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A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair reviewThe wounded military hero in A Duke, the Lady and a Baby , by Vanessa Reily Kensingron Books Zebra , is brave, stoic about his wounds, and so very tender with baby Lionel that the parts with these two were my favorite.Busick s injuries are severe and don t heal with time the all deception about them seemed a bit odd to maintain, especially in view of his intended return to the battlefront But appearances count.The charming duke s b Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair reviewThe wounded military hero in A Duke, the Lady and a Baby , by Vanessa Reily Kensingron Books Zebra , is brave, stoic about his wounds, and so very tender with baby Lionel that the parts with these two were my favorite.Busick s injuries are severe and don t heal with time the all deception about them seemed a bit odd to maintain, especially in view of his intended return to the battlefront But appearances count.The charming duke s bonding with the baby boy, his little soldier , is sweet to watch the hardened military man isn t afraid of caring for and cuddling Lionel.The romance is sweet and cute, but the intrigue plot supposed to bring danger and suspense to the story seemed interminable and lacked fluidity The dialogue felt often unnecessary and empty.The technical details the author added in the end of the book were interesting and showed she did some research Series Rogues and remarkable Women 1Publication Date 6 30 20 Number of Pages 320 3.5 Stars rounded up This was my first book by this author and it was a very enjoyable read The storyline was unique for the Regency period and it was well presented One unusual thing in the story s presentation was that it alternated between first and third person which may bother some readers, but not others While this wasn t an unusually long book, I felt as if it took me a long time to read it eve Series Rogues and remarkable Women 1Publication Date 6 30 20 Number of Pages 320 3.5 Stars rounded up This was my first book by this author and it was a very enjoyable read The storyline was unique for the Regency period and it was well presented One unusual thing in the story s presentation was that it alternated between first and third person which may bother some readers, but not others While this wasn t an unusually long book, I felt as if it took me a long time to read it even though it didn t I m not sure why that was just me I guess The story moved along at a good clip and it was well plotted, but I did think the villain was a bit of a fizzle While there was both a romance and a villain, I did feel that they were subservient to the story the author wanted to tell which was the treatment and lack of acceptance of people of color during the Regency period.Busick Strath, Duke of Repington, was severely wounded and lost a limb at the battle of Badajoz He was Wellington s right hand man and dearly wants to get back to the battlefield I did come to like Busick, but it didn t come easily I think that was mostly because he seemed to be a cardboard caricature of a dedicated military man I loved his determination to care for and protect his new ward, Lionel Jordan, who is the son of his much loved cousin, Colin.Patience Jordan was a lovely character and I admired her courage and loving heart I liked her as soon as she graced the page Just after the death of her mother, she fell madly in love with Colin Jordan Almost as soon as they married, they left her West Indies home, Demerara, and traveled to Colin s home in England Patience did all she could do to please Colin she adopted English ways, she perfected her speech, but Colin always left her at home in the country while he lived mostly in London He explained that he was doing it to protect her because as a Mulatto or Blackamoor I was never sure which she would be ridiculed and not accepted.When Colin committed suicide, his uncle, Markham, swooped in and took over He put Patience in Bedlam and took over custody of Lionel The story is about Patience doing whatever she had to do to gain custody of her son and to escape England You ll love how selfless, brave, and loving she is.There wasn t much time spent telling us exactly what The Widow s Grace society is nor how it came to be We are to just accept that it exists and that they found and rescued these two ladies from Bedlam I really wish that there wasfocus on who Patience was as a person rather than what she was I understand that the author wanted to focus on the story as a person of color, but that isn t all she was I wanted to get to know and like her for who she was, and there was some of that just not enough to suit me.We got to meet the featured characters of the next book and I liked both of them They are both mixed race as well and are struggling to find acceptance within London society Since I liked both characters in this book, I ll give the next one a read as well I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book All thoughts and opinions are my own A secret society on a mission to help widows, a