A Duke in Shining Armor

A Duke in Shining Armor

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A 2017 RT Reviewer's Choice Nominee for Best Historical Love & Laughter!

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 . . . ?

Publisher: New York, New York : AvonBooks, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062457387
Branch Call Number: [Fic]
Characteristics: 388 pages ; 17 cm


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Oct 14, 2018

Lady Olympia Hightower is supposed to get married to a duke. Instead, she gets drunk, climbs out the window, and runs away. In her wedding dress. Said duke's best friend, also a duke, feels it's his responsibility to make sure she doesn't come to harm, even though in his opinion, she's not making a lick of sense. I think y'all can predict what happens to this couple, what with it being a romance novel. Anyway, I recommend this if you aren't hardcore anti-cheating - because they don't do things in the right order of (a) break engagement and (b) get it on, though they do realize they've done wrong and apologize. The character voices and the dialogue are exceedingly funny, and the adventure these two end up on is often hilarious. Chasing dogs through muddy fields, anyone?

There are a lot of what I call "men are from Mars and dumb, women are from Venus and incomprehensible" type comments, which I could have lived without. To be honest, I mentally armor up for gender essentialism when I read mainstream traditionally published non-queer romance, either contemporary or historical, because it's so rampant. But overall, I liked so many things about this book, and these characters were so clearly meant for each other, that I really enjoyed reading it even with those flaws. It's light entertainment done right.

Aug 05, 2018

I found it difficult to get into this story. It was long, boring, and wouldn't recommend it sorry.

JessicaGma Mar 22, 2018

What a fun read! I quite enjoyed this adventure with the improbably named Olympia Hightower and Duke of Ripley as she escapes her wedding to the wrong Dis-Grace drunk as a skunk. It was light and fluffy, but the banter is pretty funny. I eagerly await the rest of the series.


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