BOOK READ The Duke's Holiday AUTHOR Maggie Fenton – propertyfeedslive.co.uk
Maggie Fenton ↠ 9 Read & DownloadTives And while the duke lets go of starchy cravats and perfectly aligned snuffboxes in order to fall in love with the heroine and finally see beauty in chaos and mayhem too I the reader fell in love both with the characters and a little bit with the idea of love all over againA contended inheritance consisting of a crumbling Yorkshire castle with attached brewery and a centuries old family feud prompt the Duke of Montford of the many embarrassing names and the most fastidious nature by his own admission To Take The Great take the Great Road Those detestable Honeywells are as sual A Day in the Budwig Diet up to something fishy and it s time once and for all to make themnderstand who s going to call the shots from now on Leaving his rigidly organized life and a fianc e of convenience behind he sets himself on resolving the plaguing situation in the span of a blitz like holiday to return as soon as possible to what he thinks he needs most But on arriving at destination what his mind refuses to acknowledge at first his heart recognizes at once that strange as it may be his salvation from eternal nhappiness has the semblances of a giant male pig named Petunia a pre 1789 Versailles dotty aunt with dead poodle like wigs vile plebeian swills messy libraries
rumpled clothes and above all Miss Astrid Honeywell s mismatched eyes one brown and one blueclothes and above all Miss Astrid Honeywell s mismatched eyes one brown and one blue earth the sky and everything in betweenCheck your historical accuracy radar at the door get in the right mood and enjoy the ride Pedantic tantrums would be out of place here and ite pointless This is one of those cases where the author shows the rare ability to not taking the story too seriously without losing an iota of intelligent humour A irky and smart narrative that doesn t know dull moments a smoothly ticking comical pace spontaneous sensuality and bubbly banters complete the picture Yes the language is often anachronistic Yes most of the characters behaviours are implausible for the time period Yes the details of the historical setting verge on the wallpaper ish end of the spectrum And yet and yet the author has nailed a important aspect I think which ascribes to the roots of the Regency genre itself if the form is modern in tone style and content that typical essential and magical bond between romanticism and farce is there and it makes for a totally enjoyable rompImpatiently waiting the next in the series This was my recommended read for September s TBR Challenge entry It s a very long review so be warned But many of my friends here really loved this book and I didn t so Eal away all she has worked for because of some antiuated contract between their families So when the priggish Duke comes to call she does everything in her power including setting the family pig on him to drive him away She didn't expect him to be so well infuriatingly attractive Every time he scowls at her she has the most improper desire to kiss him and a whole lot Montford can't decide whether to strangle Astrid or seduce her The one thing he knows for a fact is that he must resist his powerful attraction for her at all costs He has. Sorry Call me a wet blanket but I m probably not going to finish this book Not liking the heroine Astrid Not too crazy finish this book Not liking the heroine Astrid Not too crazy the Duke either Definitely not my kind of comedy Slapstick Petunia the pig got too much coverage already at only 25% into the book DNF 32%I hate to stop but it wasn t turning around for me I think I was put off by the very beginning where the Duke hates his name Cyril Algenon It seemed too much of a modern sensibility I would have nderstood if his name was common like Joe or Bob but it wasn t I basically stopped when the dislike of his name became a relavent plot point with a horse named Cyril It was just too much I think it was trying to be too funny or too many types of funny Like the Three Stooges and the Importance of Being Earnest rolled into oneThe heroine was a pathological liar and I didn t warm to her She insisted on lying when the truth clearly would serve better The Duke was too stiff and boring I could have eventually liked him maybe but it s doubtfulI dunno maybe I wasn t in the mood but I tried nsuccessfully twice and that s plenty 4 got me in a happy mood STARS The perfect novel to make you smile and fall in love JUST PERFECTYou ever feel like escaping those intense or dark reads Well this is the read for you It was absolutely hysterical It made me smile chuckle and at times had me on the floor rolling around Trust me this novel will put the whammy on youThis was a brilliant historical romantic comedy Mix in a spirited and strong willed Astrid Honeywell And An Attractive Duke Montford