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Cinderella marries the Prince.........................................
Well he is really only a Duke. She doesn't really clean up much around the house. She is actually a brilliant botanist. He let's her know though that she married up and needs to keep on her toes. She is an heiress, fairly nice looking and had brains to spare. But still manages to have low self esteem. It was a good story but the hero was a little to full of himself.
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Posted August 3, 2014
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I enjoyed this story and the characters. They were all so charming. Penelope the awkward wallflower who spent most of her life far outside of society and Drake a Duke looking for the perfect woman to be his perfect Duchess. It was fun to read how these two people found what they never thought they wanted. The only draw back was I felt the Penelope could of been less wimpy and stand up for herself more. I'm looking forward to reading this next book in the series. I hope that Marion finds her HEA.
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Posted March 29, 2014
This was a great read. I really enjoyed the heroine and her quirkiness! The duke tried very hard to stay stuffy and not fall in love with Penelope, but she is just so endearing!
I love the secondary characters as well. I hope that all of his sisters get their stories as well.
Posted March 23, 2014
It took a chapter or two for me to really get into the newest book from Callie Hutton, The Duke's Quandry, but once I did I was hooked! It was impossible not to love Penelope and Drake, even when Drake was at his most priggish and you wanted the smack him upside the head to make him see sense. Penelope's constant running into things and knocking things over, not to mention the ubiquitous dirt on her person, made it impossible not to love her. Though it does make Drake a little crazy..
Yeah, he's just a tad bit uptight. Not to mention nervous about living up to the example set by his father--at least, the father that exists in his memory. Fortunately, he has a mother, five sisters, and now Penelope to help him loosen up and set more realistic expectations for himself.
Though of course it takes a while.
Watching Penelope endear herself to Drake's family is marvelous, as is seeing him fight off his attraction to her. Naturally he's wildly unsuccessful, and at about three-quarters of the way through the event happens that everyone knows will occur from page one. I'm not going to tell you how it happens--you'll of course want to find out for yourself! Rest assured, though, that even as a new duchess, Penelope still has some awkwardly charming moments.
The botanist aspect was extremely interesting--Penelope's enthusiasm for her passion is contagious. Her scientific mind also makes some interesting connections at unexpected times:
"Has my mother spoken to you about what will happen tonight?"
"Yes, but it wasn't necessary, since in my work with cross-breeding, I have discovered that in order to reproduce you must take two different species. Well, actually not different species per se, but--" She stopped when in one forward motion he pulled her into his arms and lowered his head. His kiss started slow but soon turned burning and needy.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed Penelope and Drake's story. The first book in the series, The Elusive Wife, which tells the story of Drake's best friend Coventry's HEA (his wife was the speaker who caused the newly married Penelope such confusion in the excerpt above) has been in my TBR pile for a while now. It can definitely consider itself officially "moved up".
Rating: 4 stars / B+ rating
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Posted March 21, 2014
Posted March 18, 2014
Rating 4 1/2 stars
Today I finished The Duke's Quandary by Callie Hutton. This is the second book in The Marriage Mar Mayhem books. Boy there is mayhem. If you read the first book in the series The Elusive Wife, you would remember Drake. After all he's the Earl of Conventry's best friend. Now Drake is on the prowl for a wife and he believes he has found the perfect candidate for the Duchess of Manchester. Drake believes he has everything worked out until his mother drops the bombshell that she will also sponsoring another young lady. The young lady is a bit socially awkward.
Miss Penelope Clayton would rather stay in the country and focus on scientific research than prance around London Society. However, her aunt has other plans and has inform Penelope that she must participate in a season and be a guest of the Duchess of Manchester.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Duke's Quandary, because you have Drake who is dead set on finding the perfect person to be the perfect Duchess. However, he has his mother who is trying to help him realize love is more important than obligation. While looking for the perfect bride he needs to keep an eye out on Penelope who seems to cause more trouble. I love Penelope, because she's just trying to make it through the season without making cake of herself. Yet, it just doesn't seem to workout for her.
At times I felt bad for Penelope for how the ton treated her and even Drake. While his family adore her, she still would see that she wasn't cutout to be part of society. She even tried to get back to countryside, but Drake is stubborn. Overall, a wonderful read about a bluestocking girl and a Duke set to find the perfection. Yet, stumbles into something better, but doesn't realize it. So, if this sounds like your kind of read, you might want to try The Duke's Quandary. Don't worry about reading the first book if this appeals to you, this can stand on its own.
