Burrowes, Grace, and Theresa Romain. The Duke’s Bridle Path: A Regency Novella Duet. [United States]: Grace Burrowes Publishing, 2017. ISBN-13: 9781941419571. $6.99 USD.
This is a sweet pair of interconnected novellas, playing with an intriguing concept, but not letting it overshadow each couple’s unique journey to finding love. While neither is completely flawless, I felt both novellas were enjoyable.
“His Grace for the Win” by Grace Burrowes
I stayed away from Grace Burrowes for a long time, as despite enjoying her Windham prequels, a few of her other books had historical errors, either in terms of word choice being a bit too modern or some of her characters’ choices not feeling believable for the time period. But I found I really enjoyed reading her work this time around. Not only is it a friends-to-lovers story (my favorite trope), but the hero is actually more reserved than some of his more rakish ducal counterparts. And the driving force for the growing romance between him and Harriet being him taking riding lessons to overcome his aversion to horses was adorable. And while this is one of those stories where you start questioning why Philippe and Harriet don’t just talk to each other, especially after they’ve been intimate, I did feel their motivations were solid for the most part, and on some level, I can understand confronting one’s feelings for someone who’s always been “just a friend,” especially if they haven’t given any sign of wanting anything more.
“Desperately Seeking Scandal” by Theresa Romain
Theresa Romain is an author I had longed to read more of, but circumstances have meant I was unable to, so she was actually the main reason I picked up this book. And I thoroughly enjoyed this story of two seemingly opposite people coming together, especially as in this case, it was the heroine who was an aristocrat and the hero untitled and unconnected, instead of the other way around. I loved the complexities to Colin’s character and seeing them unfold, especially as his secrets present contradictions to his public persona, but also make him a sympathetic character for anyone else who has flaws that can sometimes hold them back. And despite the fact that many novellas suffer from a shorter length, it worked just fine here, exploring how Colin evolves as he begins to regret his past actions in terms of printing articles about Ada years ago.