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A Duke in Shining Armor

(Difficult Dukes #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  4,288 ratings  ·  675 reviews
Not all dukes are created equal. Most are upstanding members of Society. And then there’s the trio known as Their Dis-Graces.

Hugh Philemon Ancaster, seventh Duke of Ripley, will never win prizes for virtue. But even he draws the line at running off with his best friend’s bride. All he’s trying to do is recapture the slightly inebriated Lady Olympia Hightower and return her
Mass Market Paperback, 388 pages
Published November 28th 2017 by Avon
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lyla unfortunately not. book 2 is about ashmont. we have to wait for book 2 for blackwood.
Abbe It is very, very repetitive. In fact there is the same exact descriptive sentence about her dress with buttons twice. Plus, we get it Duke, you want t…moreIt is very, very repetitive. In fact there is the same exact descriptive sentence about her dress with buttons twice. Plus, we get it Duke, you want to drop her off and go find a wench somewhere to ease your troubles. They could have deleted all the repetition and put in some explanations of why he went to the continent alone for a year and what he did there. (less)

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I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Olympia is dangerously close to being on the shelf but when she serendipitously catches the attention of a duke, she has a chance to help her large family from financial ruin.
The Duke of Ripley is doing all he can to help his bestfriend not flub up his wedding but he should have been paying attention to the bride. When he sees her make a run for it, he chases he
May 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really liked this one, but not quite as much as I did the 2nd book in the series Ten Things I Hate About the Duke, which I actually read 1st. Because I'm badass like that and don't bother with pesky things like the correct order.
And since this is a romance, you can get away with that and not affect the enjoyment level of the individual stories much, if any at all.


Ok. So Olympia gets pressured by her well-meaning (but broke) family into accepting the offer of marriage from Ashmont, a Duke wit
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Runaway bride alert!


Olivia, a bookish Regency lady who wears spectacles, gets a surprise proposal from the handsome Duke of Ashmont and agrees to marry him. Everyone is thrilled ... except Olivia. She's sure Ashmont doesn't really care about her. The morning of her wedding, her courage bolstered by some alcohol, she climbs out of a window before the ceremony and takes off for ... who knows where? Not Olivia, that's for sure.


Ashmont's close friend, the Duke of Ripley, sees her and takes off after
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've given this an A at AAR.

A new book from Loretta Chase is always cause for celebration, and her latest, A Duke in Shining Armor, gets her new  Difficult Dukes  trilogy off to a start worthy of much festivity.  On the face of it, it’s the very simple story of two people falling in love with the ‘wrong’ (right) person and having to decide what they are willing to risk to be together; but this is Loretta Chase and in her hands, ‘simple’ encompasses fully-rounded characters with real emotional
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Oh, no. Sad. If there's one HR author I count on to give me a reliably good read, it's Loretta Chase. Well, there's also Meredith Duran (at least I hope she'll write again), Cecilia Grant (where in the world is she anyway?), Jayne Fresina, Sherry Thomas, and possibly Courtney Milan, but we're talking Chase right now, author of LORD OF SCOUNDRELS, THE HELLION, and many more HRs that I find immensely readable.

So, anyway, this new book is first in a series about three badly-behaved young and handso
This was 2.5 stars because, well, Loretta Chase. And she can write, no doubt about that.
But I was a bit underwhelmed by this story.

I have a number of gripes, but probably my biggest was the incredible immaturity and downright shallow idiocy of the three dukes in it, and I am including our purported hero. They have lived (and one of them was still living) a life of empty drunkenness, debauchery and high school pranks. I don't really care if they had a miserable childhood. They were powerful, wea
A+ for narration, A for content. Foregone conclusion :)

Was there any likelihood that this, the latest release from the phenomenal author/narrator team of Loretta Chase and Kate Reading, was going to get anything other than top marks? Nah. It’s fabulous, in terms of both narration and content. In A Duke in Shining Armor, book one in her new Difficult Dukes series, Ms. Chase presents listeners with a wonderfully realised, character-driven road-trip romance that’s full of the insight, warmth, humou
Laura (Kyahgirl)
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
2/5; 2 stars; C

I liked many aspects of this books but not enough to wipe away the vague sense of disappointment that an experienced author could be satisfied to allow this to go to print in this condition. I just had the feeling that I was looking at a jigsaw puzzle that has quite a few of the pieces jammed in crooked because someone was in a hurry. The general picture is there but there are a lot of ragged edges.

