Review – At the Duke’s Wedding by Maya Rodale, Miranda Neville, Caroline Linden, and Katharine Ashe

About the Book:

As society gathers at Kingstag Castle for the wedding of the year, matrimony is in the air. But who will be the bride? With swoonworthy lords, witty ladies, eccentric relatives, a gaggle of free-spirited girls, not to mention the world’s best high perch phaeton, it’s a recipe for mayhem — and romance. Award winning, best-selling authors Katharine Ashe, Caroline Linden, Miranda Neville and Maya Rodale serve up delectable Regency fun and a sexy contemporary twist in this anthology of original novellas.
Four authors, four couples, four deliciously romantic surprises. When it comes to love, anything can happen…

That Rogue Jack by Maya Rodale
Jack, Lord Willoughby is charming, handsome, and utterly irresponsible. In other words, he’s the worst person to entrust with the ducal wedding ring. Miss Henrietta Black is prim, proper and the ideal person to help find the priceless family heirloom that’s gone missing… as long as she isn’t distracted by Jack’s gorgeous smile and tantalizing attempts at seduction. They MUST find the ring before the wedding… if they aren’t too busy falling in love.

P.S. I Love You by Miranda Neville
Handsome, inarticulate Frank Newnham asks for his cousin Christian’s help when he woos Rosanne Lacy by letter. Rosanne falls for Frank’s delicious prose, but when they meet in person at the duke’s wedding party, Rosanne can’t understand why Frank seems so … dull. And why is she drawn to the dark brooding Earl of Bruton, with his scarred face and air of melancholy?

When I Met My Duchess by Caroline Linden
Gareth Cavendish, Duke of Wessex, believes he’s chosen the perfect bride… until he meets her sister and lightning strikes—literally! Now he’s the only member of society dreading the wedding of the season. Or is he? Cleo Barrows can’t fathom why her knees weaken every time the handsome duke approaches, or why her sister isn’t in the clouds at the prospect of marrying him. But the more often wedding plans throw Cleo and Gareth intimately together, the faster time is running out to turn the celebration of the summer into the scandal of the year.

How Angela Got Her Rogue Back by Katharine Ashe
When gorgeous Lord Trenton Ascot beckons to history grad student Angela Cowdrey from the pages of a comic book, she thinks she’s going crazy. When Trent rescues her from a lake and she claims she’s from the future, he knows he is. But a blackmailer is threatening Trent’s family and Angela is determined to help. While unraveling the mystery of her time-travel trip to the duke’s wedding, this modern girl and Regency lord just might discover a passion that defies centuries.

Click on title below for direct Amazon buy link:                                                   At the Duke’s Wedding

My Review:                 

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

The Duke of Wessex is about to be married.  As friends and family gather at his country home to celebrate the event,  love and romance fill the air, leading to some surprising outcomes.

That Rogue Jack by Maya Rodale

         

Orphaned Henrietta Black is companion to Lady Sophronia, and both of them are distant connections of the Duke of Wessex.  Henrietta is tasked with obtaining the wedding ring, a family heirloom, that Jack, Lord Willoughby, is bringing from town.  Jack, the duke’s cousin, is a handsome and charming gentleman, but is severely challenged in keeping focused.  His flightiness has caused him to forget what happened to the ring during his journey from London.  He calls on Henrietta, whom he remembers from their childhood, to help him.  Soon the straight-laced companion and the carefree lord are sharing kisses and embraces while they search for the misplaced ring.  Will they find it in time for the wedding, or will they find something much more precious?  THAT ROGUE JACK is a light and charming read.

P.S. I Love You by Miranda Neville

           

Captain Christian Lord Bruton and his cousin, Lieutenant Francis Newnham, are best friends, as well as serving together.  Francis is such a handsome man, that it goes unnoticed that he’s socially awkward, though he’s very popular.  Christian, in contrast to his cousin, has a significant scar on one side of his face, and is avoided by many.  When Francis falls for Rosanne Lacy, and asks her father’s permission to write to her, he finds he doesn’t know what to write.  He turns to his cousin, who, it turns out, is very eloquent.  Not only that, but Christian and Rosanne seem to have much in common.  After months of correspondence, Rosanne and Christian (writing as Francis) have all but fallen in love by letter.  When all three meet at the duke’s wedding, Rosanne finds Francis not at all what she expected, and is much attracted to his cousin, Christian, who is fighting his own attraction, so as not to betray his cousin.  What possible chance is there of a happy ever after, when someone is bound to get their heart broken?  P.S. I LOVE YOU is a touching story of romance, passion, friendship, and honor.

When I Met My Duchess by Caroline Linden

                    

Gareth Cavendish, Duke of Wessex, is about to marry the perfect woman – she’s beautiful, kind, well bred, and most importantly, he doesn’t love her.  Gareth’s parents were deeply in love, and he witnessed the devastation his mother endured at his father’s early death, and he doesn’t ever want to feel that kind of pain.  When his fiancée, Helen, arrives with her family, he is immediately thunderstruck (literally)by his reaction to her sister.  Cleo, Helen’s older sister, is a widow, who is all but disowned by her parents due to her marrying a merchant for love rather than someone socially acceptable.  In the short week before the wedding, Gareth and Cleo find that they not only are greatly attracted to each other, but their feelings seem to be genuine love.  Cleo will never hurt her sister, but it’s a moot point anyway – what could possibly happen to change things on the eve of the wedding of the season?  WHEN I MET MY DUCHESS is a compelling and poignant story of two lovers who appear to be star-crossed.

How Angela Got Her Rogue Back by Katharine Ashe

             

Angela Cowdrey is a 21st century historian, who is researching Sir Richard Howell, a man who lived two hundred years ago.  When Angela purchases some historical drawings, which have her name on them, she finds herself drawn to the man depicted on them.  An accidental dousing in a Michigan river amazingly has Angela being rescued from a lake in England, some two hundred years in the past.  Trenton Ascot, Viscount Everett, is suspicious of, yet attracted to the unusual woman he saved from drowning.  He’s sure she’s not an official guest at the duke’s wedding, yet he doesn’t want her to leave.  Angela discovers that the subject of her research, Sir Richard Howell, is also a guest, and she is determined to find the missing piece of her research.  She didn’t expect to find romance with a British nobleman, or to have her heart broken when she is catapulted back to the future when the last part of her research falls into place.  HOW ANGELA GOT HER ROGUE BACK is an entertaining time travel romance with a clever resolution.

It’s unusual to find a compilation where all the stories are quality reads, but that’s the case in AT THE DUKE’S WEDDING.  My favorites were Caroline Linden’s and Miranda Neville’s stories, as they involved other people, who I cared enough about to not want to see them get hurt.  It’s also unusual that I genuinely like all the heroes and heroines, but I did.  There are some likeable and entertaining secondary characters, particularly Lady Sophronia, who is a hoot.  It was a true pleasure reading these stories, and I heartily recommend AT THE DUKE’S WEDDING for all historical romance fans.   ~Rose

About Rose Blue

Rose is an avid reader and reviewer, especially of historical romance. Her blog, Rosesareblue.net also features occasional guest or shared reviews. Please see contact information (on blog) to send a request by email.
This entry was posted in Caroline Linden, Historical Romance, Katharine Ashe, Maya Rodale, Miranda Neville, Review, Rose. Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Review – At the Duke’s Wedding by Maya Rodale, Miranda Neville, Caroline Linden, and Katharine Ashe

  1. Reblogged this on Dog Eared Pages and commented:
    I’m a huge fan of historical romance with Caroline Linden, and Katharine Ashe being two personal favorite authors.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s