Reviewed by Allison Book provided by NetGalley Review originally posted at Romancing the Book.
Review: The Duchess Hunt is a play on words as the Duke o...moreReviewed by Allison Book provided by NetGalley Review originally posted at Romancing the Book.
Review: The Duchess Hunt is a play on words as the Duke of Trent searches desperately for his missing mother, the dowager duchess. But he’s decided it is time to marry and begin working on an heir and a spare, so he is now searching for a duchess of his own, someone who can be his wife, his partner, and have his children.
Friends since childhood, Sarah Osborne, the gardener’s daughter and now head housemaid, has loved Simon, the Duke of Trent, since he rescued her from a blackberry bush when she was eight years old. Simon has always called Sarah his friend, and has yearned for her since a stolen kiss three years ago. But now the family has been called to their country home upon the disappearance of their mother, and Simon sees Sarah as a desirable woman, one he is inexplicably drawn to with an unquenchable hunger.
The search takes them to London, and Sarah has been elevated to companion to Esme, the duke’s sister. This puts her in closer proximity to Simon, and they are drawn into a clandestine affair. But a blackmailing Baron turns the tables on Simon, and threatens to reveal devastating family secrets if his daughter and Simon do not marry.
This is the first Jennifer Haymore book I have read, and I have quickly become a big fan. Ms. Haymore writes complex characters, scintillating love scenes, and devises intricate plots. Once I began reading this book, I literally could not put it down. I was swept away with these characters, especially the love that Sarah and Simon have for each other.
Simon has worked his entire life to return his family to respectability; it is the one thing always on his mind so that society does not gossip about his family. One secret leads to another, and another, and another, and I found myself holding my breath as Simon’s very foundation is shaken to its core. Simon has to decide whether his duty to his family wins out, or if his love for the perfect woman will.
The mystery of the dowager duchess’ disappearance continues into the next story in The House of Trent series with Luke’s story, The Rogue’s Proposal.
In my opinion, Jennifer Haymore is taking her rightful place among the stars of Historical Romance.(less)
Reviewed by: Robin Book provided by: book provided by NetGalley for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
I have to say before I begin t...moreReviewed by: Robin Book provided by: book provided by NetGalley for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
I have to say before I begin that yet again I enjoyed the continuation of The Muses of Mayfair series by Sara Ramsey. With each book she continues on with the lives of the three friends along with their honorary member. Because of this, each book could stand alone; but they are so much more enjoyable if read as the series. It is so very easy to fall in love with the story of each one of these friends. Each woman is so very remarkable in their own right and so very strong.
In the third installment we get to follow Ellie Claiborne. Ellie is a very beautiful widow full of life, fire and passion. She married the cousin of the man she loved to please her father. On the outside we see someone who is strong, does what she pleases, and doesn’t follow the rules of the ton. Even though there are rules they tend to overlook them for her as she is very likeable. Ellie’s way of life is actually a façade to hide her broken heart.
Entering Ellie’s life is a man from her past Nicholas Claiborne. Nick is Ellie’s other half; Her one true love. He left after he watched her marry his cousin. He went out to earn money as he was what was considered the poor relation at the time. No title and no money. He wants revenge on Ellie for tearing his heart to shreds and throwing it away. Always the bad boy Ellie finds she is still very drawn to Nicholas.
Sometimes revenge may not be as sweet as what you imagine it to be in your mind as Ms. Ramsey’s showed us in Nick and Ellie’s story. I loved the love/hate relationship between Ellie and Nick there is that thin line between the two that often becomes very blurred or skewed to where you think one way but it actually is going the other way. She made it so real that you as the reader accepted it as something that was normal.
Ms. Ramsey was able to portray the pain that Ellie had even though she pretended to be strong. I loved Ellie’s zest for life and how she was honest about the past even though Nick didn’t want to believe it. There was intensity in Nick’s feelings that came forth and filled him with regret as Ms. Ramsey made Ellie’s character honest giving Nick much more to deal with other than mere revenge. In each of the stories the characters interact and grow without losing sight of the main characters.
I am so looking forward to next book as I think Ms. Ramsey may very well have saved the best of the friends for last.