I liked Olympia’s escape, her humor, her lack of missishness. I did not like repeat
Feb 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017, 3-stars, hr
3.5 stars

A Duke of Shining Armor is a book that has me in a knot, and I curse GR for not giving us the option of rating with half stars. I am still undecided whilst writing this review. We’ll see.

Olympia has to marry the Duke of Ashmont. Her family is not facing imminent financial ruin but it’s just a matter of time. She does have six brothers after all. On the day of her wedding, she finds herself nervous; gloomily expecting a rather unhappy future and with the help of strong spirits, the decis
✨ Gramy ✨
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This historical romance features three rowdy Dukes. At age 30, one of these carousers had finally come to the alter. However, the bride-to-be experienced cold feet and narrowly escaped. Twists and turns changed the circumstances completely leaving the groom to be completely perplexed.

Book blurb:
Hugh Philemon Ancaster, seventh Duke of Ripley, will never win prizes for virtue. But even he draws the line at running off with his best friend's bride. He's only trying to recapture the inebriated L
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: hf-england, dnf
I'm having rotten luck with historical romances, that even my tried-and-tested authors have failed.

The two protagonists in A Duke in Shining Armor are too busy being glib and wittily sarcastic to notice each other and properly fall in love. This book comes across as a road-trip chicklit romance - the kind of behaviour the heroine gets away with is horrifying. Plus , I never really got why the hero fell in love with her , other than the oft-mentioned state of his 'breeding organs' whenever she dr
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
2.5 to 3 stars. Not Ms Chase's best IMO. Although there were some enjoyable aspects to the book, I just couldn't get over the fact that I didn't 'buy' the basic premise.

I liked:
The h. Olympia is a lone girl raised in a house with 6 rambunctious brothers. I could relate to that, having lived for years as the only female in a house full of men and boys (my husband and sons). I also liked that Olympia was a bit of a book nerd. But she didn't really know herself. Her real personality was overshadow
Joanna Loves Reading
3.5 stars, rounding to four for the narration by Kate Reading, who never disappoints.

This book was weird. There are things I liked, things I disliked and things about it that I cannot make up my mind. What stands out to me is the story telling. It was unique, very in the moment, and it sometimes felt like a stream of consciousness. I thought that was interesting, but it didn’t help me connect to the characters.
Feb 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: no-books, historical
DNF... sorry... :((((
Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie*
A Duke in Shining Armor, the first book in Loretta Chase’s new Difficult Dukes series, is simply delightful and filled with all the elements I love so much about her books – an entertaining story, sparkling wit and a captivating romance. The series features the Dukes of Ripley, Blackwood and Ashmont, commonly referred to as ‘Their Dis-Graces’ because of their notorious, rakish behaviour. All three had suffered miserable childhoods but formed an enduring friendship whilst at Eton and the three ...more
Lady Wesley
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So-so first half. Super second half. My initial reaction is that I couldn't love this quite as much as I wanted to. However, it is Loretta Chase, and that's never a bad thing.

I'll want to think about this for a while.

Also, she has set this up so that the two remaining dukes' stories should be very interesting.
Sammy Loves Books
Thoroughly enjoyed this one!

Runaway bride falls for the groom's best man! Priceless!!
Nov 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
A new series by Loretta Chase that features naughty, naughty dukes. They are so naughty, the three dukes, who are also besties, are nicknamed, Their Dis-Graces.

Not all dukes are created equal. Most are upstanding members of Society. And then there’s the trio known as Their Dis-Graces.

They drink too much, go after women, and are all shocked when they start to settle down and get serious about getting married. The Duke of Ashmont is a member of this trio, and found himself smitten with Lady Olympi
Jacob Proffitt
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, steamy
I had a really odd reaction to this story. On the one hand, three dukes of the same (marriageable) age all good friends and with the same (horrible) reputation strained credulity quite a lot (though I make allowances since I laughed out loud the first time I read "Their Dis-Graces", and yes, I'll admit to that even though it's terrible). I mean, there weren't that many Regency era dukes (A couple dozen, mostly older, though three would have been under 35 in 1833) so the title inflation of period ...more
So we finally have a H who is not the brightest bulb in the room and knows it and others around him agree with this. He may be a nobleman..but he's not "noble".
Trying to put his conscience first? Nope not this guy. Thankfully it saves us pages after pages of inner turmoil when he takes off with his best friend's bride-to-be. He doesn't even try too hard to resist temptation. I'm actually happy about this.

