Book Review

‘A Duke in Shining Armor’ by Loretta Chase

adisa lcSTORY: 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 . . . ?

REVIEW: Loretta Chase is someone I admire and whose work I never miss to read. She is my #1 favorite author. EVER! That said, I have to say that this story is better read than listened to, and I’ve done both, so I know of what I speak.

Difficult Dukes series starts with Ripley and Olympia’s story and I loved it, as long as I was reading it. I sort-of  liked it as I was listening to it, but about that in a bit.

Let me tell you what worked for me in the story: everything, BUT the “she said/he said/name said”. OMG! It was bordering on annoying! When we have only two people conversing, I know exactly who says what. Unless you have them doing something as they talk, it really is annoying to her “he said/she said”.

As for the rest of the story, this was your typical LC book and it took off with high speed and never let down. The characters were light, the story entertaining and fun, but in no way was this a 5 Star read, and for that I blame the editor. He/she should have known better.

Melanie for b2b


1 thought on “‘A Duke in Shining Armor’ by Loretta Chase”

  1. I totally agree, Melanie, about having a bunch of “saids” when there are just two characters in a scene. It’s disrespectful of your reader’s intelligence. And when I find it in a book, I wonder about the editor’s competence.

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