20 July 2012

Teresa's Mathews Reviews Jamie Carie's A Duke's Promise


A Duke's Promise
By Jamie Carie 
(B and H Publishing, September 2012)
5 Stars ***** 
Reviewed by Teresa Mathews

In this third book in “A Forgotten Castles” Series Jamie Carie once again sweeps us away to magnificent places that the Duke of St. Easton, (Gabriel) and now the Duchess of St. Easton, (Alexander) travel to in search of Alexander’s parents. Gabriel finally found Alex and was able to rescue her from the clutches of her deranged fiancĂ© and took her home to London where they married.
                                                                                                            Gabriel has promised Alex he would help her search for her parents so he plans a magnificent honeymoon to Paris. The prince regent doesn’t trust them so he sends some of his men along to keep an eye on them. While in Paris, Gabriel has to figure out a way to outsmart the regent’s guards so they can make their way to Italy, which is the last place her parents were reportedly seen. After meeting with an old friend in Paris who helps them devise a wonderful scheme they are finally free of the guards.

Alex was so excited when Gabriel took her to see the famous aeronaut Sophie Blanchard, balloonist for the king. While watching her performance Gabriel begins to believe she is the answer to his prayers. When they meet with Sophie she agrees to fly them to Italy. The journey is both exciting and dangerous, will they get to Italy as fast as they had hoped or will the dangers be too great? Will Gabriel’s affliction come back even worse than before?

When Gabriel and Alex finally arrive in the Italy, Gabriel saves the life of an Italian Duke. If they had known then who he was and what he had done perhaps they would have let him die. When Alex looks him in the eye she can feel how evil he is, and is tempted to kill him. Could he be the one who knows where her mom and dad are? Will Alex and Gabriel be able to reach her parents in time to save them? 
  
I love the way Jamie described the various areas Gabriel and Alex traveled to, she made everything come to life in living color. There were a lot of twists and turns and a lot of dangerous villains; all in all, the entire story was beautiful and the adventures they had were exciting. The ending was so amazing but alas, I'll not put in a spoiler here. I promise after all the cliffhangers in the past two books all will be forgiven by the beautiful ending. Once again Jamie has done a wonderful job creating a beautiful story that I am going to remember for a long time.

Content Alert: In the first two chapters there is some content that might be a little too graphic for some ages. The reason I added this is I have noticed on our blog there are some moms that said they are reading this series with their daughters and since I wasn't sure of their ages I thought the moms might want to read this part first.

I was given an ARC from the Publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

Jamie Carie's books can be found on Amazon, CBD, Barnes and Noble, Lifeway, and other book stores.



GIVEAWAY:  Leave a comment and your email to be entered in this week’s contest.  Drawing will be late Saturday.  Your choice of Jamie’s books, choice of format*. Void where prohibited by law. *International winners will only receive the book in ebook format not as a paperback.


EXTRA GIVEAWAYS - "The Guardian Duke" a total of 11 copies will be given out this week in Kindle ebook format!!! 



71 comments:

  1. I WANT THIS BOOK SO BADLY WHEN IT COMES OUT. I shall die, should I never have it. Well, I shall have it, one way or another. Something still tells me that I will be still shouting (Miss Jamie seems to be very good at getting me mad at her female characters.) at Alex. That girl's always doing SOMETHING to get in trouble!

    Yes, I would love being entered in the giveaway. Well, of course you know that.

    katelynmwhitley@yahoo.com

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  2. Oh what a great review, TERESA, and that cover!!! To me that is the loveliest one in the series.

    TERESA, do we want to be the ones responsible for KATELYN'S demise? Random number had better like her! :)

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  3. Sounds like another good read! Thanks for giving us an opportunity to win! I love the cover! It will definitely be put on TBR list.
    Beth

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  4. The review is LOVELY and the cover is LOVELY!! Great job, Teresa! :)

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  5. GORGEOUS, TANTALIZING COVER!!! And based on your great review, Teresa, I'm pretty darn sure the inside's just as good ... :)

    Sign me up -- between Teresa's fab review, this gorgeous cover and my love for Jamie's writing, this is a shoe-in!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  6. Katelyn, I'll arm-wrestle you over it! rofl!! I cannot wait for this one!! I have been waiting for this book for what seems forever! :) Great review... thank you ladies!!

