Cinderella and the Duke (the Beauchamp Betrothals #1) by @JaniceGPreston @HarlequinBooks

Cinderella and the Duke (The Beauchamp Betrothals #1)Cinderella and the Duke by Janice Preston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Four point five stars.

Cinderella And The Duke is a Regency romance from Mills & Boon / Harlequin. The book is set in 1812, with dual locations of Buckinghamshire and London.

Thirty year old Rosalind Allen has complicated family relations. She has run away, with her crippled brother, to the safety of a house on the Foxbourne Manor estate, and sent her step-sister, Nell, to London to prepare for her first social season, hopefully in time to find a husband before Nell’s obnoxious guardian, Sir Peter Tadlow, can marry her off in a deal to pay off his gambling debts. Forever the ‘poor relatives’, Ros and Freddie lack the social standing to prevent Tadlow taking advantage of his guardian role.

Ros meets Antony Lascelles, the new owner of neighbouring Halsdon Manor, and Leo Beauchamp, the widowed Duke of Cheriton, who is visiting his cousin with friends who wish to buy horses from Ros’ family friend and landlord.

To protect herself and her siblings, Ros calls herself Mrs Pryce and makes it known that she is a widow. Leo too, prefers some anonymity whilst in the shires, using the name of one of his lesser titles. This way he hopes to prevent endless introductions to marriageable young ladies.

Ros and Leo meet at first by accident and then again when they rescue a young runaway child. Ros becomes quite attached to the child, who becomes an excuse for the pair to continue meeting and their friendship grows.

Messages from London have both Ros and Leo urgently heading to the capital. Ros must take the place of Nell’s chaperone for the season and Leo must attend to his family. But when they meet in society, long kept secrets come to the fore. Will they be able to trust each other? Will the gap in their social standing keep them apart?

A very well written story which I enjoyed, both settings worked well and the characters were easy to fall in love with. I enjoyed the part played by Hector the Wolfhound too. Definitely a book I would recommend for readers of this genre.

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Book Description

Falling for a duke in disguise!

Never welcomed into society circles, Rosalind Allen gave up her marriage prospects long ago–life has taught her she’ll only get hurt. So she’s shocked when an encounter with a mysterious stranger makes her long to reconsider…

Little does Rosalind know that her mystery man is Leo Beauchamp, Duke of Cheriton, traveling in disguise to evade the ladies of the ton! Impoverished Rosalind is the first woman to captivate Leo–but can he persuade this wary Cinderella to trust him with her heart?

About the author

Janice Preston

I grew up in Wembley, North London, with a love of reading, writing stories and animals. After leaving school at eighteen, I moved to Devon and any thoughts of writing became lost in the hectic rush of life as a farmer’s wife, with two children and many animals to care for. When my children left home for university, I discovered a love of history and of the Regency period in particular and began to write seriously for the first time since my teens.
Real life then got in the way and I didn’t write again until 2009. I joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association in 2012 and my first Regency romance was accepted for publication by Harlequin Mills & Boon in late 2013.
I now live in the West Midlands with my second husband and two cats and I continue to write Regency romances for Harlequin Mills & Boon.

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The Duke’s Unexpected Bride by @laratemple1 #Regency #Romance @HarlequinBooks @MillsandBoon

The Duke's Unexpected BrideThe Duke’s Unexpected Bride by Lara Temple
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Duke’s Unexpected Bride is a Regency romance from Harlequin/Mills and Boon and is set in London during the summer of 1819.

Sophie Trevelyan has escaped from her overcrowded family home in Devon to become the latest companion to her eccentric Aunt Minnie, and minder to pug Marmaduke. Giving her the slip one day, whilst returning from the park, Marmaduke’s burst for freedom abruptly stops Max and his sister Hetty, neighbours of Aunt Minnie. Sophie’s lonely existence shows as she shuns etiquette and chatters freely to them. We later read that Hetty is staying with her brother in hopes of finding him a suitable wife.

Sophie’s days are hard to fill, but she does enjoy sketching. A drawing, from memory, of Hetty, provides a talking point when Max finds her in the park, on another occasion. He is enchanted by Sophie and her outspoken freshness, yet his sense of duty makes him cold and abrupt. The search for a wife is paying a heavy toll, as is the long held guilt and anger over the death of his previous betrothed. Serena died of poison ten years ago, and he’s never forgiven the man he blames for her death.

Sophie’s deep sense of compassion for all and her fiery passion for much of life draws Max in. He escorts her to an art exhibition, causing much gossip amongst his peers. Just days later, when he sees another man showing too much interest in Sophie, he steps in with a bold announcement. Could Sophie, the daughter of a country vicar, ever fit into the shoes of a society Duchess and bend to his demands?

This is a sweet romance which reveals the fiery passion of two people who, at first, seem an unlikely match. The copy I read leaned more towards the American reader with words such as dog-leash and stroller replacing the English ones for dog-lead and perambulator, which I expected due to the book’s era and setting. There are also a few typos which have missed the keen eyes of the editing team.

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Book Description

Sophie Trevelyan has been enjoying her visit to London, even if her closest companion is an overweight pug! Then she encounters the dashing Duke of Harcourt, who intrigues her more than is strictly proper

Max knows he must marry. He’s looking for the opposite of his high-spirited fiancéeLife in the Regency era, who died some years ago, so he tries to keep his distance from bubbly Sophie. But when her life is endangered, Max feels compelled to rescue her with a very unexpected proposal!

About the author

Lara Temple

Lara Temple writes strong, sexy regency romances about complex individuals who give no quarter but do so with plenty of passion. Lord Crayle’s Secret World was published by Harlequin Mills & Boon in March 2016, The Reluctant Viscount in September 2016, and her next book, The Duke’s Unexpected Bride, is due in May 2017.
When she was fifteen Lara found a very grubby copy of Georgette Heyer’s Faro’s Daughter in an equally grubby book store. Several blissful hours later she emerged, blinking, into the light of day completely in love with Regency Romance but it took three decades of various fascinating but completely unrelated careers in finance and high tech before she returned to her first love. 
Lara lives with her husband and two children who are very good about her taking over the kitchen table for her writing (so she can look out over the garden and dream). She loves to travel (especially to places steeped in history) and read as many books as possible. She recently went looking for that crowded little bookstore but couldn’t quite remember around what corner it was…hopefully it is still there and another girl is in the corner by the window, reading and dreaming…

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