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This really sums up my feelings about this book it was AMAZING Really, this book was pure historical romance perfection The writing and prose was absolutely beautiful and worked to transport you directly into the world of the Trent family and the emotions each character goes through in the search for their missing mother, the Duchess of Trent I really enjoyed and connected with each and every member of the Trent family, including Sarah Her romance with Simon was bittersweet to read because This really sums up my feelings about this book it was AMAZING Really, this book was pure historical romance perfection The writing and prose was absolutely beautiful and worked to transport you directly into the world of the Trent family and the emotions each character goes through in the search for their missing mother, the Duchess of Trent I really enjoyed and connected with each and every member of the Trent family, including Sarah Her romance with Simon was bittersweet to read because like Sarah the fact that their relationship couldn t last was always floating menacingly in the back of my mind But I just could not get enough of it And the mystery surrounding the Trent matriarch s disappearance added a wonderful and suspenseful air to the entire novel There were so many unexpected twists and turns throughout, which simply made this book unputdownable yes that s a word The Duchess Hunt is a definite must read, and I cannot wait to continue this series with The Rogue s Proposal Jennifer Hay, you have become one of my favorite historical romance authors, along with the lovely Tessa Dare This book was simply perfection, way to go love The only reason that I did not like to this book was that I found the heroine a little horny and then trying to look helpless because of her lower social rank. I don t know I mean, it s written well enough The characters are mostly sane, for a historical romance anyway I blame this on Judith McNaught and Lisa Kleypas They ruined me for all others I felt nothing I finished the book to finish it It started with promise but somehow all these books end up with cookie cutter characters The do gooder guy with a hero complex and the perfect little helpless lady that needs rescuing And the truth of it is, I m completely on board with this trope Nobod I don t know I mean, it s written well enough The characters are mostly sane, for a historical romance anyway I blame this on Judith McNaught and Lisa Kleypas They ruined me for all others I felt nothing I finished the book to finish it It started with promise but somehow all these books end up with cookie cutter characters The do gooder guy with a hero complex and the perfect little helpless lady that needs rescuing And the truth of it is, I m completely on board with this trope Nobody wants to read a romance between an actual toad and a Umbridge like character but there s just no soul here At least I didn t find it Good luck I had a hard time with rating this one I would round it up to 3.5 stars I really felt the love from Sarah and Simon I had a hard time digesting that she was willing to be his mistress to get her one night with him The forbidden romance because of social ranking was a nice twist but Simon pissed me off because he didn t necessarily jump out to claim her The mystery surrounding their mother s disappearance added a nice touch and I want to knowso I will continue the series. Simon, is the Duke of Trent and that position comes with much responsibility Three years previous he fell in love with Sarah, a woman who was raised along side with his siblings Now she is a maid, having been the gardeners daughter Sarah Osborne, has always known the wide gulf that separates herself and Simon from each other Even though she cares for Simonthan anyone knows, she also knows that they have no future together She is merely a maid, and Simon a Duke When Simon s mother dis Simon, is the Duke of Trent and that position comes with much responsibility Three years previous he fell in love with Sarah, a woman who was raised along side with his siblings Now she is a maid, having been the gardeners daughter Sarah Osborne, has always known the wide gulf that separates herself and Simon from each other Even though she cares for Simonthan anyone knows, she also knows that they have no future together She is merely a maid, and Simon a Duke When Simon s mother disappears, all of them are frantic, trying to find a trace of her and find none When Sarah was young, Simon s mother took her in and loved her and Sarah would do anything to find her As Simon and his brothers start to investigate, they find a variety of clues to their mother s disappearance, and Simon and Sarah start a affair even knowing it can t go anywhere But then when Simon starts to come to the realization on his feelings for Sarah and willing to sacrifice everything for her, he ends up being blackmailed Now he will have to make a choice save his family from the largest scandal known to the Ton or sacrifice everything for his love for Sarah.The Duchess Hunt is the first in the House of Trent series, and I have always liked this author I have never had a problem becoming engaged in her stories and her style of writing is addictive and draws in the reader from the beginning After reading The Duchess Hunt I was impressed by this story, my favorite of her books so far As the first in the series, The Duchess Hunt introduces us to the Trent family It begins with a charming beginning of when Simon and Sarah first meet and finding Sarah hurt Simon brings her home to his mother, who immediately takes a liking to Sarah even though she is the gardeners daughter So she does what any Duchess would do right Have Sarah learn alongside with her own children Having grown up in a loving atmosphere where despite her rank and birth, she feels accepted, but deep down she knows she will never be good enough for Simon.One of my favorite parts of this story was the way the Trent family accepts her The relationship that forms between Simon and Sarah is tender and sweet and passionate Both Simon and Sarah have shared