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Will Hart, the Duke of Ashmore, is everything his father was not: scrupulously honest, forbidding, and apparently joyless. As a duke, he’s a catch, but as a grumpy stick-in-the mud, no lady knows quite how to catch his eye. When his sisters concoct a plan for him to visit a run-down family property in Cornwall, he reluctantly agrees, hoping it will be a chance for him to r Will Hart, the Duke of Ashmore, is everything his father was not: scrupulously honest, forbidding, and apparently joyless. As a duke, he’s a catch, but as a grumpy stick-in-the mud, no lady knows quite how to catch his eye. When his sisters concoct a plan for him to visit a run-down family property in Cornwall, he reluctantly agrees, hoping it will be a chance for him to rediscover the carefree man he once was. Madeline Ravenwood believes she can do anything she puts her mind to, including running the gardening business she inherited from her father and being a founding member of the Royal Visit Committee. Hard at work preparing for Princess Beatrice’s visit to judge their annual flower show, the appearance of a stern, handsome duke is a distraction Maddie doesn’t need. Tasked by the committee to convince the duke to repair his ramshackle manor house in time for the royal visit, he agrees, if she will join him as he explores Cornwall. Spending their days, and nights, together, Will’s love for Maddie becomes too strong to ignore. But Maddie knows how different their worlds are and when the burdens of his title reappear, can Will convince her that she’s the woman he’s been waiting for?


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Will Hart, the Duke of Ashmore, is everything his father was not: scrupulously honest, forbidding, and apparently joyless. As a duke, he’s a catch, but as a grumpy stick-in-the mud, no lady knows quite how to catch his eye. When his sisters concoct a plan for him to visit a run-down family property in Cornwall, he reluctantly agrees, hoping it will be a chance for him to r Will Hart, the Duke of Ashmore, is everything his father was not: scrupulously honest, forbidding, and apparently joyless. As a duke, he’s a catch, but as a grumpy stick-in-the mud, no lady knows quite how to catch his eye. When his sisters concoct a plan for him to visit a run-down family property in Cornwall, he reluctantly agrees, hoping it will be a chance for him to rediscover the carefree man he once was. Madeline Ravenwood believes she can do anything she puts her mind to, including running the gardening business she inherited from her father and being a founding member of the Royal Visit Committee. Hard at work preparing for Princess Beatrice’s visit to judge their annual flower show, the appearance of a stern, handsome duke is a distraction Maddie doesn’t need. Tasked by the committee to convince the duke to repair his ramshackle manor house in time for the royal visit, he agrees, if she will join him as he explores Cornwall. Spending their days, and nights, together, Will’s love for Maddie becomes too strong to ignore. But Maddie knows how different their worlds are and when the burdens of his title reappear, can Will convince her that she’s the woman he’s been waiting for?

30 review for Duke Gone Rogue

  1. 5 out of 5

    ChasingLeslie

    William Hart, Duke of Ashmore, is on a mission to restore the dukedom from the scandals his father created. But staying out of the ton gossip has made him a joyless grump. His sisters insist he get away for a while, and he sets off for a family property he intends to sell. Madeline Ravenwood is hard at work preparing for the annual flower show. She is tasked by the committee to convince the duke to repair his ramshackle manor house before a royal visit. But spending time together has made Will a William Hart, Duke of Ashmore, is on a mission to restore the dukedom from the scandals his father created. But staying out of the ton gossip has made him a joyless grump. His sisters insist he get away for a while, and he sets off for a family property he intends to sell. Madeline Ravenwood is hard at work preparing for the annual flower show. She is tasked by the committee to convince the duke to repair his ramshackle manor house before a royal visit. But spending time together has made Will and Maddie's attraction impossible to ignore. This is the first book in a new series, Love on Holiday. I really enjoyed this story and it gave me classic 2000s HR vibes. Everyone wants to compare every new book to Bridgerton, but this one actually gave me that sort of feeling. Maddie is a quietly strong and capable heroine. She runs the gardening business she inherited from her parents, and takes on too many commitments because she loves her community. Will just needed a chance to get away from society, and duty, and allow himself to open up to someone. They make a (more subtle) grumpy/sunshine pairing. It was the perfect book for cuddling up with blanket and reading the day away. Tropes: Class Difference, Working Heroine Steam Rating: 1 * I received an ARC and this is my honest review. #DukeGoneRogue #NetGalley

  2. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Barbara’s rating: 4.5 of 5 stars Series: Love On Holiday #1 Publication Date: 12/28/21 Period: Victorian – Haven Cove (A lovely fictitious seaside town) Number of Pages: 384 Madeline Ravenwood and William Hart, the Duke of Ashmore have both forgotten what they really want to do in life. Neither really knows how to enjoy themselves – how to have joy in their lives. It seems duty and responsibility have supplanted those things and turned one of them into a dour old grump and the other into a chronic jo Barbara’s rating: 4.5 of 5 stars Series: Love On Holiday #1 Publication Date: 12/28/21 Period: Victorian – Haven Cove (A lovely fictitious seaside town) Number of Pages: 384 Madeline Ravenwood and William Hart, the Duke of Ashmore have both forgotten what they really want to do in life. Neither really knows how to enjoy themselves – how to have joy in their lives. It seems duty and responsibility have supplanted those things and turned one of them into a dour old grump and the other into a chronic joiner of committees and causes. Maddie’s parents married for love and her mother always told Maddie to do the same. Maddie, however, knows she’ll never marry. What man would want a spinster who is independent and quite competent at running the business she inherited from her parents. Moreover, a man would either want to take over the business or sell it. He definitely wouldn’t want her involved in it. No, it is best she remains a spinster and runs the business her parents worked so hard to create. Never mind that that business, as her father designed it, doesn’t bring her joy or happiness. Ah, well, she still carves out time to propagate her roses and will even be entering one in the upcoming festival. Will’s parents were the opposite of Maddie’s. His father was a lecherous cheat and thief who would take advantage of anything or anyone for his own pleasure. His many infidelities and bacchanals even led to Will’s mother’s death, and to say that Will despises and reviles everything Stanwick Hart stood for doesn’t even begin to cover the depth of his feelings. Since assuming the title, Will has spent every waking moment uncovering his father’s misdeeds and making amends where he can. No, Will is absolutely nothing like his father and he goes to great pains to show it. For his trouble, the ton has reviled and labeled him as heartless and uncaring. Will’s youngest sister, Daisy, is engaged and she and their other sister, Cora, don’t want Will underfoot for the big engagement ball. So, they convince him to take a ‘vacation’ to Carnwyth. That just happens to be the one property Will never wants to visit because his father purchased it and made it into a scandalous place where he held weeks-long parties with like-minded men and women. The decorations were scandalously done and Will could hardly bring himself to go there. But then, on his way to the property, he encounters Miss Ravenwood. He’d met her very briefly, several months earlier – she had overheard his fiancé breaking their engagement. Not that she meant to – there was just no way around it. Even though they hardly spoke at all, Will had never forgotten her. (She hadn’t forgotten him either.) I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Will and Maddie come to realize that there was absolutely nothing wrong with being happy, with pursuing the things you loved. I loved that the story was straightforward with no angst, no secrets, no impediments at all to keep Will and Maddie apart – well, other than themselves. The story had some of the most likable characters you’ll ever read and you’ll definitely find yourself cheering them on. The writing is excellent and the pacing is just right. I think my only complaint about the whole book is the way his sisters treated him. It just wasn’t right and I think the writer could have accomplished the same thing without the sisters – Cora in particular – letting him know, in no uncertain terms, that he wasn’t welcome at the engagement party – for which he had paid. This man had saved the family from financial ruin, repaired their reputations, assured his sisters were well dowered and secure – and they ask him to leave the biggest celebration of their lives. No – I didn’t like that part at all, and that is why I deducted a half star from my rating. I can definitely recommend the book and hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. It might be one of my favorite books this year. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Fae

