Royally Ever After Turns Society on its Head!


Royally_Ever_After CoverLord Lovedon’s Duel & The Jilting of Lord Rothwick
By Loretta Chase
Harper Collins/Avon Impulse | On Sale: 04/07/2015 | Pages: 192

E-Galley provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinion presented herein is my own except as noted.

Now published together for the first time: Loretta Chase’s beloved novellas Lord Lovedon’s Duel from the Royal Bridesmaids anthology and The Jilting of Lord Rothwick from the Royal Weddings anthologyIn Lord Lovedon’s Duel, Chloe Sharp is prepared to protect her family’s name, even to the death. When she hears the handsome Earl of Lovedon say her sister’s royal marriage is a match made in money, she challenges him to a duel—for love and honor.

When the Marquess of Rothwick learns his fiancée, Barbara Findley, has broken off their engagement in The Jilting of Lord Rothwick, he rides out of London immediately to seek her out … and to win her back.


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Got a short flight? This is the perfect duo for you then! I was really entertained by the way Chase turns social standards in Dueling and Honor and Jilting, traditionally reserved for men to take the offensive role, on their pointy heads.

LORD LOVEDON”S DUEL asks an important question of when and to whom is honor important. The the gender of the person offended make the slight or slur any less offensive. And  is a woman defending her sister’s honor any less justified in its seeking than a man?

That was the favorite of the two stories, although the second is more darkly passionate. The Jilting of Lord Rothwick looks at a woman having the power of refusal in a relationship, and also turns the old adage about falling in love with a rich man being as easy as falling for a poor one around both ways. And, the near miss demonstrates the importance of communication.

With amiable and sexy characters this kept me happy from Tampa to about halfway to Newark. I even giggled a few times, which is more than I can say for folks watching the in-flight entertainment.  At ninety-nine cents it’s a pretty good value!