Marriage lasts a long time, and very few things in life can make you more miserable than an unhappy union.
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Posted April 11, 2014
I already read and reviewed. For me the really cute and interesting story was spoiled when the author just had to put a sexually explicit scene into it. I had deleted it. this was the sample so I could remember what the story was I had deletedWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 14, 2014
THE DUKE'S QUANDARY by Callie Hutton is an delightful Regency Historical Romance set in 1814 England. #1 in the "Marriage Mart Mayhem" series, and what a beginning!
Meet, Drake, Duke of Manchester and Miss Penelope Clayton.
An enjoyable read with engaging characters, and an interesting storyline. If you had to choose between a perfect, society miss or an imperfect Duchess, which would you chose? Decisions, decisions!
Penelope is awkward,social butterfly she is not, but a botanist and a bluestocking. But enter Drake, to help her become a social butterfly and beautiful debutante.
Oh wait, he finds she is enchanting as well as irresistible. For Penelope goes from one mishap to another. Filled with witty banter, passion and the romance of a lifetime. You will not regret your choice to read "The Duke's Quandary". An enjoyable read! I enjoy this author's stories, and this was no exception.
Received for an honest review.
HEAT RATING: MILD
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Posted March 12, 2014
During the Season Drake, Duke of Manchester, is looking to marry. He wants a woman who will be the perfect duchess and a docile wife. He has everything planned. Then he meets Penelope Clayton, his houseguest. She is awkward and unsure socially but she is a brilliant woman and a very knowledgeable botanist. They are opposites. She is not what he wants but there is a powerful desire that rages between them. Circumstances force them to marry, but what does their future hold? Callie Hutton has written a wonderful romantic book. It is a perfect combination of colorful characters, sassy dialogue and a compelling, sexy romance. Penelope is a intelligent woman with a generous heart and a unquenchable spirit. She shines with inner beauty. I love her character. Drake is an honorable man who needs to let light and laughter into his life. Together they make me laugh and cry. This is such a skillfully crafted story. I wasn't able to stop reading The Duke's Quandary.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 11, 2014
The Duke's Quadary scored points just by using the word "quandary" in the title. It's a fun but awkward work and it suited this novel perfectly. Most of the book revolves around two fun (but awkward) people trying to navigate the haute ton to varying degrees of success.
First we have Miss Penelope Clayton. She is a bit of a hermit, a future blue stocking, and set against marriage and all the restrictions it may impose. Then we have the Duke of Manchester, or Drake, who seems to have a stick so far up his butt most of the time that I'm not sure how he manages to sit without injuring himself. When you throw these two together, along with a houseful of unmarried sisters, and you have quite an interesting story.
Callie Hutton does a good job of throwing some fun things their way, but they are drawn to each other no matter how hard they try to stay away. And no matter how many times they swear not to let anything happen, it does anyway. This was the biggest downfall of the story - their professions of un-love for each other, their promises to stay away and remain proper - got a little tiring and I think there could have been less of those conversations.
I loved how Penelope was a scientist and it led to a very great sequence of scenes near the end that had me chuckling. Drake's sisters are all very dear and sweet and trying very hard to remove the stick from his butt - the perfect background characters to help push things along. Drake's mother is a sweet lady as well and maybe there will be stories of her finding great love matches for Drake's sisters as well.
*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
Posted March 11, 2014
This was the first book I have read by this author and I really enjoyed it. It was a quick read that kept my interest. The character development for me was a real focus because I will admit I wasn't a fan of the hero/heroine at first. I thought the hero wasn't real bright throughout the first half of the book. The heroine was somewhat childlike and so clumsy it was rather unbelievable at first. However the book really picked up, for me, about midway and I couldn't put it down. I really liked the hero's friend, Joseph. He added some extra spice to the hero/heroine's lives which helped them realize what they really wanted in their relationship. Another thing I really liked about Callie's writing was the secondary characters. The hero's family was wonderful and I enjoyed the added scenes with them in it. I also enjoyed the fact that this author could write a good book with little to no cussing and kept the love scenes relatively clean.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 10, 2014
This is book 2 in the Marriage Mart Mayhem series.
Miss Penelope Clayton's guardian is forcing her to participate in the Season to find a husband. She would much rather stay at her country home to study the local plant life and continue her life science. In town, she is staying with the Duke of Manchester's family and being launched with one of the Duke's sisters.
