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Follow My Lead (The Blue Raven #3)

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Jason Cummings, Duke of Rayne is feeling the weight of his responsibilities - one of which is to get married. Being the most sought after bachelor in London can be trying, so who can blame him if he seeks refuge from the voracious hordes of young debutantes at the decidedly female-free Historical Society? Female-free, that is, until Winnifred Crane marches up to the door, ...more
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Published May 3rd 2011 by Berkley (first published March 25th 2011)
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Catherine
*4.5 Stars*
"What on earth did you say to him? And what did he say back? I've spent the last twenty minutes trying to get a straight answer out of him."

"Miss Crane, do you even speak German?" Jason asked, surprised.

"Of course I speak German," she said, affronted.

"Really?" Jason asked coolly. "Which dialect?"

She opened her mouth and closed it, like a fish. "At least I can read German very well." And then, after a moment, "Renaissance German."

Jason rolled his eyes but firmly withheld from giving in
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Juliana Philippa
Found a new favorite author! I would be giving this book 5+ stars if not for two things (4.5 stars)

I don't even remember how I stumbled upon Kate Noble, but it was quite by accident. From the four books she has published, this one and Compromised seemed like they would appeal to me most, based on the summaries. I started with this one and oh how right I was! There were so many utterly fabulous things about this romance: historically rich in detail; features a compelling, unique heroine and utt
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Katie(babs)
Apr 24, 2011 Katie(babs) rated it it was amazing
There’s a famous song from the 1934 Cole Porter Broadway show, Anything Goes called “It’s De-Lovely.” The chorus goes as follows- “It's delightful, it's delicious, it's de-lovely”. I can’t help but hum this song when I read a Kate Noble book. Her books are all of these things- delightful, delicious and lovely.

Follow My Lead is a light hearted, on the road romance between the hero and heroine who match wits while falling in love with one another. The hero, Jason Cumming, Duke of Rayne made quite
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Olga
Apr 09, 2016 Olga rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Libro muy recomendable...hacia tiempo que una autora y su libro no me sorprendían tanto como este... Trama muy bien hilada, personajes con fondo y una historia con risas, sonrisas, misterio y amor que engancha....espero con impaciencia los siguientes libros en español...
Pamela(AllHoney)
The third book in The Blue Raven series. Another winner from Ms Noble. She is able to blend romance and humor into an enjoyable and entertaining read. Winnifred Crane is a woman searching for the truth in regards to a painting that was believed to have been painted by the German artist Druer. She has a desire to be recognized for her accomplishments. Jason Cummings, Duke of Rayne, ends up following her across Europe, assisting her in the mission. The romance was a gradual thing, happening over t ...more
Katyana
Oct 11, 2011 Katyana rated it really liked it
***4.5***

This was a fun, fast read! The characters were sweet and funny, and it was great to get to know them. At times, I wanted to smack their heads together, because I was frustrated at how stupid they were being in regards to each other. But that said, it was still sweet to watch them slowly become comfortable with each other, and have fun on their adventure.

And the plot was fun too - the adventure story was great! My only criticism would be that George was a little overly-villainish. He bug
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Gerrie
This is the third book in The Blue raven series, and I loved the first two books. This book is equally well written, with Ms. Noble's sparkling dialogue and well rounded characters. And she's a terrific writer and story teller. In this book, Ms. Noble leaves regency England behind for Germany and Austria. Winn, the heroine, wants admission to the royal art and architecture society. Since the society's by-laws don't specifically prohibit women, she feels that she may have a chance. However, in or ...more
Adi (Reading in the Windowseat)
A great read of adventure travelling for a travel (I'd know, I read this while I was travelling around the country).

I adore Kate Noble's style, and though my all-time favorite remains Compromised, I'd had great fun reading both Revealed and Follow My Lead. I was so impressed by the latter's back-cover description that I bought it instead of The Summer of You, which actually comes first (and which I'm buying next).

The novel was so not what I expected. The characters were real and eccentric and ve
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Mandi Schreiner
May 05, 2011 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Favorite Quote: So. This is hell, Jason thought. A garden party, being backed into a corner by three of the most baldly opportunistic furies to have been formed in the British system of wealth and aristocracy. Who knew?

Jason Cummings (who has red hair, swoon), Duke of Rayne is 30 and ready to get married, because well, that is what one does when one turns 30. Being a very wealthy Duke however means the marriage mart is more of a war (one that he is losing badly) than an actual task. He finds you
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Nicole
Dec 09, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it
FAKE MARRIED!!! SHARING BEDS!!! GOING ON QUESTS AND HAVING ADVENTURES WHILE FALLING IN LOVE~
Gladys Turner
Apr 24, 2016 Gladys Turner rated it liked it
It's me , it's not you case... Maybe?

This was supposed to be my next great read, instead I was left feeling like "meh".

