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  • 01/2019
  • 9781943794201 B07J9J38JY
  • 200 pages
  • $3.99
Never Say Duke
Erica Ridley, author
Miss Virginia Underwood cannot resist rescuing a stray. Her latest find turns out to be a surly, reclusive war hero trying to recover from his wounds in peace. He doesn't want her help—and Virginia definitely doesn't want to fall in love. Not when a future with him would mean returning to the the same haut ton who laughed her out of Town during her very first Season. Theodore O’Hanlon, Viscount Ormondton, sequestered himself far from London to heal in anonymity. For now, he can be himself. As soon as he returns, he's meant to wed the woman his father selected years before. But when Miss Underwood turns his carefully mapped life upside-down, Theo must decide which battles are truly worth fighting for.

Quarter Finalist

Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 9.75 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: This historical romance’s plot moves quickly but still hits each plot point at an enjoyable pace. The distinct predicaments of the main characters--especially the heroine’s struggle with autism--give the story an emotional weight that mixes perfectly with the threads of humor and romance.

Prose/Style: This novel’s prose has it all: strong dialogue, engaging description, charming humor, and swoon-worthy romance. The English dialect particular to the Regency Era adds a realistic flavor, without being too dense to be understood.

Originality: Two thoroughly compelling main characters with their own unique complexities grow as individuals as their emotional connection deepens from caretaker/patient to romantic couple. The romance is sweet, inspirational, romantic, and resonant, elevating this story above other historical romances.

Character Development: Theodore, the hero, is an engaging example of the brooding alpha male. His personality is never overbearing and, given his unique predicament, evolves in a reasonable way. The heroine, Miss Virginia, is the star. Her autism is explored realistically and with care, creating a truly unique character and story.

Blurb: Never Say Duke enthralls with an enamoring romance between a damaged hero who quickly realizes the strong-willed, resourceful heroine is exactly the balm he needs. This novel charms with romance, humor, inspiration, and heart.

Date Submitted: May 30, 2020

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 01/2019
  • 9781943794201 B07J9J38JY
  • 200 pages
  • $3.99

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