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Peek Inside The Duke's Shotgun Wedding

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...

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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... 

Praise

 "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

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622665495
Series: Scandalous House of Calydon, Book 1
Release Date: Apr 14, 2014
Page Count: 112
Imprint: scandalous
Genre: historical, historical victorian
Tropes: across the tracks, marriage of convenience

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By Farrah April 02, 2014

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

By Pearl January 04, 2015

“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

By Shantal April 13, 2014


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

By Giselle April 14, 2014



Debut Delight
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

By Talking March 28, 2014

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

By Leelo September 04, 2016

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

By Kadia April 12, 2014

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

By Noura February 28, 2016

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

By Patty August 25, 2014

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

By Maria Rose March 31, 2015

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

By Curse of the Bibliophile April 15, 2014

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

By Audra April 02, 2014

*** 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

By Pam April 17, 2014

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

By Frances June 03, 2014

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

By My Book Addiction and More April 15, 2014

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

By Lily April 11, 2014

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

By Cyn August 05, 2014

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

By Tia April 27, 2014

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

By Tash April 20, 2014

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

By Rivi April 27, 2014



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

By Linda April 06, 2014

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

By Miriam July 18, 2014

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

By Angie March 02, 2016

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

By Mareena April 24, 2014

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

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Stacy Reid

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Stacy Reid

Stacy is an avid reader of novels with a deep passion for writing. She especially loves romance and adores writing about people falling in love. Stacy lives a lot in the worlds she creates and actively speaks to her characters (out loud). She has a warrior way, never give up on her dreams. When Stacy is not writing, she spends a copious amount of time drooling over Rick Grimes from Walking Dead, watching Japanese anime and playing video games with her love, Dusean Nelson.

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