Wednesday, February 16, 2011

MAD ABOUT THE DUKE by Elizabeth Boyle

Publisher: Avon
Date published: September 2010
ISBN: 978-0061783500
Historical romance
Reviewed by Valerie
Obtained by publisher

Elinor Sterling has set her hat for a duke and nothing but a duke. She mistakes the Duke of Parkerton as the Duke of Hollingdrake’s man of business and promptly asks him to help with the birth of some puppies. Then she asks him to help her find a duke and gives him a list. A list with two names on and none of them his. He must be going mad as he agrees to help the lady. In fact, he is feeling a bit besotted with her himself. When Elinor meets James Lambert St. Maur Thurston Tremont, the Duke of Parkerton, she’s feeling things she really shouldn’t for such an ordinary man. And that jacket he’s wearing, he really should visit a tailor. Still, she feels he could help her to find the perfect duke for her. Now, if only a duke could make her stomach flutter and her heart beat like it does for St. Maur.

Oh, I did love this book. Elizabeth Boyle gives her readers two very strong and very funny characters who you will love right on the first page. I loved how James stumbled into this rather difficult situation, how Elinor assumed things that were not true and poor James stumbled into even deeper trouble. It was lovely to read how James fell for Elinor as soon as he saw her and how he tried so hard to get his name on her list. And how Elinor explained why he wasn’t. Oh dear, poor James was certainly at his wits end. Ms. Boyle certainly entertains me with these two delightful characters and adds a bevy of secondary characters that will enchant the reader too. I had a smile on my face almost throughout the whole book and a sigh on my lips, when I came to the last page. I can highly recommend this story for all historical romance lovers who like a good dose of humor stirred in.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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