Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Guardian Duke by Jamie Carie

About the Book
The Guardian Duke is award-winning novelist Jamie Carie’s most exciting story yet, a uniquely arranged Regency-era romantic adventure where hero and heroine know each other through written letters but have yet to meet.
Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton, is ordered by the King to take guardianship over Lady Alexandria Featherstone whose parents are presumed dead after failing to return from a high profile treasure hunt. But Alexandria ignores this royal reassignment, believing her parents are still alive and duly following clues that may lead to their whereabouts. Gabriel, pressured by what are actually the King’s ulterior motives, pursues her across windswept England and the rolling green hills of Ireland but is always one step behind.
When they do meet, the search for earthly treasure will pale in comparison to what God has planned for both of them.

My Thoughts
I really enjoyed this first book in The Forgotten Castles Series! The author had intriguing ideas and executed them pretty well. There were some very different unique aspect of this book that ended up being cool. First off the whole idea of having the Duke go deaf. Genius! It gave so many more layers to the story and helped pull of the second interesting thing. Which was not having the characters meet officially. Gabriel and Alexandria went an entire 320 pages with one dance not knowing who each other was and one far of glimpse. To be able to do this and still keep the readers rooting for the couple is a difficult task but Jamie Carie seemed to handle it with ease. I loved Gabriel's determination to keep her safe at all costs and Alexandria's unwavering belief that her parents are still alive. I also really like the fact that a chunk of this book was set in the beautiful country of Ireland. Oh and I can't help but give a shout out to Montague the father-like admiral who was quick to take Alex under his wing, and to Baylor the blundering giant with a heart of gold! All that to say this was a great book that left me eager to pick up Book 2: The Forgiven Duke!

About the Author
Jamie Carie is the author of Snow Angel, a ForeWord magazine Romance Book of the Year winner, USA Book News National “Best Books 2007” Awards winner, and 2008 RITA Awards® Best First Book finalist. Her third novel, Wind Dancer, was a 2010 Indiana State Library Best Books of Indiana finalist. She lives with her husband and three children.

I received a free ebook copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.


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