    It’s been a while since I’ve read this author’s books and I had mixed feelings for some of her books. I was pleasantly surprised by this book, her newest one. 4.5 stars! I absolutely enjoyed this one for so many reasons. Firstly, I was captivated by their chemistry, even from their first meeting, where Will was not in his best condition after having been dumped by his fiancée. Following that, their chemistry after meeting again was great. Secondly, to further elaborate on their chemistry, i enjoye It’s been a while since I’ve read this author’s books and I had mixed feelings for some of her books. I was pleasantly surprised by this book, her newest one. 4.5 stars! I absolutely enjoyed this one for so many reasons. Firstly, I was captivated by their chemistry, even from their first meeting, where Will was not in his best condition after having been dumped by his fiancée. Following that, their chemistry after meeting again was great. Secondly, to further elaborate on their chemistry, i enjoyed the way the author wrote their bonding and romance building. They spent lots of time together, without the rules of the ton and society, just being themselves and enjoying each other’s company. The huge amount of interaction between them and the fact that they talked about their backgrounds, their families, their burdens, basically shared everything with each other just warmed my heart because that’s how a romance should be. Thank the heavens and this author that they didn’t spend majority of the book just ogling each other, stripping each other with their eyes & having insta lust. It was refreshing to see a book that didn’t have the insta lust, and instead focused on the full development on the romance. I absolutely love the sweet gestures they had; their holding hands, a touch of lips on the forehead & cheeks, leaning closer for a scent, the sneaking glances, the smiles, the kisses and everything, these small little things built up to show me that they had real affection for each other. It made me believe that they truly liked each other and that their romance was blossoming. This author did their romance justice and wrote it well. Thirdly, the hero and heroine were lovable. Both were not manipulative, did not have serious communication issues, did not spend so much time overthinking & no action, and were just their true selves. For once in a long time, I was not annoyed at the hero and heroine because this plot was just simple, just 2 people from different worlds spending time with each other without any machinations, accusations, manipulations or lies. Fourthly, I liked that Will changed into a different person at the end of the book, a more carefree person, thanks to Maddie and was considerate of Maddie in not wanting to take her choices & life away if he decided to propose to her. I liked that he was not selfish & did not want to take her away from everything she knew. Maddie was a wonderful independent woman who is definitely the right person to complete Will & make him more relaxed. Lastly, the pacing of their romance and the plot was just right. It wasn’t rushed or too slow. It suited my tastes. The slow building of their romance had me engrossed from start till end. But 4.5 stars only, because the epilogue did not cover how the ton reacted to their marriage & whether Will continued to make up for his father’s mistakes or whether he tried to make amends to the people he offended. I also wondered if they had a child. Also wished there was more detailed sex scenes, felt a little short. Other than those small issues, it’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed a book very much.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    Oh my god this sounds so fun and I WANT IT It's been too long since I was excited about a new historical romance series Oh my god this sounds so fun and I WANT IT It's been too long since I was excited about a new historical romance series

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shawna

    3.5 stars - Historical Romance

  6. 4 out of 5

    Debby*BabyDee

    “Duke Gone Rogue” is a first time read by new author, Christy Carlyle to this reader. I thought the story was lovely and enjoyable. Both characters, Madeline Ravenwood and Will Hart, Duke of Ashmore were likeable individuals although they have their own motives for being who they are. The heroine, due to her parent’s death has taken on running their flower business and has the skills and determination to make it succeed. Then there is the hero, despite his somewhat unlikeable to likeable attitude “Duke Gone Rogue” is a first time read by new author, Christy Carlyle to this reader. I thought the story was lovely and enjoyable. Both characters, Madeline Ravenwood and Will Hart, Duke of Ashmore were likeable individuals although they have their own motives for being who they are. The heroine, due to her parent’s death has taken on running their flower business and has the skills and determination to make it succeed. Then there is the hero, despite his somewhat unlikeable to likeable attitude is bent on atoning for his father’s past sins and is trying hard not to follow in his path. Sub-characters are the hero’s sisters who sets him off to their country estate in hopes that he could change his demeanor and detract from also ruining one of the sister’s betrothal party. Upon arriving to the diminishing estate, he encounters Madeline and the two become attracted on more than a friendly basis. I enjoyed the building relationship between the two and the complement of intimacy that I think took longer to come about. I do like steamy in my HRs and this one was a bit lacking. There were some parts of the story that dragged or just died and that was the investigation into the father’s past dealings and plot of blackmail that fizzled. In any case, I think it was well-written with some iffy spots that could have been developed better, but it was an enjoyable read. Looking forward to reading the second in the series. Thank you to NetGalley and Avon and Harper Voyager for this ARC in exchange for my fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    Madeline Ravenwood and William Hart, the Duke of Ashmore met quite by chance in Lady Trenmere’s conservatory, when she witnessed his fiancée jilting him. The woman was angry at Will and threw her betrothal ring at him while telling him how heartless he is. Madeline tried to escape unseen, but Will stopped her. In just a few moments, Madeline came to the realization that the jilted man was not only the most handsome man she had ever met, and he is definitely not heartless. Too bad she is returnin Madeline Ravenwood and William Hart, the Duke of Ashmore met quite by chance in Lady Trenmere’s conservatory, when she witnessed his fiancée jilting him. The woman was angry at Will and threw her betrothal ring at him while telling him how heartless he is. Madeline tried to escape unseen, but Will stopped her. In just a few moments, Madeline came to the realization that the jilted man was not only the most handsome man she had ever met, and he is definitely not heartless. Too bad she is returning to Cornwall in the morning and would most likely never see him again. Months later, Will’s sisters convince him to take a holiday to Carnwyth, one of the properties his father purchased and was known for wild parties. Will has spent every moment since his father’s death trying to uncover his father’s misdeeds and set them to right, it has given him a reputation as heartless and glum, not to mention has caused more than one noble to worry about what sins Will uncover and reveal about them. It was that digging that caused his fiancée to dump him. At first, he resists, not wanting to miss his youngest sister’s engagement ball, but when his sister Cora reveals that several of his former fiancée’s family and friends will be that it would be best if he was not around, he grudgingly agrees to leave. He arrives in Haven Cove and learns almost immediately that his sister didn’t tell him everything he need to know, such as Princess Beatrice was scheduled to visit the town and the arrival of a duke would not go unnoticed! Madeline has been running her family’s nursery business ever since her father died, and she has all but given up on romance. She keeps herself busy with projects and committees, but her heart isn’t really in it, which makes her feel guilty like she is betraying her father. She has often thought of the man she met in London, so when she realizes that the Duke is that man, it sets her heart aflutter and the Princess’s visit gives her the perfect excuse to see him – his house has been neglected and is an eyesore, she needs him to tidy it up before the Princess arrives. But to her surprise, Will is not really willing to fix up the house, that is unless Maddie is willing to help. This was a well-written, nicely-paced story with wonderful characters. The book doesn’t really have any angst and nothing is keeping our lovers apart, save themselves and their desire to see the other happy. For me, it was a delightfully light, uncomplicated read filled with great characters, instant attraction, kitten infestations, carousel rides, flowers, royal visits, well-meaning siblings, bunting, steamyish love scenes, and finally a very sweet ending complete with a HEA and an epilogue. This is the first book in a new series which I am happy to recommend and will impatiently await the next installment!. *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that I requested and was provided to me by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.*

