The Duke’s Holiday by Maggie Fenton

April 24, 2015 Historical Romance, Reviews 0 ★★★

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Duke’s Holiday by Maggie FentonThe Duke's Holiday by Maggie Fenton
Series: The Regency Romp Trilogy #1
Published by Montlake Romance on April 7, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 434
Format: eARC
Source: the Publisher
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The Duke of Montford, cold, precise, and more powerful than the Prince Regent himself, wants things the way he wants them: cross-referenced, indexed, and at his beck and call. And he always gets what he wants.

Until he meets Astrid Honeywell. And a giant pig. And a crooked castle in the middle of Yorkshire.

Astrid Honeywell, staunch bluestocking, has struggled for years to keep her family together by running the estate and family brewery after her father's death. She is not about to let the tyrannical Duke of Montford steal away all she has worked for because of some antiquated contract between their families. So when the priggish Duke comes to call, she does everything in her power -- including setting the family pig on him -- to drive him away.

She didn't expect him to be so ... well, infuriatingly attractive. Every time he scowls at her, she has the most improper desire to kiss him -- and a whole lot more.

Montford can't decide whether to strangle Astrid or seduce her. The one thing he knows for a fact is that he must resist his powerful attraction for her at all costs. He has a very proper, very demure fiancée waiting for him back in London, after all. But when Astrid is kidnapped by a disgruntled suitor and whisked off to Gretna Green, Montford will do anything to get her back.

Will these two drive each other to Bedlam ... or can they make it to the altar without killing each other?

Includes an OCD Duke, a fiery heroine, mistaken identities, errant livestock, pompadours, drunken declarations, a touch of smex, and enough witty banter to sink a ship.

Historical romance meets romantic comedy-of-errors, this was a really fun read!  When Cyril Monk, Eleventh Duke of Montford, learns that Aloysius Honeywell died a while ago, he begins making inquiries into the identity of the A. Honeywell he has been communicating with via letters to the Honeywell Brewery.  When his man-of-affairs does not return, Cyril goes to the brewer himself where he meets the engaging Miss Astrid Honeywell, manager of estates and the brewery.  Who also turns out to be the A. Honeywell with whom Cyril has been corresponding.

Astrid is high-spirited and has a great mind for business affairs, but is as wacky as wacky gets.  She keeps Cyril on his toes and the poor man, has no idea what a mess he has gotten himself into.  Cyril is not your typical hero character either – he gets nauseated at the sight of blood, struggles with OCD, and can barely ride in a carriage without casting up his accounts.

However, do NOT go looking for historical accuracy here.  This is definitely one novel where you will need to suspend your disbelief and just roll with what’s happening on the page.  But frankly, the prose is so funny, you probably won’t even miss the historical details because you’ll be laughing too hard.  It’s like the members of Monty Python tried to write a historical romance.If you enjoy slapstick comedy, you’ll enjoy this novel very much.  But if you’re a staunch adherer to traditional historical romance, you will not like this novel at all.

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