"The Duke's Holiday" [Regency Romp Trilogy, Book 1] by Maggie Fenton (aka Margaret Foxe)
Author's Book Description : The cold, precise Duke of Montford demands things his way: neatly ordered, in place, and adhering closely to the rules. So he is furious when he learns that the tenant of his ducal estate has been dead for a year, and a stranger has been running the Honeywell business—which, by contract, is now Montford’s. When he arrives in Yorkshire to investigate, he discovers that the estate is being run by an unruly, tomboyish woman—and a bluestocking at that!
Fiery redhead Astrid Honeywell is independent and educated. She’s been handling the Honeywell family business for years. And she’s not about to relinquish it to anyone—not even Montford—because of some archaic contract.
Montford and Astrid have an instant hatred for one another…and an undeniable, unspeakable attraction. They must resist this improper desire—after all, Montford has a fiancée in London. But when Astrid’s life is placed in terrible danger, Montford finds he may be willing to risk everything to save her.
NOTE: This is a sexy historical romance. Recommended for 18+ due to adult content.
My Book Review : 4.5 out of 5 stars!! The Duke of Montford (Montford, Monty, Cyril) received his title at the age of four after a tragic, and traumatizing, carriage accident that killed his parents. Because of that he has grown accustomed to things being a certain way (now he has major OCD) and receiving instant respect or at least subservience from his peers and lesser. However, with his nuptials upcoming, to a woman he chose for her good breeding, he wants all of his loose ends finished. Therefore, when he finds out that his “enemy” Mr. Honeywell has been dead for the past year, which means their families’ 200-year-old contract is now null and void; Montford plans to find out what is going on with the property/brewery that he owns because of that contract. Yet, he never expected to be so vexed, attracted, and turned around by a fiery redhead who is determined to keep things run her way no matter what.
This novel is a RIOT!! Intriguing, silly, steamy, and with many plot twists … you’ll be addicted from the first page. I could not get enough of this novel and its quirky characters. Watching them fall off their own personal pedestals is quite hilarious.
This is one hot and steamy historical romance I won’t call it an erotic romance because they only officially “hooked up” at the very end of the novel, yet with their fiery personalities it was HOT the whole way through. Both Montford and Astrid rose into their stations at early ages, which made them set in their ways and common enemies through a longtime family feud. They are one combustible couple that unintentionally flirts by fighting each other every step of the way. It was so thrilling to watch them fight their passions and unknown hearts’ desire from beginning to end.
While I LOVED this novel and it’s ending, I wish there wasn’t the loose ends that there were. Like what happened to/about Mr. Lightfoot and Charlie? Did Lady Katherine really keep Petunia as a pet? Also, while I appreciated Montford’s seductive ways, I wanted an epilogue about Montford and Astrid. So, since there wasn’t an epilogue I hope Virtuous Scoundrel (Book 2) starts where this one left off or at least not far behind at all possible.
I HIGHLY recommend this novel and series to those looking for a spicy historical romance!!
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Author's Novel Extras : Best Review Ever! | More bragging about The Duke’s Holiday | Audie Award Finalist!-The Duke’s Holiday
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Book Teaser(s) :
Astrid often wondered how in the hell women had allowed men to rule the world. ~ within Chapter 1 - titled 'IN WHICH THE DUKE RECEIVES UNSETTLING NEWS'
"You, sir, are no gentleman," she said in a breathless rush.
"You, madam, are no lady," he retorted in kind. ~ within Chapter 5 - titled 'IN WHICH THE DUKE ENJOY'S RYLESTONE HALL'S AMENITIES'
Someone really must pass a law forbidding herself and the Duke of Montford from coming within a hundred miles of each other. They made fools out of each other. ~ within Chapter 14 - titled 'IN WHICH THE DUKE'S HOLIDAY IS EXTENDED'
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