Wednesday, July 26, 2017

REVIEW: Blame It On the Duke by Lenora Bell

Blame It on the Duke (The Disgraceful Dukes, #3)
TITLE: Blame It On the Duke
AUTHOR(S): Lenora Bell
SERIES: Disgraceful Dukes #3

GENRE:
Historical Romance
PUBLISHER: Avon
PUBLICATION DATE: April 18, 2017
FORMAT: eARC
SOURCE: Avon Addicts
LENGTH: 384 pages
DATE READ: April 16, 2017

CHARACTER ARCHETYPES: Wallflower Heroine, Tortured Hero
TROPES: Marriage of Convenience, Opposites Attract

RATING: 4 STARS  
SUMMARY:

Have you heard?
The future Duke of Barrington has just been gambled away by his father. To an heiress!
The delicious details thus far...

Nicolas, Lord Hatherly, never intended to marry—nor add to the “mad” Hatherly line—but now he must honor his father’s debt to a social-climbing merchant or lose the family estate.

A notoriously wild marquess, won by her father at a game of cards, is the very last thing Miss Alice Tombs wants. She’s spent the last three seasons repelling suitors in spectacular fashion so she’d be at liberty to explore the world. She’ll just have to drive this one away as well.

Until Nick proposes an utterly tempting arrangement: one summer together to prove the legitimacy of their union, then Alice is free to travel while Nick revels in the time he has left before the Hatherly Madness takes hold.

It will be easy to walk away after a few months of make-believe wedded bliss—won’t it? Alice and Nick are about to find out...one sultry night at a time.

This ought to be fun . . .
MY THOUGHTS: 

Why I Read It...
I liked the first two books in the series and received an advanced copy from Avon via the Avon Addicts Program.

What I Liked...
1. The hero got "gambled away" rather than the heroine.  Nice change of pace.

2. I am a sucker for the marriage of convenience trope so I was sold from the beginning.  I love seeing couples have to navigate the normal issues with marriage along with getting to know one another.

3. The heroine was awesome with her intellect, determination, and kindness.  I found her tactics to sabotage her mother's efforts to get her married off were funny and I understood why she took those steps.

4. I loved the hero's off-kilter servants and his mad, but sweet father.  These side characters helped make the story more entertaining.

5. I appreciated the way the author handled the hero's fear of going insane.  There was a great deal of respect for his father's condition.  I also liked that there was not a guarantee the same thing wouldn't happen to the hero.  It gave the story a more realistic feel.

What I Didn't Like...
1. The plot is pretty packed and got a little too chaotic towards the end.  I wanted the book to concentrate more on Nick and Alice's relationship than the external conflicts.

2. I expected more sexiness especially with the plot point involving the Kama Sutra translation.

Would I Recommend It...
Yes, because I found it to be fun, romantic, and engaging.  I adore Lenora Bell's writing style and I need Lear, Forester, and Patrick's stories now!

BOOKS IN THE SERIES:

How the Duke Was Won (The Disgraceful Dukes, #1) If I Only Had a Duke (The Disgraceful Dukes, #2) Blame It on the Duke (The Disgraceful Dukes, #3)

Monday, July 24, 2017

BOOK TAG: Mid-Year Book Freak Out

A Look at What I’ve Been Reading This Year

I saw that Quinn at Quinn's Book Nook did this tag and, since I'm trying to get back into the habit of blogging again, I thought this would be a great way to showcase what I've been reading since March.

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017

Fullmetal Alchemist (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 9
Fullmetal Alchemist is such an engrossing and poignant series that I have to give the honor to the concluding volumes.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017

Devil in Spring (The Ravenels, #3)
I was a little nervous about this book because of my love for Devil in Winter, but Kleypas did a wonderful job.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband (Rokesbys, #2)
It is very weird to me that I haven't gotten around to reading this yet, but I am on the waiting list at my library so hopefully I'll get it soon.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

Archangel's Viper (Guild Hunter, #10)
I am obsessed with Singh's Guild Hunter series now and cannot wait to see Viper take center stage.


5. Biggest disappointment

Rock Wedding (Rock Kiss, #4)
I liked this, but found the communication issues between the characters to be annoying.  I also never felt like the hero groveled enough to earn the heroine back.

6. Biggest surprise

The Day of the Duchess (Scandal & Scoundrel, #3)
Because of the way the hero treated the heroine in the first book of the series, I wasn't sure if Sarah MacLean would be able to redeem him.  But, she did so in a magnificent way!

7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)

The Soldier's Scoundrel (The Turner Series, #1) The Lawrence Browne Affair (The Turner Series, #2) The Ruin of a Rake (The Turner Series, #3)
I loved all three books in this trilogy and will definitely be on the look-out for more of Cat Sebastian's work in the future.


8. Newest fictional crush 

Managed (VIP, #2)
I am usually not into alpha heroes, but Gabriel Scott's vulnerabilities just worked so well for me.


9. Newest favorite character

Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 1

I love watching Yona transform herself from a spoiled, naive princess to a tough, but gentle woman who is determined to fix her kingdom's problems.

10. Book that made you cry

The Day of the Duchess (Scandal & Scoundrel, #3)
Malcolm and Seraphina's story was very emotional and there definitely were times that I had to put the book down to grab a tissue.

11. Book that made you happy

My Hero Academia, Vol. 1 (My Hero Academia, #1) Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 8 (Ouran High School Host Club, #8)
Both of these series are hilarious and always put a smile on my face.

12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year

Wonder Woman: The Official Movie Novelization
My favorite movie of the year so far!

13. Favorite review you’ve written this year

N/A

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

Devil in Spring (The Ravenels, #3)
A beautiful dress paired with a gorgeous background...what more do I need?

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Allegiance of Honor (Psy-Changeling #15)
I am a little behind in the Psy-Changeling series and need to get caught up.

Into the Fire (Night Prince, #4)
This is the last Night Prince book and, while I'm excited, I also don't want it to end.