Monday, March 19, 2012

The Guardian Duke



The Guardian Duke is award-winning novelist Jamie Carie’s most exciting story yet, a uniquely arranged Regency-era romantic adventure where hero and heroine know each other through written letters but have yet to meet.

Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton, is ordered by the King to take guardianship over Lady Alexandria Featherstone whose parents are presumed dead after failing to return from a high profile treasure hunt. But Alexandria ignores this royal reassignment, believing her parents are still alive and duly following clues that may lead to their whereabouts. Gabriel, pressured by what are actually the King’s ulterior motives, pursues her across windswept England and the rolling green hills of Ireland but is always one step behind.

When they do meet, the search for earthly treasure will pale in comparison to what God has planned for both of them.

My Review:
The Princess Bride of Regency Romance. Enchanting. Delightful. Amusing. Infuriating!!!!!!!! If you check out the Amazon reviews you'll see they range all the way from 1 to 5!!!!! The lower ratings are because of the ending...or lack thereof. It practically stops mid-sentence. I usually steer clear of that kind of series, at least until all the books are released but this one is so much fun and such a good read I recommend that everyone  rush out right now so that you can commence nail-biting with me until July when The Forgiven Duke releases. You know what they say about misery loving company. :-)

So what makes this book so appealing? The Duke, of course -- and his story has a shocking twist right from the very first chapter which I'd love to expound upon but I won't because I'd be giving away a major spoiler. In fact this is one of the great strengths of The Guardian Duke -- it's full of surprises! But that makes it hard to review. LOL. But so much fun to read.

Alexandria is a memorable heroine. Her greatest appeal is the way she bungles through the plot with the assistance of many and varied champions. She enchants everyone, including her readers. But she's full of surprises too -- and her grit and determination along with a devious mind really put the poor Duke through his paces.

Then there's the the almost magical quality to their attraction. It's as if they are fore-ordained for each other though circumstances continue to keep them apart. It's their letters along with that mystical pull that builds the romance into something tangible and exciting.

So, I forgive Jamie Carie for ending their adventures so abruptly -- or delaying them for a few months. And I guarantee when I pick up the second in the series in July I won't have forgotten a single character or plot twist -- The Guardian Duke is that good!
Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like to win a copy of The Guardian Duke please leave a message below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca.  Remember to put the title in the subject line so I can spot your entry easily. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday March  25. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!


  1. Thanks for the cliffhanger warning, I don't like those either. Linda Chaikin used to do that and I stopped buying her books until she had the whole trilogy out. That probably didn't help with her sales figures, but a whole year to wait to finish a story is troublesome for me. However, put me in for the drawing and if I win, it'll just sit there until I have the next one on my shelf! :) Thanks.

  2. Wise move, Melissa, though I have to say this one is such a fun read that I'm glad I didn't wait. At least there's lots in my TBR pile to keep me distracted. And it will be interesting to read book two and see whether breaking the story into two sections like that was really necessary. Time will tell. Good luck in the draw. :-)

  3. This book looks really interesting. I haven't read any of her books before. A friend just told me about her not long ago. cllane2 at liberty dot edu

  4. I would love to win a copy of TGD. I'm a GFC follower.


  5. It sounds like a great book, though one that might be better read when book two is out so they can be read one after the other.


  6. I think I'm the only person who actually enjoys cliffhangers =) I love to think about it and imagine what will happen, I think that makes it even more fun when I figure out what actually happens. The cover of this book is gorgeous and, although I've never read any of her books, I hear really good things about Jamie Carie. I'd love to win a copy of this book!


  7. Charity this is the first book I've read by Jamie Carie as well, but I'll be eagerly looking for her others.

    Good luck Gwen!

    That might be true Pam -- but I bet you just won't be able to resist reading it right away if you win!

  8. Oh Liz -- then this book is written just for you! You'll love it. I was thinking how much fun it would be for a book club to speculate what happens next before the second book come out. Good luck!

  9. I have so many books on my TBR shelf that I probably wouldn't get to it until July!

  10. This book looks and sounds AMAZING!
    I cant wait to read it!

  11. LOL now there's a solution to cliff hanger endings! You're looking at your glass half full, Patty. :-)

    Leah -- this is definitely a case of the book matching the cover in quality!

    Good luck you two!

  12. I want to find out what the shocking twist is! I also enjoy cliffhingers!

  13. Ooh, even though there's an ending that leaves you hanging, I don't know if I can resist ... I adore Regencies!


  14. I love surprises and your review has tipped me towards wanting to get a copy of The Guardian Duke. Add me, Kav! Thanks.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  15. Would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks!

    sunshine6892 at hotmail dot com

  16. Kav, you have me hooked. Put me down for a chance to win it, please.
    dawnford001 at gmail dot com

  17. Hey Dawn, glad I could reel you in!!!!! Good luck!

  18. thanks for the chance to read jamie's latest novel :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  19. Oh, please enter me! I really want to try one of Jamie's novels... especially this one. Seems very suspenseful.