Series: Difficult Dukes, #1
Release Date: November 28, 2017
Tracy’s rating: 5 of 5 stars
Hugh Ancaster, the Duke of Ripley, one of a trio of dukes referred to as the “Dis-Graces” has just returned from a year abroad and has already found trouble. Nothing new for the Dis-Graces, but not what he was expecting on his first day back.
His friend Lucius Beckingham, the Duke of Ashmont is getting married – tomorrow and has demanded that Ripley makes sure everything goes off without a hitch. So when Ripley finds the bride to me making a run for it, he has no choice but to follow her.
Lady Olympia Hightower, bride to be and voted the ton’s “most boring” seven years straight is having second thoughts, empowered by brandy, she decides to get some air, in the park, in the rain, while wearing her wedding gown. After climbing out the library window and running through the garden, she is confronted by Ripley and demands that he boost her over the wall.
Ripley, never one to turn down an adventure or a chance to pull a prank, agrees to help Olympia run. He thinks he can convince her to return to her groom or at the very least, deposit her with a female relative and have Ashmont retrieve her.
What ensues is a very amusing road trip, involving dips in the Thames, dogs, kisses, two more dukes chasing them (one of which is slightly drunk), more kisses, twisted ankles, a hero trying to do the right thing and a bride who wants the wrong right one, interfering relatives, a matter of honor and more kisses.
This book is well written, with non-stop action from the first to the last page, laugh out loud moments, steamy moments and a truly beautiful love story.
I loved this story and highly recommend the book, it has been much too long since I read a Loretta Chase book and now I can’t wait for Blackwood & Ashmont’s stories!!!
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC provided to me by Edelweiss and the publisher*