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Grace Burrowes and Theresa Romain team up to set two Regency novellas against a backdrop of scandal, intrigue, and literary mischief inspired by the real-life spoof of Lord Byron published by Lady Caroline Lamb. Rhapsody for Two by Theresa Romain Rowena Fairweather, a builder of stringed instruments, is facing a difficult future. Simon Thorn is a musician fleeing his past Grace Burrowes and Theresa Romain team up to set two Regency novellas against a backdrop of scandal, intrigue, and literary mischief inspired by the real-life spoof of Lord Byron published by Lady Caroline Lamb. Rhapsody for Two by Theresa Romain Rowena Fairweather, a builder of stringed instruments, is facing a difficult future. Simon Thorn is a musician fleeing his past. When a page from How to Ruin a Duke brings them together, will these two independent souls allow themselves to fall in love? When His Grace Falls by Grace Burrowes The very proper Duke of Emory, lampooned in How to Ruin A Duke, suspects that the author of his misfortune is Lady Edith Charbonneau. He sets out to ruin her before she can write a sequel, except... what if he's wrong, and she's not his enemy after all?


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Grace Burrowes and Theresa Romain team up to set two Regency novellas against a backdrop of scandal, intrigue, and literary mischief inspired by the real-life spoof of Lord Byron published by Lady Caroline Lamb. Rhapsody for Two by Theresa Romain Rowena Fairweather, a builder of stringed instruments, is facing a difficult future. Simon Thorn is a musician fleeing his past Grace Burrowes and Theresa Romain team up to set two Regency novellas against a backdrop of scandal, intrigue, and literary mischief inspired by the real-life spoof of Lord Byron published by Lady Caroline Lamb. Rhapsody for Two by Theresa Romain Rowena Fairweather, a builder of stringed instruments, is facing a difficult future. Simon Thorn is a musician fleeing his past. When a page from How to Ruin a Duke brings them together, will these two independent souls allow themselves to fall in love? When His Grace Falls by Grace Burrowes The very proper Duke of Emory, lampooned in How to Ruin A Duke, suspects that the author of his misfortune is Lady Edith Charbonneau. He sets out to ruin her before she can write a sequel, except... what if he's wrong, and she's not his enemy after all?

