Els to Yorkshire in order to investigate the goings on at one of his properties thereCyril Duke of Montford and yes he s been given a very un romantic hero like name on purpo STRAIGHT TO MY KEEPER SHELF and I m very picky about that shelfLet me start with the two things I did not like about this book1 I had things to do over the last day and a half Laundry Cleaning my kitchen Making my family dinner And none of that got done because of this novel 2 I too am a debut author of Regency romance with a book Once Upon A Wager out this week And I really liked my book until I read this one Here is the bald truth If you buy only one book tod DNF 32%I hate to stop but it wasn t turning around for me I think I was put off by the very beginning where the Duke hates his name Cyril Algenon It seemed too much of a modern sensibility I would have understood if his name was common like Joe or Bob but it wasn t I basically stopped when the dislike of his name became a relavent plot point with a horse named Cyril It was just too much I think it was trying to be too funny or too many types of funny Like the Three Stooges and the Importance of Being Earnest rolled into oneThe heroine was a pathological liar and I didn t warm to her She insisted on lying when the truth clearly would serve better The Duke was too stiff and boring I could have ventually liked him maybe but it s doubtfulI dunno maybe I wasn t in the mood but I tried unsuccessfully twice and that s plenty 45 starsA stuffy uptight duke with than a touch of OCD meets his match in a liberated hard working bluestocking who speaks her mind Aloysius Honeywell is dead Your GraceWith this unexpected news Cyril Halbert Algernon Monk March Violets (Bernie Gunther, eleventh Duke of Montford despatches his man of affairs to Rylestone Hall to make certain Aloysius Honeywell has indeed passed away And to makenuiries of the A Honeywell who has been moonlighting as Aloysius Honeywell via their correspondence The Honeywells and the Montfords have had a long running dispute dating back nearly two centuries Zoete tranen ever since a contract allowed the Honeywells to become the proprietary tenants of one of the Montfordstates in Yorkshire With no direct male heir the present Honeywells no longer have any claim to the Water Music estateWhen several weeks pass and the Duke of Montford does not hear back from his man of affairs he decides to take matters into his own hands Arriving in Yorkshire Montford is met with a number of A Honeywells However it is Miss Astrid Honeywell theldest daughter and manager of the Revived estate and the family s Honeywell Ale Brewery who catches the duke syeThis is my second reading of The Duke s Holiday a brilliant combination of historical romance and sparkling comedy Previously self published the story is due to be reissued with MontlakeReaders looking for complete historical accuracy may be disappointed A duke running in a village footrace seems highly unlikely But this is one of those well written and very funny historicals that despite the anachronisms still manages to toe the line between implausible and funWell written and humorous historical romances in a similar vein that I have Student Research Projects in Calculus enjoyed include The Duke s Tattoo A Regency Romance of Love and Revenge Though Not in That Order by Miranda Davis The Baron s Betrothal An On Again Off Again On Again Regency Romance by Miranda Davis A Tryst with Trouble by Alyssa Everett A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa DareThere are a host of secondary characters that round out this delightfully unexpected read The duke has two friends whose stories make up the The Regency Romp Trilogy which I m looking forward to reading Fo. Eal away all she has worked for because of some antiuated contract between their families So when the priggish Duke comes to call she doesverything in her power including setting the family pig on him to drive him away She didn't xpect him to be so well infuriatingly attractive Every time he scowls at her she has the most improper desire to kiss him and a whole lot Montford can't decide whether to strangle Astrid or seduce her The one thing he knows for a fact is that he must resist his powerful attraction for her at all costs He has.
Written May 27 20144 12 Stars A lovely hilarious fun historical tall taleA 15 hrs audiobook narrated by Sue Pitkin The promising book blurb Includes an OCD Duke a fiery heroine mistaken identities rrant livestock pompadours drunken declarations a touch of smex and nough witty banter to sink a ship I m impressed Well done Simply great The Duke s Holiday is Maggie Fenton s first HR and there are a lot of happy reviews Should be amusing fun and a historical in the light genre And it was Woot But did she like him Yes she suspected she did just a little bitNot that Montford was a devil Far from it He was a bit of a prude really He d actually blushed when she d come across him in the river He was no doubt the sort to drape fig leaves over statuary to preserve their modesty Although when he kissed her Cyril Halbert Algernon Monk the Duke of Montford a powerful stiff man that wants things the way he wants them and he always gets what he wants The Duke now wants what s rightly belong to him the old Yorkshire state Astrid Honeywell a tough young 26 years old miss who has struggled for years to keep her family together by running the A Heart of Stone estate the crooked castle Gretna Green and the family brewery after her father s death Astrid can t accept an antiuated contract that says a tyrannical London Duke now again has the right to her family s home and brewery This will be short and simple Gosh I ll notven try to Taking Instruction (Taboo, explain what s happening here Just hang on not a boring or tedious minute Full speed and adventurous It sparkled between these twonemies to lovers at once Would he kiss her again That was her concern Would he kiss her again in public Or Oh God She d just thought of something Language and Linguistics even worse What if he should kiss someonelse And then she thought of something Divertimento even worse than that Why did she care if he kissed someonelse So much fun a chuckle storyI have only praise for this wonderful story In my opinion the best kind of historical romance So much fun so much comedic Love Is a Fairy Tale entanglements and outrageously wonderful characters Sweet romantic and a piece of heat and steam Looking forward to romances from this writer Next part in this The Regency Romp Trilogy