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New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan begins the all new The Duke Hunt series with the illegitimate son of a duke who meets his match in the daring daughter of a vicar.
The Bastard Rogue...
Peregrine Butler’s privileged blue-blooded world is rocked to the core when it is revealed he was born before his parents’ marriage and therefore is not the legal heir to the dukedom. Facing ruin, Perry must use his charm and good looks to win an heiress—all the while ignoring his fascination with the one interfering and alluring chit who is intent on sabotaging his efforts.
The Lady Vicar...
Everyone knows Imogen Bates, the virtuous daughter of the senile vicar. She can write a sermon in a day and spot a rogue in a second, so she sees right through Perry’s seductive façade. But Imogen’s plan to protect the heiresses of her beloved Shropshire from the erstwhile Duke of Penning, the bane of her existence since childhood, soon turns into something altogether unacceptable for the proper lady … who suddenly finds herself longing to keep his heated glances and tempting kisses all to herself.
Jordan (Rogue Effect) launches the Duke Hunt Victorian romance series with an enticing premise and a dashing hero who suffers from an ill-matched eventual partner. When it's discovered that Peregrine Butler's parents married after his birth, making him illegitimate, Perry is stripped of the title of Duke of Penning. Forced to move out of his ancestral manor as a gentleman with no title and no income, he returns to his hometown of Shropshire in the hopes of marrying well. But the local vicar's daughter, Imogen Bates, has different plans for Perry. She's holding on to a 10-year-old grudge after overhearing a wildly unkind discussion of her flaws between Perry and his mates when they were teenagers. Ruining his prospects feels like satisfactory revenge until both she and Perry realize that their mutual animosity hides a passion worth exploring. Readers will wish for a deeper focus on how Perry's sudden loss of title changes him for the better and will long to see a softer side of judgmental Imogen, who takes her revenge pretty far. Die-hard fans of the enemies-to-lovers trope may forgive this flawed couple, but others will hope for greater compatibility in future installments.
Not author’s best effort
No coherent plot, actually no plot at all. Heroine was nasty person and really just not likeable at all. Very disappointed because this author is capable of much better work. I feel she wasted my time with this book.
The Duke Goes Down
I am a fan of this author and usually find her work to be reliably entertaining and well crafted. But this book is baffling. The writing style is completely unlike her previous novels. The main characters are unlikeable, their initial bad behavior is never explained or justified. The h in particular - although described as a town do-gooder with a heart of gold - wages a vicious rumor campaign against the H for very thin reasons, and doubles down when confronted. Their romance is inexplicable and lacks chemistry. The H’s sudden acceptance of the change in his life’s circumstances and status is barely explored. A 4th act revelation appears out of nowhere, with no hint of foreshadowing and should impact the plot much more than it does. There’s also a lot of verbatim repetition of thoughts, feelings, conversations - possibly to increase word count. Disappointing, but not typical of the authors usual fine work.
Not sure what happened here
Even making allowances for the creativity-destroying pandemic doesn’t explain why this book is so bad. Unlikable characters, nonsensical plot lines, and awkward prose doom this book. I know the author and editor are better than this.