It has a spinster, a rake, a tryst that begins with mistaken identity, a shotgun marriage, a mouthy heroI loved the name, and liked the book. Win win.
It has a spinster, a rake, a tryst that begins with mistaken identity, a shotgun marriage, a mouthy heroine, a clever Hero, some witty dialogue, lots of banter. London does a really good job of it that part. I enjoyed the book almost all the way through.
I was skimming towards the end, though, and that was because of this: too much tell, not enough show.
INORITE? Anyone who has read my reviews knows how much I usually like to be spoonfed. In this case, though, I wasn't choking on pablum so much as I was needing to SEE what was going on, not just be told about it.
And the ending seemed a teensy bit convenient, but what the heck. It's a first book.
There was something here good enough that I'm going to keep reading the series. I believe London will get better - and when she does, she will be great.
I frigging LOVED this book. I'm sorry, I can't think of any other way to put it.
I was trolling my kindle for something to read the other night when II frigging LOVED this book. I'm sorry, I can't think of any other way to put it.
I was trolling my kindle for something to read the other night when I happened upon the title. As I remembered exactly nothing about the book (other than that I really liked it) I figured what the heck and re-read it.
Now I'm gonna gush.
I love Christine Merrill's writing. An author of some wit, her books are infused with a sense of it, both in the prose and in her characterizations. Not all authors have this, and when I find one who does, I glom their backlist like RIGHT. NOW.
It doesn't hurt, of course, that The Inconvenient Duchess has one of my favourite plots ever - a marriage contrived by a scheming relative bringing together the stuffed-shirt Hero and an upstart heroine. This Hero stomps about yelling at the staff and slamming doors, just the way I like 'em. He isn't so much of a boor that he doesn't recognize what a jackass he is, and this is his saving grace. The heroine is another favourite type of mine, the ruined/poor/spinster with a temper.
I laughed out loud at some parts, grinned to myself at others, and thoroughly enjoyed every second of reading it.
One of my favourite quotes from the book is here:
"I know that you must have certain...needs," she almost whispered the word. "If you might wish to visit your mistress...I would not blame you for it."
He choked on his tea. "There are a few things we need to make clear, lady wife. Firstly, I do not wish you to discuss such things at all, but, if you must, you will not do so over the breakfast table. Secondly, if and when I seek to visit my "mistress" I will not ask, or for that matter, need your permission to do so. Thirdly, you should not even know of such things, and if you do, I'll thank you to keep the information to yourself. The last thing I want to do is discuss "my needs" with my wife." The last seemed to him so ridiculous a statement that he was momentarily struck dumb. No wonder, with an attitude like that, he'd sought to avoid the married state for so long.
A couple of things kept this from being a 5 star - perhaps it was a little rushed, but that might be due more to the fact that this is a Harlequin Historical than any other. In any event, it's going on my "favourites" shelf, and is a perfect feel-good regency keeper.
And I'm off to glom Christine Merrill's backlist. :) ...more
It was not at all like the duke's valet to stare at a man's apparatus with such squinty-eyed concentration. This made His Grace all the more uncomfortable, if that were possible.
How do you NOT have to keep reading a book when it begins like that?
A unique (and hilarious) premise, witty prose and clever dialogue that engages the reader throughout, a sigh-worthy Hero and a strong heroine, again written with humour and charm, are enough to have me recommending this first book by Miranda Davis to every one of my Goodreads friends.
I haven't done this since I read Scandal by Carolyn Jewel.
The Duke's Tattoo begins with a case of mistaken identity. Or should I say, mistaken drugging, abduction and tattooing of nether parts. The Mayfair Stallion, as the new Duke comes to be known, embarks on a quest to find the perpetrators of the heinous assault upon his person. Once he does, he falls in love with his tormentor. Their story is absolutely delicious.
A couple of minor points niggle, but not enough to bring down my rating. The Big Mis goes on a bit too long, but as it begins with a chapter titled "In which there is an unfortunate case of "he said, she heard", I was charmed in spite of myself.
The romance itself was not as steamy as I might have expected but this in no way detracts from the book. In fact, it probably gives Ms. Davis' novel a broader appeal. :) I mention this only in case folks who now exactly how steamy I like things would look for that here.
My GR friend Catherine has a way of recommending books to me in a way that makes me laugh out loud every time she does it. I'm sharing it with you all here because The Duke's Tattoo definitely merits it:
You know how the review box starts with the question, "What did you think?" Here's my answer: I thought I was pretty darn disappointed, that's what IYou know how the review box starts with the question, "What did you think?" Here's my answer: I thought I was pretty darn disappointed, that's what I thought!
I didn't initially have high expectations for this book until I remembered the reason it was on my tbr in the first place. I've read one other by Jess Michaels (Everything Forbidden, and LOVED it) and unfortunately this one didn't appeal to me nearly as much.
I didn't buy the characters, I didn't buy the backstory of either the Hero or heroine, I thought the entire thing smacked of wallpaper and the author merely playing lip service to her romance being a historical. Crap, that makes me sound like a historical romance snob.
I'm not sure exactly what it was about this book that made me feel that way - perhaps it was the seamless way the heroine integrated herself both with the belowstairs staff and the ton at the opera? The ease with which the Hero talks of his love for his mistress-in-training? The future sister-in-law who gives the Hero a rah-rah speech straight out of a modern chick-flick about risking it all for love, and how she would be proud to call this demimondaine a friend? The Hero's father, who does an about-face after realizing his son is in love with his mistress and plans to marry her, also gives him a rah-rah speech and ends by telling him he loves him?
Pffft. All of those probably did it. To be fair, it wasn't a really BAD book, it just didn't do much for me. It felt like a "been there, done that" version of an oft-told story, except with lots of sex and a couple of hints of naughty sexy stuff.
All in all, I'd have to agree with my GR friend Lady Wesley, who said, "Nothing special there." To that comment I'd would add, "Nothing new, either."