The Duke of Olympia Meets His Match

The Duke of Olympia Meets His Match

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From Juliana Gray comes an all-new historical romance novella featuring the famous--and often infamous--Duke of Olympia. Aboard the luxuriously appointed SS Majestic, the duke is on a mission to retrieve a most important portfolio of papers and thwart a known anarchist. As the ship steams across the Atlantic, the duke's search for the notorious master of disguise forces him into close quarters with an American heiress and her widowed governess, Mrs. Penelope Schuyler. While Olympia has known his fair share of intriguing women, Mrs. Schuyler seems to have a way of challenging his expectations at every turn. But as their clandestine meetings lead them down an unexpected path, the duke must determine if Penelope is a woman to be trusted... Includes an exclusive preview of Juliana Gray's latest novel, An Extraordinary Pursuit Praise for the novels of Juliana Gray "Exquisite characterizations, clever dialogue, and addictive prose."--Library Journal (starred review) "Juliana Gray has a stupendously lyrical voice."--Meredith Duran, New York Times bestselling author "Juliana Gray is on my autobuy list."--Elizabeth Hoyt, New York Times bestselling author "A literary force to be reckoned with."--Booklist (starred review)
Publisher: New York, NY :, InterMix,, 2016.
ISBN: 9780698176478
0698176472
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Summary: From Juliana Gray comes an all-new historical romance novella featuring the famous--and often infamous--Duke of Olympia. Aboard the luxuriously appointed SS Majestic, the duke is on a mission to retrieve a most important portfolio of papers and thwart a known anarchist. As the ship steams across the Atlantic, the duke's search for the notorious master of disguise forces him into close quarters with an American heiress and her widowed governess, Mrs. Penelope Schuyler. While Olympia has known his fair share of intriguing women, Mrs. Schuyler seems to have a way of challenging his expectations at every turn. But as their clandestine meetings lead them down an unexpected path, the duke must determine if Penelope is a woman to be trusted... Includes an exclusive preview of Juliana Gray's latest novel, An Extraordinary Pursuit Praise for the novels of Juliana Gray "Exquisite characterizations, clever dialogue, and addictive prose."--Library Journal (starred review) "Juliana Gray has a stupendously lyrical voice."--Meredith Duran, New York Times bestselling author "Juliana Gray is on my autobuy list."--Elizabeth Hoyt, New York Times bestselling author "A literary force to be reckoned with."--Booklist (starred review)

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Jun 18, 2018

Ever wonder what happens to those alpha-soldier-secret-agent heroes in romance novels when they get older? If it's 1893, they become like the snooty Duke of Olympia, in his 70s and wishing he could be done with all this faffing about, but also bemoaning the lack of skills in the current generation of operatives, since it requires his presence on the SS Majestic during a cross-Atlantic voyage to find a dangerous anarchist and retrieve stolen information that mustn't fall into the wrong hands.

On said ship, the Duke makes the acquaintance of 50 year old American Mrs. Penelope Schuyler, a clever widow who lives on the not-quite-kindness of relatives, and sparks fly. Well, conversational sparks anyway. The Duke would like more than that, but Penelope is unconvinced that she wants to be anyone's mistress, no matter how drab and uninspiring her penniless future appears. Also, she may have a secret or two that she has zero desire to reveal to His Grace.

Watching these two smartypants characters verbally fence was absolutely delightful. The Duke's appreciation for Penelope's mind and capabilities is endearing. Finally, I really appreciated how the Duke is well over six feet tall and EVERYONE NOTICES ALL THE TIME. Unlike in most romance novels where all these 6'5" guys are walking around and there's zero bystander reaction. That is not reality.

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