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The Runaway Duke

3.6  ·  Rating details ·  1,312 Ratings  ·  99 Reviews
Ruined! No one could ever accuse Rebecca Tremaine of being a proper young lady. She's wretched at embroidery, pitiful at the pianoforte, and entirely too informed about the human body, courtesy of her father's scientific journals. And now she's been compromised by a dandy she despises! When her parents arrange a hasty marriage, there is only one man she can turn to for hel ...more
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Published September 3rd 2007 by Forever (first published August 1st 2004)
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This book was good in parts of it and tedious in other parts, 3 stars.

The hero, Connor, and the heroine, Rebecca, met when she was a girl and became fast friends. Connor worked as a horse groom for Rebecca's father and she would spend a lot of time in the stables with him. Connor actually listened to Rebecca and answered her questions. And she had a lot of questions and a lot to say. She was a very curious girl and had a mind that thirsted for knowledge. Rebecca would often sneak into her father
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
1.75 Stars

I tried so hard to like and connect to the story and the characters, but apparently.. failed.
This is truly an unique book. Starting with the characters, Connor Riordan, who is actually heir to a dukedom, decides to shed himself of his name after his supposed death and masquerades as a Groom for 5 years. Rebecca Tremaine, is supposed to be a genteel lady, but her thirst for knowledge makes her atypical and a task for her parents. Rebecca is compromised by a dandy, who she absolutely detests and asks her favorite companion, the Groom to help her out. They have a relationship that starts w ...more
Fangirl Musings
Feb 11, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: It was a DNF, so no one really.
Recommended to Fangirl Musings by: Impulse buy
Pages Survived: 220

This was one weird reading experience! I literally was absolutely loving this book, truly all the way through. Until page 220. Never in all my reading have I encountered a book that I went from absolutely loving to absolutely hating within the span of one page.

While it may seem laughable to some, the reason I reared up and hated this book was a result of the characters. No, I did love Rebecca and her absolutely unique personality. I even loved Connor, the hero. What killed th
Beanbag Love
Closer to 3.5. I love Julie Anne Long's writing or this one wouldn't have held up. She created a couple of really good lead characters and then tossed them in a story so rife with coincidences it was laughable. Really, the coincidences were so outrageous that they should have been remarked on in a post-modern way but they weren't.

However, I do love JAL's writing so I'm glad I read it. It also contains one of the loveliest declaration moments I've read in a while:

"I love you," she murmured.

The w
Jane Stewart
Sep 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency-romance
It’s typical light romance reading. I enjoyed it. I was chuckling several times.

Roarke’s father is a Duke who viciously beat and abused Roarke while growing up. Roarke joined the military fighting Napoleon. The story begins when a fellow soldier is killed in battle. Roarke assumes his identity and claims that Roarke was killed. He returns to England and works as a groom for Sir Henry (to avoid his father). Over a five year period he becomes close friends with Henry’s daughter Rebecca
Elis Madison
Rebecca is trying to save her sister from disaster (and get a little blackmail material) when she slips out to the garden in the wee hours to catch her trysting with Edelston, the fortune hunter. Unfortunately, all cats look alike in the dark. So when her father sees Lorelei sneaking out into the night and follows, and when the gardener sees a man skulking in the shrubbery, it's her father who gets brained, and Rebecca who ends up caught in Edelston's arms.

And Edelston really isn't a nice guy.
Margaret Foxe
There is something magical about this book. I believe it is Long's debut novel, and it does have its problems, among them a strangely truncated ending between Hero and heroine. Long's writing has certainly improved since this one. But i don't care. This is still one of my favorite historical romances. I have read and re-read this title.

There is just something so SWEET about this book. And not in a saccharine-make-me-throw-up-a-little-in-my-mouth sort of way. In a way that makes me smile VERY bro
Amanda The Book Slayer
Overall okay book. It took a while to get into the book. Required skimming pages to keep my attention and get to the good parts.

Recommend: Those who enjoy Romance novels and Dukes!

*Rebecca is strong willed and will follow her own path in life.
*Connor Riordan or Roarke Blackburn, makes a great Groom but a better Duke.
*Book heats up halfway through when Beccan and Connor quit fighting the inevitable.
*They fall i love, but Connor still won't share his secrets with her.
*Gypsy's make an ap
Great novel!!! Well done storyline...fresh & lively! Wonderful pick of a regency era novel!! Love the emotions & vibrancy of the characters!!!!!! :)
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leído en julio 2009

Me encantó esta historia! muy entretenida la trama
I really like this author's writing style, and enjoyed this story despite the implausibility of a duke running away to live as a groom for years. That aside, this is a very nice romance about an unusually honest, curious and courageous young woman and a man who finds himself enchanted and finally besotted by her.

