Thursday, 21 August 2014

Review: The Duke's Shotgun Wedding, by Stacy Reid

The Duke's Shotgun Wedding'Victorian Era England...

As far as rash decisions go, it was formidable. But Lady Jocelyn Rathbourne's will remains strong. If the only way to save her family's estate and reputation is by aiming a small pistol at the Duke of Calydon, then so be it. For Lady Jocelyn demands satisfaction - and she will have it at any cost. Even if it means demanding the hand of the intense and foreboding Duke himself...

But she's made the first move against a very dangerous opponent...

For Sebastian Thornton is no stripling to be trifled with. The lady has played her hand. Now it's his turn. For Sebastian is in need of a wife. And to find a wife with spirit and fire - even if she means to only marry for his money - would be a great prize indeed. And he intends to thoroughly take his pleasure with her... and demands his own satisfaction in return.'

I'm not gonna lie- when I read the title I laughed and immediately one-clicked to download this novella. My guilty pleasure is most definitely Victorian and Georgian romances with obvious and self-explanatory titles. But, I am incredibly happy to say that this book was not a guilty pleasure- just a pleasure to read.

The book starts in the middle of the action, with Jocelyn aiming a pistol at the Duke of Calydon and demanding marriage to him, even though that was not what she has originally planned. The story is most definitely a love-after marriage tale, and one of the better ones that I have come across. Both the main characters bring their own issues to the table; issues that have forced them into a marriage with a near stranger.

Jocelyn is spirited and amusing, especially in the way she dives full on into every situation. Sebastian, the Duke of Calydon, is alternatively passionate and cold, aloof, imposing and unfathomably kind, yet almost roguish, attempting and succeeding to seduce his new wife at every turn. Reading about their sexual tension and chemistry, as well as their developing relationship, was exciting, often amusing, and always passionate- whether they were happy or angry with each other, Sebastian and Jocelyn are perfectly matched for the force behind their emotions.

The book also acts as a great lead in to Stacy Reid's longer follow-up novel, The Irresistible Miss Peppiwell, which I have already downloaded and devoured. Looking forward to more from Stacy Reid soon!

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