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Duchess By Chance (Regency Rakes Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Wendy Vella
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Daniel, Duke of Stratton, learns of his betrothal to Miss Berengaria Evangeline Winchcomb minutes before his father’s death. Having gambled his fortune away, all the late Duke had left to sell was his son. To save his family’s honor Daniel agrees to the marriage, but society’s favorite bachelor is no longer a charming easygoing man - his father’s betrayal has left him angry and with a thirst for revenge.
Eva learns she is to wed the Duke of Stratton on the way to the church. Inside she feels a flicker of hope that at last she is to leave her horrid family - however that flicker is short-lived as she faces the cold unyielding man who is now her husband.
Has she merely replaced one tyrant with another?

Winner: Romance Writers of New Zealand Clendon Award for a full-length romantic manuscript.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1264 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Wendy Vella (11 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EFKOFLQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,865 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Wendy Vella is a lover of all things romantic. She started reading her first Georgette Heyer book at a young age and instantly fell in love with the Regency era.

Writing is something she has always found time for; she penned her first novel at eighteen though she says it will never make an appearance further than the closet in which it currently resides.

Her Clendon and Readers Choice award-winning historical romance The Reluctant Countess debuted with Random House in their Loveswept line.

Wendy is married to her own dark brooding hero and shares her home with two wonderful children, two dogs and anyone else who happens to be visiting at the time.

visit Wendy at:
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 3 Sept. 2013
By Nic
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Truly captivating adored the characters and was well written, good and different plot. Love her work and can't wait to read her other novels.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 26 April 2014
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The characters were fine, writing was okay, and I was happy to read it. But when characters insist on making STUPID decisions, mostly to do with lack of communication, it drives me nuts. It's so romance-by-numbers, it's incredibly frustrating, especially as you know exactly how the rest of the story is going to play out the second the stupidity occurs.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Appalling 5 Mar. 2014
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Historically inaccurate, ignorant of conventions, manners and society of the time. Implausible, and plot holes aplenty.
Has some redeeming moments of humour and humanity, but any book which can't decide if one of the characters surnames is "Belmont" or "Belton" is a great annoyance.
The essential plot is not new, but could have been treated much better. This author did not do it justice.
Very sloppy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet family romance. 18 Jan. 2014
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The title and summary was interesting enough to buy. However I found the characters somewhat weak and a very complaisant heroine.Too much for that period. The plot is good but too descriptive and predictable. I gave up halfway through. More passion and moving conversation is needed in historical. Although we all like happy endings yes but not from the begining.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An okay read 25 Nov. 2013
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I found this book sweet. I liked Eva and felt for her but did not really like the hero, although he became very sweet towards her! However, I found this book very similar to another I read before (Kiss of a Stranger - which I have also reviewed on).

The dialogue is too contemporary for my taste and lets the book down. I just wish that authors basing their books on the regency era should use the language as it was spoken then. Simply adding words like "ton", on-dit" etc is NOT enough to transport one in situ. It could have been so much better if this was tackled.

Overall though I loved reading about the changing Eva. The hero's realisation that she was beautiful was not well explained but wasn't too bad. I guess I was expecting a stronger reaction since I like mush!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet 22 Sept. 2013
By Cynthia
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I found it hard to completely lose myself in this book. At times it was very genuine and believable but then the language would become a bit stilted and cliched. Not terrible but not brilliant either.
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it !! 21 Sept. 2013
By Sarah
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I had to force myself to put it down. Such a great story with full characters with faults and realistic issues. No epilogue thought but even without the end was lovely.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK 12 Jan. 2014
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This story is rather depressing in the beginning and unfortunately one knows how things are going to evolve. I will finish it eventually.

3 stars is enough
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Great read, full of humour and the unfolding love and confidence between the duke and duchess kept me wanting to read more. Will definitely be reading the next one.
Published 6 days ago by whiterascal
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes. like this authors style.
Liked the story, the main characters, and the supporting cast. No pages and pages of boring sex to quickly flick passed. Off now to buy Simon and Clair's story.
Published 19 days ago by Margaret Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Highly recommended. Tasteful and well written. The storyline was captivating and believe able. Well worth 5 stars. I loved the dikes character and the grandmothers
Published 4 months ago by sandy dean
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Ok as this type of book goes - easy read, easy to pick up and put down.
Published 5 months ago by kizzy
5.0 out of 5 stars five star
a really good read engrossing captivating with some humour definately reccomend it looking forward to next book in the series
Published 6 months ago by by kindle fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance
Eva and Daniels story is the sweetest romance I have ever read and I throughly would recommend you to read it for yourself
Published 9 months ago by Frances Wolf
4.0 out of 5 stars Recency addict
Very good read with an excellent story line couldn't put the book down first book I have read by this author but will be reading more
Published 19 months ago by pamela thorpe
1.0 out of 5 stars load of rubbish
I like a good story. This wasn't. It is hard to carry on reading when one doesn't care about the characters.
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
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