Wednesday, November 29, 2017

TOUR - A Duke In Shining Armor (Difficult Dukes) by Loretta Chase

A Duke In Shining Armor
Difficult Dukes
by Loretta Chase
Publication Date: November 28th 2017
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Adult, Historical Romance

The Book Junkie Reads . . . Review of . . . THE DUKE IN SHINING ARMOR (Difficult Dukes, #1) . . .The trio known as Their Dis-Graces have made their appearance and have to enjoy them very much. I’m not in love but I am very much on my way to it. Olympia was most certainly a hand full. Ripley was no choir boy but he was in fact trying to do what should  be done to honor his friendship, Ashmont. This was one read to start off a series with much-a-doo. The Most Boring Girl meets one of the most rakish of dukes one of the trio of Their Dis-Graces.

Olympia was the wallflower or worst boring lady, so she was called. She was surprised to get a marriage offer from anyone, but a duke. This was the cake topper. There were no reasons to not accept with all that was her life. She just could not seem to go through with it.

Ripley confused me a bit but he grew on me as the read progressed. He did spend an unusual amount of time chasing this runaway bride. Though you would not be able to tell by the passage of time. The chase felt longer than it was. The return was full of interest.

As what I expect from Loretta Chase we get good writing, great characters, fascinating dukes (Ripley, Ashmont, and Blackwood), bookish lady, and one heck of an attempted escape. I loved the characters. Their chemistry, banter, and comradery. There were a few untried section that had me pause a bit and then almost say that I did not like a character or two, but I will hold judgement until the next of the trilogy come out.  This was a fun read and a new adventure.

Not all dukes are created equal. Most are upstanding members of Society. And then there’s the trio known as Their Dis-Graces.

Hugh Philemon Ancaster, seventh Duke of Ripley, will never win prizes for virtue. But even he draws the line at running off with his best friend’s bride. All he’s trying to do is recapture the slightly inebriated Lady Olympia Hightower and return her to her intended bridegroom.

For reasons that elude her, bookish, bespectacled Olympia is supposed to marry a gorgeous rake of a duke. The ton is flabbergasted. Her family’s ecstatic. And Olympia? She’s climbing out of a window, bent on a getaway. But tall, dark, and exasperating Ripley is hot on her trail, determined to bring her back to his friend. For once, the world-famous hellion is trying to do the honorable thing.

So why does Olympia have to make it so deliciously difficult for him . . . ?
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Author Info
Loretta Chase has worked in academe, retail, and the visual arts, as well as on the streets-as a meter maid-and in video, as a scriptwriter. She might have developed an excitingly checkered career had her spouse not nagged her into writing fiction. Her bestselling historical romances, set in the Regency and Romantic eras of the early 19th century, have won a number of awards, including the Romance Writers of America’s Rita. For more about her past, her books, and what she does and doesn’t do on social media, please visit her website

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