"interesting characters but lacks 'Regency' feel"

Jared Broadrick, the Marquess of Middleton and heir to a dukedom, is one of the tons most eligible bachelors. Jared's controlling father is trying to force him to marry a woman whom he can barely stand. The only things that matter to the duke are pedigree and ability to produce a heir. Therefore, Jared decides to find his own bride, who will have those qualities.

Meanwhile, Ava Fairchild finds herself in a predicament. After her mother dies, Ava, her sister, and her cousin are forced to live off the goodwill of her stepfather, who inherited Ava's mother's vast fortune. When her stepfather returns from France, he has made it clear, that he will choose husbands for the women. Ava decides that she will choose a husband for herself and sets her cap for Jared. Jared likes Ava well enough and decides, that she will do for a bride. Thus begins a marriage of convenience.

THE HAZARDS OF HUNTING A DUKE is a regency historical romance with interesting characters but a lack of true regency feel. My first impression of Jared was that he was a spoiled, rich boy. However, on closer examination, I saw a tortured, lonely man afraid to love. At times, Ava seemed to act in a modern way. In a time when husbands controlled women's lives, this seemed ill-advised. Another problem was that the inheritance of a Marquisate from Jared's mother was never fully explained. The characters of Ava's sister and cousin piqued my interest and I look forward to reading their books.

Posted June 4, 2006
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Reviewed by Marlene Breakfield
Posted December 10, 2006


Beware! You might fall in love....

USA Today bestselling author Julia London, "a gifted and versatile author" (Publishers Weekly), introduces a sexy, wildly romantic and emotionally charged new trilogy in which three aristocratic young ladies, upon discovering they are destitute, resort to desperate means to keep up appearances...and find the husbands of their dreams.

When the young ladies of the Fairchild family learn that their stepfather has absconded with their late mother's fortune, Ava, the eldest, hunts down the notoriously wealthy rakehell Jared Broderick, the Marquis of Middleton and heir to a dukedom. Much to her shock and delight, the marquis sweeps her into a whirlwind romance and proposes marriage. But after their passionate wedding night, Ava discovers Jared has ulterior motives of his own. Not only does he expect her to deliver an heir while he continues to enjoy a rogue's life, but Ava also suspects she is a pawn in her husband's quest for revenge. Marriages of convenience work for some, but for Ava a loveless bond won't do. So she devises a bold plan to confront her husband's demons so that he might be free to choose to give her his heart for the right reason: because she is the only woman he will ever truly desire.

Genre: Historical Romance, Regency

Other books in the "The Desperate Debutantes" series

  1. The Hazards of Hunting a Duke
  2. The Perils of Pursuing a Prince
  3. The Danger of Deceiving a Viscount

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The Hazards of Hunting a Duke
(The Desperate Debutantes: Book 1)
by Julia London

Simon & Schuster (Pocket Books)
June 1, 2006
Available: May 23, 2006
ISBN #1416516158
EAN #9781416516156
384 pages
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Other Books by
Julia London

Highland Scandal
Snowy Night with a Stranger
The Book of Scandal
The Danger of Deceiving a Viscount
The Perils of Pursuing a Prince
The School For Heiresses
Highlander in Love
Highlander in Disguise
Beauty Queen
Highlander Unbound
Material Girl
The Secret Lover
The Beautiful Stranger
The Ruthless Charmer
The Dangerous Gentleman
Wicked Angel
The Devil's Love

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