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When A Duke Says I Do

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

The best Historical Romance I've read this year!

Originally posted at My Cute Bookshelf.

In When a Duke Says I Do, Elsie Stanhope has been betrothed to Lord Hathwaite since a young age. She doesn¿t really love him, but she feels it¿s her duty to marry him. When Elsie meets Alexander, a young and handsome assistant ...
Originally posted at My Cute Bookshelf.

In When a Duke Says I Do, Elsie Stanhope has been betrothed to Lord Hathwaite since a young age. She doesn¿t really love him, but she feels it¿s her duty to marry him. When Elsie meets Alexander, a young and handsome assistant painter who comes to help draw a mural at her home, she feels a connection to him. She¿s been living in pain ever since a childhood event happened, and Alexander brings peace to her mind. It¿s thanks to him that she finally feels alive. However, there is more to Alexander than meets the eye. He¿s had a tortured past and a secret that could hurt Elsie like no other secret could.

This historical novel was like no other I¿d ever read before. I started reading this novel after being in a reading slump, and it was just perfect. I found myself going through it in no time. It was that entertaining. The plot for When a Duke Says I Do was great. I admit that I was expecting something different from what the summary said, but what I found in the book was an even better story. There was a perfect amount of drama in this book, and I felt like it fit well with the plot. The writing was also fitting to the story, it was fun and enjoyable. I enjoyed Goodger's writing style; I thought it was refreshing and different. The pacing was great as well. As I read this book, I needed to know what would happen next and finished the book very fast.

The characters in the story were all great. There was a lot of tension between them, and all their actions were justified. Elsie was a sweet heroine to read about. She was strong enough to know what she wanted. Even though some things were against social convention, Elsie still did what her heart told her instead of her mind. I really enjoyed that. Then there was Alexander. He had gone through a troubled past. This man was tortured but he still kept going on. I loved reading about him; he¿s honestly one of the best heroes I¿ve read about in historical romance. I could relate so much to him. Also, the ¿bad guy¿ in this story was so despicable. I found myself disliking him greatly, which is perfect because that¿s what I was supposed to feel for him.

Overall, When a Duke Says I Do was a refreshing read. It was full of romance, drama and tension. This is the best historical romance novel I¿ve read this year, and nothing has been able to compare. If you¿re into the genre, this is a must read. I loved it and am looking forward to reading more books by Jane Goodger.

posted by Jennie-MyCuteBookshelf on December 1, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Enjoyable Read

Reviewed By~Shannon
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Jane Goodger is an author who is new to me, so I wasn’t sure what to expect with this historical romance. Let me say, I was pleasantly surprised and will now look for other Jane Goodger books to read.

The s...
Reviewed By~Shannon
Review Copy Provided By~Publisher


Jane Goodger is an author who is new to me, so I wasn’t sure what to expect with this historical romance. Let me say, I was pleasantly surprised and will now look for other Jane Goodger books to read.

The story for When A Duke Says I Do revolves around Elizabeth (Elsie) Stanhope and a muralist’s apprentice, Alexander. Elsie, betrothed to the heir to a dukedom, is quite taken with the mute apprentice as she watches him paint her mural. She finds it easy to talk to him and she feels safe since the death of her sister. Even when she discovers that Alexander can in fact talk, she doesn’t make a big deal of it, instead she relishes in the fact that her best friend can now share his story with her. She knows she shouldn’t be trying to get closer to Alexander, but he’s everything she wants and can’t stop herself.

Alexander has had much to talk about for twenty-two years. Saved from an asylum by a friendly doctor and adopted by a muralist who’d lost his family, Alexander has cherished his new life with his adoptive father. But when he meets Elsie, something about her draws out the man he thought was locked away forever. While in another life he may have been the second son to a Duke, in this life he doesn’t feel as if he’s good enough for her. He tries to stay away from her, but always seems to be drawn back.

When A Duke Says I Do is perfect example of why I love historical romance novels. The hero and heroine buck conventional society to do what they feel is right in their hearts. And when things go bad between them, it’s because they are trying to conform to societies rules.

A wonderfully written novel with an emotionally scarred hero who needs our strong, talkative heroine to prove to him that what they have is worth fighting for.

posted by RtBBlog on March 15, 2012

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