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Friday, August 4, 2017

Review Tour & Giveaway: The Duchess Quest (Jordinia, #1) by C.K. Brooke

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YA Romantic Fantasy 

Date Published:
First Edition: October 2014
Second Edition: TBR 2017
Publisher: 48fourteen

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Love is destined to find her...

Dainy doesn't know that she is the lost duchess of Jordinia, or that her uncle has organized a contest to seek her, offering her marriage hand as the reward!

Though at odds, three clashing rivals - a noble giant, a forester, and a thief - voyage together by woodland, plains, and sea to recover the lost royal, notwithstanding assassins and spies at their tail. Soon, Dainy is swept into a comically complex romantic triangle as her suitors compete to capture her heart.

Charmingly romantic and bursting with action, startling twists, and vivid characters, fans of Anastasia and The Princess Bride will adore this original yet timeless tale of swashbuckling adventure and unlikely love.



Review of The Duchess Quest
Eludaine, known as Dainy, princess of Jordinia was lost to her empire when a revolt overthrew her family.  She was secreted away to live in obscurity, not even aware of her own royal lineage.  When her uncle Hessian Gatspierre, in exile, learns that she is still alive, he sets out a quest complete with gold reward and promise of marriage, to any man who seeks and finds her to return her to her remaining family.  A collection of men start out, but it ends with a few essential characters: Marley Macmillian (Mac), Bos, and Jon Cosmith.  Mac is quiet, gentle and stubborn.  Bos loyal, tender for a man as big as he.  Jon Cosmith is your typical rogue character: bold, brash, slightly immoral, and selfish.  

Jon is at first only interested in the money.  He doesn’t want a wife.  Why would a man who loves drinking and wooing ladies want to settle down to have a family.  Of course, despite this, he has to try to seduce innocent Dainy.  Mac and Bos try their hardest to keep the two of them apart and to convince Dainy of Jon’s less than pure intentions.  Both Jon and Dainy even share a few passionate moments, but it is hard for Jon to reconcile his roguishness with his developing feelings for Dainy that just might prove to be true.

Dainy needs all the help she can get from as many friendly people as possible, including the wandering female thief Selu.  As it turns out, more than just the assassins of the crown that usurped her family wants to do her harm.  In fact, some of the people closest to her want to betray her for her own gain.  

The Duchess Quest created a world separate from our own, and I always like a good fantasy take on the traditional.  Dainy was a cute character, naive but strong at her core.  What I liked so much about the book is that it didn’t take the turn that I thought it would regarding the romance.  I thought for sure that Dainy was going to end up fitting a formulaic model for romance and eventual partnership.  It caught me by surprise to see the end.  There are even a few exciting twists at the end when you find out a few hidden secrets and plots.  Since this novel is part of a series, not all answers were given.  A lot of questions remain to compel someone to read the next novel.  After all, does Dainy ascend to the throne?  I will certainly look for the other novels to find out.

About the Author

C.K. Brooke is an Amazon best-selling author of over a dozen romantic fantasy adventure novels and novellas for 48fourteen, Limitless Publishing, and Elphame Press. Her debut novel, The Duchess Quest, was selected as a Shelf Unbound Notable Indie Book of 2015 and received five stars from Readers' Favorite Book Reviews & Awards Contest. Her fantasy novel, The Wrong Prince, is a 2017 Global EBook Award Nominee and her pirate romance, Capturing the Captain, is a 2017 RONE Award Nominee. She lives in Washington, Michigan with her husband and young son. Visit CKBrooke.com and subscribe for a FREE eBook!

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