Why did that happen?
Maybe it was because I did not like the hero, and maybe it was because I did not like the heroine.

Or maybe it happened near the end, when I discovered I liked more (view spoiler)
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Ellie
Jul 18, 2011 Ellie rated it it was ok
Follow My Lead by Kate Noble

D+

“Perhaps it was because she was the first woman in two Seasons who did not look at him with some kind of expectation.Perhaps it was because, when her hand made contact with his nose, it was if she’d knocked the weight of the day clean off him- the dreary, boring day that had sat on his shoulders for so long.”

Jason Cummings, the Duke of Rayne, has decided that thirty is a great age to get married and has started to hunt for a bride. Imagine his surprise when he becom
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Megan
A 19th century road trip, an art history mystery, and an offbeat but believable romance.

Kate Noble's writing keeps getting better, and Follow My Lead is a particularly strong offering: flawed but determined characters, challenging and complicated trysts, and some pretty rich emotions. Her lead characters are always three-dimensional, and while I've enjoyed all her leads, I think I might like Winn and Jason the most. They each have a moment where they make room for the other person to be the best
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Rachna R
Apr 18, 2012 Rachna R rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS SO MUCH. dying with glee was a frequent thing because this book hit all the beats I wanted from the 'pretend relationship' trope but at the same time gave me an independent, smart lady and an intelligent, supportive dude - both of whom had faults that they were called out on, but both of whom were respected and clearly written with love!!! with a relationship that works - the way it builds and shifts is just wonderful - I always love it when main 'ships fit like this. I just enjoyed ...more
Epeeblade
Mar 05, 2016 Epeeblade rated it really liked it
I picked this up after I saw Tessa Dare tweet about a book with a similar plot to one of hers. (Intellectually minded woman on road trip with the hero to prove her worth to a royal society). And while the premise is similar, they are far different books.

I did enjoy this one as well.
Elizabeth
Dec 22, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Read Kate Noble now, friends, so you can tell everyone you liked her before she becomes rich and famous as Kate Rorick. (And she's well on her way, having written the "Lizzie Bennet Diaries" and received an Emmy for "Emma Approved.") I've happily binged her work in the past few months, and although there have been one or two things I didn't care much for, I've mostly found her amazing, charming, wonderful, funny, respectful, interesting, delightful, and pretty much every other positive adjective ...more
Kara Calysta
Oct 03, 2014 Kara Calysta rated it it was ok
"What comes next"

If I hear that one phrase one more time, I am gonna hurl something.


Let me ensure all that I love historical romance, any kind. I just LOVEEEE them! Cannot get enough of them actually especially those with an adventure or mystery thrown in.But, I really struggled to finish reading this. Really. After almost half of the book I just could not take it. Being dutiful is one thing. Wanting to be an all proper duke who obviously does "What comes next" is one thing but, having to remind
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PoligirlReads
Aug 17, 2014 PoligirlReads rated it liked it
Okay, let's start with that cover. What the heck?! That oddly smiling and swishing lady has nothing to do with the story, thank goodness.

What we have here is a Regency Road Trip (RRT). Now as far as I'm concerned, Tessa Dare's A Week to be Wicked is the be-all and end-all of RRTs, but this one is alright. Winn is not particularly likeable, although you can feel sympathetic to her situation. She's kind of her own worse enemy, making a series of poor choices because, despite all her claims that sh
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Gaby
Feb 17, 2014 Gaby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Publicado en Historias Imaginarias

Cuando descubrí este libro, me llamo la atencion la sinopsis. La portada ayudo a interesarme mas, pero fui convencida al ver el book trailer. Parecia distinto al resto de los romances...

No me ha decepcionado. Los personajes son geniales. Winn, la protagonista, tiene casi 30 años. Ha pasado toda su vida en Oxford, con su padre. Pero ahora el esta muerto y ella queda prácticamente sin nada. Pero, ella es la autora de unos importantes documentos, bajo el nombre de
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Nicole
Jun 22, 2015 Nicole rated it it was amazing
This novel tells the story of Winnifred Crane, a studious and intelligent but sheltered woman who wishes to enter the esteemed Historical Society. In order to gain entrance, she must prove a piece of artwork (a painting specifically) is not painted by an esteemed artist but by someone else entirely. In accepting this challenge, she must travel through Germany to do research. This task gets more difficult when English Duke Jason Cummings becomes unwittingly involved in her travels.

