The Guardian Duke is written by Jamie Carie and published by B&H Publishing Group.
Gabriel, who is the Duke of St. Easton, has been made a guardian of Lady Alexandria Featherstone by the King. The Duke has been made Lady Alexandria's guardian because everyone thinks her parents are dead. She on the other hand decides they are not and goes in search of them. The Duke becomes aware that she is out looking for her parents on her own and goes out searching for her. As the Duke and Lady Alexandria communicate with each other we are able to see their relationship grow through the letters they write to each other.
This story has some interesting elements but is not like a lot of fiction I have read set during the Duke and Lady historical period. I did not especially like how the story concluded. I do not like when they end books just so they can start another one. They pull you along as a relationship grows and then just leave you at the end with no resolution. What if you can't afford to get the next book or your library does not carry the book? You will never know how the story ends. I will say, however, that the writing style was nicely done and the characters were interesting but I don't think I will read anything by this author again.
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
I loved both the setting and the characters in this wonderful novel. I can hardly wait to read the second book! The characters were so real! I fell in love with Gabriel and Alexandria and was dying for them to get together. The book kept me on the edge of my seat, and now I am looking forward to book 2, when they will finally be together!!! Rarely do characters get inside my heart the way these two did. This book did not have closure, but that was okay with me, because I want to read more about Gabriel and Alexandria. They deserve more time! So do yourself a favor and get this book!
Gabriel is a Duke and is ordered by the King to be the guardian of Alexandria(Alex). At first he thinks its just a normal guardianship but soon learns there is more going on then meets the eyes. As he is learning about the guardianship he suddenly goes deaf for no real reason and has to deal with that as well.
Alex does not believe that her parents are dead and sets out on her own to find them. Along the way she finds danger and thankfully she also take up her search with some protectors. Once the Duke learns that she set out to find her parents he heads after her. Will he get to her in time? Can she find her parents? Read this book to find out.
This is a Regency-era novel taking place in the early 1800's. I felt myself having to step back in time and remember some of the rules of the time period so I could better understand this book. Some of the early reviews I read about this book where not very kind and I think the reason is they don't have an understanding for the time period.
What I liked: There is something almost magical about the setting of castles and Kings and Dukes. I found myself being swept away into the time period. I really liked the characters. Alex has spunk which at the time was not looked highly at and caused me to laugh quite a few times. Yes she made the silly choice to go after her parents alone but she was young and had grown up with out her parents being around a lot and also growing up on a island where she felt safe she really did not understand the danger. I liked the Duke because even though he was rich and powerful he also has a heart.
What I did not like: The whole story line of the Duke going deaf was a little weird. Maybe there will be some more answers about it later on in the series but I don't really understand why the author went with this storyline. The cat and mouse chase between the Duke and Alex was exciting at first but by the end I was a little disappointed we have to wait until the next book to see if the Duke will finally catch up with Alex.
Over all this was a fun book to read. I was rooting for the Duke to catch up with Alex. The book ended as a cliff hanger but it definitely makes me want to read the next book. This book has romance, humor and suspense. A very enjoyable read. Looking forward to more of the story when the next book is released this summer.
The Guardian Duke is a unique tale that will thrill readers of regency romances !
First of all, I have to say that Jamie Carie completely captures the landscape and countries in a very captivating way. As we strolled from England, the Holy Island, and to Ireland, she truly made each setting unique. In fact, after reading this book, I'd like to visit the Holy Island myself one day.
I also love how she has chosen to write an entire series that features forgotten castles spread through-out Europe. What person doesn't love castles? She uniquely describes each of their features and transports the reader to the castles themselves.
While this story is very captivating, and will leave you longing for the next story in the Forgotten Castle series, there are a few moments where it becomes easy to lose interest. Those moments are definitely far and few, but they exist none-the-less.
I absolutely love the hero in this novel. Jamie Carie has done a fantastic job in not only capturing his voice, but sharing what he is going through in a way that engages the reader and keeps them rooting for him the whole time.
I didn't take to the heroine too well. I think, mostly because she still has some growing up to do. Since this is a series, it'll be interesting to watch as her character develops into a mature young woman.
While I definitely enjoyed her last novel much more than this one, The Guardian Duke is still a good, intriguing read that puts Jamie Carie's writing skills on display.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from B &H publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is the first book in the new Forgotten Castles series, and the author's first Regency-era romance. This was the first book, and likely also the last, I've read by the author. It shouldn't even be called a romance. Alex and Gabriel exchange snarky letters throughout the story, meet very briefly near the end of the book without realizing who the other person is, and then don't meet again. Absolutely nothing is resolved.
To make matters worse, the book is peppered with inaccuracies. Alex shoots Gabriel's secretary, Meade, with a shotgun, and then Gabriel uses the phrase "alright" later in the book. Stuff like this kept yanking me out of the story and made me want to throw my Kindle across the room. Better Regency stories are available from authors like Julie Klassen and Linore Rose Burkard. Save your time and read those instead.
Thanks to B&H Publishers and NetGalley for my review copy.