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The Hazards of Hunting a Duke (Desperate Debutantes Series #1)

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  • Posted May 23, 2012

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    If you have ever read a Regency novel before and have any unders

    If you have ever read a Regency novel before and have any understanding of or affection for the period, skip this dreck. It may very well be the worst written, most poorly researched book I've ever read. The plot, if you can call it that, is all over the place. There is no understanding of the social structure and mores of the time. The woman actually has a marquess who didn't inherit the title from his father. Not possible people. Basic primogeniture. Not all black dresses are bombazine. I feel cheated having spent $7.99 on this disaster. Save your money.

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  • Posted June 8, 2011

    Loved, Must Read!

    Wonderful book, reading the next one now. My daughter kept trying to get me to read Julia London for 6 months, sorry it took so long. Don't wait.
    Fun, exciting read!!
    Thanks Julia London,
    Sheila in CO

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2010

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    Very interesting and captivating :)

    A very handsome marquis that sweeps a desperated debutante .At first it was an arrangement but soons blossoms into love. Jared is such a captivating character . He just doesn't know at first that he loves Ava . But he soons to find that she's his everyting and his true love . They're are quite so misunderstandings that they have to go through but they fight throught it all. A playboy at first but a lover at the end . Ava is very adorable in the novel .This book took me a day to finish. I kept turing the page . Very sexy too

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2006

    Predictable

    While readable, mildly entertaining and pleasant, Hazards of Hunting a Duke is very dependent on a long list of cliches.A handsome, daring rebellious hero with a secret, beautiful heroine in distress... The Marquis is, in fact, typical of every romantic hero, to the point that several details (the fact that he fought a duel, and loves women) that are included, have nothing to do with the plot and do nothing for his character at all. One gets the feeling that his long list of character attributes were an attmept to flesh him out but it does the exact opposite and he's little more than a cardboard stand-in. The heroine is little better. Where the book does excel is in acknowledging that the hero and heroine know little about each other. But of course, this is spoiled a bit later on with the discovery of their love, which came too easily and it's difficult to understand why they are in love as the characters don't grow or change. There is no mystery to the plot, as being heavy on romance cliches, there's nothing new to discover and it was easy to guess the outcome within the first fifty pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2006

    Charming and Witty

    It's the London season, 1819 and a sassy young lady meets a handsome rogue. The young Fairchild ladies are attending the balls, not in any hurry to make a match even though Ava is all of twenty-two. The Marquis of Middleton, is being pressured by his father the Duke of Redford to marry a very homely young woman and produce an heir. At one of these fashionable balls, Middleton spots the very lovely Ava Fairchild across the ballroom sitting with her mother's friend. Ava has broken a heel. He asks her to dance. Ava turns him down with no reason why, making a definite impression. Since she can't dance, she chooses to go home. When she leaves it is raining and all the carriages seem to look alike. Ava inadvertently ends up in the carriage of the Marquis. This is both embarrassing and humorous. When she returns home she finds that her mother has taken seriously ill and soon dies. The girls stepfather, Lord Downey inherits their mothers fortune except for a small dowry for each girl. He fires the staff and informs them that he intends to marry them off to the first gentlemen that come around for them at the end of their year of mourning. Ava runs into Middleton and his cronies on the street on her return home from one of her forays to the poorhouse in search of cheap household staff. He flirts with her outrageously, the next day sending a huge bouquet of roses. Ava sets her bonnet for Middleton. His money will save her sister and cousin from an inconvenient and uninspired marriages. As Middleton does not want to marry the woman his father has chosen, he and Ava have an arrangement, a marriage of fortune and convenience for an heir. Unfortunately after they are married, Ava finds herself in love with her husband. Ava and Sally her ladies maid, a reformed harlot set out to make Middleton fall in love with Ava too. Julia London portrays life in London in the 1800's with scintillating passion and humor. An excellent romance!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2006

    Outstanding!

    Our story begins in March, 1819. Lady Ava Fairchild is heartbroken when Aunt Cassandra dies. Then her stepfather, Lord Downey, absconds with the fortune and disappears for a year. Ava, her younger sister, Phoebe, and her cousin, Greer, are left in the cold hands of Downey's sister. No money is left for their care. Their time in Society seems to be over. But Ava soon has enough of it and decides to hunt down the rake Jared Broderick. Jared is the Marquis of Middleton and heir to a dukedom. He would be the ticket to their freedom. ........................ Jared is sick of hearing his father, the current Duke of Redford, harp on about settling down and begetting an heir. To shut him up, Jared chooses Ava. Of course, his father is not happy since he had another lady in mind. After all, Ava has no money at all to bring. Yet Jared does not care. Their marriage would be one of convenience. She would give him an heir and stay out of his life otherwise. In return, he would care for her, her sister, and her cousin. .................. However, Ava soon decides that she does not want a marriage of convenience, she wants passion. So now Ava is out to win her husband's heart, with a bit of help from her unusual maid (former lady of the night). ................... ***** Author, Julia London, takes a realistic situation of the time and turns it into a wonderful romance that will bring a blush to your cheeks and warmth to your heart. Since Ava's maid is a former lady of the night, the bedroom scenes are very steamy. Ava is a very strong heroine that will do anything to help the ones she loves. Her strength and determination is a wonder to behold. The whole plot sounds so simple, yet I found myself unable to put the book down for even the shortest of time. I never got bored or wanted to strangle one of the main characters. No sappy people, well written, and downright enthralling. Highly recommended! *****

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent Regency romance

    In 1819 London, the Marquis of Middleton, heir to the Redford Duchy, loves women and gaming. His father the Duke wants Jared to wed their neighbor Elizabeth Robertson, but he refuses. Instead Jared Broderick prefers to enjoy life with the Widow Miranda Waterstone. Sisters Ava and Phoebe Fairchild and their cousin Greer are best friends. At a ball, Ava¿s heel breaks just before she declines Jared request to dance. He angrily assumes she is cutting him because of his rakish reputation. Ava leaves, but her footman places her in the wrong carriage. Inside is Jared, who kisses and caresses her breasts before she stops him and explains her heel broke. When Ava¿s mother suddenly dies, their stepfather Egbert tells them that since he controls their money they will mourn in poverty while he goes to France to spend time with his lover. When he returns he will marry them to the highest bidder. Greer leaves for Wales to find her uncle and rescue the three of them. --- In 1820, Redford tells Jared to marry Elizabeth or else he will cut him off. Jared considers wedding Miranda, who says they cannot because his dad will cut them off. Jared realizes Miranda loves his title and wealth. He needs an acceptable wife so when he sees Ava he decides she is perfect. Ava thinks the rakish duke is perfect as a husband to help her and her sister. Can this be enough to form a relationship, let alone a loving one? --- Readers will appreciate the first Fairchild¿s Regency romance starring an intriguing lead couple supported by a solid strong secondary cast. The story line is a welcome fun straightforward romance though that also means the lead couple is typical of the sub-genre. Julia London leaves the Highlands for a fine historical romance. --- Harriet Klausner

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