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A 2015 Virginia Romance Writers HOLT Award of Merit recipient for outstanding literary fiction in the Romance Novella category.
He’s cold. He’s ruthless.
And he’s undeniably irresistible.
Lady Jocelyn Rathbourne was taken in by a pretty face and even prettier lies, leaving her family's reputation at stake. When the man who made promises to her announces his engagement to another woman, she knows the only way to avoid a scandal is to marry the cad's brother, the cold, formidable Duke of Calydon.
Sebastian Thornton, the Duke of Calydon, is in need of a wife. Bored with the simpering ladies and overly-forward seductresses populating the ton, Sebastian longs to find a woman with fire and spirit. He never expected the perfect candidate to barge into his home, aim a derringer at his heart, and demand he marry her...
"If you love a feisty heroine and a dark, powerful duke hero, then you'll love Lady Jocelyn Rathbourne and Sebastian, Duke of Calydon. Though the plot revolves around the quick/forced "marriage of convenience" Stacy Reid manages to infuse the trope with a unique voice, vivid conflict, and passionate, palpably instant attraction between hero and heroine. I would recommend The Duke's Shotgun Wedding to anyone who enjoys passionate, fast-paced historical romance." - Night Owl Reviews
"WELL DONE!! A delightful Victorican Historical Romance...A fast paced tale of romance, secrets, passion and finding your HEA"--My Book Addiction and More
"Emotional, Enjoyable Read! An emotional novella about the Duke of Calydon and Lady Rathbourne's fiery meeting and subsequent betrothal. So many steamy moments between the characters that leave you hot under the collar." --Talking Books
A lovely, enjoyable read, The Duke's Shotgun Wedding was a wonderful historical romance novella. I really liked this short and sweet read.
Both characters were good, though I had a small issue with each. Jocelyn was strong and determined to ensure her family's future. However, she was also mindblo... ...more
“You came into my life and completely turned it upside down, when all I wanted was a biddable wife to give me an heir.”
I've read The Irresistible Miss Peppiwell by Stacy Reid and it really fascinated me in a heartbeat so I didn't hesitate to grab The Duke's Shotgun Wedding and have it a go. An... ...more
ARC provided by author in exchange for a honest review.
This novella was absolutely fantastic and so refreshing. I loved the heroine and hero and the progression of their story. The heroine was no weak mouse and for that I must absolutely applaud the writer , it is not always the easiest thing to... ...more
Stacy Reid’s first published novella “The Duke’s Shotgun Wedding” is a joyful foray into the realms of historical romance, with an impulsive heroine and an impassive but sensuous hero. Jocelyn bounces into Sebastian’s notice with a revolver levelled at him and he readily agrees to ma... ...more
An emotional novella about the Duke of Calydon and Lady Rathbourne's fiery meeting and subsequent betrothal. So many steamy moments between the characters that leave you hot under the collar. The growing love for Jocelyn by Sebastian knows no bounds and paves the way in their's and that of family... ...more
4 WICKEDLY ALLURING STARS
I would have loved more of this story. I felt it wasn't enough. I craved the opportunity to delve deeper into the personalities of Sebastian and Jocelyn. It all felt like a tiny morsel that was neither thoroughly satisfying or enjoyable but was quickly snatched away and h... ...more
A fast-paced read, which grabs you from the beginning! From the moment Lady Jocelyn pointed her derringer at Sebastian—Duke of Calydon, the sparks flew. No simpering lady here (which is refreshing). She is strong-willed and challenges barriers of rank, and defy social prohibitions. Who cares what... ...more
This is my first Stacy Reid book and i have to say that it was good! Found this one after seeing some of SR's books being reviewed by Lily Maxton in GR. The storyline is not exactly original BUT the way it's presented caught my attention and made me want to read more of her work. The writing is s... ...more
This romance read started with a feisty Jocelyn pointing a derringer on the cold & unfeeling Duke of Calydon, Sebastian. All Sebastian sees is a hellion with an inner fire that gets him hard! She is pissed off because his brother (book #2 in the series), Anthony, teased her with marriage &... ...more
This wonderful historical romance is the story of Jocelyn and Sebastian. Jocelyn is in desperate straights, needing to find a wealthy husband to help her family and restore their impoverished estate. When a possible suitor withdraws, Jocelyn feels her only choice is to confront his brother and de... ...more
What happens when two unstoppable forces come together?
