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Party revelers and realizes his troubles have just begun Freya knows all about his sins sins he'd much rather forget But she's also fiery bold and sensuous a temptation he can't resist When it becomes clear Freya is in grave danger he'll risk everything to keep her safe But first Harlowe will have to earn Freya's trust by whatever means necessaryFeatures a bonus novella fro. From page one this story begins uickly with readers being thrust into a scene with uite a lot of action That sense of action and adventure in the midst of a romance continues on throughout the length of the novel I really enjoyed this story as I loved the chemistry and tension between the two main characters As well I was in the mood for a historical romance and this novel scratched that itch nicely It was a historical romance but the writing style was easy and enjoyable to read for me which can be the defining point of whether I will enjoy a novel set in this period or not Additionally I liked the underlying theme and message of feminism that was laced through this story with the main character of Freya It was a strong message but felt integrated appropriately into the story where it didn t feel like an overpowering exaggerated message I look forward to continuing and reading of this series in the futureThank you to Forever Publishing for sending me a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review The Cursed Hole of the Shinoda Family point of whether I will enjoy a novel set in this Tusculan Disputations, I and Scipios Dream period or not Additionally I liked the underlying theme and message of feminism that was laced through this story with the main character of Freya It was a strong message but felt integrated appropriately into the story where it didn t feel like an overpowering exaggerated message I look forward to continuing and reading of this series in the futureThank you to Forever Publishing for sending me a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review

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Not the Dukes Darling Greycourt #1