30 review for How to Ruin a Duke: A Regency Novella Duet

  1. 4 out of 5

    Elodie

    I purchased this book because of the review of a friend from Goodreads and I was glad I followed her insight. Rhapsody for Two was my introduction’s read to Mrs Theresa Romain’s work. I loved it first because it was about commoners, plus it was set in the music world, something I have rarely read in my books. Rowena and Simon both struggle with guilt, he because of a mistake in his youth that wounded his friend, since he flees. She because she fells she is betraying her family’s memories by being u I purchased this book because of the review of a friend from Goodreads and I was glad I followed her insight. Rhapsody for Two was my introduction’s read to Mrs Theresa Romain’s work. I loved it first because it was about commoners, plus it was set in the music world, something I have rarely read in my books. Rowena and Simon both struggle with guilt, he because of a mistake in his youth that wounded his friend, since he flees. She because she fells she is betraying her family’s memories by being unable to support her business fees. It was a lovely novella about let the past go to face wholly the future. The was no vilain, just the society’s changes, and with it, the end of some way of life but also the rising of new challenges. So, it is up to Rowena and Simon to decide if they want or not to build a tomorrow for themselves together or let the past burden their chance at love and freedom. When his Grace Falls by Grace Burrowes. I do not know why it took me so long to read Mrs Grace Burrowes’ work. It is so full of quiet quips and banters, I just sit and follow the lead of the story. Sure her writing style and enormous range of vocabulary is widely over my own knowledge, and probably read her work in French would be far easier but it is a challenge for me and it is so satisfying when I have completed it. Now what to say about the sorry, despite it being a novella, I didn’t felt cheated, it was so perfectly done, I felt in love with both main characters. Despite appearing stern the infamous Duke is thoughtful and even when misled, he does not change for the worst, he still tries to put the facts in order. Lady Edith is a wonderful woman, she won’t trade her pride and self-respect for coins, but she is willing to help for free as a friend should do. And she has no expectation in return, just to cherish the past moments as sweet memories. A wonderful read so full of wits and humor. I can’t wait for the duke of Elsmore’s story.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    Sheer bliss Rhapsody for Two by Theresa Romain Rowena Fairweather, the violin maker, has been tending to her late father's shop alone for a year. She has been a luthier all her life, but the lease is about to expire, and she is short of funds. To distract herself, she has been reading the new scandalous book, HOW TO RUIN A DUKE. What a coincidence that a down-on-his-luck musician, Simon Thorn, would bring his horn in which a note has been stuffed. Almost like in HOW TO RUIN A DUKE! When I heard tha Sheer bliss Rhapsody for Two by Theresa Romain Rowena Fairweather, the violin maker, has been tending to her late father's shop alone for a year. She has been a luthier all her life, but the lease is about to expire, and she is short of funds. To distract herself, she has been reading the new scandalous book, HOW TO RUIN A DUKE. What a coincidence that a down-on-his-luck musician, Simon Thorn, would bring his horn in which a note has been stuffed. Almost like in HOW TO RUIN A DUKE! When I heard that Theresa Romain was writing a novella about a luthier, I was ecstatic. I knew it would be memorable, and it most certainly is. What is so extraordinary about Rhapsody for Two is that this novella easily reads as a full-length novel. There is so much to love, I hardly know where to start. Rowena and Simon both have complete backstories, they are wonderfully complex characters, and it soon becomes apparent that they need each other. The way they meet is enchanting, but no more so than how they eventually fall in love. It is beyond lovely! I've always been grateful that Ms. Romain doesn't write the typical historical heroes and heroines. Both Simon and Rowena are working people, they're relatable, human, and so endearing. The mind boggles at the amount of research done by the author on stringed instruments, their care and repairs and on Vauxhall, which we experience from a musician's point of view. In carefully chosen words, Theresa Romain puts us right on the premises. How can one describe such a wonderfully perfect story? Rhapsody for Two took me a long time to read, because I kept highlighting those many gorgeous sentences, filled with meaning and charm, and wishing to remember every memorable paragraph, re-reading passages simply because they are just so beautiful. I was emotionally invested all the way, and I think I cried for at least a whole chapter. This novella is clever, witty, and so well constructed that we get brief glimpses of what to expect in Grace Burrowes's story. Every character is a delight, the story is superb, and filled with all kinds of historical details that have now become Ms. Romain's trademark. You don't notice them as such, but they make the everything feel genuine and so alive. I also loved that, in a way, this story features role reversals and a real independent woman. If I hadn't been a fan of Theresa Romain's before, I would be now. She is the undisputed queen of the historical novella. When His Grace Falls by Grace Burrowes Ever since she left her position as companion to the Duchess of Emory, money has been scarce for Lady Edith Charbonneau. She wants to write a book on domestic advice, but it's not easy for a woman to be taken seriously. Some people think she might be the anonymous author of HOW TO RUIN A DUKE, among them the thinly veiled subject of the book: Thaddeus, the Duke of Emory. He searches high and low, confronts her, but cannot help wondering what she does with all the money she earns from the book sales when she nearly faints from hunger. When His Grace Falls is everything we have come to expect from Grace Burrowes: vibrant characters, interesting family dynamics, vivid descriptions, biting wit, and sumptuous, lush prose. Edith and Thaddeus's relationship progresses realistically, and the sole intimate scene is at the same time very subtle and highly erotic. A misunderstanding occurs and I felt Ms. Burrowes handled it brilliantly. The romance is lovely, but it's the suspense that really thrilled me. The author of the scandalous book came as a complete shock, and you can't beat that! I hope that the future will include dukes to be rescued and ravished... I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Fner

