Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Scottish Duke (Duke Trilogy #1) by Karen Ranney

a new series about dashing, charismatic dukes—
and the women who tame them…

The Duke Trilogy #1
Karen Ranney
Releasing Nov 29th, 2016
Avon Books

New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney returns with the first novel in a new series about dashing, charismatic dukes—and the women who tame them…

Though raised as a gentleman’s daughter, Lorna Gordon is obliged to take a position as an upstairs maid at Blackhall Castle when her father dies. Alex Russell, the Duke of Kinross, is the most tempting man she’s ever seen—and completely unattainable—until, at a fancy dress ball, Lorna disguises herself as Marie Antoinette and pursues an illicit tryst…with scandalous consequences.

Months after his mysterious seductress disappears, Alex encounters her again. Far from the schemer the distrustful duke assumed her to be, Lorna is fiercely independent and resourceful. She’s the one woman capable of piercing his defenses. But when danger threatens Lorna, Alex must prove himself not just the lover of her fantasies, but the man who will fight to protect her. 


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I know it will sound silly, but every time I was reading Lorna's last name, Gordon, I kept reading it with an accent. A hero/heroine was also named Gordon in an audio book I had heard I don't even remember how long ago and it suck with me. It was weird hearing a male voice in my head pronouncing the name.

The story was similar to Cinderella's. Girl in a bad place ends up in a fancy ball, the prince (or a duke in this case) fancies her, she has to run away, but somehow they end up finding each other again.  In this case after they found each other things didn't went as smoothly as they should have gone. Alex is distrustful of Lorna and she is not a push over so there is tension.

The author took her time to show us what  the main characters are truly like and the pace was even in a way that it was letting the events unfold without been too fast or too slow. The characters are flawed (Alex mostly), but the good pace and their growth are making it for it. I almost got the feeling I get when I read an amazing HR book (see Lisa Kleypas and Sarah MacLean for more). I was almost transferred to the 19th century. Unfortunately for me this is the closest I have gotten in a while to reading a HR where I felt like I was in the 19th century so the book got extra points for that. I will be recommending the book and I will read the second book.

Karen Ranney wanted to be a writer from the time she was five years old and filled her Big Chief tablet with stories. People in stories did amazing things and she was too shy to do anything amazing. Years spent in Japan, Paris, and Italy, however, not only fueled her imagination but proved she wasn't that shy after all.

Now a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, she prefers to keep her adventures between the covers of her books. Karen lives in San Antonio, Texas.

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