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Rupe

    Super cute. Will be reviewed at smittenbybooks.com

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jaime

    Duke Gone Rogue is book one in Christy Carlyle’s new Series — Love on Holiday. This was my first book by this author and I did enjoy it once the story got going. This is a mixture of opposites attract, Beauty and the Beast, and spinster finds love tropes. The story is set in 1894 and has a lot of the late Victorian details mixed into the setting. The majority of this story takes place in Cornwall which was a nice change from the repetitive London ballroom scene found in a lot of historical roman Duke Gone Rogue is book one in Christy Carlyle’s new Series — Love on Holiday. This was my first book by this author and I did enjoy it once the story got going. This is a mixture of opposites attract, Beauty and the Beast, and spinster finds love tropes. The story is set in 1894 and has a lot of the late Victorian details mixed into the setting. The majority of this story takes place in Cornwall which was a nice change from the repetitive London ballroom scene found in a lot of historical romance. The two MCs are William Hart the Duke of Ashmore and Madeline Ravenwood, these two have their first chance encounter as William is being dumped by is betrothed. It’s a few months later when William is sent to Cornwall on a mandatory vacation that he runs into the alluring Miss Ravenwood, and their story really begins. The story is told from alternating POV which I always enjoy. This is a story about figuring out what is really important in life and then fighting to keep it. The author does a great job with symbolism and the comparison of William repairing himself as well as the neglected Carnwyth estate. I found the growth of his character to be remarkable as he goes from being a heartless curmudgeon to a man with a huge heart who loves deeply. There is not a lot of sex scenes cluttering up the pages but as you read the story you are still very aware of the chemistry and attraction between the MCs. So why the 3 star rating? To be honest I felt like the story dragged along until about halfway & I found myself almost considering a DNF. I didn’t care for the way Will’s sisters treated him, scurrying him off to Cornwall so his presence didn’t ruin an engagement party. Hello!! He is the bloody Duke and the one who was supporting his sisters. It was contradictory to me that he would allow them to treat him this way, when he had been doing everything in his power to restore the family name thereby helping his sisters find suitable husbands. I would have appreciated more background on Will — give me The Who, what, when, where, and why— just telling me about public scorn is not as effective as showing it. I also was a little disappointed in the epilogue only being six months in the future (my own pet peeve) but I am happy it had an epilogue. Additionally the continued flower & shrub talk just bogged down the flow of the story. Finally, I didn’t like that it took until almost the end of the story before these two actually communicated and admitted their love for each other. So while I finally did enjoy the last half of the book I am not sure at this point if I will continue the series or if I will even remember these characters a month from now. Overall 3 Stars ⭐️ | 3 Flames 🔥 — A good book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    When Will Hart, the Duke of Ashmore, travels to the family lands in Cornwall at his sisters’ request, he never expects to run into the woman who witnessed his broken engagement. Madeline Ravenwood is equally stunned when she is tasked with convincing Will to fix his eye-sore home before a special visit by Princess Beatrice. So much rides on Princess Beatrice’s endorsement, including the success of her family’s business, but the more time Maddie spends with Will, the more she questions her priori When Will Hart, the Duke of Ashmore, travels to the family lands in Cornwall at his sisters’ request, he never expects to run into the woman who witnessed his broken engagement. Madeline Ravenwood is equally stunned when she is tasked with convincing Will to fix his eye-sore home before a special visit by Princess Beatrice. So much rides on Princess Beatrice’s endorsement, including the success of her family’s business, but the more time Maddie spends with Will, the more she questions her priorities. Will’s feelings for Maddie grow stronger as they spend their days together, but can he convince Maddie that they have a future together when social constraints and expectations threaten to keep them apart? The majority of the story takes place in Haven’s Cove, a seaside community where Madeline lives. A small community where everyone knows everyone else, Haven’s Cove is vividly depicted, and I can see why Maddie loves it so much. It sounds so beautiful and is the perfect backdrop for the story. Maddie is a hardworking, generous, and kind woman. She is independent and very different from the women Will is accustomed to interacting with. Maddie is very involved in her community and is on numerous committees, including the one preparing for Princess Beatrice’s visit. So much rides on this visit, and Maddie is hoping that it will boost the economy and garner more recognition for the nursery she inherited from her parents. Maddie is often conflicted between her responsibilities and her desires, and this proves true when it comes to how she feels for Will. Will is super swoon-worthy in a grumpy kind of way. At the start of the story, his life revolves around restoring his family name and providing his younger sisters with a secure future. He is intense, and people see him as rigid, heartless, and unpleasant. Leaving his duties behind, leaving the ton and polite society, and even leaving the pressures of being the eldest brother responsible for the well-being of his younger sisters gives him the opportunity to be himself. He finally has a reprieve and doesn’t even realize how much he needs it. Will changes so much as the story progresses, as does Maddie. They definitely bring out the best in each other and encourage each other to live their best lives. I love how they both come to realize what is truly important. The love story between Will and Maddie is fantastic. They have such amazing chemistry, and I like how they learn more about themselves and each other as their relationship progresses. They have a lot in common and relate to each other well, even though they are from different social classes and have lived very different lives. For example, both characters have had responsibilities thrust upon them, and neither had much say in their futures. These commonalities connect them on a deep level. On top of that, their chemistry and romance are so swoon-worthy! Duke Gone Rogue is a great start to what promises to be a fun new historical romance series! It’s an entertaining read with well-layered characters, and the love story is romantic, angst-filled, and a bit steamy. I’m so thankful to Avon, NetGalley, and Christy Carlyle for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    i_hype_romance

