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A Baron for Becky by [Knight, Jude]
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Becky is the envy of the courtesans of the demi-monde - the indulged mistress of the wealthy and charismatic Marquis of Aldridge. But she dreams of a normal life; one in which her daughter can have a future that does not depend on beauty, sex, and the whims of a man.

Finding herself with child, she hesitates to tell Aldridge. Will he cast her off, send her away, or keep her and condemn another child to this uncertain shadow world?

The devil-may-care face Hugh shows to the world hides a desperate sorrow; a sorrow he tries to drown with drink and riotous living. His years at war haunt him, but even more, he doesn't want to think about the illness that robbed him of the ability to father a son. When he dies, his barony will die with him. His title will fall into abeyance, and his estate will be scooped up by the Crown.

When Aldridge surprises them both with a daring proposition, they do not expect love to be part of the bargain.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1264 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0473327252
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #190,665 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally Rich, Highly Original 5 August 2015
By Carol Roddy - Published on
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Jude Knight’s stories present deeply grounded, well-rounded characters in abundance. Her plots are also carefully crafted and often take turns readers don’t expect. A Baron for Becky is no exception. When the Marquis of Aldridge first encounters Becky Winstanley the reader will be forgiven for assuming she has met the hero. But wait! Isn’t it Becky supposed to meet a baron? She is indeed, and Knight has taken the very unusual step of introducing a secondary character in a strong, even dominant, role at the beginning of the story. The hero slips in later and isn’t obvious at first.

Becky is known professionally as “The Rose of Frampton” is a highly successful courtesan who is the envy of the demi-monde (and half the married women in London) for having captured the charismatic Marquis. At heart, however, she seeks freedom from a life she didn’t choose, a normal life for herself and her daughter. When Hugh, Baron Overton, appears he is far from the stuff of dreams. How the two of them find first partnership and then love is complex, fraught with difficulty, and unexpected turns. Therein lies an emotionally rich story with a deeply satisfying ending.

Knight pulls no emotional punches. In lieu of the graphic sexual descriptions that pass for feeling in many books, she gives us instead the raw emotional interactions of three flawed people. She also manages to save Aldridge as a hero for another day. How on earth will she redeem him?

I had the good fortune to receive an advance reader copy of this book.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Mixed Feelings On This Book 12 August 2015
By Judge Tabor - Published on
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This was most definitely not your run of the mill regency. Although there were definitely some parts of the storyline that were interesting, if not totally enjoyable to read, I was a bit overwhelmed with what I felt was a focus on the debauchery of the two main gentlemen in the story. In fact "gentlemen" might not be the word I would use.

Aldridge was such a great guy on the one hand. However, he was most definitely a user of women to the extreme. Yes, he paid them well but some were wives and it was simply too much for me. In fact his strengths were weighed in the balance against his weaknesses and the weaknesses were much heavier. So, that pretty much hindered my enjoyment of the book. Then, the contest he and our other main guy, Hugh, involved themselves in was simply the icing on the cake.

Becky, our heroine, was not a "light skirt" by choice. In fact, she was the only admirable person in the book with the exception of some minor characters. Much of the storyline was unbelievable due to the fact she was accepted into the home of some lords and ladies who knew what she did for a living, seemingly without prejudice. Aldridge's mother's attitude towards her, although admirable, was also fairly unbelievable.

At some point, I suppose we are to expect the rest of Aldridge's story - the man who has fathered illegitimate children all around town, albeit being "kind" and "responsible" enough to place all his offspring and the women who bore them with other men. Yes, that sounds like the type of man I am looking forward to continue reading about - not!! In fact I nearly quit reading this book one third of the way in, but decided to forge ahead.

I enjoyed the fact that Becky found true love. She certainly deserved it. When she explained how she came to be in the business she was in, it was heartrending. I loved the way the author got the point across of where the greater responsibility lay for the downfall of many women and how Becky set Hugh on his ears. Yes, that part of the book was great but not sure I would ever read another book by this author. I just found it somewhat of a downer and I need lighthearted fare with lots of warmth.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare treat for the Regency-era romance fans 8 August 2015
By Penny Black - Published on
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It's been a while since I've read such a well-written novel with compelling characters and original plotline as this one. I did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did, given the unusual premise of the story. But, this was one of those rare cases when the author's taking a risk resulted in a surprise windfall... for me as a reader.

