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Monday, April 6, 2015

Fastidious meets mayhem!

The Duke's Holiday (The Regency Romp Trilogy #1) by Maggie Fenton 

Potentially a hoot, this falls a tad short of the promise the plot contains.
I like the Duke of Montford despite his many idiosyncrasies. 
'He has always been fastidious'. ..and as the story develops we find out more about that! 
Astrid Honeywell, fiery independent being that she is, is married to the family myth (an archaic contract surrounding the family holdings ownership) and the family business, Honeywell Ale. Astrid is just a little too over the top, but her heart is true.
The Duke (known as the Monk behind his back) is an obsessive compulsive who has to have order in all things at any cost. And yes, when the Monk meets the Misfit (Astrid) all hell breaks loose!
When Montford's man of business tells him that the current male occupier of Rylestone Hall has been dead for over a year, little did Montford know that with 'that simple statement disorder nay even chaos' would enter his life!
I do like Montford's irrepressible friends from his Harrow schooldays, Marlowe and Sherbrooke. Each as eccentric in their own way as Montford. (Ah, the English school system, apparently producing unerringly friendships that never fail to puzzle!)
Some interesting incidences and some not so believable.
Despite my few misgivings, I look forward to the rest of the series.

A NetGalley ARC

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