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The Hazards of Hunting a Duke by Julia London
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Jan 09, 12

bookshelves: 2012-read, historical
Read from January 08 to 09, 2012

Just didn't grab me as most historicals do.
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Did you notice the title of the book? It's called The Hazards of Hunting a Duke, yet the male protagonist was a Duke's son, a Marquis named, Jared. I thought that was very odd. Why title a book about a Duke when the character wasn't a Duke???

Anyhow moving on...that was not my only issue with The Hazards of Hunting a Duke. There was also a lack of originality missing from the story.

Normally I love a story where the protagonists gets married near the beginning or in the middle of a book as The Hazards of Hunting a Duke did. They are my favourite coupling stories by a long shot. Especially in historicals because I love reading about why they married and the various circumstances that lead to an early wedlock. I also love to read about the couple falling in love with each other as they start out their married lives. But The Hazards of Hunting a Duke put me off just a bit. There were a few story plots thrown in the story that I thought were unnecessary as it didn't really provide any growth to the story as I kept waiting for something more to happen. It felt like Jared's former mistress was forced to be a villain and I tired of her quickly. The same reaction to Jared's father, the Duke. It was almost as if the author couldn't decide if he was to be a wicked man or if he was to be forgiven.

I did enjoy Ava's maid Sally as she added some relief from the couple's tension and she was a great scene stealer. I'd actually love to read a book about her!

I have to say that I did really enjoy the actual writing as everything was very well described and emotions were well communicated. The Hazards of Hunting a Duke did retain my attention and there is more story to be told here in a book 2. I will just not be in a rush to read it but perhaps check it out of the library some time.


Teasers: great idea for free labour, wrong way to church, who is Mr. Percy?, harem dance
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message 1: by ❀angela (new)

❀angela Well, if Jared is the eldest son, that means that eventually, when his father dies, then he would become duke...


message 2: by Khanh (new)

Khanh @the duke title: I remember Julia Quinn once posted on her FB an advice for one of her author-friends, books with "Duke" in the title sell better significantly :D


message 3: by ❀angela (new)

❀angela Khanh wrote: "@the duke title: I remember Julia Quinn once posted on her FB an advice for one of her author-friends, books with "Duke" in the title sell better significantly :D"

lol, I think that's true. personally, I'm more inclined to read something if the hero is duke. xD


Michelle Kelly Interesting view on why she named the book with a Duke in it. I dont personally agree though. I found it deceptive.
I am a big fan of Lisa Kleypas and many many of her historicals are not about aristocracy at all. AND I LOVE them. So I dont really agree that the word "Duke" is more inclined to make me buy. But thanks for the comments and sharing. I appreciate it.


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