A Duke in Shining Armor by Loretta Chase
Series: Difficult Dukes #1
Also in this series: A Duke in Shining Armor, Ten Things I Hate About the Duke
Publication Date: November 28th 2017
Genres: Historical Romance
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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 . . . ?
Olympia is a girl who should be quite happy to be marrying a duke. She knows that she needs to do this because her parents have no idea how to handle money and she wants to make sure that her 5 brothers are cared for. Unfortunately, on her wedding day, the more she thinks about marrying the Duke of Ashmont the more she realizes she just can’t do. Olympia, the bookish girl who nobody thinks will step out of line, does a runner.
The Duke of Ripley, on of the Duke of Ashmont’s best friends, sees Olympia run for it and follows. He tries to get her to return to her wedding but the farther away they get the more Ripley realizes that he doesn’t want her to return. He wants her for himself but he knows he can’t betray his best friend like that. He and Ashmont have been best friends for years and Ripley’s loyal to him. So how come he can’t get Olympia out of his head.
Loretta Chase does it again! She’s written a fun, entertaining, humorous romance with a premise I never expected. The charm that Chase stuffed into ADiSA was amazing. I was smiling or laughing throughout most of the story and I loved it.
Both Ripley and Olympia were great characters and I loved them together. I loved that Olympia wasn’t afraid to speak her mind about Their Dis-graces (Ripley, Ashmont and their friend the Duke of Blackwood) and her disdain for them. Of course the more that Olympia got to know Ripley she realized that there wasn’t just fluff in his head. She truly didn’t want to hurt Ashmont but she felt he was immature enough to get over it quickly. Lol Of course Chase wrote some incredible secondary characters as well with Blackwood, Ashmont, and Ripley’s aunt Julia.
The overall story is one that I loved and highly recommend. If you like fun, irreverent historical romances then this is one you should definitely read.
Rating: 5 out of 5