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Four Dukes and a Devil by Cathy Maxwell, Elaine Fox, Jeaniene Frost, Sophia Nash & Tracy Anne Warren

Overview
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Title: Four Dukes and a Devil
Author: Cathy Maxwell, Elaine Fox, Jeaniene Frost, Sophia Nash & Tracy Anne Warren
In: Four Dukes and a Devil (Cathy Maxwell, Elaine Fox, Jeaniene Frost, Sophia Nash & Tracy Anne Warren)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Contemporary romanceHistorical romanceParanormal romance, Regency romanceShort story collections
Dates read: 14th November – 17th December 2019
Pace: Medium
Format: Anthology
Publisher: Avon Romance
Year: 2009
5th sentence, 74th page: Could I, uh, get a glass wine?

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Synopsis

Fall in love with the unpredictable and irresistible dukes (and one dog named Duke) of Four Dukes and a Devil. Join New York Times bestselling authors Cathy Maxwell, Jeaniene Frost, and Tracy Anne Warren, along with USA Today bestselling author Elaine Fox and RITA Award winner Sophia Nash, for tales of noble danger and devilish desire.

Delicate young ladies must be protected from him.

First he steals her clothes, then he steals her heart.

Most would be terrified of this powerful vampire—but not him.

He’s “the catch of the century”. . . but she’s the only one he can’t have.

A young miss demands a kiss. But he won’t rest once she’s touched her lips to his.

With four dukes and one devil, there’s no limit on love.

Thoughts

I’ve had this collection on my shelf for a little while. And wow! Why did it take me this long? I completely loved all five novellas. They managed to run the gambit of romance genres and all featured good, strong women who you were completely gunning for the entire time. Five different couples, five different authors, five different settings, one really good adventure. This is the first collection in a long time that I have wanted to read cover to cover instead of taking a break in between like I usually do…

One of the things I loved about this collection is that although all five stories are romances of a sort, they’re from completely different genres. To start with there is a historical romance, then a contemporary one, then a romantic journey that features vampires and a demon. And finally, two regency romances to tie it all out. An intriguing mix, one that I would never have thought would work so well. But wow. It was impossible to put down and impossible to forget.

I now have many stories to put on my wish list… some are to expand on the series which this collection introduced me to, some just because I need to read more by some of these authors. Regardless, I have one more Night Huntress tale that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and four new authors to obsess over.

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Charmed by Her Smile by Tracy Anne Warren

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Title: Charmed by Her Smile
Author: Tracy Anne Warren
Series: The Byrons of Braebourne #1.5
In: Four Dukes and a Devil (Cathy Maxwell, Elaine Fox, Jeaniene Frost, Sophia Nash & Tracy Anne Warren)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Historical romance, Regency romance
Dates read: 17th December 2019
Pace: Fast
Format: Novella
Publisher: Avon Romance
Year: 2009
5th sentence, 74th page: And that’s how I want you to stay.

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Synopsis

All India wanted was to escape the notice of a very unwanted suitor. And then she found Quentin. After agreeing to their ruse, the two find themselves experiencing emotions that they really weren’t expecting.

Thoughts

This novella was an absolutely fantastic way to end out the Four Dukes and a Devil collection. It was sweet, funny and impossible to put down. I laughed, I smiled (a lot) and just generally loved the adventure that it took me on. The innocence to the story and the humour were a perfect mix. And, as this collection as shown me… I’m kind of falling in love with Regency Romances at the moment. So it worked kind of perfectly for my mood lately.

As with a lot of romances, this was kind of entirely predictable. You knew who was going to end up with whom. Alright, some of the bumps weren’t necessarily expected – but you knew that there were going to be bumps. But you know what? I actually enjoy having such a predictable story sometimes… just because you know that it’s going to end in happily ever after, it doesn’t mean you can’t join in the journey. Or enjoy it.

The two leads in this – India and Quentin are absolutely fantastic. Alright, as usual, the man is a little it slow on the uptake and too stubborn to realise his good luck. But, eventually he comes around and gives us the ending that we desire. And India? India is bright, fun and vibrant. She’s kind of naïve in her hope, but it’s the part of me that I sometimes wish I could reclaim, that unjaded outlook on life and ability to be excited by everything… if only.

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Catch of the Century by Sophia Nash

Overview
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Title: Catch of the Century
Author: Sophia Nash
Series: Widows Club #3.5
In: Four Dukes and a Devil (Cathy Maxwell, Elaine Fox, Jeaniene Frost, Sophia Nash & Tracy Anne Warren)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Historical romance, Regency romance
Dates read: 17th December 2019
Pace: Medium
Format: Novella
Publisher: Avon Romance
Year: 2009
5th sentence, 74th page: There was only the cook to find, and a maid-of-all-work.

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Synopsis

All Victoria wants to do is get her charges safely to their destination. Then a chance encounter means that she’s thrust into the presence of the “catch of the century”. Will they succumb to their emotions or have a little more self control?

Thoughts

Unlike the first three stories in this collection, it took me a little while to fall in love with it. When I did, it was amazing. But it did take a chapter for me to become emotionally invested. However, once I did I was completely hooked. And actually a little mad when the story ended. I have now discovered that I really love regency romances, and I can’t wait to find more stories in this series!

I’m a stubborn, painful woman. Often to the detriment of myself. Which made me fall completely in love with Victoria. She’s stubborn and independent. Unwilling to give up her sense of self and ideas of identity just because a good looking man deigns to smile upon her. Definitely my kind of woman. But, she’s also so stubborn that there’s moments when she’s kind of unwilling to see beyond her own thoughts to what might end in her happily ever after. I also love that she’s the stubborn, independent woman of the group mentioned, yet she’s also the one who comes from the lowest class background. A good little mix in there.

