Mad About the Duke Mass Market Paperback – 7 December 2010
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- Publisher : Avon US (7 December 2010)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0061783501
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061783500
- Dimensions : 10.64 x 2.44 x 17.15 cm
- Customer Reviews:
"Delightful! A dynamic storyteller with tremendous heart and a wicked sense of humor."--Gaelen Foley
"Lively, delicious fun, Mad About the Duke sparkles with matchmaking, machinations, and mistaken identities. Elizabeth Boyle has a delightful flair for Regency wit and humor."--Nicole Jordan
"Mad about the Duke is a rollicking good romp, filled with mischief and mayhem and delicious characters. Elizabeth Boyle will keep you laughing long after you close the book!"--Sabrina Jeffries
From the Back Cover
madness \mad-nes\ n (14c): the quality or state of being mad: a: rage b: insanity c: extreme folly d: ecstasy, enthusiasm.
And, added in the margins of the dictionary owned by James Tremont, the 9th Duke of Parkerton, one additional definition:
e: the state of finding oneself mistaken for a solicitor by a duke-hunting beauty who needs to be enthusiastically taught the true meaning of love.
Rage, insanity, extreme folly, and ecstasy will most likely be involved.
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As a rule I really enjoy Elizabeth Boyle's books because she rarely uses cookie cutter misses and heroes in her books. Not only that, but she takes time to flesh them out, to give us insight in why they think the way they do, and how they come to enjoy the other's company above others. And she gives the emotions time and room to breathe, her characters have the time to reflect on what it is that is happening to them, and she make us privy to those thoughts. So this book is as worthy as any on the romance bookshelf.
But I thought this one, while having a lot of the elements that I like to find in a book just didn't have that tilt that sometimes makes a book better than the sum of its parts. I didn't enjoy it as much as others in the same series. Maybe I am being difficult, because I did like the hero, I thought the comical plot moved along at a satisfying pace (and it was very well written, you can sense that the details were planned to the best possible effect, the author is definitely talented), and the heroine had a worthy cause.
Somehow I was a little less excited about the heroine who seems overly absentminded that she is very attracted to this man she's barely met, and you'd think that being very attracted to him would also make her observant to the idiosyncrasies that give him away as not a man of business but one step removed from royalty. Of course, without those, there wouldn't have been a book, so allowances must be made in this area. But I found Elinor to be less characterised than usual, we get that she loves dogs and had a disastrous first marriage, and the rest is a little vague.
Also, there isn't as big a peril in the book as there were in previous instances, the denouement could have been handled better, and seemed a little anti-climactic. The conclusion doesn't provide much of an epilogue either.
Still, it is a good book, a good read, but I think it is much less memorable than other books by Ms Boyle.
James is a duke who thought his first wife loved him, and was devastated to find out on her deathbed that she was forced to marry him because he was a duke. He doesn't think he can find a woman who will love him for himself and not because he's a duke. Except that the second Lady Standon captures his heart from the first time he sees her, when she mistakes him for a solicitor and ends up hiring him to help her find a ducal spouse.
Madcap adventures seem to be a specialty of Ms. Boyle's. While there may be some small license taken as to the feisty behavior of the heroines in this series, I love her style so much I can't deprive this book of so much as a star. The characters are likable and well-fleshed-out and the HEA is superb. More, please!
It's fun at times, but the repeated mistaken identity theme gets tedious at times. Plus, the compulsive repeating of a a name or word...in this book MAD this & MAD that can drive one to murder!
The guy and girl are interesting, but not anything you can't put down when reading their story.
Sometimes the interactions appear to be 'as if the author' was full of herself.
You never quite buy into this romance as the character's feelings take leaps from one scene to the other.
The sex is OK, not much of it. The ending leaves you feeling as if the main conflict was not a big deal and could be resolved with a few sentences.
I personally would have gotten rid of all the interfering servants! It's a rather lame & tacky last scene.
Just didn't click with me...but, I've read some really bad ones lately...so...
It's an OK read...