intimate feelings with each other but haven t given into them until now With the disappearance of Simon s mother, there is a mystery to be solved But when Simon ends up being blackmailed into marrying a woman he barely knows and sees him as the Duke to be have at all costs, he knows he is making a mistake and hurting the one woman he lovesthan life.The Duchess Hunt is a story that engages the reader until the very end I had the hardest time putting this one down and I would highly recommend this one to anyone that loves a stimulating historical romance There is such a unbridled emotion portrayed in this story, the characters so vividly written it makes them come alive for the reader I did feel like there could have been a bitemphasis on the missing mother, but I did like the Blackmail theme to the story I do love a strong conflict especially when it seems like unbeatable odds for the couple involved to stay together The side characters were lively and fascinating and I just fell in love with the siblings of Simon The bickering and bantering between them reminded me of my own family, and I love a series that involves a big family, so I can hardly wait to read the next book in the series.The aspect of the unorthodox Trent family was intriguing, and I enjoyed seeing the varying degrees of originality between each member of the family.I think that overall, The Duchess Hunt was a charming story of a couple that have loved each other but live on different sides of the tracks The love story was well done and the plot was thick with intrigue and mystery and conflict Richly filled characters, and a witty enough read to charm your socks off A Sensational story with enough zest and sensuality to make you fall in love from beginning to end This is my first time reading Jennifer Hay and I really enjoyed THE DUCHESS HUNT, the first book in her House of Trent series A charming story, it features two of my favourite tropes, friends to lovers and a cross class romance.When Simon Hawkins, the Duke of Trent, receives news from his sister, Esme, that his mother has mysteriously disappeared, he returns home to Ironwood Park to investigate, aided by his three brothers and his half brother Honour, integrity, decency and propriety ar This is my first time reading Jennifer Hay and I really enjoyed THE DUCHESS HUNT, the first book in her House of Trent series A charming story, it features two of my favourite tropes, friends to lovers and a cross class romance.When Simon Hawkins, the Duke of Trent, receives news from his sister, Esme, that his mother has mysteriously disappeared, he returns home to Ironwood Park to investigate, aided by his three brothers and his half brother Honour, integrity, decency and propriety are the principles by which Simon Hawkins has lived since becoming Duke of Trent His parents scandalous behaviour has brought the House of Trent into disrepute and Simon has spent all his life trying the restore the Hawkins family reputation However, these principles are tested when, after an absence of three years, he sees Sarah Osborne again His body came instantly alive at the sight of her, even after all this time Even under the circumstances Lust Desire Need All of it barreled through him in a hot rush.Damn She wasbeautiful than ever.Sarah Osborne was eight years old when she went to live at Ironwood Park with her father, who is employed as the Duke of Trent s gardener After being rescued from a blackberry bush by the thirteen year old Simon, he takes Sarah back to the house to have her injuries attended to Simon s unconventional mother takes a shine to the girl and arranges for Sarah to be raised and educated with her own children What starts as a friendship between Simon and Sarah soon develops into a strong attraction which culminates in a passionate kiss Shortly after, Simon leaves for London but now, after an absence of three years, he is back Sarah knows that, as a housemaid, there can never be any future for them butshe was as besotted with the Duke of Trent as she d ever been More so, probably.Fearing for Esme s safety, Simon decides to take her to London with Sarah acting as her companion As circumstances throw them ever closer together, how long will it be before Simon and Sarah succumb to the passion that burns between them I sympathised with Simon, torn between his strong sense of honour and his overwhelming love for Sarah He knows that having such feelings for someone who works for him and is under his care is morally wrong but His body paid no heed to his strict attempts at discipline, to his notions of honor and responsibility He wanted her God help him.Even so, he respects Sarah too much to make her his mistress and I also like the fact that, when he finally does marry, he intends to remain faithful to his wife.I like Sarah very much She is kind, honest, loyal and compassionate and understands Simon and loves him for himself and not for his title She is pragmatic enough to appreciate the vast gulf that lies between them and knows that one day Simon must marry She accepts this but I love her boldness in wanting to experience making love with SimonNo regrets, Your Grace I offer you this with my eyes wide open I know she took a deep breath our time together will be limited But it can be for now Just for now, we can offer each other comfort I like how she truly cares about Simon s socially awkward sister Esme and tries to help her overcome her fears.The romance provides a satisfying blend of emotional and sexual tension There is potential heartbreak when a blackmailer threatens to keep the lovers forever apart but, when the blackmail threat is thwarted, Simon realises that nothing mattersthan the woman he loves and refuses to live without honour and responsibility be damned Sarah Osborne was the only woman who moved him Who he admired Who could engage him, body, mind, and spirit He loved her And he wanted it all.I love the rest of the Hawkins family, particularly Lukas, the apparent black sheep of the family Sam, the hard working, illegitimate, half brother quiet, studious Esme who is keeping a rather scandalous secret I m definitely looking forward