I loved the story of when he meet her. He had to rescue her out of a tree when she still a young girl, out of grief for loss of her beloved dog, she climbed a tree and wouldn't come dow
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
For me this was not a Romance Story; but more on the lines of and Adventure Story. the Romance that was written was at the end of the book and not more than 5 pages however their was Adventure but that is not what I wanted to read. I have never read a story were the Villains where Rewarded; after having the hero's brother murder by having his throat cut, and trying to kill the hero and heroine 3 times no less so she could steal the hero's Title and fortune, doesn't make sense you don't reward th ...more
May 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Regency Era fans
This one moved fast... and though I felt the heroine was a bit young... you believed that she was older than her years and the hero really loved her and wanted to save her from her fate of a mistake that brought her to be betrothed to someone that she didn't even know. Their race across England was filled with adventure that was both funny and endearing... Nice quick read with very little deep though involved :)
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. From the prelude to the ending, the love story of Rebecca and Connor played out very well. We saw all the points of view, and I felt that helped understand the characters. Connoe is hiding out as a horse groom, Rebecca does not want to get married. They have many adventures on the road as someone is out to find them. There is a mystery and a love story, gypsies and much more.
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite, hr
I LOVE this book. Def going to my fave list.
I love that it has an 'adventure' feel to it.
I love that the hero was the first to fall in love, secretly at that.
I love her thirst for life, to experience things.

One thing though, the ending or his final decision seemed to me made him into a hypocrite... although I did wish for that kind of ending.
Caroline Yamashita
Ahhhhh adorei esse livro!
E tem várias coisas que amo em um livro:
Cara durão,
Mocinha inocente, porém determinada,
Mistério do tipo: quem matou Odete Roitman
Um duque que morreu na guerra mas não tá morto rsrsrsr
Enfim... adorei!

Catty K
This book took longer to read than this type of novel usually does. There were a few gems and funny interactions, but there were too many different parts , and they didn't fit together well. Maybe if she's tried to make a series out of it, and had time to flesh people out more, but no, this didn't work. Each character was given equal importance, and the shifting focus was very distracting. Also, I know, I was okay with the 18 year old woman and the 29 year old man, but it seemed like he never st ...more
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In her debut book "The Runaway Duke" you can see the excellent romance author Julie Anne Long becomes reflected in appealing, unique characters; excellent pacing; and hints of mystery. Joining a duke - who doesn't want the obligation of money and power, yet radiates the stability for the job a la Jamie in "Outlander" - as he helps a young, spunky heiress escape her impending marriage provided me too with hours of enjoyable escapism and a satisfying ending.
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love, love this book! It’s one of my first books that I read that got me into historical romance. I really enjoy the story of Connor and Rebecca it’s sweet, eventful and overall a great read. Their are certain characters that I don’t like but that’s usually the case. This is definitely one of my go to books when I’m not sure what to read 😍
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three stars for a few too many TWISTS! and falling prey to the stereotype of "but this hateful man is telling me terrible things about the man I love, probably he's right and my fiancee DOES hate me," but four stars for a rowdy feminist protagonist.
May 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yoo 4 bintang, jujur ya ini ceritanya agak lambat di awal, sampai 70% baru kelihatan nih romancenya mau diarah kemana, lebih banyak petualanganya aja, tapi asik kok, suka :), gak berasa Insta love ...

Si Conor Riodan, itu sebenernya seorang Duke yang super duper kaya raya, dibesarkn oleh ayah yang suka main tangan akhirnya dia mengambil kesempatan untuk kabur dari gelar dan kekayaan dia dengan mengaku sebagai temannya saat ditemukan sekarat dalam perang. Sejak saat itu dia menyama sebagai Cornor
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Khas HR biasa sih sebenarnya. Tapi yg bikin beda adalah alur yg tidak berbelit-belit dan tarik ulur...
Feb 07, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
It took me quite some time to get through this book - I had to put it down several time because I was annoyed/dissapointed.