West Indian heiress determined to regain custody of her infant son, and an injured war hero with a love of precision A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby is a suspenseful historical romance that does a lot right and is a great choice for those who prefer a closed door approach to intimate scenes.I will say, the beginning of the book is a little confusing The story opens with Patience Jordan sneaking into her former home dressed as a white man to check on A secret society on a mission to help widows, a West Indian heiress determined to regain custody of her infant son, and an injured war hero with a love of precision A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby is a suspenseful historical romance that does a lot right and is a great choice for those who prefer a closed door approach to intimate scenes.I will say, the beginning of the book is a little confusing The story opens with Patience Jordan sneaking into her former home dressed as a white man to check on and nurse her newborn son We have no real context and it takes awhile for things to become clear, but ultimately this becomes a very sweet story about a slowly developing romance between two people who feel like outsiders in some way.Patience is a dark skinned woman from the West Indies who had come to England to marry her now dead husband His death was apparently a suicide over gambling debts, but things are unclear What we do know is that Patience had been forcibly placed into Bedlam asylum by her husbands friend who has now taken custody of her son We get a lot of conversation through the book about racism and colorism during that time period, and an informative authors note at the back on the real history and glossed over fact of many people of color living in England during that time period.Busick is a Duke and wounded military man with a great deal of pride and desire to hide his disability due to the loss of a leg He rides in to rescue his ward, the young infant Lionel, and unknowingly hires the childs mother Patience as a nanny He is quirky and funny, obsessed with order and precision, but known as a former rake who feels now quite removed from the possibility of that lifestyle.I had mixed feelings about the writing style on this one As I said, the beginning was a bit confusing and the style creates some level of distance from the characters which I am less used to in genre romance That said, I ultimately quite liked the romance and appreciated the way that this thoughtfully addresses issues of race and disability in history I received an advance copy of this book for review via NetGalley All opinions are my own After having gone on a recent historical romance spree, I was thrilled to be approved for an early review copy of Vanessa Riley s forthcoming A DUKE, THE LADY, AND A BABY I loved the description synopsis that hinted at a West Indies mother pressed to the point of desperation, fighting against the unfair machinations of Colonialist England s racism, prejudice, and sexism in the early nineteenth century While I cared about the main characters and felt for them, I ultimately struggled to locate c After having gone on a recent historical romance spree, I was thrilled to be approved for an early review copy of Vanessa Riley s forthcoming A DUKE, THE LADY, AND A BABY I loved the description synopsis that hinted at a West Indies mother pressed to the point of desperation, fighting against the unfair machinations of Colonialist England s racism, prejudice, and sexism in the early nineteenth century While I cared about the main characters and felt for them, I ultimately struggled to locate chemistry between the Duke or Patience, and I also found the storytelling s pacing as well as writing style to fall short of my expectations.What I struggled with The female protagonist, Patience s perspective in the book is written exclusively in the first person I talked to her we went outside But the Duke s is always and typical to historical romance in third person Busick took a tentative step he watched her leave I can honestly say in my entire life of reading I have never encountered dual points of view being written from different person perspectives in a single story It was incredibly distracting and I have absolutely no idea why an editor or anyone reading this pre publication didn t stop and say, wow, that s insanely distracting to be constantly jarred from I to he she This made for deeply disruptive reading experience The chemistry.wasn t chemistry It was descriptions about each other s physicality, but there was so much back and forth bickering and what felt like empty conversations, it seemed like there was never a moment for tension to build no pregnant pause, no longing glance, no moments of silence I think the suspense plot in this warred with the romantic one, resulting in a lot of abrupt dialogues and few moments to build tension and desire As the point above mentions, I think the romance of the story and the suspense were at war and didn t arrive at a satisfactory detente before this story went to publication It could have benefitted from tightening up