When Erica Ridley started writing the Dukes of war series, she wanted to show the effects of war on different individuals. We've certainly seen that.When Erica Ridley started writing the Dukes of war series, she wanted to show the effects of war on different individuals. We've certainly seen that. From physical wounds to psychological scarring, survivors guilt, and PTSD, we've seen a wide range of the effects war has had on her heroes.
But the Duke of Ravenwood, didn't go to war. No, the reclusive Duke's contribution to the war effort comes after the fighting is over. His battlefield is parliament. And his fight is to stabilize the economy.
But none of that is on his mind when he attends a charity auction hosted by Miss Katherine Ross, a woman who is known to be a hoyden, and whose name is all too familiar to those who read the scandal pages.
When Ravenwood finds himself in a compromising situation with the girl, he suddenly finds himself with a wife he didn't want, and distractions that he didn't need. Still he is not above trying to work out the marriage and all it's difficulties.
As the two know little about each other, misunderstandings abound, and the situation is further complicated by Katherine's Aunt Haven, who is suffering from Alzheimer's Syndrome.
As with all of Erica's past books, there are laugh out loud moments and tearful tuggings at your feelings as well. You don't need to have read any of the other books in the series to enjoy the Duke's Accidental Wife, but you enjoy this one, you are certain to enjoy them all. ...more
I really enjoyed the four novellas in this book and will probably have a look at some of the other work by the authors involved. (Cozy Regency MysteriI really enjoyed the four novellas in this book and will probably have a look at some of the other work by the authors involved. (Cozy Regency Mysteries? How could I go wrong?) My problem was not with the tales, but with the book itself which proved troublesome on my device. I couldn't get off the "cover pages" and had to use the table of contents to navigate. Even worse, was reading it on my Kindle Fire 6 and was right in the middle of a sentence when all the words vanished off the page and I got this little circle, spinning and spinning. I finally gave up and switched to my Kindle Fire 7, which worked a bit better with it. Of note as Anna D. Allen's "A Light in Winter" which reminded me greatly of why I started reading romances in the first place. Top notch story telling. Just wish the e-book hadn't been just a PIA wot get to work....more
I had some reservations at the start of the story, and despite it being somewhat cliche, it actually turned out to be an enjoyable read. Anne is wed,I had some reservations at the start of the story, and despite it being somewhat cliche, it actually turned out to be an enjoyable read. Anne is wed, by proxy to an old coot who is three times her age. Of course, he's a tyrant, a monster and a down right nasty old man. (Why is it the heroine is never wed to and old coot who turns out to be really very sweet?) On her way to meet her husband, Anne's ship is raided by Pirates (in kilts no less!) and she is taken as a captive to be ransomed off. However, an attraction sparks between Anne and Calum, the pirate captain. Things progress on pace but rather than keep Anne, Calum still ransoms her off to the old coot. There's some interesting bits, and a big sea battle and of course, being as it's a romance, it all works out in the end. I did like the idea of highlander pirates. It stays interesting throughout, doesn't drag, and keeps you wondering what's going to happen next (even though you pretty much know what's going to happen next.) On the whole, really can't complain, although I'd really like to see some different tropes. I get tired of the same ones, over and over. (But Highlander Pirates! LOL! We need more Highlander Pirates!)...more
Well written and well documented recounting of the murder of William Desmond Taylor in the 1920's in Hollywood, as well as a look at the fledgling filWell written and well documented recounting of the murder of William Desmond Taylor in the 1920's in Hollywood, as well as a look at the fledgling film industry and the pressures on it from the American public. There are four on other books on the murder which offer a solution, and certainly not the same one as Mann sets forth, but he makes a strong case for his suspect. A little on the longish side and a bit slow in parts, but it presents a lot of background information which brings the case together. It's not your average true crime store and I suspect that movie buffs will like it much more than the armchair detective crowd, but being a little bit of both, I can't really fault it.
I found it extremely interesting, but I wouldn't recommend it to some one unless they really liked the subject matter it deals with. I will need to check out some of Mann's other books now, as I did really quite enjoy this one....more
Kathy Reichs book are well written and quite enjoyable but oh so formulated. You know what's going to happen before it happens because it's happened iKathy Reichs book are well written and quite enjoyable but oh so formulated. You know what's going to happen before it happens because it's happened in every other Temperance Brennan book she's written. (For the record, I feel the same way about the "Bones" TV show. You know who dunnit early on because they always introduce the murdered around the same time in every episode.) In this book, Brennan gets involved with a Web Sleuth. As much as she dislikes the interference of amateurs, she seems to forget that she, herself, is stepping outside of her roll as coroner and is playing at being Nancy Drew as well. In one part of the book, she tells long time love interest Andrew Ryan that she doesn't like playing the damsel in distress roll, but yet lack of common sense, faulty logic and a knock for getting herself into trouble results in her having to rescued again, and again...if not by Ryan than by "Skinny" Slidell" or some other poor cop that she's roped into her investigation. It would be interesting, just once to see her not rush in where angels fear to tread and leave the police work to the police....more