Honeywell and an attractive Duke Montford has no idea what he is getting into and you will instantly love this readAstrid and Montford suited each other so well it was a match made in heaven When someone can handle a whole lot of crazy the chemistry is definitely alive He couldn t be near her She made him do crazy things You wouldn t believe half the craziness that goes in this novel It will catch you so naware you will double over in laughterThis novel sure lived p to its sexiness in all ways possible I definitely recommend this to any reader of any genre Superb ARC kindly provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review 4 Stars just some polishing on the writing and we re there straight to the moon and beyond Paraphrasing the introductions each chapter begins with this charming and endearing romance could have been titled In which the Duke discovers that True Love thrives on Imperfectionsor In which the Duke discovers that True Love thrives on Imperfectionsor which the Duke discovers that through allowing some asymmetries life and the world might show nicer perspec. Book One in The Regency Romp Trilogy The Duke of Montford cold precise and powerful than the Prince Regent himself wants things the way he wants them cross referenced indexed and at his beck and call And he always gets what he wants Until he meets Astrid Honeywell And a giant pig And a crooked castle in the middle of Yorkshire Astrid Honeywell staunch bluestocking has struggled for years to keep her family together by running the estate and family brewery after her father's death She is not about to let the tyrannical Duke of Montford st. Felt compelled to go into detail about why it didn t work for meAs I was writing the review I revised my grade so I m going with a D25 starsThe Duke s Holiday is a light hearted romp the cover even boasts that it s part of the author s Regency Romp series just in case I hadn t realised in which a very handsome very rich very proper very aloof and very lonely duke although he doesn t actually admit the lonely part of course has his comfortable and orderly existence completely overturned when he travels to Yorkshire in order to investigate the goings on at one of his properties thereCyril Duke of Montford and yes he s been given a very n romantic hero like name on purpose likes everything to be Just So His pens like name on purpose likes everything to be Just So His pens to be lined p in a certain way his boot pens have to be lined p in a certain way his boot must face one way and not another and at meals no food on his plate can be allowed to touch another food The book synopsis indicates he has OCD and clearly this is what the author is getting at but at the risk of being a party pooper I Do I Owe You Money? The Collected Memoirs of Ian Mosley used to know someone with OCD and it wasn tite like thatBut anyway Dramatic licenseThe duke dislikes travelling immensely but circumstances conspire to force him to travel to Rylestone in Yorkshire an estate he owns but which has been inhabited for the last two hundred years by the Honeywell family whose principal occupation is the manufacture of the popular and rather splendid Honeywell Ale There is some kind of family feud dating back a couple of centuries too which I imagine is supposed to prime the reader for the ensuing conflictThe story is a simple one Astrid wants to get rid of the duke as soon as possible He is immediately aware that all is not as it should be and wants to know what S Going On Astrid Tries To Pull going on Astrid tries to pull wool over his eyes several times and discovers he s much canny than she d given him credit for And all the while the pair are fighting a reluctant attraction The author manages that part of the story ite well the sexual tension bubbles along nicely although the sex scenes themselves are nothing special view spoilerSeriously what is it with sex scenes on horseback Or in this case a not ite sex scene on horseback Okay so let s be blunt here a scene involving mutual masturbation in which the hero comes in his trousers the moist warmth seeps through his breeches on horseback I presume the entire point of that was because the author thought it would be funny to have him fall off the horse because as in the way of all men he falls asleep after having an orgasmEr no it isn t hide spoile. A very proper very demure fiancée waiting for him back in London after all But when Astrid is kidnapped by a disgruntled suitor and whisked off to Gretna Green Montford will do anything to get her back Will these two drive each other to Bedlam or can they make it to the altar without killing each other Includes an OCD Duke a fiery heroine mistaken identities errant livestock pompadours drunken declarations a touch of smex and enough witty banter to sink a ship NOTE This is a sexy historical romance Recommended for 18 due to adult conten.