all page time spent on vanquishing Markham s agenda, andsolid moments shared between Busick and Patience.What I liked References to huge inequities and injustices in 19th century England Bedlam s corruption, the dismissal, and racialized hatred of POC, the deep financial deprivation of women the entailing of estates, naming of children, male control of assets The portrayal of an empowered, determined WOC, a strong core female friendship, and a gritty depiction of how hard it must have been back then to survive and battle injustice The portrayal of war wounds, costs, and the resulting disabilities Busick was depicted as dealing with pain and challenges, but he was never a pitied character and was quite empowered I loved the baby, and how he was the fulcrum for the Duke and Patience s budding romance.All in all, this was a lovely concept of a story that to me fell short in a few critical areas that would have made it well executed unified person perspective first or third please just pick one , tightening the storyline s pacing to better develop their romance or at leastsuccinctly handle the suspense plot, and a finer,nuanced hand at building character tension and connection Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington for this advance complimentary review copy All opinions are my own I wanted to love this one but honestly the only reason I finished it was because it was an easy read on a non busy work day The writing was fine and the story was okay but this is a romance Where was the chemistry I don t mind a slow burn but I like a well done slow burn that makes me anticipatePatience was strong and determined to reunite with her son but I didn t get much from the Duke One thing that intrigued me was her being from Demerara which is now present day Guyana But other I wanted to love this one but honestly the only reason I finished it was because it was an easy read on a non busy work day The writing was fine and the story was okay but this is a romance Where was the chemistry I don t mind a slow burn but I like a well done slow burn that makes me anticipatePatience was strong and determined to reunite with her son but I didn t get much from the Duke One thing that intrigued me was her being from Demerara which is now present day Guyana But other than mentions of rum and sugar I didn t get much of a sense of that culture It would have probably also helped if the chapters were from his pov in 1st person instead of 3rd person 2020 romance has really been disappointing me this year.I received an arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review On my blog Rep biracial West Indian mc, amputee mcCWs past suicide, non consensual drug use, murderGalley provided by publisher A Duke, the Lady and a Baby was up there as one of my most anticipated reads for this year I mean, just read the synopsis It sounds amazing.And yet.And.Yet.The best way for me to explain how I felt about this book is this little anecdote About 30 pages in, maybe less, I came across an interesting euphemism to say the least for sex A euphemism that left me gig On my blog Rep biracial West Indian mc, amputee mcCWs past suicide, non consensual drug use, murderGalley provided by publisher A Duke, the Lady and a Baby was up there as one of my most anticipated reads for this year I mean, just read the synopsis It sounds amazing.And yet.And.Yet.The best way for me to explain how I felt about this book is this little anecdote About 30 pages in, maybe less, I came across an interesting euphemism to say the least for sex A euphemism that left me giggling for hours, and one I still can t think about without bursting into laughter The fleshly congress.And really, this set the tone for the book as a whole Granted, I hadn t particularly liked the writing before now it felt a little grandiloquent, in all honesty so I was sort of predisposed not to really enjoy the book But then the euphemism.Romance books are good at finding ways to talk about sex through euphemisms, I know this But this euphemism was so laughable, I just couldn t cope I couldn t readthan a few pages before remembering the fleshly congress To be perfectly honest, I think I got through the book in the hopes of findingsuch euphemisms Unfortunately, there were none the sex scene was fade to black.As much as it put me off, that euphemism was probably the best thing about the book.Because there were a number of other aspects of it that irritated me For one, Busick not a romantic sounding name at all basically browbeats her into marrying him And I know I have read and liked a lot of romance books that are predicated on something similar it is quite hard to escape a case of the male character using his societal power over the female character in some way, I am resigned to this , but here it just didn t work for me.And they also seem to just decide they are in love without there actually being any evidence for it They don t even communicate very well, for crying out loud So in the end, this went from being one of my most anticipated reads to one of my most disappointing ones I adored this book This is filled with Vanessa