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review 2019-01-05 01:16
The Duchess of Windsor: The Secret Life - Charles Higham

"THE DUCHESS OF WINDSOR: The Secret Life" reads as both a biography of Wallis Simpson, the woman for whom Edward VIII abdicated the throne in December 1936, as well as a fully fleshed-out story of the life she and Edward (aka the Duke of Windsor) had together from their marriage in France in June 1937 til the Duke's death in May 1972. 

This book is also replete with revelatory information about both the Duke and Duchess of Windsor that makes plain their fascist leanings in the 1930s, their admiration of Adolf Hitler, and various other indiscretions. I won't say more because it would be better for anyone with an interest in the lives of both Edward and Wallis Simpson to read this book and arrive at his/her own conclusions about them. What's more: the book is well-researched and footnoted and generally well-written.

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review 2018-12-17 19:18
[REVIEW] The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare
The Duchess Deal - Tessa Dare

*dreamy sigh*

I am happy there are authors like Tessa Dare that give me just what I needed when I needed it. I am drowning in work and graduate work and a looming thesis, so I had to read something that made me laugh with the bonus of making me feel warm and fuzzy. This was just it, like a warm slice of apple pie.

The characters are flawed, yet you love them dearly: Emma is so sweet and brave, Ashbury has quite a temper, but he is witty and delightful. Their chemistry was undeniable, and all you wanted was for them to tell each other those three words. I alternated between "squee!" and a barely contained giggle fit while I read. Also, the secondary characters were amazing. Emma's friends (who are the protagonists of the coming books) are so different and uniquely interesting. I loved the butler, Khan; he was as loyal and as witty as our hero.

If you need a pick me up, definitely read this book.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-12-09 04:18
His Duchess at Eventide
His Duchess at Eventide - Wendy LaCapra

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His Duchess at Eventide is book 2 of Wendy LaCapra’s the Mythic Dukes series. I’ve been a fan of this series since it debuted last year and have been eagerly waiting for the next installment. Alluding to the story of Odysseus and Penelope, along with author’s wonderful writing, this story was a treat to read from page one.

The Mythic Dukes is a brand new series by the author that doesn’t connect to her previous series titled the Furies. That was another wonderful series through which I discovered her work. Book 1 of the Mythic Dukes, Her Duke at Daybreak, introduces us to a trio of Dukes, childhood friends—The Dukes of Ashbey, Cheverley and Hurtheven. Ashbey was our typical angsty duke who was tortured by his past and a so-called curse that’s said to have tainted his ancestral name and anything else they’ve called their own for many generations. Ashbey’s own life had been mired with tragedies and bad luck, to a point he’d given up hope for a life of happiness. He’s become so cynical, so dead inside that he never thought anyone could ever revive the empty space where his heart’s supposed to be. Then, enter Alicia our heroine.

Called as the Angelic Widow by Ashbey the moment he clapped his eyes on her, Alicia had known her own hardship with a cheating husband who publicly dumped her over his mistress. She’d been hurt all throughout her miserable marriage so Alicia never truly thought she’d ever be happy. But I think over the years since her husband had left her, she’d come to terms with the fact that he’d never return to her. To Alicia his death, though sad, had been more of a good riddance. Yet, because he was a famous figure Alicia was still the talk of the town. All negative talk, and through no fault of her own. Because they hero-worshipped her husband, she was the evil woman who didn’t die in time for him to marry the ‘love of his life’. Absolutely disgusting to think they’d treat her this way! Alicia couldn’t go out without veiling herself. Yet somehow, Ashbey or Ash who’d heard of Alicia from Cheverley, and wanted to meet her, identifies her among the crowd of people gathered to mourn their so-called hero. There amongst the crowd, they shared a moment that pretty much sealed their fate. I loved the book and Ash and Alicia’s coming together. A proper widow and a Duke who thinks he’s the very devil, and a cursed ancestry to go with it. ;) It was full of love, yearning and so much hope that I was grinning ear-to-ear when I finished it.

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review 2018-12-03 21:43
Historical Romance
Inevitably a Duchess (The Spy Series) - Jessie Clever

Inevitably A Duchess is a fantastic historical romance by Jessie Clever.  Ms. Clever has given readers a well-written book.  This is a quick read, perfect for those with limited reading time.  Jane's abusive husband died, freeing Jane become Richard's secret lover.  When Jane becomes a spy they are linked even closer.  Jane and Richard's story is loaded with drama, humor, sizzle and suspense.  I enjoyed reading Inevitably A Duchess and look forward to reading more from Jessie Clever in the future.  Inevitably A Duchess is part of The Spy Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.  

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review 2018-10-03 00:00
The Duchess Deal
The Duchess Deal - Tessa Dare So look.


I don't think this offering put much effort into the actual characters. And I can let the plausible set ups go with fairy tales, plus her meet cutes are absolutely the best. But the supporting characters didn't ring true at all, and were really there so they could tell us what was happening without having to delve into making it happen.

I didn't buy his baggage. I didn't really buy hers. Kinda seemed like he loved her for loving him because... Well lots of because. She thought he was sexy. He realized she thought he was sexy. Happily ever after.

And, true to the book, that's all the effort I got here despite an enjoyable and even charming read, my bells weren't a-ringing...or something.
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