to reading their stories I love the dynamics between the brothers and their bond is obvious I also like how they show their support for Simon and Sarah The deeper they dug into the mire that was his mother s disappearance, the murkier it became.I am definitely intrigued by the mystery surrounding the duchess s disappearance and, as there is no resolution at the end of this book, it appears that the mystery is set to continue throughout the series definitely an added incentive to read the other books.MY VERDICT This was an enjoyable introduction to this series and I will definitely be reading the next book, THE ROGUE S PROPOSAL, Lukas s story.This review is also posted on my Rakes and Rascals blog 3 3.5 stars.Jennifer Hay s new House of Trent series begins with young Sarah Osborne, the gardener s daughter, falling into a blackberry bush Fortunately the young Duke of Trent, Simon Hawkins is handy to save her and brings her to meet his mother, a Duchess unlike most duchessesshe s open, engaging, and caring and treats Sarahlike a member of the family then a servant.Many years later, Simon returns to the family home, as his mother has disappeared without a trace In the years 3 3.5 stars.Jennifer Hay s new House of Trent series begins with young Sarah Osborne, the gardener s daughter, falling into a blackberry bush Fortunately the young Duke of Trent, Simon Hawkins is handy to save her and brings her to meet his mother, a Duchess unlike most duchessesshe s open, engaging, and caring and treats Sarahlike a member of the family then a servant.Many years later, Simon returns to the family home, as his mother has disappeared without a trace In the years between the prologue and the beginning, Sarah has become the head house maid and Simon has joined parliament and lived a non scandalous life in London to live down the scandal his mother and father and their numerous affairs caused the family name Three years prior to Simon s return, he and Sarah shared a kiss that left them infatuated with each otherbut a maid and a duke have no future and they both know this.The book continues with the search for the Duchess We meet the rest of the siblings, 4 brothers and 1 sister, all of whom will likely get their own stories The mystery of the Duchess is not solved in this book and during the search Simon encounters evenmystery, murder, lies, deceit and secrets that will change his life and the lives of his siblings To save them Simon needs to make a choice, protect his family, or embrace Sarah.Things I liked.The mystery of the missing duchess, an interesting new twist.The emotion of from both Simon and Sarah when Simon makes his choice and from Simon as he debates what to do I felt it right down to my toes.The characters I liked both Sarah and Simon and found the family itself enjoyable except for brother Luke, a man with a huge chip on his shoulder Rude and an all around jerk, but no explanation is given as to why.Things that didn t work.We are told early in the story that the Hawkins names was buried in scandal due to their parents infidelity, and as a result Simon lives by a strict moral code His siblings mention it often But we are only told about this Not one single example is shown and quite frankly, I couldn t believe either part.Not enough emphasis was placed on the missing duchess The search was a little weak and it didn t seem like the siblings cared all that much about her disappearance Again, another aspect told but never shown.I give the book 3.5 stars mostly because there was too much telling without show I also found the ending to be a bit odd But it s a good start to a new series and I look forward to the next one My first book by this author and it wasn t bad at all The writing was done well enough it was just story preference for me that made me stop half way thru This book basically starts off with the hero and heroine already madly, secretly in love with each other I much prefer to watch the H h fall in love, to watch the chemistry as it builds, to watch the hero finally realize that he is in love and can t live without his little lady Not so here unfortunately And when they did have some ste My first book by this author and it wasn t bad at all The writing was done well enough it was just story preference for me that made me stop half way thru This book basically starts off with the hero and heroine already madly, secretly in love with each other I much prefer to watch the H h fall in love, to watch the chemistry as it builds, to watch the hero finally realize that he is in love and can t live without his little lady Not so here unfortunately And when they did have some steamy moments, I found myself not interested or caring at all, because it just all fell flat for me Once it got to the mid point and the hero was blackmailed by the father of some debutante that wanted to marry him, I stopped reading It had reached the too much unnecessary angst level for me But once again, the author did a good job, I just didn t like this particular theme Why did I buy this book, why I bought it a while back and haven t really read it, or maybe I have but erased any memory of reading it In a word, BORING I don t care for contrived tales that carry a contrived twist to a contrived tale within a contrived tale And in all these contrivances, there s little chemistry at ALL between the MCs At 11% I wonder what the hell am I reading, same reaction I get from reading the nutrients on the back of a cereal box Then, the whole thing about the Why did I buy this book, why I bought it a while back and haven t really read it, or maybe I have but erased any memory of reading it In a word, BORING I don t care for contrived tales that carry a contrived twist to a contrived tale within a contrived tale And in all these contrivances, there s little chemistry at ALL between the MCs At 11% I wonder what the hell am I reading, same reaction I get from reading the nutrients on the back of a cereal box Then, the whole thing about the missing mother never gets resolved Maybe it gets resolved in subsequent books Well, I won t be finding 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