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Surprising Lord Jack

(Duchess of Love #2)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  1,564 ratings  ·  164 reviews
One naughty little masquerade can't hurt…

Unladylike Behavior

Frances Hadley has managed her family’s estate for years. So why can’t she request her own dowry? She’ll have to go to London herself and knock some sense into the men interfering in her life. With the nonsense she’s dealt with lately, though, there’s no way she’s going as a woman. A pair of breeches and a quick c
Mass Market Paperback, 328 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Zebra (first published January 1st 2013)
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Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review posted on Demon Lover's Books & More

This story begins with Frances Hadley chopping her hair, taking her brother’s clothes, and escaping her horrid aunt who'd raised her. She heads off to London intending to force her twin brother and their solicitor to give her her dowry and let her leave her aunt (her aunt had planned to drug her and let a certain suitor compromise her, thus forcing the marriage). Her aunt was a nasty piece of work.

Of course, nothing goes as planned.

Lord Jack is bailing
Sammy Loves Books
2.5 stars rounded up to 3 stars. I just really can't stand overly naive heroines that have book smarts but NO common sense.
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. This book had so much promise, but was ruined by what is possibly the worst HR heroine I have ever read. She had zero likable qualities. Often when reading HR, I wonder what the heroine sees in the hero. This time, it was the other way around. He was too good for her.
The Window Seat
I seem to follow the law of diminishing returns when reading Sally Mackenzie’s books; I start out loving her stories and her character but as I continue to read the books she releases I find less charm in them. I read the Naked series a few years ago and they started well. I liked books one and two, but as I got deeper into books three and beyond they seems less and less entertaining to the point I stopped reading them at all. I hate to make general assumptions, but I think her newest Duchess o ...more
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another fun book in the Duchess of Love series. Now that his brother Ned (Bedding Lord Ned) is engaged to be married, Jack's mother has set her sights on finding a wife for him. Desperate to escape the young ladies at his mother's Valentine's ball, Jack sets off for London. Caught in a storm, he stops at an inn where he ends up sharing the bed with a youth who has his own reasons to run.

Frances and her twin brother have been raised mostly by their aunt. Their father is a known rake who abandoned
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Frances Hadley has lived safely at her family’s estates for years but now she must take desperate measures. Her aunt has made a deal with a man to ruin her so that a marriage is required. Getting her dowry and moving to a cottage by herself is the only path she can see out of this mess. So Frances cuts her hair, dons her brother’s clothes and starts her trek to London. She didn’t expect the snow storm, her horse going lame or her needing to spend a night in a tavern inn. Nor did she expect that ...more
Suprising Lord Jack begins with Frances Hadley disguised as a young boy and running to London and away from her aunt who is intent on selling her into marriage; icey roads and a lame horse however force her to stop at an inn for the night.

Lord Jack Valentine escapes his mother's valentines ball and an aggressive lady with her sights set on him and sets out for London but also finds himself at the inn due to the iced roads. Jack's usual room however is occupied-by a young boy who Jack can not se
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
Picks up right where Bedding Lord Ned left off. I really liked Frances. I liked that she wasn't perfect, maybe not the nicest person. She realizes it and becomes better. I liked Lord Jack and not everyone is as they seem. I thought his extra-curricular activities were admirable.
Missed Ash, he isn't in this at all, but I think his story and Jack's take place concurrently.
Great story that I finished overnight.
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance-regency
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Elley Murray
I love a good story about a woman disguised as a man, and this one sure didn't disappoint! All too often it seems like the woman is uncovered way too quickly, but Frances manages to hang in there for long enough to keep the tension interesting. I felt a little frustrated with Frances and her stubbornness, but when more of her backstory is revealed her personality and issues make sense. I fell hard in love with poor Jack too, and his attempts to get "Francis" to man up a bit.

This is the second b
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I requested Surprising Lord Jack I was intrigued by the synopsis. A girl disguised as a man who ends up sharing a bed with a Duke? I am all in! I didn’t realize at the time that this was book two in the Duchess of Love series but I am delighted to report that this works as a standalone. From the very first page MacKenzie had me swept up in Frances Hadley's story and I enjoyed every minute of this delightfully captivating and suspenseful tale. Three word review: Funny, romantic, suspenseful. ...more
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Mon avis en Français

My English review

After reading the last volume of her first series, I was curious to discover another book by Sally MacKenzie, then why not trying the second volume of her new Duchess of Love series? Yes, yes, I know once again I read a series in disorder but I had no trouble to understand it, or to immerse myself in the story.

Frances is a young woman on the run. Indeed, her aunt tried to compromise her with a man she didn’t not love in order to marry her and get rid of her.
Mar 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I have a love/hate relationship with some of MacKenzie's stories. On the one side, the heroines are always strong willed, strong, and just lively to read. On the other, sometimes, it is a little too far. The heroine, Frances, is used to running an estate with her bitter aunt. Once the story starts and she meets up with the hero, Jack, the usual romance doesn't ensue. First, I thought MacKenzie did an excellent job with each character. They were both smart, compassionate, and genuinely good peopl ...more
Romancing the Book
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
Reviewed by Jen
Review copy provided by the publisher
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

I’ve been a Sally MacKenzie fan for years… ever since I picked up the first book in her Naked series. So when this title crossed my desk, I knew I had to read it… and I wasn’t disappointed.

