Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Trouble With Being a Duke by Sophie Barnes + Featured Freebie

The Trouble With Being a Duke (At the Kingsborough Ball, #1)
Sometimes happily ever after…

Anthony Hurst, Duke of Kingsborough knows the time has come for him to produce an heir. But first he must find a bride. When he meets the most exquisite woman at his masquerade ball, he thinks his search is over…until the breathtaking beauty runs off. With few clues other than her figure, her scent, and the memory of her kiss, Anthony must find his mystery lady.

…needs a little bit of help.

Isabella Chilcott can scarcely believe it: she is finally at the Kingsborough Ball. As a child, she dreamed of dancing a waltz here and now, thanks to a gorgeous gown she’s found in the attic, Isabella is living her fairytale fantasy. And she’s waltzing with the Duke of Kingsborough himself! But she must escape before he discovers her secrets…for she is not who she pretends to be, and falling in love with Prince Charming is the last thing she can allow herself to do…

My Rating: 3 Roses

Hmmmm. I'm not sure how I feel about this book. On one hand, it was very cute and sweet.The kind of romance that makes you smile. On the other, there were some parts of the book where I wanted to shake some sense into the characters. Overall, though, I did like The Trouble with Being a Duke. It was a charming historical romance.

The whole Cinderella story was cute. You can't really go wrong with such a classic story. But, in this book, I felt like the author tried to over explain the love at first sight component. Anthony kept describing the "immediate bond" and it became a little cheesy. But I thought, as a whole, this book was a nice take on Cinderella. It brought in some interesting twists.

The one other part of the book that I didn't get was why Isabella's parents put up such a fight about her marrying a duke. And then, the whole thing about the almost fiance that her parents approved of. One, why would they be so insistent that Isabella marry a man that is such a fop while resisting her marriage to a charming and powerful duke? Why did the worry that said fiance would ruin Isabella's family if she didn't marry him come up so many times? She would have left him for a duke. And I think a duke would be powerful enough to squash a business owner like a bug. And, finally, I didn't get why they were so quick to question Anthony's motive. It wasn't as if he wanted to make her his mistress. He said to them, point blank, that he wanted to marry her. What was questionable about that? In the end, Isabella's parents did explain why they were reluctant to accept the duke. But, after how much of a fit they pitched, it felt lacking.

Isabella was an okay heroine. I wanted to see her with a bit more backbone. I felt like she let others (read: her parents) lead her around so much. By the end, she had toughened up and was determined to fight for what she wanted. So, I ended up liking her. Once she found her strength, she wasn't going to let anybody take her away from what (and who) she wanted.

Anthony was wonderful. He was very sweet and the very definition of a gentleman. I thought  it was so sweet how he was determined to get the woman of his dreams, no matter the potential scandal, or any other obstacle. He was brilliant and I adored him.

The romance was sweet. There wasn't really much spice in this book. It was a fairly clean romance. But, the romance was cute, the type of romance that makes  you smile.

The plot was okay. I was never bored, but I was never riveted either. Regardless, I was kept interested the entire way through. There were some secrets that I never saw coming. And the ending was very sweet.

The Trouble with Being a Duke was a cute romance. Though it had its flaws, it was an enjoyable read and I did like it. If you're looking for a sweet, light romance, this book is for you.

*Thanks to Edelweiss and Avon Books for a copy!
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Today, I have an NA romance that sounds cute: Between Friends by Amanda Cowen . Go forth and get it for free!

The only way to have a friend is to be one…especially between the sheets… 

When neurotically challenged and unlucky in love Megan Daniels is propositioned by her life-long friend Ben Romano with a coin toss (heads, they sleep together, tails, they don’t) the night before they are about to attend a destination wedding, she drunkenly accepts his challenge. But when Megan wakes up the next morning with a bad hang-over and Ben in her bed, she is more than mortified. It isn’t until the tropical heat begins to ignite emotions Megan never believed or thought she could possibly have, when she starts to question if risking their friendship is the answer to finding true love.

A cute and contemporary debut novel, BETWEEN FRIENDS faces one girl's struggle between the fine lines of friendship and love and the risk of opening up her heart to the possibility of forever.

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