Riley s trademark lush historical and sensory details and poetic prose Brilliant, emotional, and breathtakingly romantic A Duke, The Lady, and A Baby is an enchanting historical romance to be treasured on your keeper shelf.One of my favorite quotes Wide, delicious eyes, orbs of topaz with hints of honey gold and henna stared at him It felt as if an assassin had marked him A small part of him didn t mind being in the line of fire, her fire SW I adored this book This is filled with Vanessa Riley s trademark lush historical and sensory details and poetic prose Brilliant, emotional, and breathtakingly romantic A Duke, The Lady, and A Baby is an enchanting historical romance to be treasured on your keeper shelf.One of my favorite quotes Wide, delicious eyes, orbs of topaz with hints of honey gold and henna stared at him It felt as if an assassin had marked him A small part of him didn t mind being in the line of fire, her fire SWOON A Duke, the Lady and A Baby by Vanessa Riley is a historical romance with richly detailed descriptions of the scenes and the characters and a mystery regarding the widow s husband and her past since her husband died.I did struggle with reading this book as it was written in both first person and third person throughout the book which did throw off the flow of the story I was also disappointed that I never felt any chemistry between Patience and Busick Their relationship seemed to grow organica A Duke, the Lady and A Baby by Vanessa Riley is a historical romance with richly detailed descriptions of the scenes and the characters and a mystery regarding the widow s husband and her past since her husband died.I did struggle with reading this book as it was written in both first person and third person throughout the book which did throw off the flow of the story I was also disappointed that I never felt any chemistry between Patience and Busick Their relationship seemed to grow organically as employer employee and then into friendship with reservations on his part when Patience confessed that she was Lionel s mother which made sense I did enjoy the mystery portion of the story as Busick and Patience finally revealed the evil truth behind the death of Patience s husband Sad that the mystery was the best part of a romance story so I rate it 3.5 stars.I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I won from Kensington Publishing in a Goodreads contest All of the above opinions are my own The cover of this book is really cute However, the story isn t entertaining I was looking forward to reading this book because the blurb seemed interesting Overall, I couldn t enjoy it as much as I thought I would For a historical romance, the author couldn t deliver the historical aspects The author wrote in both first person narratives and this person s narratives It was confusing The only thing I liked was the protagonist s chemistry I received an arc through NetGalley in exchange fo The cover of this book is really cute However, the story isn t entertaining I was looking forward to reading this book because the blurb seemed interesting Overall, I couldn t enjoy it as much as I thought I would For a historical romance, the author couldn t deliver the historical aspects The author wrote in both first person narratives and this person s narratives It was confusing The only thing I liked was the protagonist s chemistry I received an arc through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Created By A Shrewd Countess, The Widow S Grace Is A Secret Society With A Mission To Help Ill Treated Widows Regain Their Status, Their Families, And Even Find True Love Again Or Perhaps For The Very First Time When Headstrong West Indian Heiress Patience Jordan Questioned Her English Husband S Mysterious Suicide, She Lost Everything Her Newborn Son, Lionel, Her Fortune And Her Freedom Falsely Imprisoned, She Risks Her Life To Be Near Her Child Until The Widow S Grace Gets Her Hired As Her Own Son S Nanny But Working For His Unsuspecting New Guardian, Busick Strath, Duke Of Repington, Has Perils Of Its Own Especially When Patience Discovers His Military Strictness Belies An Ex Rake Of Unswerving Honor And Unexpected Passion A Wounded Military Hero, Busick Is Determined To Resolve His Dead Cousin S Dangerous Financial Dealings For Lionel S Sake But His Investigation Is A Minor Skirmish Compared To Dealing With The Forthright, Courageous, And Alluring Patience Somehow, She S Breaking His Rules, And Sweeping Past His Defenses Soon, Between Formidable Enemies And Obstacles, They Form A Fragile Trust But Will It Be Enough To Save The Future They Long To 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About the Author: Vanessa Riley

I m Vanessa Riley, and I write Historical Fiction of dazzling multi culture communities with powerful persons of color I write for readers who admire and acquire books that showcase women who find joy in sweeping kisses and strong sisterhoods Even in the darkness, I promise to give you laughs and to show you how light always prevails and how love always, always wins.


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