    Ladette

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  7. KATELYN, you just make me laugh!!! And I think you have a lot in common with JULIE LESSMAN!!! We will enter you for the drawing, never fear!

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  8. LADETTE, I was just looking over our summer reading lists from each of us and thinking we are steam rolling through them!!! You'll have to read this one just as your kids are going back to school. Or are you home schooling?

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  9. MARIAN, I know why you are up--since it is 6 hours later over there. I hope your vacation with your hubby has gone great!!!

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  10. JULIE LESSMAN, what are you doing up so early? You are an hour behind. I bet you are drinking coffee and writing. I just finished my ACFW blog post for September. God really has had this one on my heart for a while! Great to see you and big hugs!!!

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  11. DIANA--um, I really don't think we bloggers will be held responsible for KATELYN's demise. Am thinking the big guy upstairs is still in control of that, lol!

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  12. BETH, welcome, and with your name in there you are NOT anonymous to us!

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  13. KATELYN...please oh please don't die! LOL!!! I'll give you a hint...the first time I read one of Jamie's books I found it at the library. :) So before you draw your last breath at least check the library, that is if you don't win on here! LOL!!

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  14. DIANA, JULIE and MARIAN...thank you so much. Yes, this is a great book and the cover is just gorgeous!

    LADETTE...ohgoodnessgracious...let's not get the word out we have lady wrestlers on OTT-WGH, then again... :))

    LADIES...I have an eye appointment this morning so I will be back a little later this afternoon, or as soon as I can see again. LOL

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  15. BETH make sure you leave a space for September on that TBR list! It will be worth it.

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  16. Yes, CARRIE, and the man upstairs has a wonderful work for KATELYN to do and won't be done with her for a looooong time! :)

    Hmmm...the OTT wrestling team, TERESA? lol Nah, but the OTT prayer warriors-yes!!

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  17. DIANA that does sound much better! :)

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  18. Good morning!
    Uh, Sorry, did I read this right? '"The Guardian Duke" a total of 11 copies will be given out this week in Kindle ebook format!!!'
    Wow, that's crazy! We have people who enjoy reading and sharing copies of books here, don't we? I like it!

    Thank You OTT-WGH! Nobody knows how to throw'parties' like you peeps! =)

    This cover is just splendid! I'm still surprised that I haven't read anything by Jamie Carie, yet.

    But, oh well, here's to a win!

    Ganise

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  19. Oh and, lovely review, Teresa!
    Very good, got me wanting to get my hands on the book!

    Ganise

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  20. CARRIE, I went to bed late and slept long this week. The weather wasn't so great, but we had a good week together. Today finally no rain and storm - not much sun either, but we finally have dry weather!! Today I didn't have to put on my coat when I went outside. Yes--it's crazy cold here for July. :(

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  21. Yes, GANISE, you heard right! And with odds like that perhaps you will finally be able to read a Jamie Carie book! If you don't win, however, JAMIE'S, The Guardian Duke, is on sale for only $2.99 0n Kindle!

    And yes, we are continually passing out the party hats over here! Would you care for one? ;)

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  22. Oooh! I can't wait for this book to come out! Great review!

    ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

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  23. Just a little over 5 weeks, LIZ! Isn't that cover fabulous? TERESA does an awesome job, I agree!

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  24. Thanks for the wonderful review, TERESA! I can't wait until this last book is out and everyone gets to read the big ending!!
    And yes, I agree this is the loveliest cover of the three! It shows how she has grown from a girl into an elegant woman.
    Oh, and on the steamy part in the first two chapters, B&H asked me to tone it down quite a bit and I'm thinking the ARC has the original chapters which are a little steamier! :-) So the actual book should be closer to PG.
    I'm off to spread the word on FB and Twitter!

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  25. This sounds like a totally delightful novel! I am always intrigued when an author takes the time to add lots of descriptions whether it be of the countryside, the clothes being worn, the furnishings of an old home, etc. It adds so much and is like discovering a gem inside the story.

