The Earl's Defiant Wallflower
Book 2, Dukes of War
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Enjoy another witty, emotional book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Erica Ridley’s fan-favorite Dukes of War regency romance series!
Oliver York returns from war to find his father dead, his finances in arrears, and himself the new Earl of Carlisle. If he doesn't marry an heiress—and fast!—he and his tenants are going to be pitching tents down by the Thames. He definitely shouldn't be trading kisses with a penniless debutante... no matter how captivating she is!
Miss Grace Halton is in England just long enough to satisfy the terms of her dowry. But a marriage of convenience isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. Back in America, her ailing mother needs medicine only Grace’s dowry can afford. Which means the dashing earl she can't get out of her mind is the one man she can't let into her heart.
the quick ending left me wanting just a bit more
An interesting first full-length novel in the Dukes of War series, I loved the prequel to this series and had high hopes that Erica Ridley could deliver a full-length romance with all the bells and whistles. For the most part, the story was engaging and intriguing, mixing in elements that readers can enjoy, even if there are hiccups.
Oliver returns from the war to find himself now the Earl of Carlisle, and with it the enormous debt incurred by his father. Struggling to take his place in society again after the tumult of war, Oliver knows that his only option is to marry a woman with a hefty dowry, to avoid bankruptcy and the loss of his title and lands.
Oliver was not a difficult character to like: his determination to rest his lands from debt even as he is struggling with the aftermath of his return to polite company. The war has left him with scars, few are physical, and the sudden change of venue doesn’t help with the trauma. It was hard not to feel for his losses and occasional moments of depression, but his resolve and desire to find the ‘right’ wife, not just any with a dowry was commendable.
Grace is an American, born in Philadelphia to an English mother in ill health, and she is desperate to secure the means to take care of her mother. Marriage is the most logical option, but Grace must find an Englishman that her grandparents approve of to secure her dowry. In London for the season, Grace is ostracized by the other women: while Americans marrying titled men is not unusual at this time, Grace’s status and lack of apparent family concern to provide her with introduction and proper chaperones leave her one step removed from the properly presented girls. Add to that her plain ways of speaking, her “American-ness” and the rumors of an unsecured dowry, and Grace’s suitors are many, but few have good intentions.
When Oliver is able to secure Grace’s acceptance for a waltz, he is instantly enamored, even as she is not what he needs at the moment. These two are so sweet together, well matched in their realization and willingness to sacrifice for the greater good, as well as their loyalties. And, Grace is not a simpering miss: she is intelligent and, to the dismay and ridicule of many of the other girls in the marriage mart, unafraid of speaking her mind. Theirs was more of a two halves of the same coin relationship, they could speak honestly and openly and be understood: with no great burning passion, their connection felt very solid and real.
And when they finally step into the fray and marry, I had hoped to see some sort of time for them to work out ways to work out the overwhelming issues: Grace’s determination to return to Philadelphia to care for her mother and Oliver’s need to pay down the debts. But, in what has to be the quickest and most abrupt wrap up ever, the two issues are sorted with one person’s change of opinion and the story ends. Without those all too convenient solutions, this story would have developed more depth and provided readers with an opportunity to enjoy the two as a couple working to solve issues, instead I feel a bit disappointed in how things ended.
While this was a lovely story that provided a slow but steady development of the characters as they came to know and love one another, the quick ending left me wanting just a bit more. All in all a sweet romance that had many qualities to recommend it, even as the ending felt convenient.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Lord Oliver York, the new Earl of Carlisle is looking for a bride with a dowry so he can settle the debts owed for his estate and take care of his people. Grace Halton needs to find a groom quick so she can get her dowry and return to America and her sick mother.
Two people in dire need of money and an unexpected meeting at a ball. He wants to help her and be her knight in shining armor. She also wants to help him but doesn't feel like she could marry him and leave like she has planned. Throw in some mean grandparents and let the fun begin.
I really enjoyed this story. I could share and understand the feelings of both characters. Ms. Ridley did a excellent job with this story and I can't wait to read the next one.
I really enjoy this series
I really like Ms. Erica Ridley's writing is humorous, creative and imaginative. I'm a "HUGE FAN of Historical Romance I have been reading Historical Romance for over twenty years, I'm a good judge of this type of genre. I intend to add this author to Favorite list, that means I will buy her books just by title. Oliver is handsome, moody, protective and just thing you would want in a war hero. The book starts with Oliver is just home from the war, he finds that his father had died in his mistress bed, Oliver prepares to inherit the earldom, but he has no intention to bear the Ton alone he intents to bring his friend Captain Xavier Grey along in the hope of helping his friend as well as his self.
Grace is a strong heroine who has just arrived in England from America. But the starry eyed girl has no idea that the prejudice would be so buried deep inside, but she is determine to do what she came to do which is to marry a rich husband and claim her dowry to buy medicine for her mother so that her mother could travel to England. The romance is beleiveable and story moves at a good pace.
This author will have you glued from the prologue to the end of the book, she pulls you into the world of her characters all the way to the end. I fell in love with all of her characters the more I read the more I wanted to keep reading, so will you as you read her book. This is the first book I read of this author's but it won't be the last. This is the kind of book that I shall and you will want to read on a gloomy cold and wet Sunday afternoon just when you want to let in a little sunshine to brighten up the day inside at least. This is the kind of book I would recommend if you want to read a MARVELOUS BOOK THAT YOU CAN'T PUT DOWN!!! I also recommend this to ALL OF THOSE FANS THAT needs a fix for their ADDICTION OF HISTORICAL ROMANCE BOOKS !!!!
- Category: Historical
- Published: Dec 01, 2014
- Publisher: Intrepid Reads
- Seller: WebMotion Inc
- Print Length: 250 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 2, Dukes of War