Along Came a DukeLength: 11 hrs and 32 mins
Date Read: 2013
"A young lady with a fortune is subject to all sorts of untoward attentions by the worst sort of vagrants." Aunt Allegra
A lesson Tabitha Timmons, a penniless spinster, has never needed to heed. That is, until she is left a vast fortune payable only upon her marriage to the very respectable Mr. Barkworth--a match that offers little chance of discovering exactly what her aunt means by "untoward attentions."
But the same can't be said when the Duke of Preston happens along Tabitha's path. He spies a rebellious streak in her that matches his own and he makes it his mission to save her from such a passionless match, interfering in her life at every turn. All too soon, Preston--whose very name spells ruin--has Tabitha caught between the good fortune that guarantees her security, and his kiss, which promises an entirely different kind of happily-ever-after.
Series: Rhymes With Love #1
Also in this series: If Wishes Were Earls, The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane, The Knave of Hearts, Six Impossible Things
Read for Fun (Paper Copy)/Own Audiobook (Audible)
Last Book Finished in 2013!
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.50
First Thought when Finished: Along Came a Duke was a brilliant beginning to this series!
Overall Thoughts: Confession: I read this one after reading the third one in the series. Totally doable if you are so inclined to go against the grain. I will say this, it made me love the 3rd couple even more and made me wish I had done it in order. There was a plus side though, reading out-of-order made me laugh at times during Tabitha and Preston’s “courtship”. Poor Preston had no idea what he was up against. To know what they are like further down the line just made me laugh and go “poor schmuck you are so hooked”. I would overall recommend reading these in order but it is quite OK if you don’t. Tabitha is probably my favorite leading lady of the 3 in the series. She is the one I could identify with the most. For a spinster, she has spunk. I loved her banter with Preston and felt she held her own. The end will make you squee with delight and want to grab the next one immediately.
Narrated by 11 hrs and 32 mins/ Running Time
Susan is an excellent narrator of pretty much every historical that I have heard her read. She has excellent pitch, pacing, and style!
Final Thoughts: Just plain delightful to read!