Monday, October 1, 2012

[Review]: "The Way to the Duke's Heart" + Giveaway

The Way to the Duke's Heart by Caroline Linden
Publisher: Avon (August 28, 2012)
Series: The Truth About the Duke, 3
Genre: Historical Romance
Charles de Lacey, Lord Gresham, is running out of time, running from his responsibilities, and running from love.

Destined to be a duke, Charles de Lacey has led a life of decadent pleasure, free of any care for propriety or responsibility. It comes as a terrible shock to learn that he might be stripped of everything, thanks to his father's scandalous past. He has no choice but to find the blackmailer who would ruin him—and his only link to the villain is a woman who may be part of the plot…

To save his fortune and title, he vows he'll stop at nothing—in fact, he's all too eager to unravel the beautiful, tart-tongued Tessa Neville. She intrigues him and tempts him like no other lady ever has. With only his heart to guide him, and keenly aware that his entire future is at stake, Charles must decide: is she the woman of his dreams, or an enemy in disguise?

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My Review:

This was my first time reading Caroline Linden's work, and The Way to the Duke's Heart was actually a good book. I was intrigued by the blackmail and family secrets, and I flipped the pages to find out how everything turned out.

I liked the hero and heroine—they may not be in my top 10 list, but I still enjoyed reading their story. Tessa was very strong, very intelligent, and I respected her for that. I also came to respect Charlie for understanding her, and not just seeing a beautiful woman, as many other men have seen.

The romance was great, very passionate, and I loved every minute of it. I was happy when Charlie realized that he had made a mistake when he was younger, thinking himself in love with Maria; the fact that it took finding Tessa, and realizing that he not just wanted her, but needed her, to realize that he had never really loved Maria...I loved watching him come to terms with this!

4 STARS! A wonderful historical, with just the right amount of mystery and romance, but also with a dose of wit and sexy, The Way to the Duke's Heart is a great choice for any fan of the genre! Now I'm only sorry that I didn't wait and read the previous two books in this trilogy, but I will definitely be doing so soon. I look forward to seeing what Linden will write next!

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I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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Thanks to the wonderful people at Avon, I have
FOUR copies of The Way to the Duke's Heart
to share!
US only, sorry!

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Are you a historical romance fan? I am, and

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author/book to try. What HR have you read

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Allison Motherway said...

I love Historical Romance. I read Ms. galen all the time amotherway@ aol (dot)com

The_Book_Queen said...

Oh, yes, love Shana's books! :)

Belinda said...

I totally love the cover on Ms Linden's newest book. Ms Galen's new book is awesome. Thank you for contest.Good luck everyone.

The_Book_Queen said...

Yes--I'm glad that I have a print copy of this one, I really love the cover! :) Good Luck!

Danni T said...

I love historical romance. The last historical romance I read was just yesterday and it was Elizabeth Boyle's How I Met My Countess.

The_Book_Queen said...

Ooh, I haven't read that one--off to put it on my list! :)

Melody May said...

I love reading historical novels. They are my favorite. The love Ava Stones' Scandalous series. They are a lot of fun. There are so many great out there.

Alyn Yang said...

Eloisa James, A Kiss at Midnight.
Yes, I am a Historical Romance Fan.

The_Book_Queen said...

Putting hers on my list, too, thanks! :)

The_Book_Queen said...

I love Eloisa's books--though I'm behind on her newer books. Must catch up soon! :D

Erin F said...

thanks for a great giveaway! I really love HR! My first romance was Julie Garwood's medieval series and I've since branched out :) The last HR that I read and enjoyed was Midnight's Scandal an anthology with Courtney Milan, Sherry Thomas and Carolyn Jewel.

Leah Weller said...

I'm a huge historical romance fan. I love escaping into the past. Warrior's Redemption by Melissa Mayhue is one that I've recently read that I loved. Right now I'm reading Defiant by Kris Kennedy which I am really enjoying. Thank you for the review and I'm so looking forward to reading The Way To The Duke's Heart. Thank you for the chance in the giveaway! :)

The_Book_Queen said...

:) I haven't read any of Milan, Thomas or Jewel's books, but they are all on my list, I'm glad to hear that you liked their anthology, perhaps I'll have to pick it up soon!

The_Book_Queen said...

Me, too! :) Ooh, love Mayhue's Highlanders (yum!), it's been a while since I read one of her books..perhaps I need to change that! :) Have not heard of Defiant before, but will be putting it on my list, too.

Carin W said...

I loved Miranda Neville"s The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton

The_Book_Queen said...

I haven't read her books--off to put them on my list though, Thanks!

Jennifer said...

I've read one Caroline Linden book ages ago. I forgot the name, but I remember enjoying it. This one sounds really intriguing to me.

I've read two really good historicals lately: What I Did For a Duke by Julie Anne Long and Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart by Sarah MacLean.

Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

The_Book_Queen said...

I have What I Did for a Duke on my NOOK, I'll be reading it soon--glad to hear that you liked it! And I have Sarah's books on my list to read. :D