- Taschenbuch: 400 Seiten
- Verlag: Berkley (3. Juni 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0515151319
- ISBN-13: 978-0515151312
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,8 x 2,5 x 17,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 271.042 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Accidental Duchess (Fairbourne Quartet, Band 4) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 3. Juni 2014
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Praise for THE ACCIDENTAL DUCHESS:
"Blackmailed and faced with embarrassment and the suspicion of treason if the draft of her ill-advised, racy adventure novel is made public, unconventional Lady Lydia Alfreton heads to the gaming tables to raise some cash. Sadly, her gambling plan goes awry, and she is forced to call in an old bet with the Duke of Penthurst and recklessly wager (and lose) her virtue. Although the duke doesn’t plan to collect, he keeps Lydia guessing. Then Lydia’s ill-advised attempt to deal with the blackmailer brings Penthurst to the rescue, compromising them both, and suddenly it’s marriage, not simple seduction, that lay ahead. VERDICT A rash, adventure-seeking heroine and an honorable, take-charge hero clash splendidly as passions blaze in this complex story that pairs another marvelously singular couple, brings the bad guys to justice, and cleverly ties up the loose ends...—to the delight of all concerned." --Library Journal
"Fueled by an abundance of subtle wit and potent sensuality, The Accidental Duchess...is another exquisitely crafted love story by one of the romance genre’s masters." --Booklist
Praise for the novels of Madeline Hunter
"Another stellar Regency-set historical romance that hits all the literary marks. Hunter’s effortlessly elegant writing exudes a wicked sense of wit; her characterization is superbly subtle, and the sexual chemistry she cooks up between her deliciously independent heroine and delightfully sexy hero is pure passion."—Booklist (starred review)
"Intelligent and memorable...As smart and sharp as the best of Regency romances can be. With its tangy dialogue, Pride and Prejudice themes, bits of mystery and nefarious characters, readers may be reminded of Jane Austen."—Romantic Times (Top Pick)
“Hunter’s books are so addictive.”—Publishers Weekly
“Hunter's flowery centerpiece will suit every romance table. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Madeline Hunter has published 24 critically acclaimed historical romances. Her books regularly appear on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. More than six million copies of her books are in print, and her books have been translated into twelve languages. She has won two RITA awards and is a seven-time RITA finalist. Madeline holds a PhD in art history, which she teaches at the university level.
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Unfortunately, the plot and the characters in this novel are not all that interesting, I am sad to report. This is the last book in the series and it just fell a little flat. Lydia the h has been introduced in prior books and we know that something is wrong with her. Her personality has changed and she has become almost addicted to gambling. The rest of the time she is moping about. We find out here that Lydia thought she was in love with/had a crush on the man Penthurst the Duke H killed in a duel. This duel as we know from prior books seriously disrupted the close friendship of the 4 Hs in this series as the deceased, Baron Lakewood, was also a friend. The series is about not only the romances of each of the 4 men, but also about resolution of their friendship.
As many reviewers have commented, it is difficult to like or even feel much sympathy for Lydia on a number of levels. She comes across as moody, bratty, selfish and spoiled. She acts in very irrational and at times stupid ways. Her obsession with Lakewood's death seems unbelievable given the small number of encounters we learn the two actually had. Penthurst is too narrowly drawn a character and we don't get that sense that much emotion exists or else he keeps it so tightly tamped down, we never really get to know who he is really is. He is clearly honorable, responsible etc. But who is he at his core? We never really find that out. Several of the characters from the other books in the series reappear, but they seem somehow a shadow of the characters they were in their own books.
My slight dissatisfaction with this book is that it is not really a romance. This book is about wrapping up the loose ends from the other books, revealing what a cad Lakewood really was, and Lydia's slow realization that Lakewood had only pretended to care for her and that her moping aboput was all in vain. The premise about what can flow from a single event--the duel--and the repercussions it can have long after provides food for thought and I think the author does a fine job with that. However, all the other books had more of a plot than this premise and the stories seemed more believable for it. This novel seemed to drag on for a long time, dwelling on boring details that were not that interesting, to be honest. I also did not like the resolution of the two "villains" and the hurried explanation at the end.
My biggest complaint, however, is there seemed to be nothing other than physical attraction between the H and the h for most of the book. Neither really liked the other at the outset, nor did either even admire or respect the other. As the story progressed, we did not see much interaction between them on an emotional rather than physical level. It was a little hard to believe at the end that they really did believe they loved each other. It seemed a little forced and artificial: ok, I have wrapped up my story and now these two need a HEA, so tell each other you love the other. I left with the impression I was pretty sure that whatever attraction they felt for the other would very soon evaporate. There was just not enough build-up of their relationship for me to believe it would last very long. There was a hint or two that perhaps they had actually been attracted to each other in the past, but for various reasons ignored that attraction and never admitted it to themselves. If the author had done even a little bit more with that, I would have been a lot happier.
This is the first Madeline Hunter book that ever left me feeling a little disappointed. It is by no means a bad book; in fact, in many respects it is good. Just not up to the author's general standards and the rest of this series.
situation the heroine finds herself tangled in that is from a novel she was going to write while very young--involves her with a figure from her past and one she thinks she hates because of a duel where he killed "her only love" (she thinks).
Lydia is a strong character and just a touch too independent for that time-frame but believable. The hero fits the period perfectly and there is never a slip with a modern term used out of context. Which is great from my point of view.
You find yourself rooting for this girl and her hero and I found myself sad when I finished it because I wanted more of these characters.
There is a little mystery in it, and that is always a nice boon for me since I like a little mystery in my romance. You will not regret purchasing this book. Enjoy!
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