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Summary

Surely something so temptingly wrong can’t be so deliciously right? 

A Runaway Bride....

Bookish, brainy Lady Olympia Hightower should be elated she's marrying the ‘catch' of several London seasons. Her large spendthrift family certainly is! And yet, Olympia finds herself sneaking out the chapel window, in a mad attempt to escape her glorious future as a duchess.

A Duke in Pursuit....

Virtue was never a virtue for Hugh Philemon Ancaster, Seventh Duke of Ripley, but even he can see his duty as best man requires him to recapture the fleeing bride, and return her to the bridegroom. But with every one of Olympia’s clever turns, he’s finding it harder to give her up.

A Matchmakers Dream....

©2017 Loretta Chase (P)2021 W F Howes

Critic reviews

"Overflowing with Chase’s signature wit and laugh-out-loud humor.” (Romantic Times)

"One of the finest romance authors of all time." (Julia Quinn)

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Disappointing

I have a few of her other books so I knew what to expect in terms of historical accuracy when it comes to events, language or customs. Her books are usually light entertaining fluff, and they help my mind relax when I'm not in the mood to think about anything heavy. So I think my expectations are fairly realistic and I can ignore a fair few faults in the story line or the characters, as long as there some redeeming qualities there.

But the trouble with this book is that I couldn't find much to like about the two main protagonists, Olivia especially. She was a coward, and a hypocrite, and incredibly selfish from the beginning to the end. I can honestly say I haven't found one thing to like about her. Ripley wasn't much better but as least he showed he had some remorse about hurting his friend. Cheating is not something that I condone in real life so maybe I'm subjective, but I can't warm up much to characters who not only cheat, but do so with their fiancé's best friend/said best friend's fiancée. And the whole thing doesn't even make sense, she's running away from her wedding with a wastrel only to sleep with his friend who, is not only a wastrel, but a cheat as well. Smart move there lady. And Ripley, cheating on his life long friend for a woman he practically met a few hours before? Who needs enemies when they have friends like these right?

But the worst thing was the way everyone was blaming Ashmond for what happened. He gets jilted at the altar, his best friend runs away with his fiancée, he is publicly humiliated, yet it's his fault because Olivia couldn't find her spine if she looked for it with a magnifying glass?

In short, the whole plot had more holes in it than my colander and the main characters were unlikeable and had no redeeming qualities (with the exception of Ashmond, who had more honour in his pinkie than the other two put together). The only saving grace here is the narrator, who did a wonderful job and made the book bearable.







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A complete romantic romp

A rarity in that the narrator matched the exquisite humour and romance of an excellently written tale with utterly likeable character.

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Delightful

Thoroughly enjoyed this delightful story. First time I have read anything by this author, I will certainly read more. My only gripe is with the fact that Americans seem to have lost the words ‘fits’ and ‘fitted’ and replaced them with ‘fit’ an occurrence that grates dreadfully on my ears, especially when the book is narrated in an English accent.

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Really enjoyable

I loved the hero and heroine and their banter. Good story very well narrated. Worth keeping.

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Brilliant!

Great story, well written with a fast moving plot, I couldn't wait to get to the end! It reminded me of a Georgette Heyer novel - a Recency classic at it's best!!!!

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Laughter lines

Fabulous fabulous I laughed so many times I had to keep turning back ! Narrated brilliantly can’t wait to listen to the following books

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