I didn't always want to be a writer. But my love of books was present almost from the start. As I grew up, my dream was to open a used bookstore, with a small cafe attached. In preparation for making that dream a reality, I spent hundreds of hours with my nose in a book. In fact, I have perfected the art of walking and reading at the same time. I then went on to graduate from a culinary college, and by chance, instead of picking up a textbook one day, I picked up a romance novel. And fell in love. I devoured every romance novel I could get my hands on, then started on everything else. It wasn't long before I realized that I had a story to tell also. As I began to write, I discovered that I didn't just have one story in me, but many, many stories. Here's hoping I get to share them all with you...
The Lady and the Dukeby Olivia Kelly
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Miss Audrey Ellis has failed to catch a wealthy, titled husband in her two London Seasons,and merely wishes to return to her quiet country life, leaving high society behind her for good. But when an unexpected encounter brings the Duke of Halford into her life, she will have to decide if she has the courage to change her prudent, unadventurous plans and reach for something more.
William Langston, the Duke of Halford, wasn't looking for love. He came to Town looking for his sister's blackmailer, hoping to head off a scandal in the making. But the Viscount of Claremont is more elusive than the duke was prepared for, and leads him on a chase through society's drawing rooms and balls. Will soon finds himself distracted from his mission by Audrey's fresh beauty and lack of pretension, something scarce in his rarefied world.
The pair are drawn together despite their differences, but as scandal looms and rumors spread, danger is closer than ever before.
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Although this is a novella, I enjoyed the writing, and the plot. Audrey is believable, and enchanting, and of course, the hero, Will, is devastatingly handsome and exciting! I think you will enjoy this regency romance, even though it was too short.
All right, I did said at the beginning of the month, I might be posting more than one review. Since December is a crazy month, here is another review. Well, today's selection is a sweet read that has nothing to do with Christmas, but still a sweet read. Olivia Kelly has just written a novella called The Lady and the Duke. I would like to share with you what it's about and my thoughts. Miss Audrey Ellis is on her second season and would like nothing more than to go back home in the country. However, her mother has other plans. Lady Witte would love to see her daughter married to someone with a title, maybe even a Duke. What are you going to do with a mother like that? William Langston, the Duke of Halford, came to London to figure out why his sweet sister was being blackmail by Viscount Claremont. Since that had to come first there was really no time to partake in the season. After all he's not really in the market to find a bride. Although, Will kind of crashed into Audrey and nothing is ever quite the same. Truly a sweet read. Here's why: Audrey is a darling girl even though she tends to be klutzy with her head in the clouds at times, and would prefer to be reading a book. Nothing wrong with blue-stocking tendency. Then you have William and his dimples. You gotta love a hero with dimples, I don't know what it is about dimples. Anyways. I really enjoyed there awkward encounters and how he forgets the main purpose for his London visit. I liked the story. I also like how the heroine tries to be herself even when it's not popular. I enjoy seeing how Will is willing to accept her the way she is. So, if you are looking for a quick "sweet" read, I would no further and checkout The Lady and the Duke.