Stolen Encounters with the Duchess

Stolen Encounters with the Duchess

by Julia Justiss

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ISBN-13: 9780373298969
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 08/23/2016
Series: Hadley's Hellions , #2
Edition description: Original
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 4.21(w) x 6.58(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Long before embarking on romantic adventures of her own, Julia Justiss read about them, transporting herself to such favourite venues as ancient Egypt, World War II submarine patrols, the Old South and, of course, Regency England. Soon she was keeping notebooks for jotting down story ideas. When not writing or traveling, she enjoys watching movies, reading and puttering about in the garden trying to kill off more weeds than flowers.

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Stolen Encounters with the Duchess 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
I won a copy of this book from the author and was not required to give a favorable review. This is the second book in this series and I enjoyed it very much. I am glad that I was given the opportunity to read such a great book. Thank you Julia for writing great books.
LoriP123 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Julia Justiss writes wonderful historical romances! Faith Wellingford Evers, the Duchess of Ashedon is tired of living the life that her title and society has placed on her, but mostly all of the gossip that has surrounded her concerning her late husband's life style and death. All she wants to do is raise her boys and live her life as peaceful as possible. David Tanner Smith an esteemed member of Parliament has loved Faith most of his adult life, but being what society calls a common man he thought he was never good enough for her. Up until her late husband's death he hasn't seen her because they didn't run in the same circles until one night he saves her from being attacked and all of those long suppressed feeling come rushing back. I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Faith Wellingford Evers is the widowed Duchess of Ashedon. Her late husband was a cruel man who had a bevy of women. Now she and her three boys are free. Until his abusive mother and wastrel brother move in. Will Faith ever be able to live her life? I hated to see her under the control of this vile family. They crush her spirit and feed her uncertainty. When Faith meets her old friend, David Tanner Smith, he helps her break out of her shell and reconnect with friends and family. He's now a member of Parliament and influential in political circles, but he'll never be considered the equal of a Duchess. He knows that he'll never be able to marry the woman he's loved for the last ten years. This made me sad. David is an honorable and caring man who wants to reform the government. The rules of society are full of snobbery and antiquated rules. Times are changing and the people are restless. David and Faith are well suited to deal with these changes. I wanted them to be together. The political landscape provides the perfect backdrop for this romantic story. Julia Justiss does an excellent job in this Hadley's Hellions story. The plot is well written and filled with intelligent characters that I could relate to. I'm enjoying this provocative series. I received a copy in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.
stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
A story of forbidden love and second chances. Davis Smith has loved Faith since a long ago summer, when Faith visited her cousin and husband. Davie was working his first job and on his way to a future in parliament. Faith sixteen and full of life and spirit they become fast friends. After that summer Faith goes on the marry a Duke and spends the years married to a man with no regard for the woman he married or what society thought of him. A chance meeting brings them together again only Faith is quite different then the girl Davie remembers. After spending time with her Davie vows to protect and help Faith find the spirit she's lost and to live her life as she sees fit to. He also vows to only be her friend but that may be a promise he can't keep and one Faith wants him to break. I really enjoyed this book and the first book in the Hellions series. I'm looking forward to reading Christopher and Bens HEA. *Book Obsessed Chicks Review team
JoRead More than 1 year ago
This is the second installment in the Hadley's Hellions series but can definitely be read as a standalone. The author has a knack for making the reader immerse into the story right from the get-go, and her storytelling is so fluid and in accordance with the times she writes about that it was really hard for me to put down her when it was time to make a pause (I suppose I had to eat and sleep, oh, and work too). Faith and David met at her cousin's 10 years earlier, when they were both full of illusions and life. They fell in love but well aware that as a lady of society they couldn't possibly ever be more than friends. Faith went on to marry a Duke and David went on to become a well-renowned member of Parliament. Now, recently widowed Faith is trying to find a new purpose in life while taking care of her 3 children. It seems all life had been extinguished out of her and David, as the true friend he's always been, tries to help her out while at the same time avoiding any interaction that could ruin her reputation or could break the little restrain he has when he's around her. Faith on the other hand looks for excuses to spend time with him and to be closer to him than it's acceptable *wink wink* So much so that she sometimes seems to forget she's a Duchess, her wary position in society, and even her children. What I like the most about this story is that the lady here is the instigator, the rake trying to corrupt the gentleman's honor. She makes the offer to take him as a lover but in her rush to live life to the fullest never mentions marriage and he is the one refusing the affair. In this role reversal story, he's the offended party and she's the one forgetting he's got feelings as well. "'Every creature, no matter how lowly, has value,' Davie said quietly. 