The Duchess Quest (Jordinia #1)
by C.K. Brooke
Genre: NA Fantasy Romance
Release Date: October 3rd 2014
Summary from Goodreads:
Love is destined to find her…
Dainy doesn’t know that she is the lost Duchess of Jordinia, believed to have been assassinated fifteen years ago. Nor does she know that her uncle has implemented an illegal contest to seek her, offering her marriage hand as the reward! Though at odds, three clashing rivals – including a noble giant, a forest dweller and a thieving rake – voyage together by woodland, prairie and sea to recover the lost royal, notwithstanding the assassins and spies at their tail. Soon, young Dainy is swept into a comically complex romantic quadrangle as each suitor competes to capture her heart. Charmingly romantic and bursting with political intrigue, startling twists and vivid characters, readers of romance and fantasy alike will adore this original yet timeless tale of swashbuckling adventure and unlikely love.
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Although I enjoyed this book, I think it suffered from “post better book syndrome”, thus it wasn’t as engrossing as I would have liked. This was partially due to the jarring dialogue changes and odd switching of narrative styles. I imagine The Duchess Quest is better suited for die hard historical romance fans rather than the hiro curious. Sprinkled with many beautifully written passages and sweeping tales of adventure, I appreciated the vivid imagery and the authors attempts to swaddle me up in the time period. For fans of Jacob Have I Loved, here is a new swashbuckling romantic trio to indulge your fancy.
About the Author
C.K. Brooke is a 2015 Shelf Unbound Notable Indie author with a five-star rating by Readers’ Favorite. She holds numerous fantasy and romance publications with 48fourteen, Limitless Publishing, and Elphame Press. Her lifelong passion is books – reading, writing, editing, publishing and blogging about them. When not blissing out in literary land, she enjoys info-tainment podcasts, singing, songwriting and playing the piano. She lives in Washington, Michigan with her husband and young son. There’s tons to check out at the new CKBrooke.com, so come and see what she’s up to! Check out her V.I.P. Readers Club (Subscribers get a free eBook!)