Review: At the Duke's Wedding (An Anthology) by Various Authors

At the Duke's Wedding (A romance anthology) - Katharine Ashe, Miranda Neville, Maya Rodale, Caroline Linden

 The book features four short stories that occur during a two week house party/wedding celebration in Dorset. The stories overlap each other time wise, so you see MCs from one story in a scene in a different story.

 

I just averaged the individual stories ratings to get an overall rating of 3 stars (rounded up from 2.875 average). COYER eligible.

 

1. That Rogue Jack by Maya Rodale - 3.5 stars

Miss Henrietta Black and Lord Wilougby (Jack) are childhood friends that team up to find a missing wedding ring (family heirloom) in the week leading up to the wedding. The pages flew by, but I could have done without the sex scene - it smacked of insta-lust. I loved Lady Sophronia (or some such spelling) and her blunt talk and wicked sense of humor.

 

2. P.S. I Love You by Miranda Neville - 2.0 stars

A bit Romeo and Juliet with a side of Cyrano de Bergerac. The only plotline centers around a love triangle (Roseanne/Frank/Christian). Very paint-by-numbers and forgettable. A little too modern in tone considering the time period.

 

3. When I Meet My Duchess by Caroline Linden - 4.5 stars

What a great story! Gareth and Cleo and Helen and James made an enjoyable set of partners. It also fit in nicely with the other two stories, as certain scenes from the prior stories was retold through this stories MCs. Funny and emotional without being angsty. I want more from this author in my future reading.

 

4. How Angela Got Her Rogue Back by Katherine Ashe 1.5 stars

This was a time travel centered plot line. I liked the heroine when she was in 1813 England but not when she was in 2013 US. The first chapter was so off putting that I almost DNF. The story also had a lot of modern heavy kissing/sex scenes that was so not remotely time period appropriate. It felt like two modern characters play acting Regency-era and flaunting their breaking of all of society's standards. It was a hot mess, but I am glad they did get their HEA.