MY DARING DUCHESS by Julie Johnstone
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: September 10, 2018
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Humor/Satire, Historical Romance
When a lady bent on ruining rogues and a duke set on revenge attempt to derail each other’s plans, passion erupts into a love for the ages.
After being left brokenhearted by a duplicitous rake, Anne Adair no longer desires a husband—she wants justice. She’s traded in her foolish dream of happily-ever-after for the much more sensible one of thwarting the blackhearted lords who prey on innocent debutantes. But her first mission proves rather complicated when the dashing, devilish Duke of Kilmartin comes to the aid of her target.
Simon Sedgewick, the newly titled Duke of Kilmartin, never thought he would return to England, let alone attend a ball full of simpering lords. But when his oldest friend’s reputation is being smeared and Simon discovers that the perpetrator is none other than his enemy’s granddaughter, his long-festering desire for vengeance flares to life.
The moment Simon spies Miss Anne Adair across the glittering ballroom, he knows that the ravishing beauty is the perfect instrument for the retribution he thought lost to him. He does not know, however, that Anne has devised a scheme of her own. And soon, these two wary hearts will discover that the best laid plans are no match for love.
Author Julie Johnstone first fell in love with romance fifteen years ago when she picked up her first romance novel in an airport gift shop on the way to Conroe, Texas for a family reunion and spent her whole weekend reading rather than water skiing, which up until then was one of her favorite things to do.
Julie is staying up way too late and typing furiously on her keyboard to finish her next book or blog with her fellow authors at Ladyscribes. Julie is married to an amazing lawyer and when she is not running her two precocious children to one activity or another she is trying to seek out some time to stay in shape and see her dearest friends.
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Simon had the means to destroy Rowan, yet he had no plans. He could cripple many of Rowan’s
financial holdings, but it hardly seemed enough for the man’s rule in ultimately causing the death of Simon’s mother. The best way would be to hurt someone Rowan loved, yet Simon doubted the man cared much for another.
Would you do anything to get a man’s attention if you were not wed by a certain age? What if you fell madly in love with a man who did not reciprocate those feelings? A woman’s reputation was much easier to tarnish if a man willed it, but Johnstone turns the stakes in this historical romance. The Sisterhood for the Ruination of Rogues is prevalent and this group of women are determined that no duke or rogue should go unpunished for their thoughtlessness and foolishness. Readers will be entertained by the light humor and cunning nature of this story as it unravels.
Anne Adair is the leader of the Sisterhood and she is out to destroy one man’s reputation, in particular. After a friend confides in the Sisterhood about a compromising position that she was found in with a man being a rakish intent, Anne is determined to seek revenge for her distress. With only the best intentions at heart, she feels it is her duty to spread the word about this man and gain back her friend’s reputation. When a man seeks Anne out and wants to get to know her, she instantly feels an attraction, but knows better than to get involved with someone who is too charming and handsome for her own good. He can only be one thing…a rogue. Simon, the Duke of Kilmartin, is enamored by this beautiful woman…only too soon finding out that this may be the way to his revenge against her grandfather. His growing attraction for her might interfere, leaving them both in for some painful emotions that they’d rather not face. Can they both learn to set vengeance aside and seek out the love, acceptance and truth from one another?
Johnstone has a powerful, yet beautifully written story. The characters are wonderful, and the pace is fast and enjoyable. With this being the fourth installment in the Once Upon a Rogue series, it still remains a novel which can be read as a standalone. If you are a reader of historical romance, you may enjoy this book.
A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by the author and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating to My Daring Duchess by Julie Johnstone.