Review

The Brady Bunch is back, with Kieran Kramers third installment in the House of Brady series, SAY YES TO THE DUKE! This time it is the iconic middle daughter, Lady Janice Brady who is setting out on a journey to find love and romance, with all the wonderful angst we’ve come to love in a story from author Kieran Kramer thrown in to make us laugh and smile.

CAN A SCANDALOUS BEGINNING…

Janice Sherwood wants to marry for love, but she’s failed to make a match after two Seasons. Her parents, the Marquess and Marchioness of Brady, arrange to send her to the Duke of Halsey’s country estate as a short-term guest of his grandmother, the dowager, in hopes that she might win the duke’s affections. What they never could have imagined is that Janice would fall for the ruggedly handsome servant Luke, who lives in the stables and carries an air of mystery and temptation.

LEAD TO A FAIRY-TALE ENDING?

When Luke Callahan learns that he is the legitimate heir to a dukedom, he will stop at nothing to claim what is his. But first, he must begin a game of disguise to secure his rightful inheritance. Janice isn’t part of his plan. But by engaging her in this dance of deception, might he lose her forever?

In what feels like a last ditch effort by her parents to see her married to a suitable husband, Janice is sent to the home of the Duke of Halsey to visit with his grandmother. When Janice arrives and discovers that her visit is not an expected one, the grandmother is ill, the Duke is behaving badly and the handsome groom who intercepted her at the gate, kisses divinely, what is a girl to do but sally forth and try to make the best of it?

Simply BRILLIANT!

Although honestly I kept expecting at some point for Janice to don a wild, dark-haired wig, Kramers subtle style of bringing in homage elements from the series into the story work perfectly to keep Janice true to herself as well as the character she’s been modeled after. Still shy and unsure of her own worth, but bold as brass at times, Janice is a likeable heroine in every way.

Luke Callahan, is her perfect match—If only he can get over his own hangup’s about being worthy of a “lady”. Even with the prospect of gaining his rightful inheritence, he allows his past to haunt him and jeopardize a future with the woman he’s come to love. While I would have liked to see Luke be a bit more “alpha-male” at times, his insecurities actually work quite well in the grand scheme of the story.

This is one of those stories which prove that it’s not always opposites that attract, but instead brings similar souls together who  grow stronger, bolder and more courageous by feeding off their growing feelings for each other. Simply BRILLIANT!

Another stellar success for Ms. Kramer and another whole-heartedly entertaining read from the House of Brady!

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About the Reviewer

Teresa Spreckelmeyer
Teresa St. Mary - Teresa, is a wearer of many hats (figuratively) including, mother, wife, graphic designer, event planner, web developer and a self-admitted, avid reader of historical romance novels. Although Teresa is a “small town girl” (again, figuratively) from Missouri, through her various workings with clients and events, in and out of the west coast entertainment industry, she laughingly refers to Los Angeles as her second home. Teresa has produced marketing design work for actors, directors, writers and film studios, among others and played a strong behind-the-scenes role in the creation of entertainment oriented, fundraising events in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas over the past nine years.

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