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Caroline and the Duke: A Regency Short Story (English Edition) von [Darby, Sabrina]
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A Widow Determined to be Merry

At the urging of her best friend, Caroline, Lady Ballister, seeks a lover with no emotional attachments. After all, experience has taught her that love is a fickle, pointless thing.

A Duke Determined to Marry

Sutbridge has wanted Caroline for ten years and, now that she is once again free, is determined to make her his wife. But will he settle for her body, or wage a war for the most important treasure of all: her heart?


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  • Dateigröße: 821 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 64 Seiten
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  • Verlag: Sabrina Darby (9. Dezember 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00H7QVE0K
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Cynical Heroine... Lacking in Romance 12. Dezember 2013
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Background: Caroline, Lady Ballister, was married at age 18 to a man she didn't love and who never gave her satisfaction in the marriage bed. Before she married, she was extremely infatuated with Lord Sutbridge who was 20 years old at the time. Now, she is a widow nearing age 30 with two young sons by her previous husband.

Her joyless marriage has contributed to Caroline's cynical and hardhearted attitude and her decision to never marry again. However, she does want to have a sexual relationship in part because she never received sexual satisfaction with her husband. She feels that her most attractive years are behind her but she does want something out of life other than what she has known.

Since Lord Sutbridge's sister, Julia, is her best friend, she sees him on a regular basis. When she approaches him about a relationship on her terms, he turns her down. Apparently, he has wanted her since he was 20 and was taken by surprise when she married. He has longed for her since that time but he is ready for marriage and all that it involves. In fact, he strongly desires Caroline but only if she will marry him.

*Spoilers* Initially, Sutbridge tells Caroline marriage is the only way he will have her but changes his mind thinking she might come around to the idea of marriage if he can get her with child. So, they do indeed begin an affair. Caroline is very controlling and basically lets him know she will tell him when she wants him, etc. This doesn't go over very well with Sutbridge and they have a rocky start in their romance - if you could call it that. In my opinion, there was very little romance in their relationship except for the fact that Sutbridge wanted her and said he would be faithful to her. At least that was something.

In order for them to actually come together, Julia told Caroline that Sutbridge had become engaged to another woman and only then did Caroline realize that she loved and wanted Sutbridge. I realize this book is a novella and there isn't a lot of room for character development. However, to the extent these characters were developed, I found very little to actually admire or to enjoy about their personalities or relationship. This story didn't pique my interest much at all. I give the book three stars instead of two because even though the story-line was one I found uninteresting, the basic writing skills and editing were pretty good. I do wish writers of romance novels would realize that romance, desire, friendship, kindness, gentle touches, etc. are way more romantic than sexual details. In my opinion, the aforementioned elements are conducive to tugs on the heart and vital to keeping a story in the reader's mind long after the book is gathering dust or in the case of my Kindle, stuck in the "archived" section.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Absolutely LOVED it. 21. Mai 2014
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CAROLINE AND THE DUKE: A REGENCY SHORT STORY runs 23 pages minus front- and back-matter. This short is rich with themes of second-chances (first love), romantic love in an era with much of the aristocracy married without it, and trust. The book is set in December, but doesn't have overbearing themes of Christmas/holidays and could be enjoyed at any time of year.

I found the interaction between Caroline, a widow, and Sutbridge (the Duke she's loved for 10 years, throughout her travesty of a marriage) to be deliciously romantic. The touches, the shared glances, the longing that has weathered 10 years, her marriage to another and two sons she bore to that husband. I found John (the Duke, Sutbridge)'s capitulation to Caro's terms to be well-motivated and highly believable. The secondary character, Julia (the duke's sister and Caro's longtime friend) adds delightful dimension to this short story with truly very few characters. Julia meddles a bit, shows her displeasure with Caro's actions, urges this pair together, as it's finally their opportunity for love.

I thought Caroline's motivations for wanting an affair in her widowhood to be well-motivated, her fears and hesitancy to shackle herself with another husband completely believable. I found it endearing that John/ Sutbridge had dalliances, certainly, but had never married....because Caroline was the only woman he wanted to take to wife.

This short story had a captivating blend of dialogue, rich setting of a Season, a past between the characters, and their hopeful future. I'm definitely interested in reading more by Sabrina Darby. Kudos to the author!

