Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Book Review & Giveaway: The Forgiven Duke

It's been a while since I've done anything with my blog. Life has been hectic. Items on my to-do list have been ignored. I have a long list of topics, recipes and reviews I want to get posted here, so I'll jump back in with a book review and giveaway!

A few months ago, I got to review Jamie Carie's book "The Guardian Duke." It was a fun read, but really left the reader hanging at the end, with Alexandria Featherstone sailing away from Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton, caught up in a rash promise to marry Lord John Lemon.

I was delighted when I got the chance to review the next book in the series, "The Forgiven Duke" before its July 1 publication date.

The second book in the series did not disappoint me. I had a hard time putting the book down, as I waited to see how the plot would play out. In the first book, Alexandria has a lively correspondence going on with the duke, but she has never met him face to face. She pictures him to be a rather withered old man. When Lord John Lemon showers her with attention and gifts, and offers to accompany her on her quest to find her parents, she impetuously agrees to marry him. As their boat sails away from the dock, the Duke of St. Easton arrives, just in time to see her on the deck of the ship. Alexandria realizes that "her duke" is not the doddering old man she imagined, but a young and handsome fellow.... Will she cut herself loose from John Lemon and embrace Gabriel, or is she still too afraid that he will keep her from her quest of finding her parents?

About the book:
Tethered by her impulsive promise to marry Lord John Lemon - the path of least resistance - Alexandria Featherstone sets off toward Iceland in search of her parents with a leaden heart. A glimpse of her guardian, the Duke of St. Easton - the path less traveled by - on Dublin’s shore still haunts her.

Will he come after her? Will he drag her back to London, quelling her mission to rescue her treasure-seeking parents, or might he decide to throw caution to the wind and choose Foy Pour Devoir: “Faith for Duty,” the St. Easton motto. The Featherstone motto Valens et Volens: “Willing and Able,” beats in her heart and thrums through her veins. She will find her parents and find their love, no matter the cost.

The powerful yet wing-clipped Duke of St. Easton has never known the challenge that has become his life since hearing his ward’s name. Alexandria Featherstone will be the life or the death of him. Only time and God’s plan will reveal just how much this man can endure for the prize of love.

I don't want to give away any of the story line, but this book was very entertaining, with plot twists, adventure, humor, and romance. And once again, Jamie Carie leaves the reader hanging at the end, eagerly waiting for the final book in the series, "A Duke's Promise" to be published September 1st.

Jamie Carie has a Facebook Page for this series, or you can check out this website. You can pre-order The Forgiven Duke at Amazon and they will ship it as soon as it is available! 

You don't have to wait until July 1st to get a copy of "The Forgiven Duke". One lucky reader of my blog will win an advanced reader copy. Just click on the Rafflecopter drawing below!

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