Drake, the Duke of Manchester, is searching the marriage mart for the perfect wife and it is definitely not going to be the clumsy, bluestocking that is staying at him home. But then why is she always on his mind and he can't seem to keep his hands and lips off of her.
Can Penelope change Drake's definition of a perfect wife?
I LOVED this story. I loved that Penelope wasn't the perfect "Lady" and yet the Duke still fell in love with her. Drake was a knucklehead at times with what his vision of the perfect Duchess, but he totally redeemed himself with a spectacular ending!
I fell in love with Drake's family. His sisters and mother were the perfect secondary characters. They had me wanting to see how their stories would end. I'm really hoping that each of Drake's sisters gets their own story. I have definitely found an author who will be filling my bookshelf.
Thanks go out to Entangled Publishing via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
Posted March 10, 2014
This is a enjoyable story that pairs Drake, a duke who wants the perfect society wife with Penelope a socially awkward botanist. Drake is arrogant lord who has grown up in a loving but chaotic family. Penelope loves plants and has kept up her fathers study of plants while avoiding society. They meet when Penelope's aunt asked Drakes mother to sponsor her for her season in London. They eventually become engaged and marry. Much of the tension in the second half is between Drake's request that Penelope give up science and her continued pursuit of her dream. This provided conflict but puzzled me because it contradicted the hero's growth into a lovable husband. That aside, it was a fun read and an entertaining story. I received an arc copy for an honest review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 10, 2014
** spoiler alert ** I was given The Duke's Quandry by the author in an ARC for an honest review. So here goes:
This book started off slow, not that it didn't have a lot happening it did, but it took awhile for it to really build to the romantic part and when it did, well it was wonderful. The story features our heroine, Penelope, who is klutzy, wears glasses, a serious scientist/botanist, anti social but who has a good kind heart. She loves to play in the gardens and doesn't even notice the dirt. She is so very different from any other heroine in any other regency, in that she is all those things I mentioned but she is beautiful inside and out.
Now about our hero, who we met in the Elusive Wife, book #1 in this series, he is Drake and in book #1 he was an absolutely wonderful guy, not so in this story. In this story his father has died, he has 4 sisters and a mother to take care of. One sister refuses to leave her room because her husbands been lost at sea and so he decides he doesn't want love but he wants the perfectly cold and perfect wife.
Why is he not into love? Well his mother was not the perfect wife and he wants a more obedient wife than his mother was to his father. The truth is he is a sole male in a family of strong and independant women and think he just wants one woman, his wife to take control of his sisters and one who listens to him.
For most of the book Drake is a jerk. But the author is really good at making heroes terrible and then redeeming them and making you fall in love with them and she does that in this book superbly. So why was Drake terrible? well for one he keeps kissing Penelope, even while he is saying he wants the perfect wife who will never cause him any trouble and he wants a loveless marriage. Even when Penelope gets a marriage proposal from another man he still is thinking of marrying the perfect woman but not wanting he to be with anyone else.
Then they end up getting engaged and then married and he makes her give up her science, makes her insecure and is harping on her changing. Everyone keeps telling him to stop but he doesn't listen. However he does love Penelope and the sex is fantastic and on the whole he does make her happy. Then when its time to prove who and what he is.....he surprised me, and he surprises Penelope and you will fall in love with him as he shows the world how much he loves and supports Penelope.
What a great story, I truly loved it and when you close the book you will be smiling.
Posted March 10, 2014
This was one of those “stay up until the wee hours” books because I just didn’t want to put it down. The romance between Drake and Penelope was beyond sweet and their chemistry together was steamy hot! And I really loved that while they had some issues to work out, there were no “easily resolved with one conversation” moments that kept them apart. We got to see them get together and stay that way while they worked on things. It was a refreshing change from most romances.
I also really loved Drake. He was a bit aggravating with his delusional expectations, but even when forced into a situation he didn’t think he wanted, he was never intentionally unkind to Penelope, and was even happy about most aspects of their predicament. In so many romances, the hero is cruel and unkind, even if there are good reasons for it beneath it all. But Drake, while a little too tied to his expectations and societal upbringing, is at the heart of it a good, kind man. I loved seeing him and Penelope fall in love and find their happily ever after.
