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The Runaway Duke

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2004

    Really 4 1/2 Stars

    This was a wonderful book for anyone who claims to love historical romances. It's always wonderful to find a brand new author at their first novel and find that they know their stuff. The book is about Rebecca Tremaine, a woman who gets caught in a compromising position with an insufferable man that was after her sister. Her family is going to force her to marry 'The Bore' and he claims he will 'most likely wish to beat her daily'. In comes the white knight in the form of Connor Riordan, the family groom who Rebecca has known since she was a child. He cannot stand the idea of someone as spirited and honest as Rebecca having to marry a man like Edelston ('The Bore') who will certainly crush her spirit. He agrees to help her runaway and that is when things begin to change between Rebecca and Connor. Connor, on this journey, is unable to hide his true identity, the Duke of Dunbrooke!!! And Rebecca is unable to continue to see Connor as her childhood friend and instead sees him as a man. The humor of Rebecca, a truly admirable heroine, gives the story a wonderful comic relief. She is an outspoken and inquisitive girl who tends to ask the most inappropriate questions that are always throwing our hero off track (we wouldn't want him always having the upper hand, now would we?). And to balance her out, we have Connor, who is about as sexy as hero's come and whether he is saving her from highwaymen or simply loving her for exactly who she is, you will love him. Add that with a vengeful mistress with much to lose, a jilted fiancé, and a band of gypsies with a jealous girl and you get the hilarious, but touching adventure of a lifetime for Connor and Rebecca. Along the way Ms. Long writes scenes of romance and love so sensuous and poignant that you can't help but feel the main characters love growing and turning into something that you can picture them having for the rest of their lives. This is a new author whose next book we will be purchasing on its release date and not a day later!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2004

    fine Regency romance

    In 1815 Waterloo, the chaos of death and destruction leads a wounded Englishman to mutter Roddy to the question who is he is. Everyone concludes he is Roddy Campbell while next to him is the dead future Duke Roarke Blackburn. Once he realized what happened, Roarke fails to correct anyone as he sees this as an avenue to escape from his abusive father. A year later, Roarke goes by the name of Connor Riordan, head groom for Sir Henry Tremaine.<P> In 1820, Lord Anthony Edelston arranges a tryst with Rebecca¿s sister Lorelei. Rebecca follows her sister outside, but Edelston accosts her with kisses just as Henry catches them together. Henry calmly tells Edelston that he now has a fiancée. Over the next week, Edelston visits and bores Rebecca with his trite poetry and conversation. Rebecca tells her confidant Connor that she cannot marry Edelston. He promises to help her escape though he knows that his peaceful five years of living ends with this pledge. As they flee to his aunt¿s home, Connor¿s past will make the trek dangerous for them, but love makes the trip also pleasant for the duo.<P> In her debut novel, Julie Anne Long provides Regency romance readers with two fantastic lead protagonists, but especially interesting is Connor, running from a past that ultimately catches up with him. The support cast provides depth to the story line particularly intriguing is The Rom (Gypsy) moral philosophy of theft. Though the climax seems too soft and the audience never learns what happens to a key tertiary villain, sub-genre fans will want to run away with this delightful pair.<P> Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    A true joy to read

    This is the first book i have read from this author, it wont be the last! The story line is complex and funny at the same time. You are hooked from the very first page until the last. You will not regret investing time in this book,

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  • Posted December 15, 2009

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    Rourke Connor Riordon Blackburn, second son of the Duke of Dunbrooke, is shot at Waterloo and is thought to be dead.

    Rourke keeps his recovery secret to escape the reach of his abusive father, and once back in England he gets a groomsman job for the Tremaine family as the unassuming, hardworking Irishman Connor Riordon. There are all sorts of plot twists (the murder of his brother and attempts on him), and a romantic odyssey when he helps Rebecca Tremaine escape an unwanted marriage. But finally Connor knows it is time to claim his dukedom, his ducal responsibilities, and of course Rebecca. Amusing and lively.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2004

    A Definite MUST Read....

    Excellent tale ... Connor and Rebecca are the perfect foil to each other.. This was one of those books, that one, could NOT put down until completely finished..

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