New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt brings us the first book in her sexy and sensual Greycourt SeriesFreya de Moray is many things a member of the secret order of Wise Women the daughter of disgraced nobility and a chaperone living under an assumed name What she is not is forgiving So when the Duke of Harlowe the man who destroyed her brother and led to the down. I ve given this a C at AAR which I think was probably over generousHard as it is for readers when a favourite long running series ends it must be eually so for the author who has lived with those characters and scenarios for years and who then has to follow up that success with something new that will continue to please fans of the previous books as well as hopefully gain them new ones Having closed the book on the hugely popular Maiden Lane series last year much loved author Elizabeth Hoyt now faces that particular challenge and presents the first book in a new Georgian era series about the Greycourt family and their immediate circle Not the Duke s DarlingIf you ve looked at the advance reviews on Goodreads you ll have seen a plethora of four and five star reviews for the book so I m afraid I m going to be a dissenting voice Not the Duke s Darling was Difficult to Get Through It took me twice as long as it would normally have taken me to read a book of this length mostly because I was able to put it down easily and wasn t engaged enough to want to pick it up again There were a variety of reasons for this not least of which are that the book is disjointed episodic and overstuffed with plot the heroine is hard to like and the romance is woefully underdevelopedThe Greycourt series is predicated on a tragedy that occurred some fifteen years earlier which tore apart three families who had previously been very close The death of sixteen year old Aurelia Greycourt who had been set to elope with eighteen year old Ranulf de Moray eldest son of the Duke of Ayr had far ranging repercussions which left Ran crippled and near death and his friend Christopher Renshaw hustled away to India and an arranged marriage with a young woman he d met exactly twice beforeRan who inherited the title Duke of Ayr almost immediately after these events lives as a recluse and his brother Lachlan administers the dukedom Ran s sisters Caitriona Elspeth and twelve year old Freya were sent to live with their Aunt Hilda in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands where they learned the ways of the ancient secret society of Wise Women a group dedicated to helping women throughout Britain utilising their centuries old knowledge of herbs and healing Once a thriving group of thousands the witch hunts of the previous centuries have decimated their number and even though these were made illegal by Witchcraft Act of 1735 old beliefs and superstitions continue to run rife and Wise Women still run the risk of accusations of witchery being levelled against themFifteen years after the death of Aurelia Freya de Moray has risen through the ranks of the Wise Women to become their Macha she calls herself their spy as it s her job to keep her ear to the ground to find out what is being said about them and also to find causes for them to interest themselves in At the beginning of the book Freya is racing through the streets of East London on her latest mission when she ends up jumping into the carriage of Christopher Renshaw the man she blames for what happened to Ran and the destruction of her familyFreya may be the sister of a duke but she no longer lives as one having taken a position as companion to Lady Holland and her two daughters while she fulfils her duties as Macha Freya has learned that support is gaining ground in Parliament for a new Witch Act which would make witch hunting legal again and that its main proponent Lord Randolph is going to be present at an upcoming house party to which Lady Holland has been invited Freya has heard that there is some suspicion concerning the recent death of Randolph s wife and reckons that if she can dig up enough dirt on him she ll be able to blackmail him into withdrawing the billUp to this point in the story we ve had two points of view as is common in most romances we hear from the hero and the heroine But after we arrive at the house party a third voice is introduced that of Messalina Greycourt Freya s former best friend It turns out Messalina is well aware that Freya is now working as a companion although she has no idea why and she has decided so far not to expose her as the sister of the Duke of Ayr Messalina and her sister Lucretia references to other siblings indicate they re all named after Roman emperors and empresses are also attending the house party and are also intent on finding out exactly what happened to Lady Randolph who was a dear friend of Messalina sIn the meantime Christopher Renshaw who has returned from India a widower and has become Duke of Harlowe is intrigued by the drab but surprisingly feisty companion who seems set on crossing swords both literally and metaphorically with him at every turn He has come to the house party in order to confront a blackmailer who is extorting an outrageous sum of money in return for the letters written to him by Christopher s wife while they lived in IndiaSo we re not even half way into the book and we ve got Wise Women and I m sorry but whenever I read those words all I could think of was the she is the Wise Woman scene in Blackadder two lots of blackmail a mysterious death and a parliamentary plot the story is being told in three different PoVs dare I say it s no wonder the romance is sueezed out to the extent it s practically non existentChristopher has the makings of a decent hero Pushed into an arranged marriage when he was just eighteen he tried to be a good husband and to take care of his young wife and he blames himself for the circumstances of her death Given he last saw Freya when she was twelve it s not hard to accept that it takes him a while to recognise her and I appreciated that once he does realise who she is he doesn t waste time in telling her the truth as far as he knows it of what happened on the night Aurelia died There s still a mystery surrounding her death which I presume will be solved in a future book but Freya realises that she s misjudged Christopher all these years and begins to unbend towards him which allows them to acknowledge and explore the attraction between them But their relationship is dreadfully underdeveloped the chemistry between them is notable only by its absence and the sex scenes which Ms Hoyt normally excels at writing feel forced and hurriedI had a hard time getting a handle on Freya and began to actively dislike her towards the end of the book mostly because of the way she treats Christopher I understand that it can be very difficult to create strong independent heroines in the context of historical romance because women had so few options and so little agency at the time many of them are set Unfortunately however many authors fall into the trap of trying to show their heroine s strength and independence by having her running roughshod over the hero and treating him like his feelings don t matter and that sort of ineuality does not a good romantic relationship make For the record I don t like it when the situation is reversed either A good romance should be about an euality of minds and outlook not one character getting one over on the other Freya crossed the line between strong and independent and insensitive and stupidly pig headed once too oftenI feel like I haven t really scratched the surface of Not the Duke s Darling another completely nonsensical title that has nothing to do with the story in this review but there is so much going on I just can t fit it all in I haven t even mentioned the Dunkelders for example men out to capture and wipe out the Wise Women and the plotline concerning Lady Randolph s death is resolved in a manner I can only describe as ridiculously melodramatic Characterisation and relationship building are the major casualties of this train wreck of a novel and much as it pains me as a fan of Ms Hoyt s to say it I really can t recommend it After the Flood probably over generousHard as it is for readers when a favourite long running series ends it must be eually so for the author who has lived with those characters and scenarios for years and who then has to follow up that success with something new that will continue to Bronxwood please fans of the NAKED ANIME GIRLS 3 previous books as well as hopefully gain them new ones Having closed the book on the hugely Acquiring the Mind of Christ popular Maiden Lane series last year much loved author Elizabeth Hoyt now faces that The Internal Magic of Activision Dragster particular challenge and The Purple Headed Mountain put it down easily and wasn t engaged enough to want to Stone Circles of Britain pick it up again There were a variety of reasons for this not least of which are that the book is disjointed episodic and overstuffed with Blue leader plot the heroine is hard to like and the romance is woefully underdevelopedThe Greycourt series is The Queen Con (The Golden Arrow predicated on a tragedy that occurred some fifteen years earlier which tore apart three families who had The Rite previously been very close The death of sixteen year old Aurelia Greycourt who had been set to elope with eighteen year old Ranulf de Moray eldest son of the Duke of Ayr had far ranging repercussions which left Ran crippled and near death and his friend Christopher Renshaw hustled away to India and an arranged marriage with a young woman he d met exactly twice beforeRan who inherited the title Duke of Ayr almost immediately after these events lives as a recluse and his brother Lachlan administers the dukedom Ran s sisters Caitriona Elspeth and twelve year old Freya were sent to live with their Aunt Hilda in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands where they learned the ways of the ancient secret society of Wise Women a group dedicated to helping women throughout Britain utilising their centuries old knowledge of herbs and healing Once a thriving group of thousands the witch hunts of the Black Popular Culture previous centuries have decimated their number and even though these were made illegal by Witchcraft Act of 1735 old beliefs and 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Fall of her family appears at the country house party she's attending she does what any Wise Woman would do she starts planning her revengeChristopher Renshaw the Duke of Harlowe is being blackmailed Intent on keeping his secrets safe he agrees to attend a house party where he will put an end to this coercion once and for all Until he recognizes Freya masuerading amongst the. NOT THE DUKE S DARLING is the first book in a new series called the Greycourt Guys this series is so fun If you re a fan of the Maiden Lane series or like a little bit of action in your Historical Romance then I m sure you ll love this book as wellThe heroine Freya was really fun and cool She s a member of the secret order of Wise Women so there was a lot about her character that I found intriguing It s been a while since I ve been this excited about a new series especially a Historical Romance one But I have some pretty high hopes for this series if the next books are as good as this oneEngaging from the first page NOT THE DUKE S DARLING is a refreshing new series filled with action and mischief I think you ll love the characters for their uniue personalities and interesting motives Hoyt s writing has always been fabulous but her ability to weave suspenseful scenes are what really sets her books apart from the crowd All Night Long (Nannies, planning her revengeChristopher Renshaw the Duke of Harlowe is being blackmailed Intent on keeping his secrets safe he agrees to attend a house The Freeze-Frame Revolution put an end to this coercion once and for all Until he recognizes Freya masuerading amongst the. NOT THE DUKE S DARLING is the first book in a new series called the Greycourt Guys this series is so fun If you re a fan of the Maiden Lane series or like a little bit of action in your Historical Romance then I m sure you ll love this book as wellThe heroine Freya was really fun and cool She s a member of the secret order of Wise Women so there was a lot about her character that I found intriguing It s been a while since I ve been this excited about a new series especially a Historical Romance one But I have some The New-York Review, and Atheneum Magazine, Vol. 2 pretty high hopes for this series if the next books are as good as this oneEngaging from the first His Christmas Cowgirl (Wildflower Ranch personalities and interesting motives Hoyt s writing has always been fabulous but her ability to weave suspenseful scenes are what really sets her books apart from the crowd


