Romance Roundup: Delectable Dukes, Provocative Pirates, Sexy Soldiers, and Passionate Professors

Title: The Duke and I
Author: Julia Quinn
Publisher: HarperCollins (2009)
Pages: 384
Rating: 3.5 stars

Daphne comes from a huge loving family. Simon is an only child and heir to the Duke of Hastings. He was despised by his father because of a disability. He swears never to marry because he doesn’t want to continue his father’s title. He and Daphne become friends, but when her brothers grow suspicious of their relationship, they force the two into marriage and shatter Simon’s dreams of revenge.

Julia Quinn is a great writer! Her stories are always funny and her heroines are endearing. I enjoyed the hero of The Duke and I a lot! Simon was tortured and angsty, but still witty. Quinn masters the flirtation between her characters. The first half of her books are always A.W.E.S.O.M.E. But around page 150-200 I start to lose interest. Once the characters get together, Quinn seems to revert to romance stereotypes as far as plot development and characterization. That’s when I catch myself doing this…

Title: Seven Years to Sin
Author: Sylvia Day
Publisher: Kensingston Books
Pages: 353
Rating: 3 stars

Folks, we have a male courtesan! Our hero in Seven Years to Sin is Alistair. He made is fortune by selling his body to married and widowed women of the ton as a younger man. Older and wiser now, he seeks to seduce a woman that he has pined over for seven years, Jessica. Her husband recently passed, and Alistair sees his chance to pounce. But can she get over his history?

This book is very well written with beautiful visuals. Day really has a gift for scene and inner conflict. And the sexy scenes were well…

But toward the end I was like get over it! You love each other you nincompoops just figure it out!! I thought the inner conflict was a little too drawn out considering that the characters really didn’t have much external conflict keeping them apart.

Title: Undercover Professor
Author: December Gephart
Publisher: Carina Press (2012)
Pages: 138
Rating: 2.5 stars

Meet our undercover professor, Andy. His real name is Drew, but when he temporarily moves back to his hometown to help his mom recover from hip surgery, he decides to do a little research on women and video games. Drew is a hot shot back in the big city, but at home no one knows who he is. When he meets the strong, sexy Lucy in the laundry room of his building, his cover must be maintained despite his desire to woo her and her disinterest in video games. He breaks all of Lucy’s rules. He has no job (that she knows of). Lives with his mother. He lies. He sort of dates her cousin. But attraction is often hard to contain and for these two it’s impossible!

Undercover Professor is purely a fun read. The plot is an old one but effective. The biggest problem is the writing. It wasn’t 50 Shades bad by any means but it did have a lot of cliches, which are a huge turn off. And won my award for Worst Romance Line read last year: “They fought to get closer, inhaling each other, tongues in a wild duel of erotic swordplay.” Gross.

Title: An Infamous Marriage
Author: Susanna Fraser
Publisher: Carina Press (2012)
Pages: 218
Rating: 3.5 stars

It’s 1815 in Britain and General Jack Armstrong is coming back to a cold wife that he hardly knows, Elizabeth. The two were married five years earlier after Elizabeth’s first husband (and Jack’s best friend) made them swear to wed on his death bed (like that rhyme?). Elizabeth is furious with her husband for his blatant womanizing abroad that has caused her social distress in his absence. Jack is pissed that he was forced to marry a plain woman. Can they reconcile their differences and be a good match?

An Infamous Marriage is extremely well written, especially the beginning of the book. The conflict between the two characters is intense and realistic. However, the conflict in the second half is a little silly. I don’t want to ruin it for you, but both of the characters act like complete idiots. But I guess that’s more of a story than two characters that act reasonable. Right?

About Natalie Ramm

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2 Responses to Romance Roundup: Delectable Dukes, Provocative Pirates, Sexy Soldiers, and Passionate Professors

  1. Loved your use of gifs! Check out Nice Girl Notes for some really great ones that I love. The newest installment: http://www.nicegirlnotes.com/this-is-how-i-feel-4

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