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Review: How to Capture a Duke by Bianca Blythe (historical romance)

Review: How to Capture a Duke by Bianca Blythe (historical romance)Author: Bianca Blythe
Title: How to Capture a Duke
Series: Matchmaking for Wallflowers #1
Publisher: self-published
Pages: 271
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Genres: Historical Romance

All she had to do was find a fiancé. In four days. In the middle of nowhere. 
One reclusive bluestocking...

Fiona Amberly is more intrigued by the Roman ruins near her manor house than she is by balls. When her dying Grandmother worries about Fiona's future, Fiona stammers that she's secretly engaged. Soon she finds herself promising that she will introduce her husband-to-be by Christmas.

One dutiful duke...
Percival Carmichael, new Duke of Alfriston, is in a hurry. He's off to propose to London's most eligible debutante. After nearly dying at Waterloo, he's vowed to spend the rest of his life living up to the ton's expectations.

One fallen tree...
When Fiona tries to warn a passing coach about a tree in the road, the driver mistakes her for a highwaywoman. Evidently he's not used to seeing women attired in clothes only suitable for archaeology waving knives. After the driver flees, Fiona decides she may as well borrow the handsome passenger...
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*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

HOW TO CAPTURE A DUKE is the first book in the Matchmaking for Wallflowers series.

POV: Third person

Tense: Past

Setting: 1800s, England

Sexual Content: explicit, for 18 up

Pet Peeves Included: Referring to female body parts as “her sex,” even in dialogue

Jennifer’s Review of HOW TO CAPTURE A DUKE

HOW TO CAPTURE A DUKE is a fun, entertaining, and sweet story. I enjoyed reading it very much.

The story moves along at a quick pace. The author did a great job of keeping my interest. She revealed backstory in small pieces, rather than dumping it on the reader. The setting descriptions don’t bog down the story. HOW TO CAPTURE A DUKE was an easy read, with consistency and logical progression.

Fiona and Percival are likable characters. Fiona makes bad choices, but it’s easy to relate to her and understand why she does the things she does. Percival is handsome and nobility, yet he’s not overly arrogant. I liked that Fiona and Percival both had self-perceived weaknesses that made them less than desirable choices of mates for high society prospects. Fiona is a great character because she takes matters into her own hands, forges her own future, and never becomes a damsel in distress.

I thought the author did a great job with character development. I felt like I got to know the characters very well. One thing, though, that threw me off was how Percival used expressions like “By Zeus.” It seemed to be an odd expression for a man in this time period, because England in the late 1800s was primarily Christian. I would think people would consider this expression blasphemous. Also, it is inconsistent with his other expressions like “Help me God.”

Overall, the book was well edited. There were a few errors. For example, Fiona’s grandmother sometimes refers to her as “my niece,” but other times refers to her as “my granddaughter.” I was also confused about the color of Fiona’s hair. The words red, ginger, and auburn all call up different images in my mind. The author used them interchangeably, which was confusing to me. I also noticed some problems with the POV character noticing things he or she shouldn’t be able to notice. For example, how could Fiona tell something was salty by touching it?

Some readers will not like the author’s use of euphemisms to describe human anatomy like “her sex,” “rod,” and “manhood.” This might not be unusual for this genre; I don’t know because I am not very well read in historical romances. I did see some reviews that mentioned this, though.

As I said before, I really enjoyed reading HOW TO CAPTURE A DUKE. It was silly at times, heartbreaking at other times. I’m not a sappy person, but I actually teared up in some parts. I strongly recommend this book to readers of historical romance, particularly readers who like strong and stubborn female leads. I give it an “A”, the equivalent of 5 stars.




Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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