10 thoughts on “Not the Dukes Darling Greycourt #1

  1. says:

    25 starsI received this book for free in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review First in the new Greycourt series Hoyt starts us off with a spot of danger as our heroine Freya is on the run from some men and finds herself face to face with her childhood crush Christopher but who she also blames for her brother's downfall There's some background foundation to

  2. says:

    I've given this a C at AAR which I think was probably over generousHard as it is for readers when a favourite long running series ends it must be eually so for the author who has lived with those characters and scenarios for years – and who then has to follow up that success with something new that will continue to please fans of the previous books as well as hopefully gain them new ones Having closed the book on the hugely popu

  3. says:

    Why hasn't Jilly written a review for several days? Because I have stalled out on this book I can tell how much a book is holding my attention by whether or not I am willing to turn on Netflix at night So the last few nights I have been rewatching the Schitt's Creek series That tells you how much this book capti

  4. says:

    15 starsRight You have two choices though they're by no means mutually exclusiveYou can either simply scroll through my updates and you'll get the gist of my overall feelings about Not the Duke's Darling' Or and that's by far the better option in my opinion you can read the excellent reviews already written by Caz Kyraraker and JanThis is n

  5. says:

    2 'it was OK' stars This much anticipated first book in a new series by a decent HR writer was actually pretty flat and disappointing for me Others may enjoy it much these are my opinions only I didn't hate it but it's a bit of a ra

  6. says:

    NOT THE DUKE’S DARLING is the first book in a new series called the Greycourt Guys this series is so fun If you’re a fan of the Maiden Lane series or like a little bit of action in your Historical Romance then I’m sure you’ll love this book as wellThe heroine Freya was really fun and cool She’s a member of the secret order of Wise

  7. says:

    Freya was a woman of titled nobility but reduced due to a scandal involving her brother and the Greycourts Christopher brother’s childhood friend was also involved and while Freya would like to set him in his place with revenge it soon becomes apparent that Freya may not know all the details Freya’s newest mission leads her to a house par

  8. says:

    You know that scene in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom where the evil dude rips the heart out of that one guy's chest?I wish I could do that only with this book and me ripping it out of the alternate dimension where i

  9. says:

    From page one this story begins uickly with readers being thrust into a scene with uite a lot of action That sense of action and adventure in the midst of a romance continues on throughout the length of the novel I really enjoyed this story as I loved the chemistry and tension between the two main characters As

  10. says:

    35 StarsI loved almost every book of the Maiden Lane series and so I was extremely excited to start on a new journey with Elizabeth Hoyt in the Greycourt series Remember this is an introduction book to a new set of characters and overall plot arc so some things take time than in other booksFirst and foremost this is a semi enemies to lovers story and so sometimes the animosity Freya feels for the Duke of Har