Posted March 10, 2014
Drake, Duke of Manchester, had to take over his duties sooner then what he had planned. He decided to look for a wife this Season to fulfill the duties as Dutchess. He wasn't interested in love. This gave his character a cold hearted feeling at first. The responsibilities of being Duke so early and trying to see that his unmarried sisters found husbands this Season were making him forget how to relax and have fun and love.
Penelope Clayton, a woman Botanist, not acceptable officially in that time, was sent by her aunt to attend the Season balls and find a husband. Penelope, just wanted to stay in the country and dig in the dirt and find new plants. She did not want a husband or love either. She seemed to get very nervous and clumsy around high society and especially when around Drake.
Every time the Duke and Penelope were around each other things would happen that neither of them understood. Was the Drake trying to protect Penelope or was it a deeper feeling, he didn't want to have that was making him think of her all of the time.
Would feelings they both didn't want end up throwing them together or would they separate them for good.
I really enjoyed this second book in this series. I could feel Penelope's insecurity with being in high fashion formal society and her just wanting to be back in the country in her own comfort zone working outside with her plants. The story held my attention and made me laugh and I couldn't put it down.
Posted March 10, 2014
Drake, Duke of Manchester is searching the Marriage Mart for a perfect bride. He wants a woman who is poised, sophisticated, and worthy of the title Duchess. But most of all, he wants a woman who does not want the useless emotion of love.
Socially awkward Miss Penelope Clayton isn't meant for marriage. A serious botanist, she has no desire to wed, so being forced by her guardian to participate in the Season to find a husband is torture. She'll never fit in with the ton, especially if they discover she's been pretending to be a man within the scientific community.
As Drake's family makes over Penelope, turning her from naive bluestocking to enchanting debutante, he is put upon to introduce her to society and eligible bachelors. Despite dance lessons and new gowns, Penelope is the opposite of poised and sophisticated as she stumbles from one mishap to the next. Why then, does he find it so hard to resist her?
This is the first story I have read by Callie Hutton and I can say it will not be my last!
It was an entertaining, fast paced historical with humor, drama and some sexy thrown all into a great package.
I loved the attention to detail and the feel the author gave to the story to make you feel as if you were in 1814, England. The chemistry between the hero and heroine was almost instantaneous, but I like that they both fought their feelings.
Penelope is such a smart character and even though she is socially awkward she tries her hardest not to embarrass herself and the family that is hosting her for the season. I so enjoyed that she is smart and Botanist, though not acceptable for a women at the time, she hides her identity by using a man's name when submitting her findings. Her story is so much a Cinderella story, but with book smarts. I really felt for Penelope when those women were being cruel to her, I wanted to smack them around for treating her so badly.
Drake has become the Duke of Manchester at an early age and as such he is putting too much pressure on himself to be the perfect Duke. To go along with him being the perfect Duke he decides this is the season to find his "Perfect" Duchess. It takes him quite a while to realize that what he needs is not perfection but someone to brighten him and make not stuffy and there is no one better for that than Penelope.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story that made laugh and cry at different points, excellent job making your characters come alive.
Posted March 10, 2014
A sweet, enjoyable, lovely romance, The Duke's Quandary was a wonderful read. I really liked this book. It was a delightful historical romance.
Penelope was a lovely heroine. She was very kind and a genuinely likable character. She was extremely clumsy and never seemed to say the right thing in Society. But, she faced all the gossip and snide comments with more strength and dignity than any of the debutantes could hope for. My only problem is that I wish she would have stood up to Drake more when he got too bossy about being a "proper duchess." But, overall, I really liked her.
Drake was good. He was very sweet and protective of his family. Most of the time, he was kind, sweet, and rather adorable. However, sometimes, I wanted to whack him upside the head for being an idiot. His whole obsession with "the perfect duchess" was frustrating and a bit baffling. I did't understand why he was so set on it, especially because his own mother was an unconventional duchess who enjoyed a love match and was still dearly loved by her family. It was annoying, to say the least. But, it did't bother me too much. So, I still ended up liking him, particularly because he did a brilliant job redeeming himself in the end. Overall, I thought he was great.
The romance was lovely. Despite Drake's issues, they were sweet together. They were perfectly matched, despite their reluctance to admit it. And, the chemistry between them was hot. Definitely some sensuous scenes in store.
The plot was well paced and I was hooked the entire way through. The story was so sweet and lovely and I really enjoyed it. And, the ending was perfect.
The Duke's Quandary was a wonderful historical romance. I really liked this book. It was a sweet, delightful, enjoyable read. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out.
*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review