From the author of For the Love of a Soldier comes a rapturous new novel of unspoken secrets, and true love…
Lady Julia Chandler fears she will be walking down the aisle with a silver-tipped cane if she waits for the Duke of Bedford to seal their engagement. Seeking to quicken his pace, she decides to find her duke, kiss him senseless, and post the wedding banns. It is a good plan, until she mistakes her fiance’s long-absent twin for her duke.
Ten years ago, Lord Daniel Bryant sailed to America to find his fortune and flee his cruel brother who inherited the family title. A cryptic note draws him back to England: Come home and claim your destiny. Before seeking anything, Daniel must first determine who set the fire that nearly took his life and precipitated his flight abroad. Now with the taste of Lady Julia warm on his lips, the stakes are raised higher than before as he seeks to claim both his destiny and the lady of his heart.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
A lifelong New England resident, Victoria Morgan lives in a suburb of Boston. She is the author of For the Love of a Soldier, and juggles (with differing degrees of priority) a part-time job, writing, watercolor classes, her husband, two teen-agers, and a mini-golden doodle with a Napoleon complex. A 2011 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist and an insatiable reader, she loves to see the magic of a world taking shape through the words of a book or the beauty of a painted picture.
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Praise for For the Love of a Soldier
“An absolute gem...complex characters, a satisfying love story, and a fascinating examination of the Battle of Balaclava…Bravo to Victoria Morgan for bringing this fascinating bit of history to life, and seamlessly weaving it into her storyline. Morgan's voice is perfect for this genre. She has just the right balance of history, romance, and intelligent prose. For The Love of a Soldier is a remarkable debut novel.”—Penelope's Romance Reviews
“Readers will enjoy Morgan’s debut novel, with its charming characters and depth of emotion. Morgan deftly handles returning soldiers’ trauma within the context of a love story and adds spice with a bit of mystery and unexpected secrets.”—RT Reviews (4 Stars)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A thrilling novel of mystery, betrayal, and claiming a destiny. When Lady Julia decides to take matters into her on hand regarding her engagement to the Duke of Bedford, she accidentally kisses his long-lost twin broth Daniel. And what a kiss it was! When feelings emerge, Julia must fight to deny them or shame her family and ruin her name by breaking her engagement. Daniel isn’t about to let his cruel hearted brother become the husband of the innocent Lady Julia, especially now that he’s had a taste of her warmth. As Daniel fights to save Lady Julia from a loveless marriage and a villainous husband, he must also work to uncover the truth about the fire that sent him away ten years ago. Using what resources he has, he and Julia begin to uncover the truth about Edmund, the Duke of Bedford, but there are secrets that are determined to remain hidden. Secrets that someone is willing to kill over. Can Daniel and Julia find out the true meaning of the cryptic note? And can they find a way to be together, despite her betrothal to his brother? If you’re looking for a novel that’s full of adventure, twists, turns and deceit then look no further! I simply adored Julia and Daniel’s characters and the plot of this novel was very well developed as well. I particularly love a novel with an evil twin, especially when the twin gets what’s coming to him! This book is incredibly entertaining, and I especially enjoyed the way both twins pretended to be each other in order to gather information. While the plot of this novel was somewhat predictable, Julia and Daniel’s subterfuge was brilliant and I just kept turning page after page! Definitely a fun, entertaining read by Victoria Morgan. Rating: 4 Heat Rating: Mild Reviewed by AprilP Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Victoria Morgan's second historical romance, The Heart of a Duke is a typical regency novel, with a hint of mystery and a lot of passion. Morgan's ability to incorporate mystery into her history is exceptional. The Regency period comes to life under her pen. With plenty of witty banter and some amazing secondary characters, Morgan has created a timeless romance that will endear fans and entertain even the most staid readers. The Heart of a Duke may be Morgan's sophomore offering but it shows all the qualities of a seasoned novelist. A very good read for Regency fans! What I liked: I liked Julia a lot. She was strong willed and had a deep love for her family. She knew what she wanted and she certainly went for it. She just didn't know what she was getting herself into. Daniel wants to protect her and save her from his wicked brother, while also trying to figure out just what really happened before he left for America. They make a lovely couple who appears to really care about each other and respect each other. I thought Morgan did an excellent job with the romantic aspects of this book. It was realistic and engaging. She lets the romance build between Daniel and Julia at a perfect pace. They have known each other for years and are starting out as friends, who eventually discover that there is more than friendship in their hearts. Julia has a period where she won't let Daniel come to her rescue that seems a bit out of character for her, but she eventually comes around. Edmund was a very good villain type character. He was abusive to Daniel even when they were children. For whatever reason he has decided to put Julia off again and again on a wedding date and he certainly knows more than what he is willing to tell about what happened the night of the fire. He is a schemer for sure and readers will take a instant dislike to his attitude and demeanor. When he takes out his vengeance and ruins Julia, it was time for him to get his just rewards. I liked him a lot, in spite of the fact that he was a bad guy. He was very well written. I loved the secondary characters from Daniels friends Robbie and Brett to Julia's sister and little brother, Emily and Jonathon. These characters add a lot to the plot and help move the story forward. I liked the fact that Morgan leaves the opportunity open for a second book about these characters by making Brett very intrigued with Emily. When an author can make the secondary characters almost as important as the main couple, I think that shows the mark of a good writer. What I didn't like: I had a bit of a problem with the mystery of this one. It was far too predictable. It was obvious to the reader early on what had happened ten years ago and why, though Daniel was a bit oblivious. I thought that Morgan could have thought more out of the box and made mystery aspects of the book more believable and hard to figure out. I felt a little cheated because it was too easy to figure out. But to be fair this novel is a romance not a mainstream mystery. Bottom Line: The romantic parts were well written and came across as heartfelt, while the mystery was a little flat and one dimensional. The secondary characters shined almost as well as the main couple and there is potential for more books about these characters. I thought the author excelled in some areas, while lacking in others. I still really enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more from this author. It was good, but could have been better.
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