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MAD ABOUT THE DUKE
ELIZABETH BOYLE
ISBN #978-0-06-178350-0
October 2010
Avon
www.harpercollins.com
Mass Market Paperback
$7.99
384 Pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Elinor, Lady Standon, is one of the infamous “Standon Widows”. She has no real wish to remarry as her husband was an out and out rotter. She dearly loves her half sister Tia and will do anything to protect her.

James, the Duke of Parkerton, is the epitome of what people expect in a duke. He is tall, handsome, imposing, arrogant, and utterly sure that his actions are always correct. The “Mad Tremont” gene seems to have bypassed him entirely.

Elinor must marry someone extremely powerful; preferably a duke, to save her sister from the machinations of her stepfather. Lord Lewis sold her in marriage and she has no wish that Tia suffer what she did. She mistakes the Duke of Parkerton for the solicitor she hired; on this day looking nothing like a duke with his black eye and disreputable coat. Some of the madness in his family came to the fore that day, because he finds himself agreeing to help the beauty find her duke, even though he is not on her “list”.

At first I thought that I was going to be reading yet another run of the mill mistaken identity themed historical romance, but I was so wrong. The plot is not predictable and the situations in which couple find themselves range from humorous to suspenseful. The characters are well drawn and so vivid I almost expected them to walk off the page. I loved reading about James the stuffy duke finally becoming human. He has been so perfect his whole life that his shortcomings are both endearing and humorous. His staff and their reaction to the changes are particularly funny. Elinor and James’ story is an original and entertaining story that fans of this genre will love as much as I did.

Maura
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