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The Runaway Duke (Warner Forever) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Aug 2004
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Connor Riordan, Duke of Dunbrooke, had the misfortune to be raised in a loveless and abusive environment. After a major argument with his father when he was in his early 20's, he decides to go fight the French. Seriously wounded, his identity becomes mixed up with another soldier's and it is believed that he has died. Since Connor didn't want to go back to what he perceived as a life stifled with heavy responsibilities, he decides to stay "dead" and allow his younger brother to inherit the dukedom.
Connor finds a quiet, comfortable life working as an "Irish" groom in the stable of the Tremaine family, home of a country baron. The youngest daughter of the family is a little hoyden named Rebecca and she and Connor become very good friends even though he is 10 years older. Rebecca loves to hang out at the stables, ride her horse astride and shoot her father's guns. She hates embroidery and playing the pianoforte. Although a trial to her mother, her father allows her liberties and Connor accepts her for who she is and thinks of her as "Wee Becca." They have many interesting conversations as she grows up.
When Rebecca is of marrying age, she hears her sister, Lorelei, make plans to meet a rake named Edelston in the gardens outside their home. Thinking to catch her sister in a situation that might ruin her, Rebecca's curiosity causes her to sneak out of the house to find out what happens. Instead of catching Lorelei and Edelston, Rebecca runs into Edelston before Lorelei arrives for the meeting. Edelston mistakenly believes she is Lorelei and begins to make his moves on Rebecca.
Rebecca and Edelston are caught in a compromising situation and Rebecca's father demands that Edelston marry Rebecca. Rebecca is horrified and confides all her anxious thoughts to her friend, Connor, including the fact that Edelston has told her that he might beat her when they get married.
Connor can't let Rebecca marry Edelston so he agrees to help her run away. The adventures they encounter and the slow revealing of their love is one of the sweetest romance stories I have ever read. I absolutely loved the character of Connor. He is kind, handsome and true blue to Rebecca. Yes, there was a brief misunderstanding toward the end of the book but it didn't last very long.
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All that said, however, this is still far far far better than most Regency romances and Julie Anne Long is a fantastic author. :)
I read it a second time and was able to blur over the endearment to enjoy the book a little more. I think this may be Julie Ann Long's first book. She has improved so much and is one of my favorite authors.
Roarke's father is a Duke who viciously beat and abused Roarke while growing up. Roarke joined the military fighting Napoleon. The story begins when a fellow soldier is killed in battle. Roarke assumes his identity and claims that Roarke was killed. He returns to England and works as a groom for Sir Henry (to avoid his father). Over a five year period he becomes close friends with Henry's daughter Rebecca. Due to an unfortunate accidental incident, Rebecca's parents force her to marry Lord Edelston, a scoundrel who wants her for her money. Rebecca asks Roarke to help her flee before the wedding. He does. They are pursued by highwaymen, a scheming duchess, and Rebecca's fiancé.
There are a number of enjoyable lines. I was chuckling several times. There is a lovely first sex scene. The endings for the main characters are good - nice plot resolutions. I had a few minor annoyances. On page 296 is a cliffhanger. The author stops in the middle of a scene with a character in trouble and doesn't come back to finish the scene until two pages later. I don't like (most) cliffhangers as a way to create artificial suspense. I prefer each scene end at a logical place. My second problem was I didn't like the reasoning that one character used to break up with the other. It didn't feel right to me. Another thought: Roarke kept calling the heroine "wee Becca" which felt odd. Lastly, I noticed other reviewers complained that some events were not historically accurate. That didn't bother me. It's fun fiction. Don't read this for a history lesson.
Story length: 353 pages. Swearing language: none to mild. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: 3. Total number of sex scene pages: 11. Setting: 1815 - 1820 France and England. Copyright: 2004. Genre: regency romance.
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