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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Review: How To Capture A Duke by Bianca Blythe


Print Length:  pages
Publisher: (January 28, 2016)

From Goodreads.com: 
One reclusive bluestocking…
Fiona Amberly is more intrigued by the Roman ruins near her manor house than she is by balls. When her dying Grandmother worries about Fiona’s future, Fiona stammers that she’s secretly engaged. Soon she finds herself promising that she will introduce her husband-to-be by Christmas.

One dutiful duke…
Percival Carmichael, new Duke of Alfriston, is in a hurry. He’s off to propose to London’s most eligible debutante. After nearly dying at Waterloo, he’s vowed to spend the rest of his life living up to the ton’s expectations.

One fallen tree…
When Fiona tries to warn a passing coach about a tree in the road, the driver mistakes her for a highway-woman. Evidently he’s not used to seeing women attired in clothes only suitable for archaeology waving knives. After the driver flees, Fiona decides she may as well borrow the handsome passenger…


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My Rating: 5 stars out of 5

This was one of those novels that started off strongly, and managed to keep the momentum going until the very end. There were unexpected twists that kept things interesting throughout, and the writing was strong enough and fluid enough to capture the readers attention and keep you glued to the pages. 

As for the characters, I found them to be complex enough to be interesting, but not so overly done that I found them to be unrealistic. The fact that Percival was not only physically flawed made him stand out among the other male characters that I have read in other novels. I also enjoyed the fact that despite the circumstances surrounding how they met, she was able to convince him to stay and help her with her plan. 

This book definitely did not lack for details. The author was able to paint a vivid picture of Fiona's castle home as well as the surrounding areas. I felt as though I were a part of the story, not merely reading a novel. I also felt that the author made a wise choice setting it up the way that she did. It was just the perfect length to not only introduce you to the characters, but to set up the initial meeting and allow you to see the Hero and Heroine together before they arrived at the castle. As their relationship blossomed, you could almost feel the chemistry and attraction that they had for one another. It wasn't like the romance happened overnight, but rather the author took the time to develop it in some depth. 

All in all, I would highly recommend this novel to anyone that enjoys a good historical romance, and I definitely plan to read more by this author myself. 


DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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