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Follow My Lead (The Blue Raven #3)

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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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Published May 1st 2011 by Berkley Books (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
Juliana Philippa
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
Nuria Llop
Entretenida, curiosa y bien documentada, con toques de originalidad que se agradecen en la romántica histórica. La lectura, sin embargo, ha sido una especie de montaña rusa: me encantaron las primeras páginas, me desinflé en las siguientes, volvió a despertar mi interés hasta la mitad (incluso me entusiasmó), pero a partir de ahí, el viaje que centra la trama me ha llegado a resultar pesado, algo repetitivo y muy conducido por la autora según su conveniencia. Es decir, aparecen personajes de la ...more
4 estrellas porque me han sabido a poco varios momentos.

Lo primero decir que no es un libro romántico al uso, sino más bien un libro de aventuras, podemos llamarle combinado con un romance que va naciendo poco a poco a medida que la convivencia entre ambos va siendo más profundo. Como bien dice el refrán, "el roce hace al cariño".

Nuestros protagonistas se conocen en unas circunstancias bastante especiales y debido a que él se encuentra en el momento menos indicado y en el lugar menos indicado, q
Nov 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Mandi Schreiner
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
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
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
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Rachna R
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Hannah G.
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!!!).

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. :)
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up after I saw Tessa Dare tweet about a book with a similar plot to one of hers. (Intellectually minded woman on road trip with the hero to prove her worth to a royal society). And while the premise is similar, they are far different books.

I did enjoy this one as well.
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
No me gustó, me pasé muchas hojas y no lo volvería a leer, quizás no era mi momento para leer este libro... ¿quien sabe? el caso es que me pareció tedioso e insoportable con unos protagonistas de lo más sosos. Le daré dos porque la narración no estuvo tan mal.
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 4-star, read-2017
I expected not to like this one as much as others in the series as Jason had been an annoying character the previous novel. But, that seems to have been a part of his character development, for which I applaud Ms. Noble. I also genuinely liked Winn. The adventure was rollicking, the characters were engaging and the writing was not bad. I particularly liked how she did a better job at including the previous couples of the series and nods to people we'd met previously.
Alejandra San
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es una historia romántica preciosa y que parece real. El amor nace o se descubre en el camino, un camino muy entretenido, por cierto y a la vez nos muestra a unos personajes vulnerables por sus condiciones, por sus respectivas situaciones y que se van ayudando hasta ser fundamentales en la vida del otro. Me gustó mucho.
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hr-european
Cuando comencé a leer este libro tenía mis reparos, no solo porque no conocía a la autora sino porque era el primer libro que se publicaba de Noble en España y para más inri el tercero en una trilogía ya publicada en inglés; pero una vez que me inserté en la historia, la leí en un suspiro.

La historia a pesar de ser la tercera de una saga se puede leer completamente al margen del resto sin mostrar un ápice de las otras tramas anteriores a excepción de la mención de algunos personajes como los de
RATING: 3.5 stars-ish.

This is the first historical romance I've read by Kate Noble and I must say it was a good read, overall.

Actually this is more historical fiction than your typical steamy romance set in some historical period. It took me very much by surprise. The premise is a little wild and unbelievable, though: an independent woman in early 19th-century wants to join an all-male Historical Society so she makes a bet with the director: if she can authenticate a painting, she is in; if she
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Publicado en Historias Imaginarias

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
Jun 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jason Cummings, Duke of Rayne is feeling the weight of his responsibilities - one of which is to get married. Being the most sought after bachelor in London can be trying, so who can blame him if he seeks refuge from the voracious hordes of young debutantes at the decidedly female-free Historical Society? Female-free, that is, until Winnifred Crane marches up to the door, demanding entrance.

Despite her prowess as a historian, Winn is denied membership the Society. So she daringly offers an unus
Jun 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Amanda Ryan
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I picked up this book because several bloggers I follow read and raved about it. I’ve read one other work by Noble (Revealed), and it didn’t really do it for me. I don’t recall exactly why except to say that it seemed to drag for me and wasn’t terribly engaging. I’m not one to put off an author, however, because of one subjective dud. So I put this on hold at my library, and I gleefully picked it up a few weeks later.

Follow My Lead is the
Cialina (Muggle-Born)
May 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Heroine: Winn Crane is a delightful character to read about. Finally, an educated heroine who strives for academic merit for her achievements. I love Winn’s determination to prove herself in the masculine academic world. I love her perserverance to follow her task throughout the Continent no matter how hopeless it seems. I’m not much of an art critic so my understanding is limited – but Winn sounds convincing in her arguments.

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Kate Noble is the national bestselling, RITA-nominated author of historical romances, including the acclaimed Blue Raven series and the Winner Takes All series. Her books have earned her numerous accolades, including comparisons to Jane Austen, which just makes her giddy.
In her other life as Kate Rorick, she is an Emmy-award winning writer of television and web series, having writte
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“… Looking at her, I think I know better what romantic love is.”

… she asked, “What is it?”

“It is parental love,” he answered thoughtfully. “Wanting to protect and keep the other person safe. As well as the love of friendship - esteeming the other person, even desiring each other’s company beyond all others. And it is lust,” he said, meeting her eyes, and was rewarded with seeing them darken, her breath becoming slightly unsteady, one little word jerking her out of her clinical assessment. He smiled, a predatory, seductive grin. “The physical needing of the other person, the quickened pulse, the sweaty heat.” His hand, which still rested on hers, began slowly moving, his fingers dancing over her skin. “Combining them makes the result greater than its individual parts. Because it produces something else. It creates … a steadiness. A strength. I can’t explain it well - being only an outside observer - but I only know that out of my friends' relationships, my sister‘s marriage is the epitome of grace.”
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