    I absolutely devoured this unconventional historical romance. Maddy is the queen of committees and the linchpin of her community's social calendar. She is also trying to keep the business her parents left her afloat. She's juggling so many things - and her carefully constructed world can't handle finding room for the temptation that is the implacable Duke of Ashmore. Her determination to keep her distance proves futile, as circumstances throw them together. She discovers the wry humor that lurks I absolutely devoured this unconventional historical romance. Maddy is the queen of committees and the linchpin of her community's social calendar. She is also trying to keep the business her parents left her afloat. She's juggling so many things - and her carefully constructed world can't handle finding room for the temptation that is the implacable Duke of Ashmore. Her determination to keep her distance proves futile, as circumstances throw them together. She discovers the wry humor that lurks beneath his steely demeanor, the love of kittens that he disguises with his ducal propriety, warm encouragement and incomparable hugs, and an incredible ability to listen to her thoughts and fears and offer sound, caring advice. Will is a man who knows what his responsibilities are. His father's peccadilloes and penchant for destruction wrecked the family's reputation and coffers. He has to keep an iron rein on his emotions, and remain constantly attuned to any rumors that will skew his sisters' chances for successful marriages. He has been called cold, haughty, arrogant and untouchable. But the capable, insightful botanist he exchanged banter with in a conservatory utterly decimates his defenses. Rowing lessons, walks in the rain, and baring their deepest fears to each other lead to a feetfirst plunge into the shark-infested waters of an affair that has a time limit. They know that what is between them cannot last -- they have separate lives in completely different parts of the country, and a long-term connection isn't something they can consider. But love always finds a way to bloom and prosper, and this happily-ever-after stole my heart.

  12. 4 out of 5

    sil ♡ the book voyagers

    Duke Gone Rogue was so entertaining and I sped through it because there is not one boring moment. I love that the protagonists spend a lot of their time together so it's so nice to see their cute moments and romantic ones. There are so many! If you want a girl who loves flowers meets grumpy duke who is all about duty, get this book. I love that Maddie was present when Will got left by his previous fiancé lmaoo they actually met that night and they never forgot about each other. Three months late Duke Gone Rogue was so entertaining and I sped through it because there is not one boring moment. I love that the protagonists spend a lot of their time together so it's so nice to see their cute moments and romantic ones. There are so many! If you want a girl who loves flowers meets grumpy duke who is all about duty, get this book. I love that Maddie was present when Will got left by his previous fiancé lmaoo they actually met that night and they never forgot about each other. Three months later, they reunite in a small town near the ocean and the rest is history. IMPORTANT: HE FINDS KITTENS IN HIS MANOR AND OMDFNGJ there are some scenes where he's just holding kittens and it's adorable. Big, grumpy duke annoyed because he found kittens but can't help but hold them in his big hands. Yes, more.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    William Hart, Duke of Ashmore, is considered a grump and too focused on reestablishing his family's good name. When his betrothed breaks off the engagement, his sister Cora arranges for him to go on holiday in Cornwall, to the estate where their father held his bacchamalian parties. Madeline Ravenwood continues working her father's nursery business in Cornwall. Meeting Will again, the spark grows, until the attraction turns to passion. When Will must return to London, he doesn't think Maddy woul William Hart, Duke of Ashmore, is considered a grump and too focused on reestablishing his family's good name. When his betrothed breaks off the engagement, his sister Cora arranges for him to go on holiday in Cornwall, to the estate where their father held his bacchamalian parties. Madeline Ravenwood continues working her father's nursery business in Cornwall. Meeting Will again, the spark grows, until the attraction turns to passion. When Will must return to London, he doesn't think Maddy would leave her business. A gentle nudge from a friend forces Will to make a decision. The romance happens very quickly, but the angst seems to follow at the same time. Love this couple! Steamy. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    travelbug74

    I enjoyed both MC however overall I found the book slow and kind of boring. There was a lot of talk and explanation of flowers and shrubs! The steam level was very low and nothing really happened until about the 3/4 mark of the book. I am not sure if I will read any following books in the series. Thank you to NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for my review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jocelynereadsromance