OK, so what bugged me:
I did not like Rebecca very much. Even it became a bit better in the end she was just and behaving like a child.
Then there is Connor/Roarke who is at least 10 years older and knows her since she was 11 or so.
I can live with the age difference, which is typical for historicals, in case the heroine is behaving somehow adult. Which Rebecca is not. And I di
The beginning of the book had me thinking it would be a light good hearted read and it pretty much was from start to finish. I found myself really liking the character of Rebecca, she had a sort of exuberant naiveté which was endearing.
I have to give props to Julie Anne Long for writing in such a surprising scene, it's hard to shock me but I almost slid off the couch when it was revealed the locket Rebecca stole, to help fund her escape plan had an inscription to Roarke Blackburn, Connor's real
I read and rated this a while back but just catching up with reviews...

I will start by saying that this isn't the best historical romance I've ever read and there were some niggles for me, BUT there is just something about it that I really enjoyed and could imagine reading it again - which is why I have bumped it up from 3.5 to 4 stars.

I really warmed to the characters - I think my favourite things about the story were that Connor was living as a stable boy/groom (Becca's father's reaction to fi
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where to start? This book was a sheer delight to read, a page-turner from beginning to end. Connor and Rebecca's mad dash across England, pursued by hired thugs, reminded me of Hitchcock's rewrite of John Buchan's The 39 Steps, and was just as gripping and exciting.

The characterisation was masterful. Connor, a reluctant duke posing as an Irish groom, and Rebecca, the girl he's seen grow from a precocious and joyful scamp into a brilliant young woman, could so easily have ended up as stereotypes
The Runaway Duke is an earlier work by Julie Anne Long, and it shows. This book didn't have the push and pull of emotions that I've come to expect from JAL. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't fantastic either.

I had a similar experience with Julia Quinn's earlier works.

As an author myself, I find this sort of experience is important, however: It shows that everyone has to start somewhere, and that there are always ways to improve. If the JAL of now had written this book, it likely would have read a lot
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Julie Anne Long's debut into the historical romance world, she catapults into a world of second chances and hidden secrets. Connor Riordan works for the Tremaines in England as an Irish groom. But he's hiding a secret--he's really Roarke Blackburn, the Duke of Dunbrooke who supposedly "died" in the world, five years ago. When he helps Rebecca Tremaine from an arranged marriage, they're onto the journey of a lifetime and flee to Scotland. While she disappeared, Rebecca's sister, Lorelei, has a ...more
This is the first book that create many praises for the author. But after reading her other and more advanced books, I think this book is not as good the next books she written later on. This a story of a young man that supposed to be a Duke but runaway from his responsibility for almost 5 years. He then choose to live a humble life as a groom to a country gentleman. And then he meet with his employer daughter, still barely a girl, who then blossomed to a beautiful girl. After an unfortunate inc ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 02, 2015 10:04AM  
  • The Impostor (Liar's Club, #2)
  • Tempting the Marquess (Weston, #2)
  • Written on Your Skin
  • To Tempt a Scotsman (Somerhart, #1)
  • Duke of Sin (Duke Trilogy, #1)
  • The Unclaimed Duchess (Billingham Bastards, #2)
  • A Matter of Scandal (With This Ring, #3)
  • Till Next We Meet
  • Wicked Angel
  • Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right (Impossible Bachelors, #2)
  • Never Dare a Duke (Sons of Scandal, #2)
  • Black Silk
  • Forbidden (Company of Rogues, #4)
  • What a Scoundrel Wants (Medieval, #1)
  • All I Want For Christmas is a Duke
  • My Surrender (The Rose Hunters Trilogy #3)
Well, where should I start? I've lived in San Francisco for more than a decade, usually with at least one cat. I won the school spelling bee when I was in 7th grade; the word that clinched it was 'ukulele.' I originally set out to be a rock star when I grew up (I had a Bono fixation, but who didn't?), and I have the guitars and the questionable wardrobe stuffed in the back of my closet to prove it ...more
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“I love you," she murmured.

The words ... it was as though an entire sun had exploded in his chest.

He'd been ridiculous. His thrashing thoughts, his grand confusion and torment and helplessness -- it was only love, had always been love, he supposed. It was no precipice he stood at, or rather precipices have little meaning when one finally acknowledges that one has wings. Connor stepped off.

"I love you, too."

Such grave, inadequate words for what it was he felt.”
“she had lately come to understand injustice and tricks of fate, and how they could turn you into someone else completely, maybe even turn you into the person you were meant to be.” 9 likes
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