    The men in Grace Burrowes' books are always very good men -- but they're good in a particular way: they're competent, and they put the needs of their families (or anyone who relies on them) first. The only mistakes they ever make come from shouldering too large a burden themselves. Which often makes them "boring." What they want from a woman is to be appreciated and loved for these traits, rather than teased or taken advantage of. I like the stories about this kind of man when we see him working The men in Grace Burrowes' books are always very good men -- but they're good in a particular way: they're competent, and they put the needs of their families (or anyone who relies on them) first. The only mistakes they ever make come from shouldering too large a burden themselves. Which often makes them "boring." What they want from a woman is to be appreciated and loved for these traits, rather than teased or taken advantage of. I like the stories about this kind of man when we see him working -- when he's training horses or teaching children or project managing the renovation of old castles, as happens in my favorite Burrowes stories -- and he falls for the woman who works by his side. I roll my eyes over the ones that focus on him rescuing family members ... and the love interest; and the love interest just convinces him to focus on himself and let the others fail. I'm thinking this says more about me than about Grace Burrowes. Hm. This is a story about the rescuing sort of hero; but our heroine is not a complete Cinderella. She could use a serious infusion of cash, but otherwise, she's got this. I liked it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Lovely Read 💖📚💖 So enjoyed everything about both of these novellas, just wanted more. This is my first time reading Theresa Romain, and will definitely check out more from her. Always enjoy Grace Burrowes’ very talented work, and hope Emory and Edith are revisited in the future. It seems their writing styles are similar, something I will always be thrilled to take up and find me a cozy corner, where not to be disturbed.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rose Blue

