It’s Romantic Thursday with Bookmunchie! So why is Thursday Romantic? Well, at my Uni, we classify the days as MWF (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) and TR (Tuesday, Thursday), so in my mind, Thursday starts with an R, and so does romance! Basically, I just love romance, in YA books, in adult, contemporary, historical, whichever the genre and sometimes I’m too lazy to write full reviews but I do love sharing fun quotes or just gushing about characters. So that’s what Romantic Thursday is for! To share my love. May it be through full reviews, quick reviews, or just fun quotes.
Publisher: Pocket Books (June 18th 2013)
Paperback: 416 pages
Series: The Duke’s Men #1
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Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Maximilian Cale, the Duke of Lyons, long ago buried his grief for his missing elder brother, Peter, who was presumed dead after being kidnapped. When a mysterious note arrives from Tristan Bonnaud asserting that the Duke’s brother is alive, it leads Max straight to the winsome Lisette Bonnaud, illegitimate daughter of a viscount and Tristan’s sister. Soon he and Lisette are traveling to Paris posing as husband and wife, in search of Tristan, who has disappeared. And the longer he spends with Lisette, the easier it is for Max to see that the line between dukedom and desire is easier to cross than he imagined . . .
Okay. This is another winner by Sabrina Jeffries. I’ve always loved the fake marriage / marriage of convenience trope and this was sort of a road-trip book too! I love stories like that because it really forces the couple to suck it up and stick together haha. The story line was engaging and fast paced with dangers and secrets but it also had some great humourous moments that made the book that more wonderful. It did so very, very well for me, until the end there where daytime soap opera sneaked in for a quick visit to romancelandia (the main reason why this book isn’t a 5/5 stars). It wasn’t absolutely horrible or even long, but it just kind of spoils the fun a bit. But overall it’s a great read, with lovely characters, interesting plot, and awesome romance.
I really like Lisette. She’s feisty and passionate and you can see the love that she has for family and those that she care for. I love that she’s sassy enough to make fun of the Lofty Lyon, as she calls Max, but also strong enough to stand up for her convictions. Maximilian Cale, the Duke of Lyons was introduced in Jeffries’ Hellions of Helstead Hall series and I’m glad to see him back and getting the girl. For reasons that’ll probably become obvious (drunk Max is then best thing ever), I quite adored Max*.
But every duke she’d seen depicted in the papers or in satirical prints was gary-haired and stooped.
This duke was neither. Tall and broad-shouldered, he was them most striking man she’d ever seen. Not handsome, no. His features were too bold for that – his jaw too sharply chiseled, his eyes too deeply set – and his golden brown hair was a touch too straight to be fashionable. But attractive,oh yes. It annoyed her that she noticed just how attractive.
Oh here’s Max trying to shlum it:
Dressing in lower-class attire ought to have made him look ordinary, and workaday, dulling his virile appeal. Instead, it amplified it. With his greatcoat slung casually over one shoulder, he looked like a rakish adventurer out to conquer the world.
And she had a decided weakness for rakish adventurers.
What? More you say?
Oh yes. And Drunk Max.
“You’re so pretty,” he murmured as she struggled with his boots. He ran his hand over her curls, tangling his fingers in them. “You’re hair is like… it’s like… I dunno. Something black and shiny.”
She smothered a smile. Apparently when the duke was jug-bitten, he became somewhat inarticulate. “Like beetles, perhaps?” she joked. “They’re black and shiny.”
“Right, beetles.” He blinked, then scowled. “Not beetles. Don’t be daft.” He’d filled both his hands with her hair and was smoothing it and caressing it. “Something prettier.”
Also, Sabrina Jeffries does the horrible thing of teasing us with future couples and all we can do is wait. Tears. I should really want for whole series to be out before I start. Sigh.
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