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Secrets of an Accidental Duchess (Donovan Sisters, Bk 2)
Secrets of an Accidental Duchess - Donovan Sisters, Bk 2
Author: Jennifer Haymore
With her pale hair and slim figure, Olivia Donovan looks as fragile as fine china, and has been treated as such by her sisters ever since a childhood bout with malaria. But beneath her delicate facade, Olivia guards a bold, independent spirit and the kind of passionate desires proper young ladies must never confess ... — It was a reckless wager, ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780446573153
ISBN-10: 0446573159
Publication Date: 2/1/2012
Pages: 432
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 39 ratings
Publisher: Forever
Book Type: Paperback
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iqb2001 avatar reviewed Secrets of an Accidental Duchess (Donovan Sisters, Bk 2) on + 87 more book reviews
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Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

I just finished Secrets of an Accidental Duchess and I'm just all over the place. I'm feeling so many different emotions now that I've finished this book. I really enjoyed this book but there were a few times I had to put this book down because it became a little rough to get through. It wasn't bad at all but this book was definitely not a light read. In fact, the villain of this story is so heinous and brutal and some of his actions made me shudder. Besides my hatred of the villain, I really enjoyed the story and all of the characters that are in it.

Let me just start off by saying that I love Max. I love Max so freaking much! Watching him and Olivia both fall in love with each other was great to watch. Their interactions with each other and just the way they both opened up to one another was great. There really weren't any games between them and I liked that. I liked that they both fell and fell hard.

I'll admit that the first couple of chapters kind of dragged for me a bit, but once Olivia and Max started interacting with each other the story just picked up and I found myself unable to stop reading. I loved getting to know who both Olivia and Max were. The type of people they were inside and out. Both are caring and so full of love. I was worried that I might not like Olivia based off of reading the back of the book. I'm not the biggest fan of heroines that always need saving and are helpless. That wasn't the case at all with Olivia. Everyone may try to baby her and shelter her but she definitely doesn't need it. She is strong and if given the chance, independent. She is also selfless. She willingly put others first to save them even if it costs her so much more. She doesn't back down when times get hard and I loved that about her.

With Max, in the beginning he's portrayed as a womanizing rake that doesn't have a care in the world and could care less about another feelings. That was not the case at all. Max is so caring and considerate. He fights for what he believes in and the ones he loves and cares about. He is truly good even though it takes him a while to realize it.

As I said before, I really enjoyed this story. I loved meeting the rest of the Donovans and I am eagerly awaiting the next book from Jennifer Haymore. I can't wait to see how things end up for the rest of the Donovans. I also will be checking out the first book in this series, Confessions of an Improper Bride. I loved seeing the little tidbits of Serena/Meg and her husband and I am very curious about their book.
I-F-Letty avatar reviewed Secrets of an Accidental Duchess (Donovan Sisters, Bk 2) on + 73 more book reviews
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Secrets of an Accidental Duchess by Jennifer Haymore
This is the second book in the Donovan Sister Series. I didnt realize this when I began reading but fortunately Ms. Haymore gave enough of the back story that I didnt feel like I came into the middle of a movie. Secrets of an Accidental Duchess; is just what a romance novel should be. There is the sweet love story, danger, revenge, passion likable characters and a villain to despise. Just the thing I like to curl up with and let the world stay outside.

Olivia Donovan is the second to the youngest of the Donovan sisters, raised in Antigua they have come back to England and have just spent their first season amongst the Ton. Olivia has sparked some interest firstly from Marquis Fenwicke, and the suave (at least in his mind) married Fenwicke , pulls the virginal Miss Donovan into an alcove and tells her in no uncertain terms what he wants to do to her, so certain is he of his charms. When she rejects him in no uncertain terms he starts calling her frigid or a slut (is that possible?). But still he burns for her none the less. Enter Max Lord Hadley heir to the Duke of Wakefield and long time rival of the dastardly Fenwicke, he too is a rake but in a charming way unlike the Marquis. Max is enchanted by the beautiful Miss Donovan and in a moment of anger makes a bet with Fenwicke that he will bed the comely beauty before the first of the year, more to get Fenwicke to stop his pursuit than to actually despoil a virgin, he is a gentleman after all. Having been invited to a hunting party at Olivias brother-in-law the Earl Stratford country house, Max accepts the invitation if only to make the acquaintance of Miss Donovan.
Olivias family is protective of her as she contracted Malaria as a child and is prone to attacks of fever with very little warning. As Max comes to know Olivia he is more and more drawn to her fragile beauty and surprised by her strength. Over the next weeks, the attraction deepens
Now what I like most about Jennifer Haymore is that she writes a classic romance, it has everything lovers of this genre want. I read romances as an indulgence; there is nothing I like better than settling into a book that will take me away. I turn off the ringer on the phone and just enjoy. 4 stars, I thoroughly enjoyed it and have already ordered the first book. The Accidental Bride and I believe I will enjoy it just as much.
I would like to thank the publishers and the folks at Net Galley for making this advance copy available to me for review.
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ra7 avatar reviewed Secrets of an Accidental Duchess (Donovan Sisters, Bk 2) on + 943 more book reviews
I enjoyed Olivia and Max falling in love which is about the first 1/2 of the book. The last 1/2 is their separation because of Max's inheritance. The villain also takes over the story. The number of kidnappings is a bit much (4 people!). I still enjoyed it and had a hard time putting this down when I needed to.
camishou avatar reviewed Secrets of an Accidental Duchess (Donovan Sisters, Bk 2) on + 28 more book reviews
This is a wonderful additional story in a series that continues to get better and better. The characters have all the human flaws that make them easy to identify with and will have the reader turning the pages just to see how this one will turn out. The story has action with a wonderful love story that will have the reader hating to see it come to an end but will have them eagerly awaiting the next story in this series. This is the second book in this series and while it can be read as a stand alone the story will be greatly enriched if the reader reads the first story before this one. This is one author that will be come an auto buy for many readers as her stories are so well written.


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