    4.5 stars, as reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-Vi RHAPSODY FOR TWO by Theresa Romain Rowena Fairweather is a luthier, meaning she builds, repairs, and tunes stringed instruments. She’s carrying on the family tradition, but is in a bind because the long term lease on her shop is about to expire, and the landlord has received a very lucrative offer. If Rowena can’t match it, she’ll have to vacate, meaning she’d lose her home as well, as it’s upstairs from the shop. Simon Thorn is curr 4.5 stars, as reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-Vi RHAPSODY FOR TWO by Theresa Romain Rowena Fairweather is a luthier, meaning she builds, repairs, and tunes stringed instruments. She’s carrying on the family tradition, but is in a bind because the long term lease on her shop is about to expire, and the landlord has received a very lucrative offer. If Rowena can’t match it, she’ll have to vacate, meaning she’d lose her home as well, as it’s upstairs from the shop. Simon Thorn is currently a member of the orchestra at Vauxhall Gardens, and has come to Rowena’s shop because he needs help removing a note that someone stashed into his horn. While Rowena doesn’t usually work on brass, she easily helps Simon, who is charmed by her. When it turns out that the note was an inappropriate (and unwanted) love letter, Simon loses his job, thanks to a disgruntled husband. Simon goes back to Rowena’s shop, offering to temporarily help her with her business, hoping to raise sufficient money to allow her to keep the shop. Rowena and Simon have an immediate chemistry, though Simon is very upfront about stating that he will be leaving soon. They share a passionate interlude, with no promises and no strings. Simon is the proverbial rolling stone. He’s been on the run from his past and his guilt over an unfortunate incident that happened when he was a young teenager. He shares some of his story with Rowena, who, much to his chagrin, takes matters into her own hands, and tries to engineer a situation where Simon has to confront his past so he can move forward. Rowena has some soul searching to do, as well. Is she clinging to the shop because it’s her passion, or because it was her father’s dream? Simon is one of those people who is filled with pain and guilt on the inside while projecting a happy and charming persona on the outside. His actions show him to be a truly good person who feels unworthy of putting down roots. I love how Rowena’s actions nudged him into facing a situation he has been running from for over a decade. Rowena is strong and capable, and has others depending on her. She considers their welfare when she’s trying to make the best decisions for everyone’s future. RHAPSODY FOR TWO let me feel that I truly got to know Rowena and Simon, their strengths and their weaknesses. Their romance was sweet and warm, and felt right, as if they truly belong together. This short story was engaging and satisfying, and I loved how Rowena and Simon confronted their problems and found a way for a delightful future together. WHEN HIS GRACE FALLS by Grace Burrowes Lady Edith Charbonneau is the daughter of an earl, but has fallen on hard times since her father died, leaving only debt. (Edith was introduced in Theresa Romain’s story, and is a good friend of Rowena’s. I was immediately intrigued by her, as she left a job as companion to a duchess, and never disclosed her reason as to why.) The son of her former employer, Thaddeus, the current Duke Emory, is the object of much ridicule, as he is the thinly disguised “Duke of Amorous” in the bestselling scandalous novel, “How to Ruin a Duke.” The peculiar thing about the scandalous book, which was published anonymously, is that all of the incidents attributed to the amorous duke start with a kernel of truth, but then veer off to make Thaddeus out to be something he’s not. In reality, Thaddeus is honest, hardworking, dedicated to his position, and far from being a rake. He’s determined to find the author and stop him or her before the rumored sequel is written. Thaddeus realizes that the author must have a source who is close to him, and he wonders if Edith, his mother’s former companion may be the one. Without a job, Edith is truly in dire straits. She’s living in rundown rooms, with barely anything to eat for her and her stepbrother, whom she supports. She’s initially leery of Thaddeus when he approaches her, but agrees to talk to him, especially since he’s providing a delicious lunch for them. When asked point-blank by Thaddeus about writing the book, she denies it, and then agrees to help him discover who the author is. Edith and Thaddeus find that working together and sharing delicious meals has awakened other appetites, and they share an intimate afternoon together. Thaddeus has always admired Edith from a distance when she worked for his mother, and now that they’ve experienced such compatibility in and out of the bedroom, Thaddeus begins to hear wedding bells. That is, until he sees what appears to be undeniable proof that Edith is the anonymous author after all, and has been deceiving him. I love that Thaddeus, even believing that he’s been played for a fool, decides to investigate further before doing irretrievable damage to Edith. He’s an intelligent and honorable man, and so undeserving of the mockery he’s been subjected to. Meanwhile Edith, even though abandoned by Thaddeus, still leaves him a beautiful parting gift which shows her true colors. WHEN HIS GRACE FALLS is so fully developed, that it’s hard to believe it’s a novella. I love to be surprised, and I had two in store for me as I finally learned why Edith left her job as companion, and who the mysterious author really is. This story is truly wonderful and warm, and flows along beautifully and logically after Theresa Romain’s novella. I adored both stories and recommend them most highly, as I fell a bit in love with both couples.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This Novella Duet includes "Rhapsody for Two" by Theresa Romain and "When His Grace Falls" by Grace Burrowes. "Rhapsody for Two" is the charming story of luthier (repairer of stringed instruments) Rowena Fairweather, who is desperate to hold on to the family business when she finds herself in dire financial straits. Simon Thorn enters her shop with his malfunctioning horn, which Rowena politely informs him “is not a stringed instrument.” When she assists him anyway he is drawn inexplicably to he This Novella Duet includes "Rhapsody for Two" by Theresa Romain and "When His Grace Falls" by Grace Burrowes. "Rhapsody for Two" is the charming story of luthier (repairer of stringed instruments) Rowena Fairweather, who is desperate to hold on to the family business when she finds herself in dire financial straits. Simon Thorn enters her shop with his malfunctioning horn, which Rowena politely informs him “is not a stringed instrument.” When she assists him anyway he is drawn inexplicably to her, as she is to him. When Simon loses both his jobs at the same time, he offers to assist Rowena in promoting her business. What follows is a slow, beautiful blossoming of a romance that neither expects. The obstacles come in the form of Rowena's ruthless landlord and Simon’s guilt over a horrific childhood accident. The “How to Ruin a Duke” book within the book is a humorous thread running through the story, with everyone trying to discover who wrote the naughty book all the while quoting from it, and is the impetus for the initial “meet cute” between Rowena and Simon. The journey to the eventual HEA of Rowena and Simon is filled with witty dialogue and well-rounded characters. Ms. Romain is a new-to-me author whose work I will definitely be seeking again. "When His Grace Falls" This novella is focused on the book within a book, “How to Ruin a Duke” when the subject of that publication, Thaddeus, Duke of Emory, attempts to ferret out who anonymously authored the unflattering tome. Lady Edith Charbonneau falls under suspicion as the elusive author when she abruptly and without explanation resigns her position as companion to Thaddeus’s mother. When Thaddeus accuses Edith, he is vexed by the contradiction she presents: if she penned a best selling book, why is she living in poverty, without even proper sustenance? When he finds that he enjoys sparring verbally with her entirely too much, he decides to enlist her help in unmasking the author. More complications threaten to destroy their newfound camaraderie but love triumphs for a satisfying and sweet HEA. Ms. Burrowes is one of my very favorite authors (and I read A LOT!) and as usual, she does not disappoint. Her characters are fleshed out, her prose is beautifully descriptive, and her dialogue is clever and, at times, hysterical in its period-appropriate formality (e.g., “We’re to undress?” “One often does, in the circumstances.”). All in all, both these novellas are a delight and I highly recommend them. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from the publisher and am voluntarily reviewing it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Aaron

