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  • A Duke, The Lady and A Baby

    A Duke, the Lady and a Baby was a sweet and easy read. It has a bit of a mystery that I figured out pretty early on and highlights the ways in which women don't have authority over themselves or their offspring among other things. I enjoyed it and look forward to reading the next book in the series.

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  • Historical romance with tough subjects

    This was an entertaining, quick romance that tackled several serious subjects: the inequal, often harsh treatment of women, including putting them in asylums to be rid of them, the prejudice against people of color and the difficulties of soldiers returning with war wounds. Women were portrayed as strong and many of the men were good guys who didn’t think women should be kept down as they were. I was looking for a sweet romance (after all, there is a baby) with some tough issues underneath, but I didn’t enjoy the story as much as I had hoped. Patience is indeed forthright but often reckless rather than courageous and while she may have been naturally beautiful she did not seem alluring. Busick comes off a bit better. He was gravely injured in the war and is trying to do the right thing all around – raise the baby that is now his ward, take care of the men injured with him, and bring his land back to financial stability. Patience and Busick seem to be drawn to each other but it’s hard to see why; except for their shared devotion to the baby there is really not much chemistry between them. The story is a little hard to follow. Patience’s story is in the first person, Busick’s in the third and the phrasing is somewhat formal and cumbersome. The story touches on all the hard subjects but it would have been nice if there was more depth. The “romance” along but with the lack of chemistry and suspense it’s hard to care very much about these folks. Thanks to Kensington Publishing for providing an advance copy of A Duke, the Lady and a Baby for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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  • Clean Regency Romance and Adventure

    This is not a bodice ripper. This is a clean Regency period adventure with a romance tossed in. The story has a really bad guy, a decent good guy, and a mother who will do anything to protect her infant son. It is a very good story that I could not put down. I wish that there had been more detail in some parts, but it did a good job of covering a lot of activity in a short period of time. I will be watching for more of this author's books and more of this series. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.

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  • Enjoyable, just drier for me...

    3.5 stars — Let me preface this review by saying I don’t read a lot of historical romances…in fact, I read very few. I’ve read a few that I loved and wanted to expand my interests, but it’s not something I gravitate towards. So basically, if you’re a fan of this genre, maybe take my review with a huge grain of salt. This one started out slow for me. I got lost quite a few times. I am just not familiar enough with historical type things, and so I can’t tell if the writing was unclear, or it was me…I’m leaning towards the latter. I settled in at a certain point, but I have to say that I still have big holes of things I don’t quite understand. But it didn’t prevent me from enjoying the story on a whole. Patience was not what I was expecting. I think my previous historical heroines that I loved have been more sassy. And Patience definitely had her humourous moments, but I still didn’t connect with her all the way. She was so rash sometimes she had my heart racing! I really felt for what she was going through though, both in the present and what her marriage with Colin had been like. I can imagine it being a common tale from back then, and I ached for her. I loved seeing her get her spirit back as the book went on. And then there was Busick! If Patience wasn’t what I was expecting, Busick confused me soooo much more! It took me a long time to understand where all his regimentedness came from, and figure out when he was joking and when he was serious. I still don’t know if I understand all of his hangups from his mother and father… I LOVED what he was doing for his men, even if I didn’t understand until later. And I ADORED how he instantly attempted to fall into his role of loving guardian with Lionel — he was adorable. Their romance had a lot of back and forth that, again, I didn’t quite always follow. That one is definitely my ignorance of the times. I liked that they pushed at one another, but I was occasionally surprised by the path their romance took. I think I wanted to love it more than I did. Or rather, it took until the last bit before I was fully invested in them. Some interesting side characters, and I can definitely see how this series is going to grow. I think for me I just didn’t connect with the characters and writing enough to want to continue…although I am seriously curious about Jemima. In the end I think I’m very particular in what draws me in to historical romance, and this one didn’t quite have it. But I will admit that once I settled in, it was an easy read and I wanted to know how it was all going to work out.

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  • Not a fan

    Not my favourite read - quite a struggle to get through it.

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