Title: The Duke’s Shotgun Wedding (Scandalous House of Calydon #1)
Author: Stacy Reid
Published: May 1, 2017 by Entangled Scandalous
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.
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This was an absolute delight! Since I was looking for a short story to keep me entertained for a few hours, Stacy Reid’s novella was the perfect choice.
Lady Jocelyn visits the Duke of Clayton with the intention to negotiate a compensation for her ruined reputation. She is willing to see justice delivered by any means necessary: a duel, or a peaceful approach. The duke listens carefully to the woman’s story and proposes a marriage to atone for his brother’s actions. Surprised by his demeanor, lady Jocelyn prepares for her new life.
There is quite a lot going on. Sebastian Thornton’s past left him with no trust in love. He is not looking for feelings in his marriage with Lady Jocelyn. He just wants an heir. However, our heroine does hope for a good relationship with her husband and she is willing to construct it. I liked a lot how she took initiatives and opened doors for an easier communication with Sebastian and he was wise enough to accept his wife’s proposals.
That’s the best message from this story: communication is the key to a great marriage. Yes, a classic line, but beautifully presented in this historical romance novella. If you want to read more of my thoughts, head over to Moody Melon, where I’ve originally posted the review and let’s chat in the comments.
Until next time, happy reading!
About The Author
I am an unapologetic romance lover. I read it. I write it. Enough said. Well..I also have a warrior way “Never give up on my dreams.” I spend a copious amount of time drooling over Rick Grimes from Walking Dead, watching Japanese anime and playing video games with my love, Dusean.