Maya Rodale~~4 1/2 and 5 Star Reviews

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Lady Bridget's Diary (Keeping Up with the Cavendishes)
Maya Rodale
Avon
Mass Market
978-0062386731
****1/2


     Bridget Cavendish is an American, one of the sisters of the new Duke of Durham. The family's relatively humble upbringing causes London Society to be inclined to judge everything about them, and none of the sisters fits the mold of a proper lady. Bridget is put on a reducing diet and trained in the rules of society. She desperately wants to fit in, but literally falls flat at her first ball.
     Lord Darcy is exactly the sort of stuffy noble who dislikes this invasion of Americans on the scene. He views her with distaste, and watches unhappily as his brother Rupert becomes enchanted with her. As Bridget navigates Society's tricky waters, she tries and fails to meet the standards set for her. She thinks she hates "Dreadful Darcy," but doesn't know why he stirs such inappropriate feelings.
     Maya Rodale's latest is a truly charming read with characters that captivate. Her heroine is immediately engaging, and her hero will intrigue readers. This delightful read is just the thing for anyone who appreciates a light, humorous historical romance.
Heather Nordahl Files


The Bad Boy Billionaire: What a Girl Wants
Maya Rodale
Avon Impulse
E book
978 0062230836
****1/2


     Jane Sparks is thrilled to have Duke Austen in her life. The bad boy tech billionaire to be started out as her faux fiancé, but now they’re an item for real. As a hurricane barrels towards Manhattan, she goes out for a drink with her ex boyfriend. She’s trying to be a supportive friend, but her good intentions are betrayed in a terrible way. Shattered, she heads to Duke’s apartment, but how can her life ever be the same again?
     This "Bad Boy Billionaire" series has been light, frothy fun, but this third installment gets intensely serious. Maya Rodale addresses the horrors of sexual assault in a realistic and compassionate way while staying true to her characters.

Heather Nordahl Files



A Groom of One's Own

Maya Rodale

Avon

Mass Market

978-0061922985        

****1/2

 

Sophie Harlow, jilted at the altar, flees to London for a new life. Ironic that the job she snags is one of London Weeklys Writing Girls. Her column, "Miss Harlow's Marriage in High Life," makes her relive her disastrous wedding day repeatedly. When given the opportunity to write a story about the "Wedding of the Year," Sophie didn't expect to fall in love with the groom.

Brandon is the Duke of Hamilton and lives his orderly life without leaving anything to chance. When Sophie nearly collides with death from a passing carriage, Brandon remembers how fun life used to be. With his own wedding to a woman other than Sophie only weeks away, Brandon's honor is stretched thin. An upstanding gentleman would never jilt his bride--or could he?

Utterly delightful, A Groom of One's Own is so charming that you'll smile through every page. This is one of those sweet romances where the honorable duke, who's only a tad wicked, falls helplessly in love long before he acts on his emotions. Ms. Rodale's unique voice is a welcome change for the historical genre.

Catherine Heller