Duel of Hearts

Duel of Hearts

by Diane Farr
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Duel of Hearts by Diane Farr

A spoiled brat and an arrogant aristocrat, both accustomed to having their own way, delight in taking each other down a peg - until, to their dismay, they realize they've met their match ...in more ways than one.

*Winner of the GOLDEN QUILL award for Best Regency Romance*

*An All About Romance DESERT ISLE KEEPER*

"Truly one of the most delightful books of the year." -- All About Romance

Product Details

BN ID: 2940032821670
Publisher: Diane Farr
Publication date: 10/11/2011
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 349,180
File size: 688 KB

About the Author

Diane Farr was first published at the age of eight when the local newspaper printed one of her poems. She has spent most of her life with her nose in a book -- sometimes reading, sometimes writing. Eventually she produced eight historical romances that were all published by Signet Books. Her latest adventure, WICKED COOL, is her first contemporary novel and her first e-book.

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Duel of Hearts 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Witty and exuberant Diane Farr again treats the reader to a highly entertaining romp in her novel Duel of Hearts. Delilah Chadwick is incredulous that her adoring widowed father could really be contemplating remarriage without consulting her, but so the letter she receives from him states. She embarks on a mission to save her beloved father from Eugenia Mayhew, a young woman Lilah has never met but who must be ¿a mercenary harridan¿taking advantage of Papa¿s good nature.¿ Lilah is so used to everyone capitulating to her demands that she¿s failed to notice how headstrong and domineering she actually is. So she¿s astonished and extremely annoyed by the very forceful man actually opposes her will when, at the local inn, she attempts to wrest from him the carriage he has just rented¿the last suitable vehicle in the area to carry her to London where her father is. Adam ¿Drake¿ Harleston, the ninth Earl of Drakesley, is stunned and highly displeased with the forceful harpy who has the nerve to repeatedly demand he give up his rented carriage to her. When he begrudgingly ends up sharing the carriage with Lilah and her companion Miss Pickens, he¿s even more displeased to discover that she¿s the daughter of the older gentleman who¿s no doubt seduced his poor cousin Eugenia into pledging marriage. Drake was raised with Eugenia and always assumed that he would marry her one day. After all, a biddable wife who can offer him a quiet life is just the ticket to enable him to maintain the status quo of his existence. And that¿s surely what he wants¿right? Drake is alarmed to discover the overwhelming physical reaction he has to Lilah, and she is equally embarrassed by the passion she feels whenever she¿s near him. Although they form an alliance to stop the disastrous marriage of her father and his cousin, they cannot stop arguing over how to do it. And what a wonderful, feisty argument it is. As they wittily oppose one another¿s wills, they feel extraordinarily alive and begin falling in love while the reader is treated to highly entertaining repartee. But nothing goes as planned, and by the time Drake apparently persuades Eugenia to break her engagement and to marry him instead, emotions are running high all around, and it¿s no longer clear who is tricking whom. What is clear is that Drake and Lilah must stop fooling themselves or an extraordinary love will be lost forever. Lilah and Drake are lively, well-drawn and thoroughly enjoyable characters who take the reader on a thrilling ride in this witty page turner. The supporting cast is equally endearing and funny. Duel of Hearts is a delightful book that no romance lover should miss.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a delight from cover to cover. The heroine is spoiled. The hero is overbearing. Both are convinced they must marry someone meek (actually someone they can run roughshod over) in order to be happy. They are dismayed almost to the point of panic when they can't keep their hands off each other. Great fun to watch them struggle to escape each other's pull. Well-drawn characters and smooth, witty writing. I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lilah Chadwick is in for a rude awakening when she receives notice that her beloved father is about to marry a much younger woman. She sets off immediately for London to put a stop to the nonsense, her faithful servant in tow. While attempting to hire the only carriage at a small inn, she runs afoul of the man who has already commandered it; Adam Harleston, Earl of Drakely, or Drake to his friends. They discover that they are on the same mission, since it is his cousin, who has always planned to wed, that Lilah's father is about to marry. Though disliking the necessity, they travel together, trading barbs the whole way. Does their repartee mask deeper feelings? Once in London, they find that Adam's cousin is willing to break her engagement and marry him, but is that what the oil and water couple truly wants? ***** Delightfully engaging, this novel will provoke laugh out loud moments as this pair comes to the realization that what they thought they wanted might be all together different from what they really want. In dark times, this frothy romance will entertain fans of Regency and historical romances alike. ***** Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book had all the right chemistry but it was missing an ending though. I wanted to to see the couples happlily wedded and bedded. Also I think Jonathan needed more of role in this book. It had started to go that way for a brief moment but then was completely forgot about
harstan More than 1 year ago
After her mother died Lilah Chadwick and her father Sir Horace became very close having no secrets between them. She assumes she is the only ¿woman¿ for her dad until she learns he is marrying a ¿harpy¿ whom she knows obviously bullied him into wedlock. Lilah plans to stop her father from foolishly wedding this trickster in a relationship she assumes he neither needs nor wants. Earl Adam Harleston is appalled to learn his cousin is marrying an older gentleman when he himself has plans to wed Eugenia. He will stop this nefarious act by rescuing his cousin and stop this womanizing seducer from ruining Eugenia¿s life.

Due to misfortune or perhaps a Cupid like kismet, Adam and Lilah meet in their respective mad dashes to London. However, instead of halting Horace and Eugenia, Adam and Lilah have a new problem to confront. They are falling in love.

DUEL OF HEARTS is a madcap Regency romantic romp that never takes itself seriously (to the delight of the audience) as Diane Farr relocates those crazy 1930s movies into an amusing quite pleasing historical tale. The story line focuses on the plans of Lilah and Adam going astray as their own hearts take the duo on a detour away from what they started to accomplish. Sub-genre fans will laugh a lot at this charming novel that surely stars K. Hepburn.

Harriet Klausner