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Along Came a Duke (Rhymes with Love Series #1)

Along Came a Duke (Rhymes with Love Series #1)

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by Elizabeth Boyle

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“Wit, passion, and adventure, Elizabeth Boyle has it all!”
—Julia Quinn

New York Times bestselling RITA® Award winner Elizabeth Boyle is a wonder, and with Along Came a Duke—the first book in her delectable Rhymes with Love series based on well-known nursery rhymes—she proves once more that no one writes


“Wit, passion, and adventure, Elizabeth Boyle has it all!”
—Julia Quinn

New York Times bestselling RITA® Award winner Elizabeth Boyle is a wonder, and with Along Came a Duke—the first book in her delectable Rhymes with Love series based on well-known nursery rhymes—she proves once more that no one writes wittier, more endearing and original historical romance. Returning once more to England during the colorful Regency Era, Boyle transports readers to the small town of Kempton, where a local curse prevents the female residents from wedding—a fact that cannot deter a plucky young heiress who needs to marry to inherit her fortune, as she strikes out for London to wed a rakish and unsuspecting duke. Funny, touching, and wonderfully sensuous, Along Came a Duke is a prime example of the exceptional romantic magic that puts Elizabeth Boyle in the same master class as Lisa Kleypas and Christina Dodd.

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Publishers Weekly
Boyle (Mad About the Duke) launches the Rhymes with Love Regency series with this delightful Cinderella story. The duke of Preston is the worst sort of rake, ruining young men with reckless wagers and seducing innocent misses during parties. Tabitha Timmons is an orphan who lives with her aunt and uncle and works her fingers to the bone as a scullery maid. A sensible girl who speaks her mind, she immediately pegs Preston as a ne’er-do-well. It takes a late-night dinner and an impromptu dancing lesson for her to sense hints of Prince Charming. Tabitha may be naive about many things, but she is resourceful and practical when it comes to saving herself from greedy relatives interested in her inheritance. Preston is amazingly obtuse about his feelings, but endearing in his efforts to make Tabitha happy. Readers will cheer them all the way to happily-ever-after. Agent: Karen Solem, Spencerhill Associates. (June)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Rhymes with Love Series , #1
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4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Boyle has always loved romance and now lives it each and every day by writing adventurous and passionate stories that readers from all around the world have described as “page-turners.” Since her first book was published, she’s seen her romances become New York Times and USA Today bestsellers and has won the RWA RITA® and the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Awards. She resides in Seattle with her family, her garden, and her always-growing collection of yarn. Readers can visit her at www.elizabethboyle.com, or follow her own adventures on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.  www.avonromance.com www.facebook.com/avonromance 

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Along Came a Duke 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 114 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want to be one of the spinsters of Kempton! Witty, opinionated and outspoken, these women are delightfully spunky characters, who are well developed and very smartly written. I loved every minute of their interactions. I have to say that my favorite character was Mr. Muggins the dog!! I hope to see him and his feather-chasing addiction again! He made me laugh so hard! The romance is also sweet and refreshing, there is an immediate spark between Tabitha and Christopher, the Duke of Preston, and I love the moment she first sets eyes on him! I loved this book the characters are funny and intelligent. Tabitha is a bit of a Cinderella, an orphaned spinster who’s remaining relations are horrible and don’t really want her, so they treat her like an unpaid servant. Christopher begins as bit shallow and a total scapegrace, and yet he’s a completely loveable character who learns to dig a bit deeper within himself; when he realizes that Tabitha is what he never knew he always needed, he becomes completely selfless in his devotion to her. But of course, her horrid family doesn’t approve of him or his reputation and works to tear them apart. This is a thoroughly enjoyable romance and I highly recommend it!!
KS48 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and will definitely buy the next one (#2). The characters were all well developed and came to life on the pages. A great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing!!!!! Once I started I avoided putting it down at all costs. The banter between the characters was hilarious and I found myself laughing out loud on multiple occasions and grinning constantly. The beginning of the story has a cinderella like feel to it, but the author quickly turns it around to be far more interesting than any true cinderella story. I found myself routing for Tabby and Preston the whole way through and I can't wait to read the other books in the series. It's nice knowing so much about her future characters because I have already fallen in love with them and can't wait to see how their stories play out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute read, with truly humorous moments, just uneven writing. Not the best I've ever read, but nowhere near the worst. Definitely worth your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tabitha Timmons is without a doubt the dullest heroine ever. I cannot imagine the most boring country vicar being mildly interested---no less a rake of a Duke. It didn't help that the plot was boring and repetitive. First and last EB book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
drags, expecting more. almost put me to sleep.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. Muggins, the dog was a definite highlight. I had to force , myself to finish this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Book, loved reading it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had hopes for this book, but it was really terrible. Oddly written dialogue, immature, unlikeable characters, and just terrible phrasing. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
did not enjoy it at all. struggled to finish it
JenLS More than 1 year ago
Excruciatingly slow to get started, and it never picked up.  Normally I love a good historical romance, but this was just boring and the characters annoying.  I was ready to strangle Tabitha and Preston's friends.  With friends like that you don't need enemies!  Just a waste of time and money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some humor, some romance, in a pretty far-fetched plot. Plodding at times. Primary characters not altogether believable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable historic romance. The story flowed well, had humor, with just the right amount of drama and endearing romance to keep it interesting. Can't wait for the next story to be told!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute story. Very entertaining
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy this type of romance novel and this one was a good one. A great start to the series. Can't wait for more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable book. I too liked Tabitha's dog as he was good for a laugh. Some of the friends of the main characters were at times annoying even though they thought they were helping. Enjoyed the ending.
Bwitchd3 More than 1 year ago
If you like romance novels, then this is perfect! To be honest, there’s only one sex scene. This story isn’t about heaving bosoms and ripped corsets. It’s about a woman discovering herself and a man opening up to life and love. Boyle’s dialogue is witty and hilarious. This is a book that you can devour in a day. The Rhymes with Love trilogy is about the women of Kempton and is sure to cause quite the scandal in the genre.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Am I seeking perfection in all things or just my love? Tabitha Timmons has been forced to life her life under the very firm hand of her aunt and uncle who see her as a free ride not a loving niece. Tabitha longs for freedom from her country life and dreams of what wonderful things exist outside the confines of this restricted life. Christopher Seldon, The Duke of Preston has no checks nor balances for his life and grabs every day with enthusiasm. Tabitha could not be any further from what he thinks he wants or needs but she is turning out to everything and more than he could have imagined. The only glitch in the plan is that everyone has other arrangements for Tabitha. There is money flowing down to her that seems to have be diverted to a man she doesn’t like, a family she does not want to be part of, and society that does nothing but demean her. The magic of the kiss, the romance of the moment, and the twist of every turn is what Elizabeth Boyle excels at with each book she writes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The heroine is a bright, witty and lovable spinster turned heiress. The chance meeting with a duke and case of mistaken identity at the beginning of the book sets readers up for an entertaining read. Humorous, inventive and an eclectic cast of characters that leave the reader with anticipation for the next book. Elizabeth Boyle doesn't disappoint!
Kat62SC More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters and the story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a fun sweet read. Great book!
vanessasgram More than 1 year ago
I have read several books that "left me hungry" at the end but this one was really good. I enjoyed it from begining to end and the Characters were so great--Tabitha was really more of a Tabby then anyone knew and Christopher Duke of Preston was a great hero with all that you'd want. The story builds and family relations are so defined and the people are so detailed that "you know them"! This was a very enjoyable book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually love elizabeth boyle books. This one i couldnt get into. Did not even finish
JRoss82 More than 1 year ago
Cute, funny story. Fast read, can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago