Charming the Duke
I discovered Holly Bush's historical romances last year and she has yet to disappoint. Her great talent is in taking themes that can be tired and shining them until they sparkle and you remember why they became troupes in the first place.
Here, she leaves the American West of her other books for a Regency ...more
Being a huge Downton Abbey fan, I was pleasantly delighted by the Dowager in this story. Every time she spoke or tapped away with her cane, I pictured the Dowager, a delicate, aged eyebrow arched, as she looks at whomever she's speaking to as if they're an imbecile...and in this case, they rather are.
The main story follows ...more
It became boring and boring to the limit you can't take it any more. Sorry but the best thing about this book it's cover.
I read and loved Ms. Bush's other book, Train Station Bride. I was excited to see another book had just come out. Sadly, I was disappointed with this one.
The "world" was not very established and things that happened weren't really believable. Towards the end we're supposed to worry about a scandal involving one sister that can affect the whole family which was a lie made up by the villain. But Matilda had already caused a scandal of her own by being compromised by Thornsby. ...more
HEA/HFN/etc Ending: HEA
Contains Cheating: NO!
Contains Children: (view spoiler)[Yes- The H is the guardian for 2 kids (hide spoiler)]
Jealy/Possy/OTT Rating: 3
Angst Level Rating: 3
Feel-Good Level Rating: 4
Steam Factor Rating: 1
Kink Level Rating: 1
Amount of Sex In The Book: (view spoiler)[Kind of none.Its inferenceand some kissing (hide spoiler)]
Overall Smex Rating: (view spoiler)[0 (hide spoiler)]
Hero Description: Duke
Hero Likability Rating: 3.5
Miss Matilda Sheldon could care less what people think about her. Unlike her sisters who always the height of fashion and comportment, Matilda thrives to disappear into the background wherever she goes. Her only interest is opening and running an orphanage and to care for those orphans who have nothing. Her lovely but dim-witted sisters are on the lookout for suitors and consistently peck at Matilda about her drab appearance.
The Duke of Thornsby needs to find himself a bride, one that would fit ...more
The characters were okay. I liked the Matilda was strong and independent, but it frustrated me that she was a bewildering combination of self-deprecating and self-conscious about her looks but disdainful and downright arrogant about her intelligence. It especially didn't sit well with me that she constantly called her family dim-witted and was almost ...more
Matilda, a forthright woman in a family of flighty finds it hard to connect with her family until they lovingly rally around her orphanage project with more heart than skill.
The Duke must have a wife. Amongst the the glittering, twittering debutantes it is the wren who fascinates him and continually dismisses him. Matilda breaks through his cool disdain, unsettles and fires his passion. Though the road to happiness is thwarted ...more
Read more of this review, a teaser, and a an excerpt here: http://frommetoyouvideophoto.blogspot.com/2014/04/blog-tour-made-grade-charming-duke-by.html -- Posted as a part of a blog tour on April 30th.
Why am I supposed to think that a woman who physically ruins things her daughter-in-law takes pride in, is a worthy role-model for feminism?
Why isn't the entire Sheldon clan ostracized by the scandal caused by Matilda rejecting the Duke's ...more
Completely agree with other reviewers. Didn't believe the love between the h/H even remotely. It might have been lust but it just felt like they were together because they were pushed together by others. Matilda was encouraged to marry by the idea of intimacy in marriage. Freddy (urrgh, what a name) was suddenly interested in the idea of love and falling in love when he knew about his parents love story. I think he was desperate to be in love and Matilda was available at the right time. ...more
There was no heady romance, no real angst, not even any particularly tiresome misunderstandings (there were a few misunderstandings but none that seemed extremely contrived or overly stupid). It was really just two lonely individuals considering the idea of marriage and love whilst wondering if the other could ever find them "suitable".
Though the writing was technically decent I ...more
The plot wag good and for a while the storyline seemed to be following along. Then it just lost it. Actually looked back to see if I had jumped ahead too far.
After Miltilda leaves the bus party with the knowledge that the Duke is supposed to talk with her father their next day it jumps 45 days. Naive me, even then I thought it must be taking use to the wedding. Imagine my surprise to find out they have been married 46 days.
Besides missing ...more
(view spoiler)[1. He is 29 years old and starts NOW looking for a bride because he will lose his heritage if he is not married at his 30th birthday
2. Consequently he insults and slanders the daughter of the only family that would be silly enough to let him marry one of their
Her family is the sweetest, yet she derides them as frequently as she thinks, which is super often
She thinks EVERYONE is a dimwit just because they like taking about balls, dancing and fashion. B****, PLEASE! Get off your high horse!
She is aggravatingly rude but...more
This was...charming (an in joke that is a little belabored in places in the book, but adequately describes the whole story). It was sweet, it was very old-school regency in feel - no overt sex scenes, barely even kisses. The big issue I had with this was the ending. What the heck happened? One moment we're heading nicely towards matrimonial bliss by way of a presumably lovely proposal after a huge denouement...then suddenly we're in bed and already wed. Where was the ...more
When I first started reading this book I was not sure I would like it, but quickly found myself rooting for the Duke and Matilda. Their first impressions of each other and the ups and downs of their relationship as they found their happily ever after made for a fun read. The Dowager Countess was especially entertaining.
Holly Bush books are set during the turbulent and transformative years of the late 1800’s. The first two books in her newest series, The Gentrys of Paradise, ...more