Duke Looks Like a Groomsman Audio CD – CD, 1 March 2021
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- ASIN : B08ZDV42L8
- Publisher : Tantor and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (1 March 2021)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8200205660
- Dimensions : 13.21 x 14.48 cm
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About the Author
Valerie Bowman is an award-winning author who writes Regency-set historical romance novels. Her debut novel, Secrets of a Wedding Night, is the first in the Secret Brides series. Bowman has a BA in English language and literature with a minor in history from Smith College. Originally from Rantoul, Illinois, she lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her family, including her rascally rescue dog Roo.
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Hero is annoyingly adolescent and heroine not much better. Silly premise to begin with, 3 Peers pretending to be servants.... The writing style is not my cup of tea I suppose. Everything seemed a little immature from the plot to the prose style. The dialogue between characters is beyond cringe!
This is my second attempt at reading a Valerie Bowman book and I just can't!
Do yourself a favour and read a sample first, and don't rely on the reviews. I am so annoyed as I usually do this and in not doing so I wasted my money grrrrrr.
Top reviews from other countries
Still the writing is good, and the plot is so interesting, that of Lords masquerading as servants. As with the first installment, loose threads dangled all over the place, there was an odd 11th hour scorching ruination, no details on how the betrothal was broken, and only an implied happily ever after. I’m guessing the author is waiting for the third book, but that’s cold comfort. The good news is the release date is only a month away.
The characters are wonderfully talkative and feisty - jabbing at each other even as they are keeping his secret.The previous attraction is still there but nothing can happen until they both come clean about the past.
My biggest complaint about the story is that I would have liked it to go on for a few more chapters. But the Happily Ever After was worth the wait in the end.
In order for an earl to find a woman who likes him for himself, three of these friends will pass themselves off as servants. No one ever actually looks at a servant.
One of the gentlemen will host a house party. Some of the best people will be there. The goal is a wife for the earl, but also there is a large sum of money up for grabs.
Rhys is a duke who is well known for being a gambler and a drunk. The rumor is he is broke because he lost all his money at gaming. All this is not necessarily true. But, Rhys is a man who enjoys winning. He also loves horses, and he is good with them. So, he will become a groom. After all, in the stables he will be less likely to be recognized.
Julianna is a young woman from Rhys’ past. At one time, she thought they were in love. He thought they were in love. Now, both of them think the other is rotten to the core.
She recognizes him, of course. He does a wonderful job as a groom because of his love and knowledge of horses. She attempts to make his life a living hell. He simply ignores most of that.
I liked Julianna. Her entire life has been lived by the rules her parents have provided. She has never been allowed to be herself. Apparently her only value is her beauty. But inside, she is a woman who has ideas and actually can think for herself. Internally, Julianna calls Rhys “Detestable”.
I liked Rhys. He can be a really self involved man. But, he also has a past that was not conducive to him becoming a well rounded man. I liked his humor and his loyalty as well as the fact that he is by nature a very gentle and kind man. He evidently looks terrific without his shirt too.
This is the second in a series. I loved the first book. For me, this one seemed to have a wee bit of too many pages of descriptions and not enough action and developing relationships.
Julianna related beautifully with her sister. In fact, she related to everyone in a kind manner. She and Rhys had that in common. He also related to others in a good way.
They would make a wonderful couple.
The secondary characters added a great deal to the story. Everyone from the other grooms to some of the young ladies invited to the house party added a real texture and charm to the story.
I look forward to the next book in the series.
Ms Bowman writes a good story and creates characters who I like to know.