Sensuality Level: PG-13 (not overly graphic, but highly sensual)
Language: PG

Highly recommended to fans of Regency Romantic shorts and novellas.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Too much story for too few pages 20. Mai 2014
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I expected a short story and its premise interested me. I think, though, it would have been better served in a longer story, at least a novella.

We're not really shown the romance and love of the relationship, we're just told it's there. Well, why? How has a brief flirtation 10 years ago somehow morphed into a Great Love? Did the duke suffer torment during those 10 years? We're told he did, but I didn't see evidence of his anguish. Caroline was forced into marriage to a philanderer 10 years ago. Now, she's bitter. The extent of her cynicism, though, just doesn't ring true to me.

This little story seemed to just touch the barest surface of its characters. It wasn't an unpleasant way to spend an hour, but the story had the potential of being so much more.

The story was very short, so there were only two Misuse Of Titles incidents. A duke is not "My Lord." Correct forms of address are not complicated. Why can't a published author get it right? This may seem trifling to some, but it's like hearing fingernails screeching along a blackboard to me. Google it, author! It ain't hard!
4.0 von 5 Sternen A Pleasant Regency Short 4. September 2014
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I do understand the inclination to complain when a story with seemingly vast potential for more is squeezed into a stifling novella or short story because I've done it myself. However, I find that it offends my sense of justice and equity when said complainer gives the short story a low rating not because the content of the story or the writing style is awful or untenable but solely because as warned the story is actually "short." IMHO, that is especially unfair in this instance. In all fairness to this author, she clearly stated in the title that this is a "short story" and the number of pages confirmed this fact. Therefore, no one should be surprised or disappointed when it turns out the story is indeed, well, "short. Personally, I would prefer a short story that was so enjoyable that it left me longing for more or a story that was good but could have been more satisfying if it had been expanded rather than a "short story" that just plain "sucked". Consequently, accepting this "short story" solely for what it offered I gave it 4 stars, because (1)I connected with John and Caroline's respective plights despite the very limited character development, (2) I was able to fill in the gaps in information regarding the history between them with my own imagination, (3) the plot was satisfying, (4) it provided a bit of entertaining romantic escapism, and (5) quite simply because when all was said and done the story and the HEA ending made me feel good. Moreover, in a few pages this short story managed to accomplish something that its much lenghtier counterparts often fail to do which was it left me with a smile on my face and a bit more warmth in my romantic heart. I also consider myself luck that I am ignorant of the many formalities of the regency and Victorian eras because it allows me not to become so incest or irritated when e.g. someone refers to a Duke incorrectly as my lord, thereby freeing me to enjoy and appreciate the story. I guess in some instance ignorance can indeed be bliss. LOL Overall, this short story was an entertaining bit of romantic escapism. As for the one love/scene, I prefer mine with more sizzle and provocativeness and found this one rather nondescript and unsatisfying. However, the more puritanical reader should be pleased. Nevertheless, I recommend "Caroline and the Duke" with the caution that it is indeed a "short" story but an enjoyable read if one doesn't expect more depth or details than a 64 page story can logically be expected to contain. This is a stand alone read and, thus, did not contain a cliffhanger ending. This book was also a free download at the time of this posting.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Did Someone Say Duke? 1. Dezember 2014
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What a delightful little read this was for me. It always amazes me when I come across something that I wouldn't think would appeal to me but proves me wrong. The duke is what appealed to me in the title and although this isn't a long book he made a great hero. Sutbridge fell for Caroline 10 years prior to the telling of this story and thought he had plenty of time before making his intentions known but to his surprise Caroline did not have that luxury and was married within months.

There was no love between Caro and her late husband and now after 10 years just the sight of Sutbridge across a ballroom still makes her hot all over. I found them both to be charming and for a change it is the duke that wants to marry. He lives with regret knowing he missed his chance with her once. He stood by while she gave two sons to her husband knowing they should have been his. Caro struggles with trust issues and doesn't believe he is being truthful with her. She resents him for not proposing so many years ago. I liked his meddling sister who is Caro's confidant and knows that the fire between the two is far from extinguished. It is a fun little treasure that flows along rather quickly and is brief concerning the love scenes. It is also based around the Christmas season so it's perfect this time of year to keep you in the spirit.
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