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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Made the Grade: Dukes of War Series, Book 1

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Paperback - Pages: 203; Kindle Edition - File Size: 4890 KB | Expected Release Date: December 1, 2014 | Publisher: Intrepid Reads | Obtained: NetGalley

"The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower" [Dukes of War Series, Book 1] by Erica Ridley

Authors' Book Description : 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.

Regency-set Historical Romance Novel

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars! Oliver comes home from war to find out his father has died and now he is an Earl of a failing inheritance. Grace (an American) enters into the London "Season" in hopes of gaining a husband who wouldn't miss her and would be nice enough to let her use her dowry in hopes of helping her ailing Mother. They meet, start up a friendship between one another, and realize that nothing more should happen between them. Yet their hearts have other plans...

Okay, even though I agree this novel has some meaningful scenes, a lighthearted flair, and while Oliver (Earl of Carlisle) & Grace throw off plenty of hot attraction, all I could think of after finishing it was, "Oh my that was CUTE!" =0)

I really liked this novel. It made me interested to see what will happen as this series progresses. Oliver & Grace make quite a pair as they fumble through Society hoping to help one another out while hoping for the best. I think what I liked about them the most is their gracious hearts, and how they kept putting those they cared for first. Very well written.

I recommend this novel to those who like fast-paced historical romances!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here : IndieBound (Paperback) : The Viscount's Christmas Temptation (Book 0.5) | IndieBound (Paperback) : The Earl's Defiant Wallflower (Book 1) | IndieBound (Paperback) : The Captain's Bluestocking Mistress (Book 2) | Smashwords (e-Book) : The Viscount's Christmas Temptation (Book 0.5) | Smashwords (e-Book) : The Earl's Defiant Wallflower (Book 1) | Smashwords (e-Book) : The Captain's Bluestocking Mistress (Book 2) | Alibris (Paperback) : The Viscount's Christmas Temptation (Book 0.5) | Kobo (e-Book) : The Earl's Defiant Wallflower (Book 1) | Kobo (e-Book) : The Captain's Bluestocking Mistress (Book 2)

Author's Novel Extras : The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower - Overview & Excerpt | Meet the Hero: Lord Oliver York | Meet the Heroine: Miss Grace Halton | New Release: The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower

Author's Series Extras : Dukes of War Series - Overview | The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation - Overview & Excerpt | The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress - Overview & Excerpt | The Major’s Faux FiancĂ©e - Overview & Excerpt | Join the official Dukes of War Reader Group! | FREE: The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation

Author Book Interview :

Book Teaser(s) :
"I've a better idea. Let's make up something completely untruthful."
The corners of her mouth twitched. "Aha. We'll say I was in my nightrail, brushing my hair in peaceful solitude, when you climbed up to my balcony and---"
"Do you even have a balcony?"
She pursed her lips. "You're not invited upon it, regardless."
He gave her a slow, naughty smile. "No one's ever invited to scale a balcony."
"Some women might be convinced to let you try." Her teasing gaze heated his skin.
"Let's start over," he suggested, rather than consider what the fictional Oliver might do after climbing up her balcony. Answer: everything.
"Why?" Her lips quirked. "Are we not having fun?"
"We're having far too much fun."
"These parties are supposed to be boring?" She lifted an eyebrow.
He gave her a stern nod, well aware his eyes betrayed his humor. "Precisely. You're meant to remark upon the weather, and I upon... the cakes..."
"Good heavens, that is boring," she replied with mock horror. ~ within Chapter 3
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Erica, then please check out her website.

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