Title: Duke in Search of a Duchess
Author: Jennifer Ashley
Series: Regency Bon Bons #1
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Historical romance, Regency romance
Format: eBook, Novella
This was a very quick and simple read. A wonderful fun and light novella that I really enjoyed reading. It was a nice historical romance with enough drama to keep me entertained, but not so much that it was too dramatic for such a short read. I enjoy the simplicity of a good story and the enjoyment of a nice romance without having to deal with too much angst sometimes. And this fit that bill perfectly.
I love that Courtland is driven and happy in her independence. She embraces being considered quirky and just genuinely enjoys her existence. However, when she talks about her deceased husband, my heart does break a little for her. I can’t imagine being married to such a useless human being. And the fact that even she admits that whilst she loved him, he didn’t love her, all the more painful. Courtland is such an adorable, happy and loveable character that you can’t help but hurt for her.
Contrastingly, Ashford is almost painfully rigid. I can’t imagine being so rigid that your own children use your actions to track the time of day. I understand how someone would need that rigidity to get over the death of his wife, but he definitely takes it to extremes. Courtland perfectly balances him out, and since I love the opposites attract trope, I lapped all of this up. Courtland is also able to bring out a sense of joy and happiness not only in Ashford, but also in his children. There were many cute and sweet moments that had me grinning from ear to ear.
This is my first historical romance novella by Jennifer Ashley, and I can’t wait to read the rest of this series. Ashley is able to create wonderful characters you can’t help but love, and do so in a humorous and subtle way that had me laughing out loud. Duke in Search of a Duchess was a fantastic read full of machinations and plots, one that I seriously enjoyed and look forward to reading again.
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