I have reviewed several of the book singularly previously. This post contains the review for the collection plus 2 bonus reviews from two of the books contained within.
Each book in this collection is a definite fun read. The women are different types in each book so there is not a repetition of character types. The heroes in the book are beautifully written. They are human as in the case of Graham Banbury in Once Upon A Lord. He is hard and suspicious and then he warms my heart.
In Once Upon a Duke, The Duke of Yeoland is not a happy man. He is especially uncomfortable with the with his reputation as a war hero. He doesn’t want a woman that just says what they expect he wants to hear. He wants honesty and when he finds her, he is willing to scheme and plan to win her. It is a great story that celebrates the strength of a Victorian woman.
Once Upon a Rake is a sweet story about Dillon Matthews and Lyla Foster. They are the cutest two people, but there is a villain in this story that keeps it interesting. One of my favorites in the collection.
Each story is lovely in their own right. I really enjoyed this collection. Well done Julia Regan. It was a fun time reading these books.
Book Review: Once Upon a Duke by Julia Regan
Patricia Vines finds herself as a wallflower amid the other less wealthy and somehow inferior high born ladies.
She is at the welcome home ball for Morland Dare, the Duke of Yeoland, who has been at war for the past ten years. He is now home and being attended to by all the Lords and ladies of his class. He is miserable, he does not like the way they kowtow to him.
When he finds Patricia and realizes that she is not as the others. He can see strength in her that others do not have. HE also believes that she is just as unhappy with the hypocrisy as the Duke, he is utterly fascinated.
The Duke is fascinated enough to invent reasons to be where she is. It is a very sweet tale. I liked that the emotion and the passion was there, but it was not over the top and all that the story was about.
There was a very intricate plan in place for the Duke to get the woman of his dreams.
I enjoyed this story and could imagine the houses, gardens and people vividly. Another Julia Regan hit.
I usually enjoy Julia Regan’s books as they always have a fun and well told story. This one is no exception.
I was provided this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I enjoyed getting to know Lyla Foster. She was about to have her coming out party when her father made a decision for her and took all the choice out of her season.
The man Dorian Price that Lyla has been contracted for is not especially a good man. There are rumors and vague hints about his behavior around town. But as the wealthiest man in town, he seems to be respected and revered by the townsfolk.
Lyla has no desire to marry Dorian Price. She can not bear for him to leer at her much less touch or kiss her. How can she be expected to enjoy the prospect of marrying him?
The story is rich with emotion and turmoil. There is the Tanner, Dillon Matthews, he is new to town. When he and Lyla meet she feels compelled to share her story with him. They are drawn to each other but there is Dorian to put a stop to anything he notices might pull Lyla away from his control.
I really enjoyed reading about these characters. Julia Regan wrote it in such a manner that you feel for Lyla and root for Dillon and realize that Lyla was right in her first assessment of Dorian. The side characters are personable and noble characters themselves. They just have to find a reason to show their nobleness. It was a very enjoyable way to spend the day reading this book.