Mad About the Duke by Elizabeth Boyle

Sigh... I'm having a happy moment!

You can call me Al, call me irresponsible, call me anytime, call me don't be afraid just call me, or call me crazy - but I loved this book! Thank you, Ms. Boyle, for making my day!

Mad About the Duke starts out with a bang - or should I say a love at first sight: two people, James and Elinor, stunned into idiocy. Nothing makes me happier than that old tried and true proper, stuffed-shirt hero falling... and falling fast. I loved this book because we are all let in on the secret at the very beginning. We get to sit ringside and watch as both of these characters stumble their way through the love maze.

I loved every minute of this book, from the harried servants trying to save their master from his doom (Elinor) with disastrous results, to the running gag of borrowing his brother's carriage, once again with disastrous results. This book is full of wonderful, rich secondary characters who blend like magic into the storyline. Yes, there is a case of mistaken identity (which is one of my pet peeves) and it lasts throughout most of the book; however, I really didn't mind. In fact, I was relishing the moment of discovery. Mad About the Duke is a fast-paced, no breath race to a HEA.

I don't think there was anything about this book that I have a complaint about. Well, maybe just one thing. It ended.

Time/Place: Regency England
Sensuality Rating: Warm/Hot


Tracy said...

Ok you've more than sold me on it! Sounds wonderful.

Did you read the first book in this series? I have it but haven't read it yet. Do I need to in order to enjoy this one or not?

SidneyKay said...

I don't think you need the others to enjoy this book, however, there are a bunch of characters from the Bachelor chronicles (5 books) and Bachelor chronicles: Standon Widows (2 books so far) that show up. I of course, did not remember the other stories, but that didn't keep me from enjoying this one.

The plot of the three Standon widows is that they are all Lady Standon's because they married cousins and brothers, there is a helpful ancestor chart in the beginning...and because they are constantly bickering and spending money the Duke (Love Letters from a Duke) puts them in a house of their own. And I believe that info was in the first book.

The third book in the series is Lord Langley (Felicity's father) and Minerva.

According to Ms. Boyle's website, she wanted to find happy endings for some secondary men from other stories.

So, my answer is, this is a stand alone story, it would also be nice to have a retentive memory.

Tracy said...

Thanks for the info SidneyKay. I should have specified - I have the first book in the Standon portion of the series. I'll be running out for this on today! Thanks.

Elizabeth boyle said...

Thank you for making my evening with your lovely review. So glad you enjoyed Elinor and James's story.

Tracy said...

I just finished it - thanks so much for the rec. It was wonderful!

SidneyKay said...

Glad you enjoyed it!!

Melissa said...

Once I got passed not remembering the previous stories, though I know we read them, the story was fabulous. Elinor and St. Maur maintain a cute, funny romance with many missteps. Everyone believing St. Maur has gone insane leads to many hilarious moments. Thanks for the loan.

Lana said...

I loved watching stodgy James go all giddy while he fell head over heels. So much fun! I'm a big 'mistaken identity' fan, and I enjoyed it despite the peer-hunting to protect my siblings story-line (which is one of my eye-rollers)!

The carriage gag kept me giggling, too, and I'm really looking forward to going back to the first in the Widows of Standon series (and to seeing what Lord Langley is up to).

I enjoyed your review, and I've linked to it here.