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Follow My Lead (The Blue Raven #3)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  753 ratings  ·  117 reviews
Being the most sought-after bachelor in London can be trying. Jason Cummings, Duke of Rayne, should know. But when he winds up an unwilling escort to the headstrong Winnifred Crane on a trip across Europe, he realizes he'll do anything to keep this independent beauty safe-even if it means marrying her.

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Paperback, 355 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Berkley (first published March 25th 2011)
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*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
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
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
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

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
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
Mandi Schreiner
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
Follow My Lead by Kate Noble


“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
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
Rachna R
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
Kara Calysta
"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
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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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
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
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.
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!!!).

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.
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
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
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.
Hemangi Patgiri
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
Blodeuedd Finland
I actually missed that this was a series, so it's a perfect stand alone novel. The other two books are about Jason's sister and her sister in law. I sure want to read those books too.

In this book Jason (our dashing hero) thinks it's time to get married. I did like that it was he who wanted it because he thought it was time. Of course he was not ready for the horrible horde: débutantes. He does meet one normal woman named Sarah, poor Sarah. We all know she will not get a HEA in this one and I did
Melody May
For sometime I've had this on my kindle sitting unfinished for almost two years. I know, but I finally finished Follow My Lead by Kate Noble. First off, I really wanted to love this book.

By the back of the cover, Follow My Lead sounded like a lot fun. I was really hoping for that, but as I started the story, I felt that it dragged most of the book. I got to a point that I just didn't want to continue reading. I figure I could put the book down for a while come back to it. Well, it has been two y
Loved, loved, loved this book. Smart, funny, occasionally breathtaking and poignant (the scene with the doll made me a bit verklempt), with a bit of a "but-- but--!" twist at the ending. (Without giving anything away, let's just say I was very glad of the teaser for the next book, to assure me that all concerned WOULD get their deserved happy endings.)

Jason, a marriage-minded duke who dabbles in history and has a (somewhat earned) reputation for delegating his commitments, literally bumps in to
When I discovered this book, I loved the summary. The cover did help me to get more interested and I was sold when I watched the book trailer. It sounded so different from other romance novels that I have to read it.

I wasn't disappointed. The characters were amazing. Winn, the protagonist, is 30 years old. She has spent all her life at Oxford, with her father. Now, her father is dead and she has practically nothing. But, she wrote some papers with the name C.W. Marks, and she's determined to be
Follow My Lead by Kate Noble
Historical Romance – May 3rd, 2011
4 stars

Jason Cummings just wanted to be left alone. After a disastrous attempt to find a wife, Jason had no choice but to rely on his sister’s expertise. Still, being the most sought after nobleman and having to attend ball after ball, all Jason wanted was solace. As a member of the prestigious and scholarly Historical Society, he enjoys his solitude. And being hunted by females is draining to say the least! That is until Winnifred Cr
(3.5 stars)

Not bad for regency romance! And definitely better than the cover leads you to believe.

I liked that Winn, our heroine, is an independently minded woman set on making a name for herself in an all-male historical society. I liked that our hero, Jason, was kind of an anti-hero: bumbling, out of shape, not conventionally good looking because of his fiery red hair, cowardly, lazy, and has a voracious appetite (for food, you perverts!). I also liked that Winn didn't immediately throw hersel
Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews. 3 1/2 kisses, 1 pepper (m/f)

Jason Cummings, Duke of Rayne, is so eligible he's harassed incessantly. He has decided that marriage is what comes next on the list of his life. He even realizes it might help fix his vague sense of loneliness. But the process of sorting through all the grasping misses is more daunting and unpleasant than he realized. In need of some respite, he decides to visit the male-dominated Historical Society. There he literally bumps into Winnifr
Well. I've never really read a so-called "road" romance before... And this one was set, in all places in Germany and Austria! LOOOOOOOOOVED that. I feel like most of the british historical romances that detour out of England head to either France, or Italy.

Ms. Noble has obviously either done very good research about the area or has been there herself, with one teeny exception: over, and over, and OVER, the (German) characters say "Da." Da is Russian for "yes". I am hoping it was a typo and the
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Kate Noble is the national bestselling, RITA-nominated author of historical romance, including the acclaimed Blue Raven series. She has also written television for NBC, FOX, and TNT under the name Kate Rorick, as well as the Emmy award–winning hit YouTube series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Kate lives in Los Angeles.
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… she asked, “What is it?”

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