    I have read many of Grace Burrowes' historical romances, and love her writing. Her books are historically accurate, and contain fascinating, likable characters. This set of novellas is a little different, though, since one of the novellas is written by Grace Burrowes and the other is written by Theresa Romain. Since I've always liked Grace's work, I decided to give this set a try. Both novellas are OK, but both suffered from a typical problem of novellas -- they were both too short to have as muc I have read many of Grace Burrowes' historical romances, and love her writing. Her books are historically accurate, and contain fascinating, likable characters. This set of novellas is a little different, though, since one of the novellas is written by Grace Burrowes and the other is written by Theresa Romain. Since I've always liked Grace's work, I decided to give this set a try. Both novellas are OK, but both suffered from a typical problem of novellas -- they were both too short to have as much character development as I'd like. Because of that, this novella duet gets 3 stars from me. The stories were mildly entertaining, though, and featured mostly likable characters. I mostly liked both couples, and thought they were good together. I did get a little irritated at Thaddeus in Grace's story, though, because he jumped to conclusions and hurt Edith. If you are looking for historical romances that are quick reads, written by good authors (with good editing), and don't mind a lack of character development -- this is a good choice. My rating system is below. 1 star -- Hated it, or did not finish. I usually only give this rating if some of the content is truly objectionable to me, like if one of the main characters does something really awful, and gets away with it. 2 stars -- Didn't like it. This rating usually means that I thought the writing wasn't very good, the editing was terrible, I didn't like the characters, or it had other major flaws. 3 stars -- I liked it, but had some minor issues with it. This rating means that there were minor editing issues, the story needed more character development, it was just too unrealistic, or had some other fairly minor issue. The majority of books I read get this rating – I do not consider it a bad rating. 4 stars -- I liked it a lot. This is a high rating for me, and I rarely give a higher one. 5 stars -- I loved it, and will probably read it again. Very few books are good enough to get this rating from me. The ones that do are usually classics.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    This lovely duet of novellas that is a quick read, with all the hallmarks seen in other works by Romain and Burrowes. The two stories are loosely connected but each stands fully on its own. First up is Theresa Romain's Rhapsody for Two. Rowena and Simon are not aristocracy, but part of the working class in the music world, something Romain excels at writing about in her novels. I love Rowena's independence, her considerations on whether to work her business due to love of the job or because of ex This lovely duet of novellas that is a quick read, with all the hallmarks seen in other works by Romain and Burrowes. The two stories are loosely connected but each stands fully on its own. First up is Theresa Romain's Rhapsody for Two. Rowena and Simon are not aristocracy, but part of the working class in the music world, something Romain excels at writing about in her novels. I love Rowena's independence, her considerations on whether to work her business due to love of the job or because of expectations, and her willingness to try new things when Simon suddenly appears in her life. Simon has his own backstory and is clearly just a nice person. Both his backstory and his desire to help Rowena, make him an easy character to cheer for. This novella is just a delight that made me smile throughout. Second is When His Grace Falls by Grace Burrowes. The How to Ruin a Duke of the title, is a scathing lampoon about the Duke of Emory. While it's just a page stuffed in a horn (which also a story within the novel) that brings together Romain's Rowena and Simon, Burrowes brings us the actual Duke of Emory, the subject of the piece, and Lady Edith Charbonneau, who the Duke suspects of having written the horrible book. It does not take long for him to discover that is not true, but his trust is tested along the way. Lady Edith was once his mother's companion, and she knows a lot about his family. Lady Edith is still a lady, though fully in poverty now, and helps the Duke find the real author. Along the way, they get to know each other and of course, fall in love on the way to HEA. Again we have two characters that are easy to cheer for: the Duke is does everything for his family, Lady Edith who is smart and strong and unwilling to be treated with anything less than respect. Fans of Romain and Burrowes should enjoy this quick and entertaining read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Traci