    The cover shows a man in love with an absolutely beautiful woman. Sigh. I also like the fact that a note was added saying that the first of the book may be just a bit risque. Quite frankly, I find that very refreshing. There seems to be so many erotic novels written these days and I guess I'm the odd one out in that I like to see something left to the imagination.

    I'm looking forward to reading "A Duke's Promise" and thank you so much for sharing this terrific review today.

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  26. TERESA -- I don't think I would really arm-wrestle her, but that picture was rather hilarious!! lol My girls are almost 15 and 16, and they have read several of Jamie's other books... so do you think it would be too much for them? Oh, and they attend Public School (we won't talk about the things that gone there... oy! Makes me want to homeschool them again, but that's not what I believe God wants me to do, or I'd do it in a heartbeat!).


    Jamie, I do love the COVER of this book.... just beautiful! I really do look forward to reading this one.

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  27. What a great review - thanks! and that was very nice to add the part about being careful if you are reading this out loud. Well appreciated for reading parents, I'm sure.

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  28. Your review is great and as someone said in a comment previously made, "GORGEOUS, TANTALIZING COVER!!!" Pleae enter my name in the drawings.

    spangldlady@gmail.com

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  29. I agree with the first comment! Can't wait to read this, maybe ill have it.to read in Nicaragua...we're missionaries and I'm always hoping for ebooks to hold me till we get home in Sept

    missionwife@hotmail.com

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  30. The whole series has been great! I can't wait for this one to come out!
    Linda Cacaci
    LinCaca3@aol.com

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  31. JAMIE, that could be it since I got it from NG a couple of months ago. It was an absolutely marvelous book. Thank You for all the excitement! :))

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  32. soinds really good would love to read.

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  33. A review of number 3! I haven't even read the first. Guess I should start with that one if I win=)

    Patty
    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  34. I have enjoyed all the reviews and I know Jamie's "A Forgotten Castle" series is going on my wish list. All sounds exciting and all have the most beautiful covers! I'd love to be entered for the drawing. Thanks.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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  35. MELODY, what a wonderful work you are doing for the Lord! You have my utmost admiration, gf!

    MERRY, you are a missionary, too, right? I forgot where though. I praise the Lord for you ladies! It can't be easy (alot of sacrifice), that's for sure! Lots of luck in the giveaway and blessings to the both of you!

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  36. PATTY, you made me smile. Maybe you will one of the 10 kindle copies of the first one that JAMIE is giving away! That is if you have a kindle...

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  37. PATTY, JAMIE CARIE is about to remedy your lack of reading in this series. You are our next WINNER of a Kindle copy of the Guardian Duke! CONGRATS!!!

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  38. PATTY, you made me smile. Maybe you will win one of the 10 kindle copies of the first one that JAMIE is giving away! That is if you have a kindle...

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  39. CONNIE this is a totally delightful novel and very exciting. I know you will love it!

    LADETTE...no wrestling?? LOL!!! I did get a pretty good visual of that and got a good laugh!!

    KIM...thank you and you are welcome about the heads up, just didn't want any awkward moments for Moms but it may be totally different as JAMIE already pointed out. :))

    DARLENE.. that cover is wondferul, and good luck in the drawing. :)

    MELODY.. God Bless You, thanks for your service. Good luck in the drawing.

    LINDA.. you are right... this series is wonderful. :)

    PAT...it really is great. Good Luck.

    PATTY..Good Luck in the drawing. Hope you get to read them all!

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  40. Oh, how hilarious! Did you see what I typed to PATTY at the same time as you, CARRIE! Must have been meant to be! lol Congrats, PATTY!

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  41. Hi! I have read and reviewed The Guardian Duke and The Forgiven Duke. I would like to have a copy of the final book in the trilogy, A Duke's Promise. Happy Day to you!! Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  42. Oh, I meant to mention!! Gorgeous cover without the cape! Thinking maybe there could be a new series with them??? Sometime they have to settle down and stay home! Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  43. KATHLEEN what a grand idea!! I know I would read it! :)

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  44. Perhaps, if the chances churn around just right, I might finally win a copy of Jamie's newest book. LOL Thanks for this giveaway and the chance to win a wonderful read.