will be an auto buy in October 2015 I just want to know about these men and the women they choose A very good narrator and audiobookdition as well Recommended for HR lovers I LIKE YES yes I do Added to my audio app in May 2015 from for just 6 incl a kindle Promise at Dawn ebook copy 4 got me in a happy mood STARS The perfect novel to make you smile and fall in love JUST PERFECTYouver feel like scaping those intense or dark rea There are times I love to scape with a fun light romance and The Duke s Holiday fit the bill perfectly Maggie Fenton has produced a Regency romp that s filled with uirky lovable characters witty banter and Bangkok Wakes to Rain enough slap stick humor guaranteed to produce many laugh out loud moments A sexy Romantic Comedy featuring a sinfully delicious Duke and a feisty outspoken heroine Loved it This was my recommended read for September s TBR Challengentry It s a very long review so be warned But many of my friends here really loved this book and I didn t so I felt compelled to go into detail about why it didn t work for meAs I was writing the review I revised my grade so I m going with a D25 starsThe Duke s Holiday is a light hearted romp the cover ven boasts that it s part of the author s Regency Romp series just in case I hadn t realised in which a very handsome very rich very proper very aloof and very lonely duke although he doesn t actually admit the lonely part of course has his comfortable and orderly xistence completely overturned when he trav. Book One in The Regency Romp Trilogy The Duke of Montford cold precise and powerful than the Prince Regent himself wants things the way he wants them cross referenced indexed and at his beck and call And he always gets what he wants Until he meets Astrid Honeywell And a giant pig And a crooked castle in the middle of Yorkshire Astrid Honeywell staunch bluestocking has struggled for years to keep her family together by running the state and family brewery after her father's death She is not about to let the tyrannical Duke of Montford st.
R fans of historical romance who njoy great romantic comedies Highly recommendedSteam 25 ARC courtesy of Montlake via NetGalley 4 Stars just some polishing on the writing and we re there straight to the moon and beyond Paraphrasing the introductions Et si la maladie n'tait pas un hasard ? each chapter begins with this charming andndearing romance could have been titled In which the Duke discovers that True Love thrives on Imperfectionsor In which the Duke discovers that through allowing some asymmetries life and the world might show nicer perspectives And while the duke lets go of starchy cravats and perfectly aligned snuffboxes in order to fall in love with the heroine and finally see beauty in chaos and mayhem too I the reader fell in love both with the characters and a little bit with the idea of love all over againA contended inheritance consisting of a crumbling Yorkshire castle with attached brewery and a centuries old family feud prompt the Duke of Montford of the many Den of Shadows (Gamblers Den embarrassing names and the most fastidious nature by his own admission to take the Great North Road Those detestable Honeywells are as usual up to something fishy and it s time once and for all to make them understand who s going to call the shots from now on Leaving his rigidly organized life and a fianc of convenience behind he sets himself on resolving the plaguing situation in the span of a blitz like holiday to return as soon as possible to what he thinks he needs most But on arriving at destination what his mind refuses to acknowledge at first his heart recognizes at once that strange as it may be his salvation from Scraps Of The Untainted Sky eternal unhappiness has the semblances of a giant male pig named Petunia a pre 1789 Versailles dotty aunt with dead poodle like wigs vile plebeian swills messy libraries rumpled clothes and above all Miss Astrid Honeywell s mismatchedyes one brown and one blue the The Eric Carle Gift Set earth the sky andverything in betweenCheck your historical accuracy radar at the door get in the right mood and Huguenot Prophecy and Clandestine Worship in the Eighteenth Century enjoy the ride Pedantic tantrums would be out of place here and uite pointless This is one of those cases where the author shows the rare ability to not taking the story too seriously without losing an iota of intelligent humour A uirky and smart narrative that doesn t know dull moments a smoothly ticking comical pace spontaneous sensuality and bubbly banters complete the picture Yes the language is often anachronistic Yes most of the characters behaviours are implausible for the time period Yes the details of the historical setting verge on the wallpaper ishnd of the spectrum And yet and yet the author has nailed a important aspect I think which ascribes to the roots of the Regency genre itself if the form is modern in tone style and content that typical Fashion Design Course essential and magical bond between romanticism and farce is there and it makes for a totallynjoyable rompImpatiently waiting the next in the series 35 starsAt times VERY good at times I was scratching my head this book pretty much defines uneven for me The narration swung from Aeralis (The Frost Chronicles, expressive and fabulous to WTF is that voice I swear some of the male side characters sounded like my 90 year old grandma The historical aspects of the book have had great liberties taken with them I liked the chemistry between the MCs and the sort of obsessive nature of the male MC but the story dragged in odd places and the plot was out there Overall Injoyed this one I think Sorry Call me a wet blanket but I m probably not going to finish this book Not liking the heroine Astrid Not too crazy about the Duke Alternatives Chapter 2 (The Chronos Files; The Shattered Saga either Definitely not my kind of comedy Slapstick Petunia the pig got too much coverage already at only 25% into the book. A very proper very demure fiancée waiting for him back in London after all But when Astrid is kidnapped by a disgruntled suitor and whisked off to Gretna Green Montford will do anything to get her back Will these two driveach other to Bedlam or can they make it to the altar without killing Cincinnati and Other Plays each other Includes an OCD Duke a fiery heroine mistaken identitiesrrant livestock pompadours drunken declarations a touch of smex and nough witty banter to sink a ship NOTE This is a sexy historical romance Recommended for 18 due to adult conten.