Sabrina Jeffries latest new series The Duke Dynasty series begins with Project Duchess released on June 25th. I was lucky to receive an eARC from NetGalley just prior to its release and really enjoyed the book.
The Duke Dynasty series will focus on a family of grown children of an often widowed mother. She married well three times, and provided heirs to each Duke she married. Project Duchess follows the story of Fletcher “Grey” Pryde the fifth Duke of Greycourt and Beatrice Wolfe, a cousin through marriage that he meets at the funeral of his stepfather.
Grey had a dark childhood and trusts no one with much of anything really, let alone his heart, but he is also immediately drawn to Beatrice because she is different from the ladies that were brought up politely in the Ton. Beatrice raises and trains dogs, walks through the woods in sturdy boots, and most importantly, doesn’t let Grey win his way in an argument easily.
Though in mourning Grey helps Beatrice and his sister prepare for their coming out parties and along the way falls for Beatrice. Though their feelings are mutual, neither fully trusts each other for most of the novel, refusing to share their past traumas with each other.
I found this a delightful read with the right amount of danger and romance. I can’t wait for the next installment of the series to come out!
Happy reading 🙂
Recently I finished reading an eARC of The Things I Know by Amanda Prowse which was released on June 11th. I received this eARC through NetGalley.
The Things I Know tells the story of Thomasina ‘Hitch’ Waycott who lives on a family farm outside of Bristol, England. She was born a little bit different from the ‘normal’ kids and grew up constantly made fun of, an outsider. The story line follows her growth from believing what others are saying to standing up for herself and her family and loved ones.
I found this story interesting because although there was a love story involved, the main plot was actually about Thomasina learning to stand up for herself and figuring out what she wants to do with her life. Various problems are thrown her way, from bullies, to men, family problems, and as with every other farm book, the potential sale of the family farm that has been in the family for generations. I don’t read very many English stories that aren’t regency era so it was fun to read a more modern story from England.
I enjoyed witnessing the problems and solutions unfold, each in their own time. The flow of the story happened at a good pace. I didn’t feel rushed by any of the chaos that ensued or that any of the plot lines overlapped too much. By requesting this book I was attempting to work on diversifying the types of books that I read so that I am not just reading the same exact thing over and over, and I think this novel succeeded in helping me accomplish that goal. I would definitely read another of her books.
By the way, Thomasina REALLY likes chickens 🙂
I received an ebook ARC of Forget Me, Book 2 in the Van Allen Brothers Series by Kimberley Ash through #NetGalley. This is my first review for NetGalley, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to read this book early. This book came out yesterday, June 3rd, so you can go out and enjoy this romance yourself!
Forget Me focuses on Laurel Moore, a big city chef, home to run the bar and take care of her family after her alcoholic father’s passing. Jonah Gardiner is the town’s former bad boy turned Ph.D., and her former secret boyfriend.
Most of the romance I read is historical romance so this was a nice change-up for me. I wasn’t sure what to think going into it, but was intrigued to see how Ash would treat the main characters’ relationship with each other and how their backgrounds would be brought into the story. I think Ash did a good job of balancing the romance with the reality of their lives–working, dealing with family problems, etc. Romance novels are often so much a fantasy that it can be hard to relate the story to your life, but this book was easy for me to relate to.
All-in-all this was an enjoyable read and I look forward to reading the other books in the series.