    This was such a great novella! I usually feel like I haven’t learned enough about the characters in such short stories, but that wasn’t the case with this novella. I love how the two authors was able to mingle the two stories but still maintain their own unique writing talents. In Rhapsody for Two by Theresa Romain, Rowena was carrying on family traditions and repairing string instruments. She was barely able to keep her shop open even with all the business she had. Simon was a musician who had This was such a great novella! I usually feel like I haven’t learned enough about the characters in such short stories, but that wasn’t the case with this novella. I love how the two authors was able to mingle the two stories but still maintain their own unique writing talents. In Rhapsody for Two by Theresa Romain, Rowena was carrying on family traditions and repairing string instruments. She was barely able to keep her shop open even with all the business she had. Simon was a musician who had lost his jobs but was full of creative ideas to help Rowena’s business. Rowena and Simon both had obstacles to overcome in order to have a HEA. The story was easy to read and hard to put down! In When His Grace Falls by Grace Burrowes, the Duke of Emory has had a book written about him. He is trying to find the writer and suspects Edith of writing it. As the search for the unknown writer continues and Edith providing her help to Emory, they start to learn more about each other and are drawn together. I loved the characters in this story and the plot of who the writer was threw in some unexpected twists! This novella is definitely a must read! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    N.W. Moors

    I'm always happy when I get a new Burrowes book. And I looked forward to the story by Ms. Romain as it sounded interesting; a story about a luthier sounds right up my alley. However, I was disappointed by the Romain novella. Perhaps it would have been better if presented in a full book rather than a novella, but the relationship between Rowena and Simon, while sweet, never seemed to really develop on the pages. Maybe there was more back stuff I missed, but being told he dropped in occasionally to I'm always happy when I get a new Burrowes book. And I looked forward to the story by Ms. Romain as it sounded interesting; a story about a luthier sounds right up my alley. However, I was disappointed by the Romain novella. Perhaps it would have been better if presented in a full book rather than a novella, but the relationship between Rowena and Simon, while sweet, never seemed to really develop on the pages. Maybe there was more back stuff I missed, but being told he dropped in occasionally to chat for a few minutes didn't seem enough to me. I did like the parts about the shop and how Rowena worked on the instruments. Ms. Burrowes never disappoints, and I really enjoyed the romance between Thaddeus and Edith. He's so proper yet ultimately a very kind man. I was surprised at the ending. I sort of knew the author of the scandalous book but was very surprised at the reasons. Another good read from this author.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    Both of these novellas are by authors I enjoy. Ms Romain's story is about a pair of ambitious people who not only love one another but admire one another and need one another. For these two, success means survival. But, in reality, they more than survive and they create a wonderful life for themselves. The second story by Ms Burrowes is about a duke who has a big problem. He is a man who studies problems, gets the facts and then acts accordingly. He is a very serious guy. He blames a young lady fo Both of these novellas are by authors I enjoy. Ms Romain's story is about a pair of ambitious people who not only love one another but admire one another and need one another. For these two, success means survival. But, in reality, they more than survive and they create a wonderful life for themselves. The second story by Ms Burrowes is about a duke who has a big problem. He is a man who studies problems, gets the facts and then acts accordingly. He is a very serious guy. He blames a young lady for his problem. But, when he really looks at her, he sees someone he has never recognized before. It is a very sweet and humorous story. In short, this is a good duet. Any reader who enjoys romance, will be happy they started reading.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Anthologies present a quandary. My 4-star rating is for Burrowes. Thaddeus and Edith’s emerging relationship was a joy reminiscent of Burrowes’ novel A Truly Perfect Gentleman, one of my top five favorites of hers. It is a mature, forthright interaction between two people who appreciate each other immensely without artifice, who love passionately and like with humor, honesty and respect. The takeoff of a Lady Caroline Lamb-like novel proved superficial as one who has studied Lamb’s novel and its Anthologies present a quandary. My 4-star rating is for Burrowes. Thaddeus and Edith’s emerging relationship was a joy reminiscent of Burrowes’ novel A Truly Perfect Gentleman, one of my top five favorites of hers. It is a mature, forthright interaction between two people who appreciate each other immensely without artifice, who love passionately and like with humor, honesty and respect. The takeoff of a Lady Caroline Lamb-like novel proved superficial as one who has studied Lamb’s novel and its real life circumstances, but as a plot device it worked as inspiration. While Romain’s tale was pleasant with likable characters, they didn’t interest me. As a result reading became more chore than enjoyment.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Karen A. Wyle

