I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Duke's Shotgun Wedding by Stacy Reid
Genres: Historical Romance, Romance
Published by Entangled, Scandalous on April 14th
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Victorian Era England...
As far as rash decisions go, it was formidable. But Lady Jocelyn Rathbourne's will remains strong. If the only way to save her family's estate and reputation is by aiming a small pistol at the Duke of Calydon, then so be it. For Lady Jocelyn demands satisfaction - and she will have it at any cost. Even if it means demanding the hand of the intense and foreboding Duke himself... But she's made the first move against a very dangerous opponent... For Sebastian Thornton is no stripling to be trifled with. The lady has played her hand. Now it's his turn. For Sebastian is in need of a wife. And to find a wife with spirit and fire - even if she means to only marry for his money - would be a great prize indeed. And he intends to thoroughly take his pleasure with her... and demands his own satisfaction in return.
Stacy Reid is off to a great start with her first novella The Duke’s Shotgun Wedding. I can’t wait to read more from this author.
The Duke’s Shotgun Wedding starts out with Jocelyn holding a derringer (not really a shotgun) at the Duke of Calydon and I just new this book was going to be a fun one. Jocelyn thinks she has the upper hand when she came barging into Sebastian’s office and demanding that he marry her, but the Duke of Calydon doesn’t do anything without good reason.
Sebastian never wanted to get married but because of some things that had come to light he knew he had too to produce and heir. So when Jocelyn came barging in with a gun he thought she would be perfect for the job. At first he thought he might want a prime and proper duchess but then Jocelyn came in with such spitfire that he changed his mind right thing and there.
Jocelyn need to marry well to protect her father’s estate and her siblings futures and the Duke of Calydon wasn’t her first choice but when she finds out some information she decides he will be the next best thing. Little did she know that he would end up being just who she wanted. If only the Duke can get past his past and let her into his heart.
The Duke’s Shotgun Wedding was just the short novella I was needing to get me out of my reading slump. It was fun, sensual and fast paced and even though it was short I thought it was just right. I know a lot of people don’t enjoy novella and sometimes I have found them to be to short but I really thought this one could hold it’s own.
Jocelyn, was a strong female character who took her life into her own hands when she pointed the gun at the Duke. It was a real gamble with her life but one she felt she had to do for her family. She continued to be head strong even after the wedding and was what Sebastian need in his life even if he wasn’t to sure about it at times. Sebastian was a little bit brooding, loving and very sexy.
I would recommend this novella to anyone who likes historical romances and needs that short read between heftier reads.