At its core, the story is a love triangle with two heroes: the marquis, who plays a critical role in the heroine's life in the beginning, and the baron, who comes on the scene in the later part of the book. After reading the description, I expected the first to be something of a villain. Out of context, I found the idea of his getting his mistress pregnant and then foisting her on his friend vaguely distasteful. But, as the tale unfolded, the relationship between the heroine and the marquis was put into perspective, highlighting the reasons why they had no future together and why the baron was able to offer her the life the marquis never could.

To make this plot work, it needed a truly remarkable heroine. Had she been less deserving of respect and admiration, all the heroes' efforts would have fallen sadly flat. But, any doubts I might have had about her character were dispelled after her backstory was revealed. She made the best of the hand she was dealt and did so with as much dignity and grace as was possible under the unfortunate circumstances. And, I could not have been more pleased with the way her relationship with the baron evolved. Given it had not all been smooth sailing, their working out the difficulties had me convinced that their happy marriage would stand the test of time.

I strongly recommend this book to all Regency-era romance fans. Jude Knight has a firm grasp of the period and imbues the narrative with just the right details to create the atmosphere without inundating it with minutiae. I'm really looking forward to her future books, particularly the story in which the marquis will get to be the hero to the end.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written and intelligent 7 August 2015
By Anna B - Published on
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Writing intelligent Regency romances requires a number of things: first of all, the writer must know the period in great detail, so as to casually insert period-markers ; secondly, it helps if there is a plot beyond that of girl meets boy, boy and girl fall out, girl and boy make up – some sort of complex backstory helps; thirdly, the characters must rise above the caricature of rake and feisty damsel; fourthly, it helps if the author can write pacy dialogue and precise prose so as to combine descriptions that sweep us into the past with characters we actually believe in.

In A Baron for Becky, Ms Knight gets all of the above right. Yes, we have a rake, a deliciously handsome rake with a prickly sense of honour and a heart far bigger than he wants to admit to. We have a complex social structure that prohibits said rake from following his heart – a future duke must marry an unblemished young lady. We have pretty Becky a.k.a. Rose, attempting to overcome a dark past so as to create a better future for herself. There is also an embittered young man, crushed every which way by life, an absolutely lovable Duchess (the rake gets his charm from his mama, that is for sure), and a couple of endearing children.

Further to this, Ms Knight is an accomplished writer, who delivers charming dialogue, casual descriptions and a well-polished prose. Regency London is presented in sufficient detail to give the story the backdrop it requires, and the ton, as in most Regencies, is deliciously hypocritical and full of sin. All in all, this combines to make A Baron for Becky a most enjoyable read!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful and thought provoking, wonderful story! 6 August 2015
By The Ardent Reader - Published on
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Let me say, Love love love! I absolutely ate this story up! I only put it down to eat dinner! Lol, I ate lunch reading. I adored this book. Though short, at 157 pages, there is an entire story here. Not just a short thought.

Becky, also known as "The Rose of Frampton," poor dear, was put through so much! I literally teared up at one point in the book. Starting out as the book did was a great way to introduce characters that would play a role in the story. A man passed out in a garden house, a woman in desperate need of escape!
Her rescuer is a sensible man, though he has lived the life of a rake, he is kind. which is shocking to her. Becky has been tossed around like a possession most of her life. But Aldridge takes her and her daughter in and treats them both well. Keeping the details of their relationship away from the daughter. Aldridge's friend Hugh Overton is a rake of the first order! He has no direction since his wife and child passed and only his 2 step-daughters to worry about. Aldridge comes up with an idea that may benefit everyone. We will just have to see if the people most affected by the plan agree!
There are characters to despise in this book, and characters you feel for. A true emotional romp.I love the way Jude Knight writes. You can almost see some of the settings and room decor that is described. I also appreciated the " cleanliness" of the story. Usually, a story of a kept woman gets fairly dirty. But I was happy it did not.
I must say, the author has given us another beautiful story!
The only thing I would wish for was more of Aldridge's story!