Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Julie Anne Long 'The Runaway Duke'

I believe this was Ms. Long's first book, it's cute, spunky and ultimately forgettable.

Rebecca Tremaine is engaged to be married to a man she doesn't love, Connor Riordan is her friend and groom, and a Duke living in hiding in her stables. He agrees to whisk her away to his aunt while he travels on to America. They encounter highwaymen, gypsies and lots of mud.

There is an annoying use of the big misunderstanding to forward the plot and of course there is the duke as a stable hand ridiculousness. I will say, you can see some of this author's promise in the book, but unless you really are hard up, you can skip this one.

Historical Romance 2004: 2.5 out of 5 gypsy stews.


Stewart said...


I am celebrating de-lurking week late by commenting on your wonderful blog!

It appears that the local Desert Hearts Romance Reading Group has disbanded, so alas, I have no recommendation for your next book.

However, we have "The Duchess" all teed up on the DVD, and I believe there are some bodices involved in it. I'll keep you posted.

Happy blogging,

Heloise said...

Actually I saw that movie on the way home from Hawaii. I liked it so much I got distracted from wanting Kiera whats-her-name to gain some damn weight already.

Enjoy. It's not Shindler's List but I do like that guy, Fiennes?

Did you notice I kicked your butt on GeoChallenge. Don't even think about it, buddy!

Heloise said...

PS. How sad about the DHRRG. Perhaps they needed a shorter name.