    Duke Gone Rogue is a fun and softly sweet romance story between a Duke and a working class heroine. Christy Carlyle gently weaves together this fast paced romance with low angst, delightful characters, a charming setting, and a sweet chemistry between the hero and heroine in the late Victorian era (1890s). Carlyle's writing is engaging, quickly drawing the reader in and it is well paced as this soft romance unfolds between two people who are at a sort of cross roads in their lives. Will, the her Duke Gone Rogue is a fun and softly sweet romance story between a Duke and a working class heroine. Christy Carlyle gently weaves together this fast paced romance with low angst, delightful characters, a charming setting, and a sweet chemistry between the hero and heroine in the late Victorian era (1890s). Carlyle's writing is engaging, quickly drawing the reader in and it is well paced as this soft romance unfolds between two people who are at a sort of cross roads in their lives. Will, the hero, is a duke who has the reputation of as a grumpy stick in the mud, after a failed engagement his sisters encourage him to take a vacation at a rundown estate in Cornwall to hopefully reinvigorate him. Madeline is a hard worker, she run's her families flower business, she is a founding member of the Royal Visit Committee and she is involved in many groups around town. Madeline knows that anything she puts her mind to, she can accomplish. Madeline and Will are constantly put in each other's paths when Madeline is tasked with encouraging the Duke to renovate his estate in time for Princess Beatrice's visit. During this time Will and Madeline allow their attraction to grow as Maddie helps him to explore Cornwall and learn to open himself up. This romance story is gently explored in a vacation setting in the Cornwall area. I love that this novels action plays out in the everyday operations of this small town as they prep for a new hotel opening and an annual flower show that will be judged by Princess Beatrice. Because this novel is built around a small town we are introduced to various people in the town, that are delightful and unique in their own way. I also found the late Victorian date of this novel to be nicely refreshing and explores some of the new innovations in technology in a nice and subtle way. Carlyle does a lovely job of balancing the romantic relationship between Will and Madeline while still keeping their daily lives and the town every present in the action of the story. Watching their initial attraction flourish and grow as they are draw to each other and spend time together is really lovely. Will and Madeline have a sweet chemistry that is grow from mutual attraction and respect for the other. Will and Madeline learn to work together, explore their attraction while both being cautious and aware of what they imagine the other's hopes and dreams for the future are. Will and Maddie are so sweet together and supportive of each other. I really enjoyed how they both were able to help the other take a look at where they currently where in their lives and question where they want to be. Their relationship is sweetly sensual, and while not closed door, the steam level is definitely on the moderate side of steamy. I would definitely recommend this lovely, low angst romance. The charming setting, the intriguing side characters, a strong and independent heroine and a hero who blooms with the love he has for his heroine is such a delightful mix for a wonderful historical romance. Thank you to Avon Romance and NetGalley for an eARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    In this historical romance, a duke is bullied by his sisters into taking a much-needed seaside vacation. The story is so light and pleasant that reading it became a much-needed vacation for me, too. It follows Will, Duke of Ashmore, and Maddie, the owner of a nursery who is passionate about rose hybridization, as she prepares for a royal visit that could put her creations on the map. The book serves up the cold, grumpy duke trope done right. Will's never cruel or careless with his words, nor is h In this historical romance, a duke is bullied by his sisters into taking a much-needed seaside vacation. The story is so light and pleasant that reading it became a much-needed vacation for me, too. It follows Will, Duke of Ashmore, and Maddie, the owner of a nursery who is passionate about rose hybridization, as she prepares for a royal visit that could put her creations on the map. The book serves up the cold, grumpy duke trope done right. Will's never cruel or careless with his words, nor is he haughty and too sure of himself. He's just overworked and has little capability in terms of fun and relaxation, which can be offputting to others. The fact that he is tracking down his late father's past wrongdoings doesn't sit well with the other aristocrats, either, making him unwelcome in society. Maddie's burdened by the family business she inherited and the many commitments she takes on to keep herself busy. Both Will and Maddie need a reminder of how to slow down, enjoy life, and seek something for themselves that rejuvenates their energy rather than draining it. It made for a sweet, sunny romance rather than a stormy one. Sometimes a light romance passes me by without leaving a mark, but this one was just the carefree read I needed, a balm to my weary, jaded disposition. The author so perfectly summons that feeling of a giddy crush as the two feel drawn to one another, simply reveling in each other's company. Whether it was an idyllic scene in a rowboat out in the cove or a zestful day trip to a May fair celebration, I cherished being a party to it all. If you're in the mood for a Victorian romance that will clear away the cobwebs and provide a happy escape, I recommend this getaway, the first in what promises to be a joyous series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gloria Pastorino

    Maddie Rawenwood is a young businesswoman who’s managing her late parents’ nursery in Cornwall. She’s also very involved in the life of her little village, chairing various committees, especially those tasked to making preparations for the upcoming visit of Princess Sophia. There’s only one little problem to be solved: the imposing, crumbling manor that is ruining the beautiful seaside view and that belongs to an equally imposing, stern and frustratingly handsome duke… William, Duke of Ashmore, h Maddie Rawenwood is a young businesswoman who’s managing her late parents’ nursery in Cornwall. She’s also very involved in the life of her little village, chairing various committees, especially those tasked to making preparations for the upcoming visit of Princess Sophia. There’s only one little problem to be solved: the imposing, crumbling manor that is ruining the beautiful seaside view and that belongs to an equally imposing, stern and frustratingly handsome duke… William, Duke of Ashmore, has dedicated his life to righting his late father’s wrongs and in doing so he’s acquired a reputation for being sulky, forbidding and heartless. When his sisters decide they have had enough of him being a spoilsport, they arrange a vacation for him in Cornwall. Will goes, albeit grudgingly, but his sour mood soon improves with the help of a fetching young flower lover… Reading the wonderful descriptions of the Cornish seaside village I suddenly wished I could go there and visit those awesome places. Thanks to the talented author’s brilliant writing I could picture the breathtaking views, the rolling sea and the flowers of Maddie’s nursery with their vivid colors and their fragrant smell. The story is a classic holiday romance, with two main characters that are deeply changed by their love for each other. This was my first book by Christy Carlyle and I found it a very pleasant reading, the type of book you can enjoy while relaxing on your couch with a cup of hot chocolate nearby on a chilly winter evening, dreaming about summer and summer resorts… I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Stacee

    3.5 stars I enjoyed a previous series from this author, so I couldn’t wait to jump on the start of a new one. I really liked Maddie and Will. They’re both good people who are looking for something of their own. She’s feisty and smart. He’s tired of being grumpy. Together they have some great banter and a sweet yearning for each other. There are a few other characters, but they were definitely secondary. Plot wise, it was okay. It was mostly fluff (my favorite) and yet it still felt like nothing w 3.5 stars I enjoyed a previous series from this author, so I couldn’t wait to jump on the start of a new one. I really liked Maddie and Will. They’re both good people who are looking for something of their own. She’s feisty and smart. He’s tired of being grumpy. Together they have some great banter and a sweet yearning for each other. There are a few other characters, but they were definitely secondary. Plot wise, it was okay. It was mostly fluff (my favorite) and yet it still felt like nothing was happening. There was a good amount of character growth and I always appreciate that. And though the epilogue didn’t quite satisfy my want for a future take, I’m happy there was something. Overall, it was a quick and fun read. I will be reading the next story because I’m quite curious to know who’s getting a book. **Huge thanks to the publisher for providing the arc free of charge**