The marriage of the century that's what. This story is full of intrigue, clashing of the minds, and romance. Navigating the twists and turns was so much fun. There is a lot of emotion packed into this novella that readers will not be able to... ...more
*** 4 1/2 stars! I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. ***
Sweet and hot! Lady Jocelyn has been led on by the Duke of Calydon's brother, Anthony, and she's out for blood...or, more specifically, out for marriage. But when she shows up at the ducal estate, looking for Anthony, she end... ...more
This story was a little far fetched but I guess that's why we read fiction. At least that's what I tried to tell myself as I read the book. The beginning is what I had a hard time with. A young lady, daughter of an Earl. Going to a Duke's estate and threatening him with a pistol and lying to him... ...more
I'll confess--the title of this book put me off at first. Duke and Shotgun are two words I don't normally associate with one another, but in this case, it works. And it works well.
I enjoy the fast pace and short length of a novella, and this one did not disappoint. I was captivated from the firs... ...more
THE DUKE'S SHOTGUN WEDDING by Stacy Reid is an delightful Victorian Historical Romance. A quick read, a novella! A fast paced tale of romance, secrets, passion and finding your HEA, hopefully, with a few side trips first.
What a delight to read! The two main characters are entertaining as well as... ...more
This was an enjoyable read. I liked Lady Jocelyn's character-she's a very direct, honest heroine, who confronts her emotions head on, which is refreshing. She might be a little too impulsive at times, but it keeps things entertaining. The duke is cold and imperious (as any good duke should be!)an... ...more
I will make this short and sweet.... I loved this book! Reminded me of Sally Mackenzie's books. A fun and charming romp. I immediately went to see what else she has written... I was disappointed to find she only has one other book out. I promptly bought it... it ties in to this book... being the... ...more
I enjoyed it very much. I give it a 5 for entertainment, characters and pace. ...more
Stacy Reid is off to a great start with her first novella The Duke’s Shotgun Wedding. I can’t wait to read more from this author.
The Duke’s Shotgun Wedding starts out with Jocelyn holding a derringer (not really a shotgun) at the Duke of Calydon and I just new this book was going to be a fun one.... ...more
Reviewed for Confessions From Romaholics
The Duke’s Shotgun Wedding is another delightful debut from Entangled that tells the story of two determined people who want to extract a pound of flesh from each other after making a rash decision. A decision that gives us a sweet story that you will love... ...more
Stacy Reid gives us a well-written, enchanting Victorian romance with The Duke’s Shotgun Wedding.
I love the heroine, Joselyn, she’s feisty, headstrong, and full of life and love. Sebastian, is the typical literary Duke, powerful and used to people doing as he bids.
Circumstances throw them togethe... ...more
A short (~100pgs) story but full of emotion & lovely characters in the hero & heroine whom I totally fell in love with from the beginning.
Jocelyn is a lovely heroine. Spunky, passionate & full of life. Determined to save her impecunious family & provide for her younger siblings s... ...more
I had to hand it to Jocelyn. It's not everyday a lady storms a duke's home demanding satisfaction for a wrong his brother committed against her, but Jocelyn's hardly a picture of decorum kind of woman. She's outspoken, passionate, and fearless. Waving a gun in a duke's face might not be conventio... ...more
The Duke's Shotgun Wedding opens with a bang! Well, almost. Jocelyn does have a gun and she's not afraid to use it to get what she wants. The duke's brother apparently seduced her, promised marriage, then eloped with someone else. Jocelyn demands reparations, but she doesn't expect Sebastian to i... ...more
Alright, so as far as rash decisions went, this perhaps wasn't the wisest course of action. But Lady Jocelyn Rathbourne's will had to remain strong. After all, desperate times called for desperate measures.
If the only way to save her family's estate and reputation was to aim a derringer pistol at... ...more