    Blessings,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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  45. I have requested this one from NetGalley but might not get it as I still have to write my review for the second book :/ But, I love the covers on all the books. I only wish we could have seen the Duke's face better ;)

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  46. MELODY DURANT is the winner of a kindle ebook copy of "The Guardian Duke" and congrats!!! I guess I better go make up the list for Jamie, lol! Hope you enjoy Melody and God bless you for your missionary work!

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  47. ANNE, I know what you mean--I am so behind on all my NG stuff that I kinda feel it is just best for me to order the Kindle copies myself so I don't sweat it. I have trouble figuring out all the ins and outs of requesting and using the service.

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  48. ANNE, they will still grant your request. They did for me. But B&H takes awhile to email you and let you know!

    Carrie, I understand. I still haven't figured out goodreads or Pinterest, yet. Just haven't taken the time to do it. Probably eazy peazy.

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  49. CONGRATS MELODY!! I know you will enjoy Jamie's book!

    BARB.. you never know what might happen on here! :)

    ANNE.. I know you'll be able to get it...I hadn't finished reviewing the second one and I was able to get this one. :)

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  50. LADIES I'm outta here for a while...I had an eye dr appt. today so my eyes are a little tired. THANKS for all the nice words and JAMIE thanks for this Marvelous Series!! :)

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  51. MARIAN, I am so sorry the weather was yucky for your vacation!!!

    DIANA I am doing more on GoodREads and Pinterest and trying to figure it out as I go along. I can't spend too much time on them, though.
    TERESA, I hope you are okay tomorrow after the eye dr. Am praying for you!

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  52. Wonderful review! I absolutely loved the first two books in this series and would love to win a copy of this book. It sounds amazing! Meganleigh844@gmail.com Megan S.

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  53. Wow, there's a lot of competition here!
    I've enjoyed the other books by this author. Wind Dancer always stood out to me as just something unique, powerful. This series looks enjoyable.
    ~ J:-)mi
    egilkinc @ juno . com

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  54. love this cover thanks for chance to win

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  55. I hope I win The Guardian Duke! I already have the second book. I also hope that I win the third book! Yay!

    dangalman (at) gmail (dot) com

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  56. Hi Mrs Teresa, I am an international participant and I don't have a Kindle. Are the e-books you're giving away only for Kindle users? SUPER loving your book reviews!

    dangalman (at) gmail (dot) com

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  57. MEGAN-I have this one waiting for me on my Kindle, but have others to review first. :( I think I'm going to HAVE to squeeze this one in!

    APPLE BLOSSOM-I agree. Fabulous cover!

    J:-)mi-Wind Dancer was very good!

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  58. MEGAN... thank you. Good Luck on winning a copy!

    J:-)mi...This series is wonderful. Good Luck!

    APPLEBLOSSOM...that cover is very beautiful, just wish we could see Gabriel's face. :)

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  59. TheDanGalman...welcome to OTT-WGH. Sorry but the ebooks are the version for Kindle. But I do know before I got my kindle I downloaded the Kindle version for my computer and read them. Pretty Cool!!

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  60. GOOD MORNING DIANA! I see both of us are on the ball this morning! :) Love ya GF!

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  61. Good morning, sweet pea! Love ya back!

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  62. Your review makes me want to read this book so badly!! =)
    Lissette_125 at hotmail dot es

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  63. LISSETTE... you will love it. :) Good luck in the drawing! :)

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  64. I hope it's not too late to enter. amada_chavez@yahoo.com
    :)

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  65. PAT COWANS, per random.org you are this weeks WINNER of whatever of Jamie Carie's books you would like. HOWEVER, if you want to read this series we'd suggest you start with the Guardian Duke. CONGRATS!!!

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  66. OOPSIES - PAT has no email addy registered. Anybody know Pat? DIANA or TERESA?

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  67. Hi, I'm back to check if you found Pat Cowans! After reading and reviewing the first two books in the Forgotten Castles trilogy, I would like to win a copy of the third book, A Duke's Promise, to read and review!! Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  68. TEDDY chose Snow Angel as her book and it has been ordered for her! CONGRATS again, Teddy!When we did not have an email addy for Pat, I drew again KATHLEEN!

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