke's heir who gets mistaken for dead at Waterloo and goes with the deception because he hates his family (as one does, if one is a romance novel hero), and spends the next five years as a groom (!!!!!). His boss' daughter decides to run away from an engagement and he helps her, they fall in love, are chased by bad guys (who I actually...more
Vevejunka
Hodnotila bych to spíše na lepší 3,5* :)
Nevím no, nebylo to špatné, ale také to nebylo nic úžasného či překvapivého... Nápad byl dost zajímavý, ale mohl se zpracovat daleko lépe. Chvílemi sem se dost nudila a tušila jak to celé skončí, ale kniha to nebyla nejhorší :) :D
Highland-dreamer
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“I love you," she murmured.

The words ... it was as though an entire sun had exploded in his chest.

He'd been ridiculous. His thrashing thoughts, his grand confusion and torment and helplessness -- it was only love, had always been love, he supposed. It was no precipice he stood at, or rather precipices have little meaning when one finally acknowledges that one has wings. Connor stepped off.

"I love you, too."

Such grave, inadequate words for what it was he felt.”
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