    I'm rounding up a wee bit. I enjoyed both these novellas, one by an author I've read often (Burrowes) and one (Romain). The two novellas both deal with the effects of an anonymous and titillating book, whose subject is a thinly disguised duke. This book is far more important to the plot of the Burrowes story. There is also one shared character, Edith, a main character in Burrowes' novella and secondary character in Romain's. The main characters in both books are appealing and individual. I particu I'm rounding up a wee bit. I enjoyed both these novellas, one by an author I've read often (Burrowes) and one (Romain). The two novellas both deal with the effects of an anonymous and titillating book, whose subject is a thinly disguised duke. This book is far more important to the plot of the Burrowes story. There is also one shared character, Edith, a main character in Burrowes' novella and secondary character in Romain's. The main characters in both books are appealing and individual. I particularly liked and admired Rowena in Romain's story, which also took both its main characters on a worthwhile personal journey beyond the central romance.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sharyn

    Grace Burrowes is one of my favorite authors, and I like these combined novellas. The first story, by an author new to me, Theresa Romain, is about commoners , unusual in Regencies. It is a lovely story, and in it we meet Lady Edith, who is the heroine in the Burrowes book. The stories are connected by a book, How to ruin a Duke. The Duke in question thinks Lady Edith has written the book, but when he finds her living in poverty,his natural kindness emerges and a wonderful story ensues.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shelby Scott

    One Duke and one hero Two different stories. The first a talented string instrument repair person and a kind sole with baggage of his, work together to solve their problems. The second is the Duke being ruin by a book built on rumors. Solved by a Earls daughter that is living in poverty but still has her dignity. Enjoyable!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Two very entertaining romances that are slightly interwoven. I love that these authors write about people that seem more realistic for the period and not all are titled personages of the ton. Both stories can stand alone, but because of the connection make for a delightful romantic duo.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ilze

    Even though these 2 authors are favorites of mine, neither of the stories engaged my interest, unfortunately. Maybe the Kindle format is a drawback for me too - for some reason I lose interest in stories on Kindle a lot faster than in real books.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    My 5 stars are for Grace Burrowes....she is exceptional in everything she writes.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    Enjoyable Rather unique stories. Both books had the Duke's novel that was published regarding his ruin. It was fun trying t find out who had novel.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    3.5

  21. 4 out of 5

    Darien

    Loved the first story, saw the plot twist in the second story after the first page.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Cohen

    The first novella by Romain is OK, but the Burrowes novella is charming, with her usual witty dialog and funny asides--a very good story in a small package.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kevin E

    Engaging

  24. 5 out of 5

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