Tuesday, March 29, 2016

M Is For MacKenzie

Jennifer reviews The Duchess of Love...

Despite the fact I write contemporary romances, my favorite genre to read is historical romance. I think I like it because it provides history and enables me to suspend some disbelief—a hero’s reluctance to do something or a heroine’s inability to do something else can usually be explained away by the time period. Additionally, sometimes the conflict is even greater because of the time in which the characters lived.

Thus, when someone suggested I read The Duchess of Love, I jumped at the chance (despite the somewhat cheesy title). I loved it! The characters were well-developed and fun to get to know. The story was enjoyable. And I was able to escape into another world. Additionally, the writing was excellent, enabling me to truly enjoy reading, rather than getting caught up editing.


Here’s the blurb:

The day was as hot as the pond was inviting. It’s not as if anyone in Little Huffington was going to happen upon a secluded vale on the Duke of Greycliffe’s lands. And Venus Collingswood didn’t want to get her shift all wet. It was the perfect setting in which to plan her lovely bookworm of a sister’s betrothal to the mysterious new duke arriving seven days hence. If only she had a suitable accomplice…

Andrew Valentine, Duke of Greycliffe, never thought arriving at his own household a week early would cause so much trouble. The housekeeper thinks he’s his own cousin. Actually, the chance to not be the duke for a while is a pleasant opportunity indeed. It might even help him interrogate the delectable little nymph he’s discovered swimming in his pond—if he can manage to get a word in edgewise…

5 Hearts


  1. You've sold me on this one, Jennifer. I've never read historical romances, never had any interest in them. But your post makes me want to buy this book and read it for myself.

  2. I confess I have an inbuilt aversion to historical romances with Dukes (or Princes or Counts etc etc). I think you either love them or hate them, and I'm one of the latter!

    1. Yes, I know, Paula. But it's good anyway. ;)

  3. It's been a long time since I've read a historical. I really should dive back in!

  4. Sounds like a fun read. right up my alley!!!