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A Duke in Shining Armor by Loretta Chase

A Duke in Shining Armor by Loretta ChaseA Duke in Shining Armor (Difficult Dukes, #1) by Loretta Chase
Published by Avon on November 28th 2017
Pages: 400
2 Stars

Not all dukes are created equal. Most are upstanding members of Society. And then there’s the trio known as Their Dis-Graces.

Hugh Philemon Ancaster, seventh Duke of Ripley, will never win prizes for virtue. But even he draws the line at running off with his best friend’s bride. All he’s trying to do is recapture the slightly inebriated Lady Olympia Hightower and return her to her intended bridegroom.

For reasons that elude her, bookish, bespectacled Olympia is supposed to marry a gorgeous rake of a duke. The ton is flabbergasted. Her family’s ecstatic. And Olympia? She’s climbing out of a window, bent on a getaway. But tall, dark, and exasperating Ripley is hot on her trail, determined to bring her back to his friend. For once, the world-famous hellion is trying to do the honorable thing.

So why does Olympia have to make it so deliciously difficult for him . . . ?

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Bummer…..this just didn’t work for me…. except the author’s name….

Hugh Philemon Ancaster, the seventh Duke of Ripley, one of three Dis-Graces (as his Ducal trio of friends are referred to) finds himself in a responsible position as he is allocated the task of overseeing the smooth running of his best friend, the Duke of Ashmont’s wedding. Make sure the groom is not drunk, is on time and the wedding goes ahead…Simple enough…until he catches the bride, Lady Olympia Hightower, foxed, about to jump out a window trying to escape her own wedding. Realising she couldn’t be persuaded to change her mind, the Duke of Ripley has no choice except to follow her, so that he can bring her straight back to the altar as promised!

What ensues is a wild, drunken bridal chase and Olympia finds herself running from one Duke, just so she can be chased by another…although she doesn’t seem to mind being chased by the Duke of Ripley. With Ripley trying to not live up to his dastardly reputation and do the honourable thing by his best friend, he finds himself falling for Olympia’s charms and returning her is not something he is looking forward to doing at the end of the race!

Oh and did I mention the heroine wears glasses and loves cataloguing?

This story sounded fantastic and I was really hoping to love the book…..Maybe my expectations were too high but I wasn’t captivated by the H/h and truthfully I was bored throughout most of the story. Olympia and Hugh’s relationship came across too forced and convenient for me and I didn’t find myself building an emotional attachment to them. Loretta Chase does hint at the fact, that they had noticed each other over the years so that the relationship doesn’t come across as completely random, but I still wasn’t feeling it. However, it does seem very romantic that a drastic turn of events, such as escaping one’s own wedding makes you realise you are marrying the wrong person!

I do hope I will have better luck liking the other two books in the trilogy…”Duke in Shining Armor” just made me curious about the other two Dis-Graces as one is already married! That should make for some hopefully better reading!

*Thank-you Loretta Chase, Edelweiss & Avon for the ARC.

About Loretta Chase

Loretta Lynda Chekani was born in 1949, of Albanian ancestry. For her, the trouble started when she learned to write in first grade. Before then, she had been making up her own stories but now she knew how to write them down to share. In her teenage years, she continue to write letters, keep a journal, write poetry and even attempt the Great American Novel (still unfinished). She attended New England public schools, before she went off to college and earned an English degree from Clark University.

After graduation, she worked a variety of jobs at Clark including a part-time teaching post. She was also moonlighting as a video scriptwriter. It was there that she met a video producer who inspired her to write novels and marry him. Under her married name, Loretta Chase, has been publishing historical romance novels since 1987. Her books have won many awards, including the Romance Writers of America RITA.

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