This novel was
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Louisa
Incredibly, pleasantly surprised by this! I haven't read any of the other Blue Raven books, but that didn't affect me at all. This has to be one of the more unique historical romances I've read recently. No waxing rhapsodic about the other's looks when they first meet, a redheaded male lead, road trips through Europe, actually being able to chart the frenemies-to-friends-to-possible-lovers-to-lovers progression of Jason's and Winn's relationship... not bad, Kate Noble, not bad at all. :)
Hannah G.
Apr 17, 2012 Hannah G. rated it it was amazing
smart and adventurous female protagonists and the redheaded dukes who love them for them!!!! i loved the main leads so much!!! their interactions and their relationship but also just them as individual characters. also, pretend relationship that ends up being real!!!!! this book has everything i love basically!!! my only gripe is with the ending, not a grip exactly just that i wanted more make-outs (really everything needs more make-outs!!!).

Emma
May 18, 2011 Emma rated it liked it
A cute book. Sadly I couldn't connect with the characters and found the whole adventure to be a bit tedious at times. The real positive thing about this book for me is the writting. I just LOVE the way this author writes her story. It's my first bool from her and I'. already in love with her style. I wish I had fallen in love with her characters as well. Maybe next book... because I'll definitely be reading more from Kate Noble.
Linda
Feb 02, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
Fun romp, I loved the premise of a reclusive Duke encountering an intrepid bluestocking. More than just kissing at the end, but not a full bodice-ripper either, a gentle story about kindred spirits.

Jason Cummings, Duke of Rayne, has a problem, he wants to get married, but, of course, he's the catch of the season. His attempts at courtship end in disaster, his sister is a little too efficient in finding a proper match, and then he meets Miss Winnifed Crane. Miss Crane has one slim chance at happi
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Ruth
Apr 21, 2014 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars. Jason Cummings, Duke of Rayne and eligible bachelor, is searching for what comes next. Having accepted his role as duke and mastered its attendant responsibilities, he knows the next step is to acquire a wife and in due course produce an heir...and if in the process, the aforementioned wife manages to assuage the vague loneliness that dances at the periphery of his conscience, growing ever more insistent as he settles into his ducal responsibilities, so much the better. For family is ...more
Antonella Lestrange
Aug 02, 2014 Antonella Lestrange rated it it was amazing
Fui con pocas expectativas a leerlo, y sin duda alguna me sorprendió.
La sinopsis no le hace justicia a la hermosa historia que se nos presenta.
Los personajes fueron tan completos y tan humanos que encantaban. Tanto Jason como Winn fueron perfectos a su manera y cada decisión que tomaban o diálogo que argumentaban me enacantaban más. Me gustó mucho el planteo de la meta de Winn y el poder cumplir su deseo, algo con lo que también pude identificarme. Aparte de eso, me hicieron reír tanto este par.
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Kate
Sep 24, 2015 Kate rated it really liked it
I was really with this book up until the very, very ending. I loved Jason, I loved Winn, I loved their harebrained adventure. I loved their chemistry and how much they seemed to LIKE each other. But. (view spoiler) ...more
Viri
Mar 01, 2016 Viri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
No me gustó, me pasé muchas hojas y no lo volvería a leer, quizás no era mi momento para leer este libro... ¿quien sabe? el caso es que me pareció tedioso e insoportable con unos protagonistas de lo más sosos. Le daré dos porque la narración no estuvo tan mal.
Hemangi Patgiri
Feb 26, 2015 Hemangi Patgiri rated it it was amazing
Its simply amazing !!! I came across this book while searching for some historical romances & its quirky and unusual title for an historical romance book made me look through its blurb & reviews. It was so much enjoyable reading the story of adventurous wanna be independent Winnifred Crane to prove herself & win the wager along with her unexpected travel campanion Duke of Rayne Jason Cummings who was searching for a bride. Jason was just an acquaintance who helped Winnifred in the Hi ...more
Beno
Sep 12, 2015 Beno rated it really liked it
I am quite surprised that I actually liked this book. From the previous book in the series James was not my favorite character actually he was more like a villain. luckily this book is 6 years later so he has grown up thank god.

Winn - I like her independence streak but I don't believe that she can live alone she is book smart not live your entire life alone smart.
George - What the hell why is no one smart enough to call his out earlier I wanted to hang him by the second page.
James - He was b
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“… Looking at her, I think I know better what romantic love is.”

… she asked, “What is it?”

“It is parental love,” he answered thoughtfully. “Wanting to protect and keep the other person safe. As well as the love of friendship - esteeming the other person, even desiring each other’s company beyond all others. And it is lust,” he said, meeting her eyes, and was rewarded with seeing them darken, her breath becoming slightly unsteady, one little word jerking her out of her clinical assessment. He smiled, a predatory, seductive grin. “The physical needing of the other person, the quickened pulse, the sweaty heat.” His hand, which still rested on hers, began slowly moving, his fingers dancing over her skin. “Combining them makes the result greater than its individual parts. Because it produces something else. It creates … a steadiness. A strength. I can’t explain it well - being only an outside observer - but I only know that out of my friends' relationships, my sister‘s marriage is the epitome of grace.”
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