  19. 5 out of 5

    Monika

    Big thanks to Avon Publishing for an e-ARC of this book via NetGalley. This review is being given voluntarily and all thoughts and opinions are my own. This was such a surprising read for me. I obviously loved what I read in the synopsis and was so excited to get an email saying I had gotten an e-ARC of the book because eit just sounded SO good! Will and Maddie were such a great couple for me to read about. I love the way we are first introduced to them and how well their relationship development Big thanks to Avon Publishing for an e-ARC of this book via NetGalley. This review is being given voluntarily and all thoughts and opinions are my own. This was such a surprising read for me. I obviously loved what I read in the synopsis and was so excited to get an email saying I had gotten an e-ARC of the book because eit just sounded SO good! Will and Maddie were such a great couple for me to read about. I love the way we are first introduced to them and how well their relationship development flowed. I think the writing in this book really made this top tier for me because of how well everything just came together seamlessly. I absolutely loved that there wasn't any big angsty scenes or an anxiety inducing third act mishap because this book was perfect without it. Forewarning to my spicy scene lovers, this is very low steam and has a fade to black scene and the author kind of just glosses over the act itself with little details. And, as a spicy scene lover, I can tell you now that this did not affect how much I enjoyed this book. Would I have loved to see that for this couple? Yes, but the book and writing was so good that I didn't even mind/notice that much.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Kat's Book Report - Contains Spoilers - For my own failing memory... I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley. All opinions are my own. Duke Gone Rogue is the first book I've read by Christy Carlyle, and with this one book, she has immediately ascended to the top of my favorite Historical Romance authors list. My immediate reaction after finishing this book in one sitting was, "Now this is Historical Romance done right!" I will attempt to set aside simple, unadulterated gushing to write an a Kat's Book Report - Contains Spoilers - For my own failing memory... I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley. All opinions are my own. Duke Gone Rogue is the first book I've read by Christy Carlyle, and with this one book, she has immediately ascended to the top of my favorite Historical Romance authors list. My immediate reaction after finishing this book in one sitting was, "Now this is Historical Romance done right!" I will attempt to set aside simple, unadulterated gushing to write an actual review, but it won't be easy! Will Hart, the Duke of Ashmore, is reviled in London as a heartless curmudgeon. His fiancée recently dumped him, and his sisters want him to leave town so he doesn't ruin his youngest sister's engagement party. To escape his reputation, and take a much needed holiday, he travels to his scandalous father's pleasure estate in Cornwall, forcing him to come face-to-face with his father's debauched ways. All he wants to do is sell it and put the past behind him, but his rigid plans start to crumble when he meets Madeline Ravenwood and the staff of Carnwyth. Maddie Ravenwood is a pillar of the Haven's Cove community, a young businesswoman who has taken over and runs her deceased father's landscaping business, serves on ten different town committees, and is in the throes of preparing for a royal visit from Princess Beatrice, which will surely bolster her failing business and bring notoriety to their little Cornish town. But in order to make the visit a success, she must convince the unrelenting Duke of Ashmore to repair his eyesore of a property. All her responsibilities and commitments suddenly seem to have less import after she meets the Duke and they start to develop an easy rapport that quickly blossoms into something more. The beauty of this book stems from the adeptly-written characters. In my opinion, Will and Maddie are two of the most well-developed and realistic characters I've read in a long time, and it was incredibly refreshing to read a Romance with such mature and authentic leads. The characters learn so much about themselves throughout the book, what they want and need to be happy in their lives, and that individual character development complements their developing relationship nicely. There was no "pining and whining," and from the beginning, Maddie doesn't hesitate to speak her mind or articulate what she wants, not only in her life, but also from her love interest. How satisfying to read a FMC that flat out says, "I want you" and "Please touch me." More of this in Romance please! The relationship is never one-sided. Although a powerful peer in Victorian-era England, Will is as supportive of Maddie's endeavors as he is focused on his Dukedom. His love for her shines through his attentiveness to the life she has built for herself, and Maddie returns that respect in kind. There is a natural give and take between the couple, and their mutual care for the other's well-being and needs bespeaks of a genuine love. It's on top of this foundation that the author layers playful dialogue and innuendo that lend further realism and authenticity, building a romantic tension and chemistry that's compelling and palpable. One of the ways you can tell this book is so well-crafted is that it doesn't rely on sex to build the chemistry. In fact, here is a book with very little explicit sex-on-page, and yet it has some of the best romantic chemistry I have ever read! It just shows that with the right characterization and relationship building, a little sex goes a long way. That being said, the bathtub scene between Will and Maddie was pure fire! and quite the culmination to the slow-burn that takes almost the entirety of the book to develop. Whew! I happily give this book my highest of recommendations. I think it's an excellent example of a mature, well-developed Romance. The prose is solid, the characterization near perfection, and there is no contrived side-plot used to drive the story. This book is about Will and Maddie and how their lives are enriched through knowing each other and falling in love. I will definitely be reading on in this series and look forward to more from this author!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Maddy

    This book is a very cute historical romance that focuses on the sweet relationship between two perfectly matched people, Will and Maddie. Will is seen by society as grumpy at best, but Maddie understands him. They both are very duty-driven, responsible, selfless people that want the best for each other. When Maddie said, "Surely Will can't be blamed for merely telling the truth and trying to put right what his father had done wrong," I know they were perfect for each other. When Will is sent to b This book is a very cute historical romance that focuses on the sweet relationship between two perfectly matched people, Will and Maddie. Will is seen by society as grumpy at best, but Maddie understands him. They both are very duty-driven, responsible, selfless people that want the best for each other. When Maddie said, "Surely Will can't be blamed for merely telling the truth and trying to put right what his father had done wrong," I know they were perfect for each other. When Will is sent to by his sisters on a vacation, little did he know he would find a town of people who accept him, including Maddie. He found love and is almost too selfless to fight for it. Their love for each other was sweet and relatable. It was adorable seeing Will so quickly imagining Maddie as his Duchess! They are both immediately attracted to each other so expect some mild spice. This is firstly a romance with some excellent quotes: "I love you...I adore you...And I've realized that I simple cannot imagine my life without you. Not a single day." "I love you...Now don't take this as license to be grumpy, but I think I may have loved you from the moment we met." "Somewhere between stumbling out from behind a potted palm and boating with him in the cove, she had fallen in love. The sight of him made her smile, and it also made her mouth water. Mine, her heart seemed to shout, whether it was true or made any sense at all." "He loved her boldness, loved her determination. He loved her, and the realization didn't come as a revelation but settled inside him like a truth that had been there all along." I enjoyed how this was a romance without any big drama, which allowed for a focus on their relationship. Cute relationship and likeable characters drive the story. Additionally, because the time period was late Victorian, the modern technology and culture was refreshing from other historical romances. For a sweet historical romance focused on the characters becoming their best selves and finding love, read this book. 3.5 stars