Also I suppose Ashmont will get his own book. Tough to imagine him as the H. He's really stu
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Duke in Shining Armor is a Regency romance - one I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved Lord of Scoundrels when I read it by the same author, and this one pretty much matches it.

There are three Dukes - their Dis Graces as they are known. They are men in their late twenties, always out for a good time and one of their main goals is to ensure that life is not boring. This book puts the focus on Ripley, who somehow finds himself watching over the heroine of the book as she escapes out the window
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Weird book. Olympia would have faced a lot more censure, aggressively so, for her behavior.

I am not sure why the groom was being blamed for being a normal man of his time. Or being told cheesy crap like he'd never be happy without her.

And the hero, Ripley, needed to stop acting like his d*ck was in charge of his decency.

Everyone's behavior was asinine.

To add sauce to the undercooked meat, this all apparently took place over four days. Get out of here with that ridiculous timeline!

People wer
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 - A very welcome addition to Loretta Chase's many, many wonderful novels and a great start to what looks to be a fun new series. All three of the obstreperous rakes who constitute the trio called the "dis-graces" are introduced here in this first book and fully captured my attention and desire to keep reading all of their stories.

There is hardly any romance author who does a better job with the road trip romance, and even among her road romances, this is one of the funniest. It also feature
Well, I see what people like about Loretta Chase! She's fun.

I have been reliably informed that this book of hers is good, but not her best work. I can see that. Parts of it were incredibly enjoyable, and parts of it felt a little under-baked and overwritten.

But first let's talk about the enjoyable stuff, because there was a lot of it. The premise here is really fun. Lady Olympia Hightower gets a little sloshed on her wedding day and decides, hey, actually I don't want to marry this Ashmont fello
✨ Gramy ✨

This historical romance features three rowdy Dukes. At age 30, one of these carousers had finally come to the alter. However, the bride-to-be experienced cold feet and narrowly escaped. Twists and turns changed the circumstances completely leaving the groom to be completely perplexed.

Book blurb:
Hugh Philemon Ancaster, seventh Duke of Ripley, will never win prizes for virtue. But even he draws the line at running off with his best friend's bride. He's only trying to recapture the inebriated L
Sophie Barnes
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is probably the funniest book I have ever read! The descriptions were marvelous, the dialogue hilarious and the romance one of those that just ends up working against all odds.

Bookish wallflower, Lady Olympia Hightower is supposed to marry a gorgeous duke. To everyone's shock and amazement, he has proposed and she is now decked out in her wedding finery and ready to attend the service. It is the right thing to do in order to ensure her family's financial security. She knows this. And yet in
Vellum Voyages
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Bummer…..this just didn’t work for me…. except the author’s name….

Hugh Philemon Ancaster, the seventh Duke of Ripley, one of three Dis-Graces (as his Ducal trio of friends are referred to) finds himself in a responsible position as he is allocated the task of overseeing the smooth running of his best friend, the Duke of Ashmont’s wedding. Make sure the groom is not drunk, is on time and the w
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the story of a runaway bride….and the best man she kidnapped.

Olympia Hightower is boring, at least she thinks so. She is about to be married to a man she doesn’t love and can barely stand. The nerves and doubts get too much for her to handle, so she flees, but not before the best man sees her escape and chases her down to bring her back. Olympia will have nothing of it, and she refuses to go back. So Ripley continues to stay with her during her flight, vowing to himself he is only follow
Delirious Disquisitions
You should read this if you like: light historical romances, Introduction to historical romances, humor, bantering, friends to lovers stories, slow burn romances, feisty bookish heroines, guys who are secretly marshmallows on the inside, sweet romances.

A Duke in Shining Armor is what I would describe as historical romance lite. Which is to say there isn't much of a plot here beyond the central premise of the two leads falling slowly, inexorably in love with each other. However, with the amount
Sofia Lazaridou
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
First, let me say that I love the cover of this book. It fits the theme of the book perfectly. The only way I would have liked it more is if it had a man chasing the woman because that is exactly was Ripley does for half of the book. When I was reading the book I was bothered by two things. One, how everything happened in a very short amount of time. Like ridiculously short. Most of the chasing and the adventure happens in the span of a day or two. I have no idea how they managed to fall in love ...more
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Loretta Lynda Chekani was born in 1949, of Albanian ancestry. For her, the trouble started when she learned to write in first grade. Before then, she had been making up her own stories but now she knew how to write them down to share. In her teenage years, she continue to write letters, keep a journal, write poetry and even attempt the Great American Novel (still unfinished). She attended New Engl ...more

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