A Duke in Shining Armor (Difficult Dukes, #1) by Loretta Chase

A Duke in Shining Armor (Difficult Dukes, #1)

Not all dukes are created equal. Most are upstanding members of Society. And then there’s the trio known as Their Dis-Graces.Hugh Philemon Ancaster, seventh Duke of Ripley, will never win prizes for virtue. But even he draws the line at running off with his best friend’s bride. All he’s trying to do is recapture the slightly inebriated Lady Olympia Hightower and return her to her intended bridegroom.For reasons that elude her, bookish, besp...

Details A Duke in Shining Armor (Difficult Dukes, #1)

TitleA Duke in Shining Armor (Difficult Dukes, #1)
Release DateNov 28th, 2017
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical, Adult

Reviews A Duke in Shining Armor (Difficult Dukes, #1)

  • Lady Wesley
    So-so first half. Super second half. My initial reaction is that I couldn't love this quite as much as I wanted to. However, it is Loretta Chase, and that's never a bad thing. I'll want to think about this for a while.Also, she has set this up so that the two remaining dukes' stories should be very interesting.
  • Cocktails and Books
    I was looking for a good historical romance and this one was exactly what I needed. Loretta Chase made me laugh with Ripley and Olympia's runaway adventures. And I loved how this bookish woman took down the mighty duke.I look forward to reading more stories revolving around the Dis-Graces.
  • Caz
    Not sure of the final grade yet.Review to follow at AAR closer to publication date.
  • Em
    RHR review to come.
  • MAB LongBeach
    Lady Olympia is marrying the Duke of Ashmont not because she loves him but because her family needs the money and, after being voted Most Boring Debutante seven years in a row, she wants to be married. His wonderful library doesn't hurt, either. So what if he is a notorious rake, one of the ducal trio known as the Dis-Graces? She'll be a duchess and her family will be saved.The Duke of Ripley, Ashmont's friend and fellow Dis-Grace, was charged wi...
  • Austine (NovelKnight)
    The first thought that comes to mind after finishing this book is. . . well, frankly it was a bit weird.You know how sometimes series will read as standalones but certain characters appear throughout the series (well, this happens in romance a lot, at least)? That's kind of how this book felt. Despite being the first in the series, this felt like a continuation of another story and it very well could be. This is the first I've read of Chase's wor...
  • Jem
    Loretta Chase writes very well. A Duke in Shining Armor is an interesting read with lots of fun. The characters are regency-appropriate with a little edge. .Olympia was great with her bookish ways. Hugh was great for his loving Olympia’s bookish ways. The two go through a lot of unique, humorous situations for much of the book. The sexual tension builds and builds until finally the two accept that while society won’t like it they cannot deny ...
  • Janga
    A runaway bride, a "difficult duke," and Loretta Chase's irresistible humor--this one has winner written all over it. Full review will be posted at The Romance Dish nearer release date.
  • Jo (Mixed Book Bag)
    Hugh Philemon Ancaster, seventh Duke of Ripley, has definably bitten off more than he can handle when he goes after the runaway bride, Lady Olympia Hightower. She is not his bride but one of his best friend's bride and she is leading him a very merry chase. Great dialog, interesting characters and a fun plot are the hallmarks of any Loretta Chase story and A Duke in Shining Armor is no exception. Look for laugh out loud moments as the story progr...
  • Jessi
    I am so excited to read the rest of the books in this series. Loretta Chase, for me lately, has not been the writer I so enjoyed when reading Lord of Scoundrels. This book gets quite close. And it's mainly, again, because of the characters.The Duke of Ripley is back from the continent for the wedding of one of his two best friends, the Duke of Ashmont. Along with the Duke of Blackwood (Ripley's brother-in-law) the men are known as Their Dis-Grace...
  • Simin Saifuddin
    Review of "A Duke In Shining Armour" by Loretta Chase.ARC kindly provided by publisher on Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.As usual, no point explaining what the story is about as the blurb does it so well for us. What I will say is, this was once again a wonderful romance by Loretta Chase, with an overall tone somehow paying homage to the great Georgette Heyer.I think I am one of those romance readers who tend to fall in love with a pa...
  • Debra Taylor
    This was such a totally wonderful book !Loretta Chase captured every single element of what makes a historical romance such a pleasure to read. I have to say this lovely story has restored my interest in reading this genre. The three infamous Dis Graces were known far and wide for their naughty jokes and bad behavior. Lady Olympia Hightower had been stuck with the very unkind nickname of The Most Boring Girl of the Season. That was until she caug...
  • Daphne
    This was my first Loretta Chase book. I initially loved the idea of a man falling for his best friends fiancé because it is definitely different, especially in the historical romance genre. How could this end happily when you, the reader, love all the characters? I was happy to be along for the ride as Ripley (love the name, it's my son's middle name) and Olympia fell in love. As with any good series, the side characters were also compelling and...
  • McKenzie
    A slightly boring road-trip led by a runaway bride transformed by the end into a fun, very charming romance between an irresponsible rake and a repressed lady with dreams of adventure. I was prepared to dislike this one, but in the end I found A Duke in Shining Armor to be quite lovely and a good start to a new series.
  • Melanie
    Loretta Chase has earned a spot on the bookshelf along with my other favorite regency romance writers. A Duke in Shining Armor was an entertaining and sexy romp with a runaway bride and a dashing duke. I will be impatiently waiting for the next in the Difficult Dukes series. Thanks Avon and HarperCollins for the e-ARC!
  • Emily S.
    Say what you will about romance novels, but this one was quite well done. It was witty and clever, without being over the top or lame. I loved both main characters and found myself cheering for them constantly. Great read!
  • Rowena
    Another great historical romance from Loretta Chase. I wanted to pull the heroines hair from time to time but alls well that ends well. I'm looking forward to more from this series. Full review to come soonish.
  • Michelle
    Pub date: Nov 2017All the stars! The humor, the wit of the back & forth between Olympia and Ripley, and the passion checked all of my boxes and then some! Swoony and satisfying, this is one of my favorites by Ms. Chase, and she has some great romances. Highly recommended!
  • Doris Losey
    Delightful! Characters are interesting and well developed and plot is just plain fun. Highly recommended.
  • Jessica Grogan
    Review closer to pub date!
  • Carol
    Best romance I've read in ages. Loved the main characters and their unexpected relationship & am very much looking forward to more of the "Dis-Graces!"
  • KP
    This is my first Loretta Chase book, and I'm glad I got a chance at its ARC! It is light and fun, without being obnoxious or annoying. The characters are quirky, with great sarcastic humour and had me giggling my way through the book..