'Only men with small minds and hard hearts treat cruelly or slightingly those of lesser estate than themselves. A man of high position, as you will one day be, has a responsibility to protect those who are poorer and less fortunate." I think this quote describes David perfectly. He's not a titled man but knows a man capable of making great changes in the world does not need a title and those that have one have a greater responsibility for others around him. If you haven't noticed, my favorite character here was David because of his honorability, integrity, and courage. Faith was sweet and funny and a loving mother. Her children were on point, especially Edward, heir to the dukedom. I definitely recommend this story to all lovers of historical romance. 4.5 stars. ** I was gifted a copy of this story by the author in exchange for an honest review ** ~ Please note that the quote here was taken out of an ARC and may not be included in the final published copy of the book.
rawdww More than 1 year ago
This is book two in the series. Faith is a widow of a duke who has three sons and prays her oldest will not turn out like his father. She's at a ball and decides to leave by walking home. While walking home she is assaulted by some men and gentlemen comes to her rescue which turns out to be childhood friend. She met Davie when she was staying at cousin place and he was working for her Uncle. They decide to meet and catch up on what they have been doing. Seeing Davie again brings back the old feelings she has for him and for Davie still in love with her. Davie from lower class and she is ton, will they ever be together?
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
This is the second in the series. I really enjoyed the first and looked forward to this one. I was not disappointed. Faith spent her adult life married to an uncaring, philandering man. Upon his death, she thought her life would be easier. In a moment of danger, Davie came to her rescue, and they rekindled their childhood friendship. Feelings become stronger as they make their way through expectations of class, politics, and self image. Davie is a knight in shining armor as he helps Faith and her three sons break free of their home constraints. I loved Faith's joy as she regained her old spirit. I highly recommend this book. I received a copy of this story through Book Obsessed Chicks Star Review selection.
green____ More than 1 year ago
A tale that pulls you in! After coming face to face with a friend from the past, Faith starts to get past the oppression she dealt with for years before her husband passed. Slowly the girl she was comes to life again with the encouragement of David and friends. You go along a wonderful journey where two people from different backgrounds go from friends to lovers. See what obstacles they face and how this tale comes to life between the pages of this book! I really enjoyed this story and had to read it in one sitting! A great addition to this series! I am looking forward to seeing whose story is told next! *copy given in exchange for an honest review.
HeyerF4n More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd story involving the Hellions and this story is just as good as the first. I loved both Davie and Faith and how Faith was able to recover from her emotionally abusive husband. There are some lovely lines from Davie, such as: "My heart rejoices every time I see your smile, or hear your laughter." I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
David Smith is on his way home, back from a long day in Parliament, when he hears a scuffle, and witnesses a woman being robbed by two men. He rushes to her rescue, swiftly disposes of her aggressors, then runs after the fleeing woman to see if she’s alright. To his astonishment, the victim is Faith Wellingford Evers, the widowed Duchess of Ashedon, David’s best friend from ten summers ago. David has been madly in love with Faith since then, but he knew marrying her was impossible: she an aristocrat, he a penniless farmer’s orphan. Even though David is now a respected politician and rather well-off, he is still not her equal in society. However, both miss that bygone enchanting summer, and decide to rekindle their friendship. David surmises that it’s better than nothing, but his feelings for Faith have never dimmed, and keeping it platonic will require more efforts on his part than he ever imagined. David is a very honourable man, and even if it weren’t for the malicious gossip, he wouldn’t consider an affair with Faith, however she is not averse to the idea. What to do? STOLEN ENCOUNTERS WITH THE DUCHESS is a very ingenious love story where the romance is directly related to the hero’s occupation and preoccupations. David is fighting to have the Reform Bill approved, which would also make it possible to marry Faith without any problem, especially since Faith had sons with her late husband. Ms. Justiss’ knowledge of the era’s political scene is staggering, as is her understanding of the class differences, and this makes for captivating reading from a historical point of view, but also how it affects Faith and David’s relationship. No matter how hard they try to convince themselves, the fires of passion still burn bright for Faith and David, but Faith’s sons and mother-in-law also live with her, which makes it very difficult to meet without doing anything publicly scandalous. Ms. Justiss has created in David a wonderful hero: understanding, upright, loyal and compassionate; he and Faith are an ideal match, as she is more adventurous and quite passionate but still respectful of society’s rules, at least in public. The author handles prickly situations very adroitly, and I loved the subterfuge when getting rid of a villain. Julia Justiss’ writing is as gorgeous as ever, measured yet lyrical; the dialogues are impeccable and always according to the era’s language. Readers who enjoy a tale of true love, where historical accuracy is paramount, will be delighted with STOLEN ENCOUNTERS WITH THE DUCHESS. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.