Giveaway and Review: "Secrets of an Accidental Duchess"

"Secrets of an Accidental Duchess"
by Jennifer Haymore

Publisher: Forever
Release Date: Jan 31, 2012

Source: sent by publisher

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from
With her pale hair and slim figure, Olivia Donovan looks as fragile as fine china, and has been treated as such by her sisters ever since a childhood bout with malaria. But beneath her delicate facade, Olivia guards a bold, independent spirit and the kind of passionate desires proper young ladies must never confess...

It was a reckless wager, and one Max couldn't resist: seduce the alluring Olivia or forfeit part of his fortune. Yet the wild, soon-to-be Duke never imagined he'd fall in love with this innocent beauty. Nor could he have guessed that a dangerously unpredictable rival would set out to destroy them both. Now, Max must beat a madman at his own twisted game-or forever lose the only woman to have ever won his heart.

My Review:

The first third to half of this book was utterly amazing with an engrossing and over the top romantic love story. If the middle and last part of the book were like this as well, I would have definitely given this one 5 stars and more! However, the middle and later parts of the book were consumed with the villain and some less than believable kidnapping and murder plots. Which was really disappointing, because the main characters and romance were so fantastic! Still, since I loved the first part so much, I'm giving this one 4.5 stars and whole heartedly recommending it to romance fans.

Max and Olivia were so very sweet together, they had a romance that was free from all the petty squabbles and misunderstandings we see so often. It did seem jarring that they hopped into bed so quickly, just because Max was so respectful and it seemed out of character for Olivia too. However, I do see how this was necessary to the overall plot, especially the villians' motives, etc.

I really love the supporting cast of this book. Both Jonathan and Serena (Meg?) were back in a big way. Jonathan was truly adorable as the overprotective brother in law (another reason why the aforementioned bed hopping didn't work for me). And I'm thrilled Captain Langley was back as well. I absolutely cannot wait for his story next. I am so happy with the direction his story is headed in and I have to add "I knew it!"

Main Characters: 5/5 
Supporting Characters: 5/5
Setting: 4/5

Romance: 5/5

Uniqueness: 4/5
Cover: 4/5
Writing: 5/5

Bottom Line:  The romance between these two leads is just the sort of sweet, all consuming love that I love to read about. The only drawback is that not enough time was focused on the romance, and too much attention was on the villain.

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If you think this book sounds good, here are some reviews of other books that I've read by this author:

"A Touch of Scandal" Review (my favorite by the author)


  1. This review really makes me want to read the book :) Great job!
    Ashley A
    GFC: Ashley Applebee

  2. I can't wait to read SECRETS! You gave Jennifer a very nice review. Thank you for the chance to win a copy. I really want to win this book!

    Meljprincess AT aol DOT com

  3. I suffer with this author because her plots often sounds so so awesome but I never really enjoy her writing - often I start liking it but then i starts to go over the top and it just looses me.

  4. Thanks for the review, gives me more insight on whether I want to read this book or not, and I definitely want to read it.
    GFC JeanP
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  5. I love the name The Accidental Duchess. She didn't mean to marry him. She just got drunk in London and rolled up to one of those all night wedding chapels they had back then!! LOL So, the middle and the end didn't take enough away from it that you only took half a star away? That sounds good. I haven't read a romance novel in ages.


  6. There's nothing like a great romance. :) This book sounds like a lot of fun--and hey, 4.5 stars isn't anything to sneeze at!

    Wendy @ at The Midnight Garden

  7. I've never read this author. Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance to win!


  8. I've read some general market romance that has been really good so I think I need to give this a try too! Thank you for your review and chance to win. :-)

    XOXO~ Renee C.

  9. Of course I follow publicly! Please count me in!!!!
    Great review! It was great and I can't wait to read it!!!!

  10. I'm really looking forward to reading Secrets of an Accidental Duchess. I can't wait to find out how Olivia accidentally becomes a Duchess, that's got to be a great story.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  11. I am still hoping the lost sister is not lost *fingers crossed*

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  13. thank you for the giveaway!!! sounds like an interesting read!!!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

  14. I just love Jennifer's books. She's one of my favorites. Can't wait to read this one!

  15. am wondering why after your comments about the middle of the plot, the kidnaping you still gave it 4.5*'s not sure if that would make me want to read it, so guess I will have to win it.

  16. Looks great. I would love to read this!

  17. I am a follower. Would really like to read this. Thanks!

  18. GFC Follower
    Would love to read this book.

  19. This looks really good, would love to be entered for the giveaway!

    GFC follower



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