"Regency editon of "I LOVE LUCY" sitcom"

After a duel with one of his friends, Keene Davies is blackmailed by his father into marrying his second cousin, Sophie. Sophie has been kept in the country by very strict parents and knows little of London and the ton. She has always had feelings for Keene and agrees to marry him.

Sophie's parents mistakenly think she has been disgraced and wish her to marry immediately. Her father tells Keene of their suspicions, but Keene wishes to stay married to her anyway. Sophie misunderstands something Keene's friend tells her and thinks Keene has an illegitimate child. Does this marriage of convenience have a chance to succeed with so many mistaken assumptions by everyone?

Sophie is very innocent and doesn't look before she leaps into most situations. She reminds of Lucy in an I LOVE LUCY sitcom. Unfortunately, she doesn't learn from her mistakes, and the reaction of the ton to her does not ring true. I think that her many faux pas would have resulted in her disgrace and she would have been given the cut direct. However, the situations are quite humorous and it was an entertaining read.

There were two secondary characters that I found very annoying, George and Amelia. George was too whiny by far, and Amelia was too much a martyr. I did like the hero and heroine. The hero was very supportive and a really nice guy who deserved better friends. If you are looking for a funny regency romp and care little for an accurate "feel" of the times, give THE WEDDING DUEL a try.

Copyright 2002
Reviewed for ParaNormal Romance and BOOK ISLE Paperbacks

Reviewed by Marlene Breakfield
Posted August 30, 2002


It was meant to be a duel like any other -- avenge a lady's honor, take a shot, and win the day. But from the moment Keene Davies takes the pistol from its case, it's clear the cursed thing will ruin his life. Not only does his shot go awry, his father's reaction to news of the confrontation is an unprecedented threat to cut off Keene's inheritance if he does't settle down and marry -- specifically, a scandalous little hoyden named Sophie.

To Keene's amazement, Sophie has grown into a lovely young woman, even if she is prone to trouble. Yet Keene can't refuse the obligation he has to his father -- or deny his unaccountable attraction to the spirited young woman he soon calls his wife. Unbeknownst to him, however, Sophie's determined to teach her husband that honor begins with the heart, not the sword; and that passion should go hand in hand with love.


The Wedding Duel
by Karen L. King

August 1, 2002
ISBN #0821774131
352 pages
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