I think what draws me most to Ms MacKenzie’s writing is the humor. She finds ways to put her characters in insane situations and then just inject enough laughs while making it seem plausible. In this tale, we have
My Book Addiction and More MBA
SURPRISING LORD JACK by Sally MacKenzie is an exciting Regency Historical Romance. #2 in the "Duchess of Love",but can be read as a stand alone. See,"Bedding Lord Ned". Fast paced with danger and love. Someone is killing prostitutes and societal Ladies of the ton,who are having affairs. But love just may be in the air for Jack Valentine,the third son of the Duchess of Love, when feisty Frances Hadley enters his life dressed as a none other than a boy. Gossip can be just that, gossip with none or ...more
Frances Hadley's aunt is trying to sell her into marriage. But... the guy is a scumbag. So she does the only rational thing - dress like a boy and run away. Only, she doesn't get very far. Her horse comes up lame and with the rain... she ends up in a room at an inn. It's a very full inn and the room is generally reserved for the Valentine family. But there's a big party at their house so they probably won't need it.
Except... that Jack Valentine, the youngest son, is trying to escape his mother'
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Skip it

I'm a fan of Sally MacKenzie's books but found this one disappointing. Jack and Frances mistakenly spend a night in the same bed in an inn while Frances is dressed as a boy. The rest of the book they are working to restore her reputation while also trying to capture a Jack the Ripper type killer. The problem is that Frances isn't very likable. She's prickly, judgemental and at times even mean. She had some good reasons for being that way, but I still didn't like her so it was hard too roo
Aug 20, 2012 rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first Duchess of Love book but I thought the characters were unique and I suppose the whole serial killer angle made it more somber of a book but my fave part of Sally's writings is how she makes me laugh and it was sorta missing in this book.
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Romantic Historicals

Surprising Lord Jack is a fun Regency romp with an extremely strong willed miss and a rake who isn’t what his reputation says he must be.

When one evil aunt sets out to have Frances compromised, well this lady is having no parts of such a plan. She’s about to take control of her own life in spite of the men who tend to rule it without a thought as to what she desires. But in order to make this work she must travel to London, and a manly disguise is the exact thing
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I think this is the first book I have read by Sally MacKenzie. Not sure how I have missed her in the past, but definitely someone to keep on my historical romance radar.

Overall, I liked Surprising Lord Jack. It's a bit predictable, the feisty heroine who’s beautiful and in need of help, a killer pursuing her, and a notorious rake who is actually a good guy intent on protecting her, but that didn’t detract from it being a good historical romance.

Frances, the feisty heroine, has family issues tha
Aug 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
I'm sorry, but I could not find one character in this book that I could actually like. Frances was a shrew to the tenth degree and was always referring to Jack as a no-good rake, even though he was constantly saving her ass when she never thought anything through.

Then there was Jack, who we were supposed to believe was really a saint who was helping women get off the streets and housing orphans. Meanwhile, every time he saw Frances as a woman, he would refer to her as someone he saw no sexual ch
Had to round this one down. I'm writing this review over the last five minutes of the book, which isn't very complimentary.

It was just...boring. Like, it was fun in the beginning when Frances was dressed up as/mistaken for a boy, but GUH it just seemed to drag. And the conflict--her thinking Lord Jack was a rake--was dragged on way, way too long. He proved that he was a Good Guy™ like three chapters in. And there weren't any situations to make her think any different. If she'd walked in on hard
Michelle Ogden
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the Duchess of Love series by Sally MacKenzie is Surprising Lord Jack. With shades of The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer, I was worried this would be a pale imitation of one of my favorite books. MacKenzie made it come around into a delightful romp between Jack and Frances. Frances trying to find a way to live a life of freedom from the tyranny of men, her male relatives have been horrible to her. Jack is trying to save women and children in peril and try to catch a serial kill ...more
P Sanchez
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Series

Really enjoying these happy ever after love stories. Enjoy the fact that all family characters continue in each book. Enjoy the charitable spirit to rid the wrongs in the world that continue to plague us today. Enjoy the bits of mystery and Gillian's. Love conquerors all.
Haidee Sell
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. I have not read any of this author before, and must look up the rest of the series.

A fun, lighthearted romp, full of all my favourite tropes. Girls dressed as boys? Check. Conspiring, evil relatives? Check. Adorable fluffy dog? Check. A rake in disguise? Check. This checked all my boxes :)
Sally MacKenzie was a pleasant surprise found on my local grocery store shelf. Now I need to order the rest of her "The Duchess of Love" series.
The characters were sweet and well developed. The story was fun while also being suspenseful... after all there is a murderer/unknown slasher on the loose.
Glad to have found an author I can add to my "must read" list.
Jul 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Was hard to finish. The heroine was barely tolerable. She does brave things for all the wrong reasons. She has no self esteem but has no character growth either. She just shifts her dependence from one party to the other and is kind of dense.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I appreciated the fact that there was not a lot of needless sex scenes in it.
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was really scary to live at 1813....espesialy if you are a girl with no relatives. Jack and Frances were lucky to find each other the way they did.
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Had a bit of romance and mystery. It didn't really draw me in though. I mean, the beginning did but somewhere along the way my mind kind of wandered off.
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Well, not exactly.

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