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    This is the first book in the new series, Love on Holiday. This book sounded like a fun romantic romp, but it did take quite a while (at least fifty percent of the book) for me to get into the story. I love a historical romance that pulls you in from the start, so this was difficult for me to settle into. The hero and heroine of the novel, Will Hart the Duke of Ashmore, and Madeline Ravenwood seem to have little chemistry wound into the pages. "He could easily imagine how she would fit into his This is the first book in the new series, Love on Holiday. This book sounded like a fun romantic romp, but it did take quite a while (at least fifty percent of the book) for me to get into the story. I love a historical romance that pulls you in from the start, so this was difficult for me to settle into. The hero and heroine of the novel, Will Hart the Duke of Ashmore, and Madeline Ravenwood seem to have little chemistry wound into the pages. "He could easily imagine how she would fit into his life, but where would he fit into the life she'd made?" While the above line is a sensible thought, it is not what I look for in my hero. I want a hero who burns for the heroine, a romance that is so tightly wound by the writing that you cannot wait to turn the page. Sadly, this book was not it for me. I found the continuous babble about flowers and horticulture to be far too prolific and wish it had been replaced with the heat it needed. Thank you to Netgalley and Avon & Harper Voyager for an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. All of the above opinions are of my own.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    Carlyle starts her new series with this sweet story of a Duke and a horticulturist. Will is a Duke with a reputation for being a bore. His father before him had quite the opposite problem, lying and cheating his way through the ton with his scandalous behavior. Will is determined to right his father's wrongs, but in the process, he's discovering plenty about his peers and they are none too happy. But when he meets Maddie, who is hiding behind the plants, at a dinner party in London, he can't get Carlyle starts her new series with this sweet story of a Duke and a horticulturist. Will is a Duke with a reputation for being a bore. His father before him had quite the opposite problem, lying and cheating his way through the ton with his scandalous behavior. Will is determined to right his father's wrongs, but in the process, he's discovering plenty about his peers and they are none too happy. But when he meets Maddie, who is hiding behind the plants, at a dinner party in London, he can't get his mind off of her. Maddie runs a plant nursery down in Cornwall, a business she took over after her parents died. But she's also been unable to forget Will, though she doesn't know that he's a Duke. When he shows up down in Cornwall at one of his father's neglected estates, Will and Maddie reconnect as she tries to convince him to repair his Father's estate and inject some life into their local economy. I don't read many historical romances these days. But the publisher sent me this one, so I felt compelled to give it a go. I'm happy to say that I liked it a lot. It's sweet though not overly steamy, and distinctly lacking alphahole or stupid MCs, which is a too common problem. I'll definitely read more.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kendra Choy

