Monday, October 26, 2015

Julie Johnstone's The Dangerous Duke of Dinnisfree ⋞Review & Giveaway⋟

Justin Holleman, the Duke of Dinnisfree, is used to being wanted—in bed, for missions, and even dead. He’s protected his country more times than he can remember, gaining enemies along the way, but he failed to defend himself from the past that hardened his heart. Instead, he became an expert at shutting people out. Yet now, in order to save the king, Justin needs to let go of his old ways and let someone closer to him than ever before. He approaches the mission with his classic cold calculation, but his fiery new ally upends his ordered world and entices him at every turn. Suddenly he’s in danger of compromising his assignment and losing his heart, two things he swore never to do.

Desperate to protect her parents from poverty, among other things, Miss Arabella Carthright unwittingly becomes a pawn in a dangerous political battle when she agrees to aid an enigmatic stranger. Having learned long ago to count only on herself, she’s surprised when time and again the duke actually aids her. But when his true assignment becomes clear, Arabella realizes the man she’s come to care for poses the greatest threat to those she loves.

As Justin and Arabella face their feelings and their web of deception falls away, they must decide how high a price they are willing to pay for love and loyalty.

The Dangerous Duke of Dinnisfree is was a very sweet book with a slow start that picks up when Arabella and Justin have their scintillating interactions. Justin is broken because of his father, Arabella is extremely strong fighting to support her family. This was a good story and I enjoyed the interactions between Arabella and Justin. They had great chemistry. The unexpected plot twist made the story even better. I never saw it coming! The one thing that I didn't like was that Arabella was so smart and strong yet she was so so slow to realize she was being manipulated. I don't know if it was because she was so desperate she didn't want to realize it or if she truly didn't know it. Even with this the book was good and I enjoyed it. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys great romance and historicals.
My rating system is different from Amazon where this is a 4☆. See my rating chart to the right.

Arabella looked Justin straight in the eyes. “I’m supposed to seduce you. That’s why I’m here.”
“Well, by all means, then,” he teased, even as desire gripped him in its iron hold.
Her mouth parted, and she stared at him for a long moment. She inhaled slowly, her chest rising tantalizingly. “I’m also supposed to search your home for the letters.”
He cocked an eyebrow. Anger pumped through his veins that she, an innocent, had been drawn into such corruption.
“Justin, I don’t intend to seduce you.”
“How utterly disappointing,” he murmured. He had to take a deep inhalation to try to return his heartbeat to a normal rhythm. If she’d attempted to seduce him at this moment, he would have let her with no hesitation at all. He would have compromised his mission to touch her, kiss her, and hold her in his arms.

About the Author

Julie Johnstone is a USA Today best-selling author of Regency Romance and the author of a new urban fantasy/paranormal romance book. She's been a voracious reader of books since she was a young girl. Her mother would tell you that as a child Julie had a rich fantasy life made up of many different make believe friends. As an adult, Julie is one of the lucky few who can say she is living the dream by working with her passion of creating worlds from her imagination. When Julie is not writing she is chasing her two precocious children around, cooking, reading or exercising. Julie loves to hear from her readers. You can send her an  Email or find her on her Website, or on Facebook  or here on Facebook  or at twitter @juliejohnstone.

For a chance to win an ecopy of Julie Johnsotne's new book The Dangerous Duke of Dennisfree Comment below about her release. Comment must be on release day 10/26/2015. Winner will be announced on The Book Quarry Facebook page on the 27th. 

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