I read this at the end of a long day. I was exhausted, and feeling kind of low, and just really needed something sweet and happy to act as a pick me up. Catch of the Century did this perfectly. It also helped to remind me that sometimes I should try new genres and authors. I didn’t imagine that I’d love Regency romance so much (which is stupid, because I LOVE Jane Austen). The sweet nature, happily ever after and focus on relationships was exactly what I needed. And I am so grateful that I had this to look forward to when I was feeling overwhelmed.

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Devil to Pay by Jeaniene Frost

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Title: Devil to Pay
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Huntress #3.5, Night Huntress Universe #3.5
In: Four Dukes and a Devil (Cathy Maxwell, Elaine Fox, Jeaniene Frost, Sophia Nash & Tracy Anne Warren)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Paranormal fantasy, Strong women, Urban fantasy, Vampires
Dates read: 15th December 2019
Pace: Fast
Format: Novella
Publisher: Avon Romance
Year: 2009
5th sentence, 74th page: No, Elise.

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Synopsis

Elise hasn’t felt anything since her fiance attacked her. But, a chance encounter with a demon possessed man could help her. With help from Menchares, she might just find a way to her happily ever after.

Thoughts

This year I’ve managed to read a few Night Huntress novels and each time, I fall a little bit more in love with the series. There is just something amazingly engaging and fun about it! But, what I got really, really excited about in this novella – it’s the first story so far in the series which features a demon! Not sure why, but that was a ridiculously exciting moment for me…

Although this story isn’t actually about Bones and Cat, they do still make their appearance. Which was much appreciated. Albeit, only briefly. But enough to give a great sense of continuity whilst you’re barracking for another couple and another supernatural difficulty. There’s nothing like spending a half hour to quickly revisit some characters and a world that you weren’t entirely sure you were missing… actually, mostly I was kind of disappointed that it was over.

Mencheres also makes a great appearance in this story. It’s nice to visit him after the occurrences in At Grave’s End. His was a bit of a tragic story, and you can feel the scars left on him – I look forward to getting to know this character more as the series develops.

But mostly, I just loved this novella because it was about a reclusive woman finding a way to live, love and exist again. I’m always a big fan of stories which feature a character overcoming the shit in their past and finding their own happily ever after… which happens in this. A great little read for late at night, after a long, horrible day…

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The Duke Who Came to Dinner by Elaine Fox

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Title: The Duke Who Came to Dinner
Author: Elaine Fox
In: Four Dukes and a Devil (Cathy Maxwell, Elaine Fox, Jeaniene Frost, Sophia Nash & Tracy Anne Warren)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Contemporary, Contemporary romance
Dates read: 8th December 2019
Pace: Medium
Format: Novella
Publisher: Avon Romance
Year: 2009
5th sentence, 74th page: Calling it.

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Synopsis

An impulsive decision leaves Gray naked and alone on a beach. But, the Duke who caused it all could just be her ticket to a better life, and a more romantic ending than she’d originally anticipated.

Thoughts

This was an incredibly cute and sweet contemporary story. One that was far too easy to read, but I probably also won’t forget for a while. Because, it was just… well… sweet. And innocent and just so supremely easy. I was really sad that it was over so quickly… I enjoy the sweet and easy tone to this storyline.

I really wasn’t expecting a contemporary romance or an easy read in the Four Dukes and a Devil collection. I thought there’d be a little more historical factors or supernatural tones to this storyline. But I loved that it did exist. That I got the pleasure of reading such a fun and humorous little story. one which features a meddling dog. Because, all good stories require a meddling puppy if we’re being honest here.

One of my favourite factors about this book is the fact that although it is in a romance collection it wasn’t overly lustful. There are sometimes when that’s exactly what I want. But reading this, I loved that it was just a sweet courting, not an intense romance. It’s nice to have something different in my reading every now and again…

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The Irish Duke by Cathy Maxwell

Overview
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Title: The Irish Duke
Author: Cathy Maxwell
In: Four Dukes and a Devil (Cathy Maxwell, Elaine Fox, Jeaniene Frost, Sophia Nash & Tracy Anne Warren)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Historical romanceRomance
Dates read: 14th November 2019
Pace: Medium
Format: Novella
Publisher: Avon Romance
Year: 2009
5th sentence, 74th page: He gave a bitter laugh, his anger welling inside him all over again.

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Synopsis

Susan has managed to find a way to carve out a life for herself in amongst the English gentry. It’s not quite what her family has in mind, but it’ll do. And she uses the myth of the Irish Duke to do so. Everything is going well until she finally meets an Irish Duke…. and her life, livelihood and existence are turned on their heads.

Thoughts

This was a great, fun and cute historical romance. It was beautiful, fun and impossible to put down. Mostly, I’m just disappointed that this is a standalone novella. I would love to have this as part of a greater series… but that’s okay, I’ll just find another one of Maxwell’s books to add to my ever-expanding list. Mostly, I think I loved this because it was so incredibly sweet and easy. It wasn’t the kind of story that you have to concentrate on and really delve into.

I like how this is all about perceptions. About how the fallacy created by one woman can completely destroy the reputation of another person. Even if that little story she tells is technically true… her words have power, and Susan is about to find out just how far the power of words can go. This is such a beautiful story, and although it starts off with one woman accidentally destroying the reputation of an incredibly handsome man… it is also about how that damage can be repaired and a happily ever after reached.

One of the things that drew me into this story straight away was the fact that Susan is a strong, independent woman. In a society and world that is filled with simpering women, clawing themselves up the social ladder and just in general being about women relying on men; she manages to find her own little niche and life. I also love that her not-so-kind in-laws and sisters get a bit of comeuppance at the end of the story.

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