    Duke Gone Rogue is the story of Will, Duke of Ashmore. Known by his family and around town as a responsible, boring duke, he is the complete opposite of his father who was known for wild parties, orgies and more. Madeline Ravenwood knows something about responsibility. After her parents died, she took over their flower business and takes it very seriously. When the two meet while Will is on holiday, they immediately feel a connection, however both are scared to leave their responsibilities aside Duke Gone Rogue is the story of Will, Duke of Ashmore. Known by his family and around town as a responsible, boring duke, he is the complete opposite of his father who was known for wild parties, orgies and more. Madeline Ravenwood knows something about responsibility. After her parents died, she took over their flower business and takes it very seriously. When the two meet while Will is on holiday, they immediately feel a connection, however both are scared to leave their responsibilities aside to find love. While I'm normally a huge fan of Christy Carlyle, and had high expectations for this book, it wasn't my favorite of hers. I was excited to be drawn into the story, and I found it to be a little flat. The Duke was honestly a bit of a bore to read about and Maddie's story was a little too drawn out talking about flowers and plants and shrubs. It left a lot to be desired for me, which was unfortunate, because the premise of the story did have me intrigued before I started the book.. Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for the ARC in exchange for my review and honest opinions.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Duke Gone Rogue is the first book in Christy Carlyle's new Love on Holiday series. I have a number of books by. Ms. Carlyle that I haven't yet read, and I'm glad to become acquainted with her work here. If this one is any indication, I'm in for a treat. This story is oh-so-charming and sweet with a bit of steam, and fans of historical romance will surely enjoy it. Will Hart is the current Duke of Ashmore. He's totally different from the former duke, his dissipated father. His father spent most of Duke Gone Rogue is the first book in Christy Carlyle's new Love on Holiday series. I have a number of books by. Ms. Carlyle that I haven't yet read, and I'm glad to become acquainted with her work here. If this one is any indication, I'm in for a treat. This story is oh-so-charming and sweet with a bit of steam, and fans of historical romance will surely enjoy it. Will Hart is the current Duke of Ashmore. He's totally different from the former duke, his dissipated father. His father spent most of his life in the pursuit of sensual pleasures and cheating others; therefore, Will has gone the opposite way in order to rebuild the dukedom. Now Will is considered honest. He's also considered forbidding, joyless and a stick-in-the-mud. The word "curmudgeon" has also been thrown about. Will's two sisters don't want him to drag down the engagement party of the youngest, so they ask him to visit the family's run-down estate in Cornwall. Will reluctantly agrees, so off he goes, where he sees Madeline Ravenwood again. He met her once in London under awkward circumstances, and he hasn't been able to get her out of his mind. Maddie is busy running the gardening business left to her by her father; she is also a founding member of the Royal Visit Committee, which is busily preparing for Princess Beatrice's visit to judge their annual flower show. Since Maddie has met the duke, the Committee asks her to convince him to repair his rundown manor before the royal visit. He agrees to work on the eyesore if Maddie will spend time with him. Can a duke and a gardener find common ground, or will reality get in the way? This was really a lovely story. There were no "I hate you/I love you" theatrics going on. Will and Maddie were extremely attracted to each other and didn't particularly fight it. The only angst basically dealt with the differences of Will and Maddie's stations in life and the beginning of rumors in London that Will was spending some time with a businesswoman and perhaps was beginning to act like his father. That's not to say the storyline was boring...far from it. This was more a character-driven story. I adored both Will and Maddie. Will was trying to restore the reputation of being the Duke of Ashmore, and he realized he was losing himself. When he went to Cornwall he began to find his way again, taking up sketching as he did when younger. He also found joy in doing simple things with Maddie such as rowing in the lake (a first for him) and visiting a fair in a neighboring village. Maddie was a busy little bee, running her gardening business, working on hybrid roses and volunteering for all sorts of committees. What she really wanted to do was plan gardens and work with her beloved roses; however, she felt guilty when she thought of selling the business that was her father's. She had an infectious joyful personality that drew people to her, especially Will. When the two became physical there was some steam, but nothing particularly explicit. It was heartbreaking when they decided they couldn't be together due to their positions, and I admit I shed a few tears. But of course there had to be a HEA, as these two both deserved it. There was also some humor in the book; I found the "infestation of kittens" particularly enjoyable. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series. I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley. I received no compensation for my review, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Will Hart, the Duke of Ashmore, is everything his father was not: scrupulously honest, forbidding, and apparently joyless. As a duke, he’s a catch, but as a grumpy stick-in-the mud, no lady knows quite how to catch his eye. When his sisters concoct a plan for him to visit a run-down family property in Cornwall, he reluctantly agrees, hoping it will be a chance for him to rediscover the carefree man he once was. Madeline Ravenwood believes she can do anything she puts her mind to, including runnin Will Hart, the Duke of Ashmore, is everything his father was not: scrupulously honest, forbidding, and apparently joyless. As a duke, he’s a catch, but as a grumpy stick-in-the mud, no lady knows quite how to catch his eye. When his sisters concoct a plan for him to visit a run-down family property in Cornwall, he reluctantly agrees, hoping it will be a chance for him to rediscover the carefree man he once was. Madeline Ravenwood believes she can do anything she puts her mind to, including running the gardening business she inherited from her father and being a founding member of the Royal Visit Committee. Hard at work preparing for Princess Beatrice’s visit to judge their annual flower show, the appearance of a stern, handsome duke is a distraction Maddie doesn’t need. Tasked by the committee to convince the duke to repair his ramshackle manor house in time for the royal visit, he agrees, if she will join him as he explores Cornwall. Spending their days, and nights, together, Will’s love for Maddie becomes too strong to ignore. But Maddie knows how different their worlds are and when the burdens of his title reappear, can Will convince her that she’s the woman he’s been waiting for? Will and Maddie make a delightful couple in this delicious novel. Never mind that they were actually in each other. Christy Carlyle is an awesome author. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley. This in no way affects my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    I want to thank the publisher for sending me this e-book in a giveaway in exchange for an honest review. PLOT: Will Hart currently holds the title of the Duke of Ashmore which he inherited from his father who’s scandalous reputation has followed his family for as long as he could remember. After being told by a number of members of his inner circle, Will agrees to take a vacation at his family’s summer home which has fallen somewhat to ruin. However, Will has no desire restore a place that is fi I want to thank the publisher for sending me this e-book in a giveaway in exchange for an honest review. PLOT: Will Hart currently holds the title of the Duke of Ashmore which he inherited from his father who’s scandalous reputation has followed his family for as long as he could remember. After being told by a number of members of his inner circle, Will agrees to take a vacation at his family’s summer home which has fallen somewhat to ruin. However, Will has no desire restore a place that is filled with some many unwanted memories that is until he gets encouragement from an almost likely source: a woman from his past he never thought he’d see again. REVIEW: I was interested in this book because I had never read a vacation historical romance. This is also the first book I’ve read by Christie Carlyle. I enjoyed her writing style for the most part;however, I felt like certain aspects of the main characters relationship was kind of boring and it felt more like they were just good friends instead of two people that were attracted to each other. Another aspect I struggled with was regarding Will’s father. I understand that his father’s past scandals and embarrassments are the main driving points for Will but I feel the author did more telling instead of showing how the father’s actions impacted the family’s reputation. I may continue with this series because I am interested a vacation style historical romance and I’m always looking for a new historical romance series to read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    I received an ARC from the publisher and am voluntarily posting a review. All opinions are my own. Duke Gone Rogue is the first in the Love on Holiday series and the first book I’ve read from Christy Carlyle. I enjoyed the characters for the most part. Will is definitely more of the focus of the story, and while he’s very much a boring character to start with, it’s by design, and he goes through growth over the course of the book. And while there seem to be two extremes in a lot of historicals, I received an ARC from the publisher and am voluntarily posting a review. All opinions are my own. Duke Gone Rogue is the first in the Love on Holiday series and the first book I’ve read from Christy Carlyle. I enjoyed the characters for the most part. Will is definitely more of the focus of the story, and while he’s very much a boring character to start with, it’s by design, and he goes through growth over the course of the book. And while there seem to be two extremes in a lot of historicals, one side being “heartless asshole” (the realm of many entitled dukes), the other being “unrepentant rake,” I like that he was neither, he actually had good intentions the whole time. He also never looks down on Maddie, and doesn’t want her to have to compromise herself or her desires for him, as his father made many do, and I found myself cheering for that (see aforementioned comment about the “heartless, entitled asshole dukes”). I liked Maddie as well, although I admit I wasn’t super interested in all the goings-on with her work (the Princess Beatrice name-dropping did present a great opportunity to do more digging into the complicated web of Queen Victoria and her children’s intermarriages with other royal houses of Europe, however). I liked the interactions between them, even if it was a bit of a slower burn, with not too much in the way of steamy scenes. I did feel the story was a bit too drawn out with the conflict resting on whether they could be together, along with a couple individual subplots with Maddie’s garden and Will fighting to clear his family’s name. I had some mixed feelings on this; I did like that the romance wasn’t too dramatic, but I wish there had been more “meat” to the story overall to keep me more invested, as what there was didn’t sufficiently carry the story well. I enjoyed this book, and am curious to read more from Christy Carlyle in the future. If you like historical romance, especially those featuring class differences and stuffy dukes, you’ll enjoy this one.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Addie Yoder

    I love getting books from new authors. I love not knowing what to expect and being completely and happily surprised. That is exactly what happened with Duke Gone Rogue. This story of Maddie and Will is so soft and low angst. It is two people who find each other and then like each other and then more. It was set in Cornwall and so the small beach town was the perfect back drop for her gardening business and his vacation from his curmudgeon-y life in London. Someone said that it reminded them of o I love getting books from new authors. I love not knowing what to expect and being completely and happily surprised. That is exactly what happened with Duke Gone Rogue. This story of Maddie and Will is so soft and low angst. It is two people who find each other and then like each other and then more. It was set in Cornwall and so the small beach town was the perfect back drop for her gardening business and his vacation from his curmudgeon-y life in London. Someone said that it reminded them of older historical romances and I would have to agree. The steam was less intense, but the emotional connection was so strong. It was a perfect curl up with a blanket book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Will is trying to make up for his scandalous father, the former Duke. His sisters send him off to check on a property in Cornwall just to get him out of London and the breakup of his engagement. He meets Maddie again who turns his world upside down. Maddie has taken on the running of her late parent's nursery as well as growing prize winning roses. She is also involved in everything in town and working on the visit of Princess Beatrice. This was a quick, lighthearted, and enjoyable read. Not rea Will is trying to make up for his scandalous father, the former Duke. His sisters send him off to check on a property in Cornwall just to get him out of London and the breakup of his engagement. He meets Maddie again who turns his world upside down. Maddie has taken on the running of her late parent's nursery as well as growing prize winning roses. She is also involved in everything in town and working on the visit of Princess Beatrice. This was a quick, lighthearted, and enjoyable read. Not real heavy with a lot of drama between the two characters.

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