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    Great Historical Novella

    Everything a historical novel should be – yes – it is! The writing made me FEEL as if I were back in time with people living by different rules and yet each character was believable and interesting. I love historical novels and stories set in the past and this one was a delight. The premise is that the Duke of Beckworth has died but nobody is quite sure who will assume his title and lands. In this first novella of the series Colin Ford, fifth son of an Earl, is working as the assistant land agent on the Beckworth estate. His superior has disappeared and left a mess that he will need to deal with. Miss Rose Leyton, a distant relation of the Duke’s, is acting as a companion to an elderly aunt while waiting for her fiancé to return from war. Both Rose and Colin have noticed one another and are friends so when Rose’s betrothal is broken, her brother appears with ideas of marrying her off to someone else she is repelled by and Colin steps in as a temporary fiancé things become interesting. Before the story ends there are fisticuffs, a thief is caught, a treasure is found and a marriage takes place. This story is well written, in keeping with the time period and just plain fun. I loved the quietness of both Colin and Rose and their circumspect behavior…until things changed…and oh my…how their relationship changed when it was time for it to do so! Thank you to NetGalley and CrushStar Multimedia LLC for the copy of this ARC to read and review.
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    lovely start to a new historical romance series!

    This is the first book of 5 (each standalone novellas) by different authors, with a continuing story arc in that the Duke of Beckworth is currently an absentee post, as the reigning duke has died, and it's unclear who the proper successor is! In this story, Colin is the assistant to the Land Agent, a rather unscrupulous fellow who has abandoned the estate (and stolen from it as well) and left Colin with quite a paperwork mess to deal with. Rose is living at the Estate, a distant cousin of the family and a woman who is patiently waiting for the return of her fiance from his soldiering duties. She's rather bored, and helping Colin gives her something to do, and a new and solid friendship. When her fiance abruptly ends their engagement, Colin steps in, and a marriage of convenience happens in the blink of an eye. Suddenly these two friends find themselves in a much more intimate situation than they had ever imagined - can their friendship lead to love? I really enjoyed this introduction to the series, and the romance within. There is a clear picture of the responsibilities and expectations of the time for all of the characters. Colin knows that as the fifth son of an impoverished Earl, he's got to make his own way in life and he's quite happy working as a businessman, numbers and accounting being his forte. He's a handsome gentleman too, and a kind and generous man. He and Rose clearly get along well together, and they both enjoy the relative freedom of being friendly with each other without any commitments (since when they meet Rose is engaged). I liked Rose's character too, her desire to stand up for herself and ensure that her future is going to be of her choosing (even though it ends up not quite how she expected!). Colin and Rose made a lovely couple, and they definitely share an attraction to each other that leads to some sensual scenes. I appreciated their ability to be truthful with each other and that communication definitely wasn't a problem. Lovely happy ending to this one, and an entertaining and solid story. Looking forward to reading more in the series!
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    Good historical romance

    Jilted in January by Kate Pearce is a well written book. Ms Pearce has delivered fantastic characters, drama, humor and sizzle. I enjoyed Jilted in January and look forward to reading more from Kate Pearce in the future. Jilted in January is book 1 of the A Year Without a Duke Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
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