Title: Duke du Jour
By: Petie McCarty
Genre: Regency Time-Travel Romance
…a reverse Kate and Leopold…a light-hearted time travel romance where a bewildered modern-day duke ends up in Regency England and meets the girl of his dreams…
Jared Langley, present-day Duke of Reston, tumbles into an abandoned fountain on his ducal estate and travels back in time to the year 1816. There, Reston servants and local villagers think him a dead ringer for his namesake and rakehell ancestor–the seventh Duke of Reston, gone missing at the Battle of Waterloo. Unfortunately, seven got mixed up with French spies out to assassinate the Duke of Wellington, and an unwary Jared ends up in their crosshairs.
Lady Ariana Hart has loved Jared Langley, the seventh Duke of Reston, since she was twelve years old, until the night the rogue broke her heart. Given up for dead, her rakish neighbor makes a miraculous return from Waterloo–only Jared shows up a changed man and reignites all the feelings Ariana had long ago buried.
Jared is in a race against time. He must waylay the suspicions of his quirky servants and neighbors, get to Wellington before the French spies do, fix his fountain–before Seven shows up–so Jared has a way home, and definitely not fall in love with the irresistible Lady Ariana.
Ari did not pull back as he had feared.
Her small hands gripped his jacket lapels and tugged him to her.
My little spitfire.
Jared couldn’t help it—he smiled against her lips.
She did pull back at that. “Why are you smiling?”
“You delight me.”
Jared could not have stripped the smile from his face if he had wanted to. He was just too damned happy. Ari wasn’t smiling, however.
“I am honored you allowed me to give you your first French kisses,” he said quickly. At her confused look, he added, “A kiss with tongues is a real kiss.”
“How did—” Her fingers pressed to her lips.
“Trust me. I know these things.”
Ouch. That sounded arrogant even to him.
Evidently to Ari, too. “And only a rake would find it humorous to give a woman her first real kiss.”
“No, that’s not what I meant.”
He reached for her. She lurched back, just missing the statue of David.
“I told you; I’m a different man now.”
Stick to the truth. It is always best.
Ari looked uncertain.
With her gaze keenly settled on his face, he managed to slip a step closer. “I’m a reformed rake.”
And Jared realized he felt like one.
“You reformed me,” he whispered and leaned in to kiss her.
“And when your memory returns, you’ll go back to the old Jared,” she said, easing back.
Review: I am going to give this novel 4.5 stars. I was delighted about the concept of a Regency time travel book, and this book was very interesting. I did think it was slow at parts of the book and I think some of it could have been removed. It took me a while to really get into the story.
The characters were very well developed and the plot strong and there were no plot holes. He is sent. Back to Regency Britain from a magical fountain that Jared found in the back garden He is greeted by his old servants and finds out that he has a reputation of being a rake. It was interesting seeing how Jared grew and how honorable he is as he looks for a hidden treasure to bring his estates back to better order. People have noticed how much he has changed and are suspicious even though he claims to have amnesia. You could tell that Jared and Ari were meant for each other from the first time they met.
That relationship had a few bumps along the way. Jared is very protective of her and is trying not to fall in love with her since he needs to go back to the future. Ari has been hurt by Jared when she was a young woman and is having a lot of trouble trusting Jared.
Between the relationship that is developing, Jared also has to deal with assassins. He does not know why they are trying to kill him until later, but there were many try’s and what made things worse for Jared is that Ari was with him.
I really enjoyed the relationship being built between Jared and his brother who was an illegitimate child. You can feel the love and devotion that is slowly being developed between all the characters.
A wonderful book of relationship development, a wealth of great detail about the Regency era, and a crazy mystery, this is the book for you.
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Author Bio and Links
Petie spent a large part of her career working at Walt Disney World — “The Most Magical Place on Earth” — where she enjoyed working in the land of fairy tales by day and creating her own romantic fairy tales by night, including her new series, The Cinderella Romances. She eventually said good-bye to her “day” job to write her stories full-time. These days Petie spends her time writing sequels to her regency time-travel series, Lords in Time, and her cozy-mystery-with-elements-of-romantic-suspense series, the Mystery Angel Romances.
Petie shares her home on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee with her horticulturist husband, a spoiled-rotten English Springer spaniel addicted to pimento-stuffed green olives, and a noisy Nanday conure named Sassy who made a cameo appearance in Angel to the Rescue.
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