The Duchess Hunt

I adore Jennifer Haymore’s storytelling, because I know I’m in for a great adventure. Recently, I had the good fortune to get my greedy hands on an ARC of the first book in her latest series:

THE HOUSE OF TRENT

Book 1: THE DUCHESS HUNT

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Simon Hawkins, duke of Trent, is no stranger to scandal. Rumors and innuendo have darkened the House of Trent for decades, and it has fallen to Simon to restore his tattered family name. He lives by a strict code of honor, but when he is called home to investigate his mother’s disappearance, the distinguished duke will tangle with temptation. For there waits the only woman he has ever loved-and the last woman he should desire . . .

Sarah Osborne has spent her life dreaming of Simon’s touch. But dukes do not long for lady’s maids—or so Sarah believes, until a stolen kiss sparks a passion that could be her ultimate undoing. As the couple begins a forbidden romance, a cunning enemy plots to destroy the duke and everything he loves. Now, caught in a blackmailer’s web, Simon faces an agonizing choice: sacrifice his family’s future or break Sarah’s heart.

I read this book in, oh, about a day and a half. I know. I’m a glutton when it comes to a good story, and I’ll stay up half the night to finish one.

All opinions are mine. The Duchess Hunt: * * * * *

Oh, the scandals are delicious! What I particularly loved about The Duchess Hunt were the fully developed characters. I felt that I knew Ms. Haymore’s characters intimately. The story delivers on character, believability, sensuality, and intrigue. It was fun to learn about the Dowager Duchess and her less than traditional lifestyle, especially her approach to family and child-raising. Her disappearance added a layer of intrigue to the story.

I loved watching Simon wrestle with problems of heart and head, and how he put reputation and family above all else. To see him develop from a rather aloof, controlled man, to a more relaxed and loving human being was satisfying. Sarah was the perfect match for Simon. She understood him like nobody else could. She was totally devoted to him and yet unselfish. The secondary characters were well written and all brought color and passion to this interesting tale.

With this book release today, I don’t want to give away any spoilers. But, I think you will adore Simon and Sarah’s story. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series.

JenniferHaymore18medTo learn more about historical author, Jennifer Haymore, visit her at www.jenniferhaymore.com where she writes a blog, or connect with her on Facebook.

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12 Responses to The Duchess Hunt

  1. I’m so looking forward to reading this! I’m a big fan of Jennifer’s, too. Hopefully I’ll get some reading time soon. *wishes clock would stop for a bit*

    Have a great day, Roben!

    • robena grant says:

      Thanks for coming by, Robin. Yep. I know what you mean about the clock…just not enough hours in the day. But I love historical and Regency romance. They are my go to books when I need a lift, or to fill my own creative well.

  2. Well, you’ve certainly whetted my whistle for this book with your shining review. Love it!

    Jennifer is one talented lady.

    • robena grant says:

      Jennifer surely is, Lynne. You won’t be sorry about reading this story: Excellent mystery and intrigue along with some very steamy scenes. : )

  3. Thanks so much for reading and reviewing THE DUCHESS HUNT, Robena! I’m so thrilled you enjoyed it! 😀

    • robena grant says:

      It was my pleasure, Jennifer. I loved the story and can’t wait to read the next one in the series. It will be fun to see how you redeem the hero in that one. ; )

  4. Fantastic review! Can’t wait to read it!
    🙂
    G.

  5. Sam Beck says:

    You know, I hadn’t realized this until I read your review of “The Duchess Hunt,” but it’s been WAAAY too long since I’ve read an historical romance. Now I know just how to cure that little problem. 🙂

    Thanks Roben!

  6. robena grant says:

    I know, Sam. They uplift me. I couldn’t write a decent historical if you paid me, but I adore reading them. You would love this one. : )

  7. Maria Powers says:

    Okay, must buy this book now as soon as I leave Kate and Starbucks where I am supposed to be working but am only goofing off.

    • robena grant says:

      You? Goofing off? I would never believe it. ; )
      But yes, if you enjoy historical romance you will love this story. It’s very well written, and the romance is delicious.