…a reverse Kate and Leopold…a light-hearted time travel romance where a bewildered modern-day duke ends up in Regency England and meets the girl of his dreams…
Jared Langley, present-day Duke of Reston, tumbles into an abandoned fountain on his ducal estate and travels back in time to the year 1816. There, Reston servants and local villagers think him a dead ringer for his namesake and rakehell ancestor–the seventh Duke of Reston, gone missing at the Battle of Waterloo. Unfortunately, Seven got mixed up with French spies out to assassinate the Duke of Wellington, and an unwary Jared ends up in their crosshairs.
Lady Ariana Hart has loved Jared Langley, the seventh Duke of Reston, since she was twelve years old, until the night the rogue broke her heart. Given up for dead, her rakish neighbor makes a miraculous return from Waterloo–only Jared shows up a changed man and reignites all the feelings Ariana had long ago buried.
Jared is in a race against time. He must waylay the suspicions of his quirky servants and neighbors, get to Wellington before the French spies do, fix his fountain–before Seven shows up–so Jared has a way home, and definitely not fall in love with the irresistible Lady Ariana.
Review: Sometimes I sit and think that it would be kind of interesting to travel back in time. Maybe not two hundred years but perhaps fifty years may work for me. Although I may find it a little fascinating I really am not a reader of time travel romances or books. However with all that being said this book Duke du Jour was a little different it actually kept me entertained from the moment I stepped into the pages. I really can’t put my finger on the reason maybe I was more open this time I don’t know but I couldn’t put it down.
Jared Langley is the Thirteenth Duke of Reston but when he finds himself in his back ground in an area overgrown he is somehow magically transported back to the time of the Seventh Duke of Reston. And once there he fits in except for his clothes. He finds himself not so stuffy and rather enjoying himself. He even falls for Lady Ariana. In order to fit in and not cause too many questions he lets everyone think he has amnesia from hitting his head.
I really enjoyed Jared…I think I may have fashioned a crush on him. In modern times he was rather stuffy and boorish which you would have thought to have happened to his relative, but he changed when he time traveled, he became a more loveable character. For me he became more human and fascinating. I also think it helped him loosen up an allow himself to fall in love.
Ariana finds this new Jared to her liking but she finds it hard to trust him. After all he did leave and not come back. Just when she thinks she can trust he ends up leaving … Only to go back to his time…and back again…I don’t want to spoil the whole story.
I was clearly entertained with this story and I am looking forward reading more from Ms. McCarty I think I have found a new author even if she may write time travel into her romance. She has a magical way of grabbing you and spinning a story filled with romance, suspense, plot twists that you would never have imagined and magical characters that are full of warmth.
A perfect read for those cold long winter nights. Grab some hot chocolate and settle in for a long read because you won’t want to put this story down until you turn that last page and then you simply may want more…