The Duke of Olympia Meets His Match
Author: Juliana Gray
I believe I have read all of Ms. Gray’s novels that involve the Duke of Olympia. He is a character that often gets under my skin with his meddling, pompous, know-it-all ways. So I was a bit concerned picking up this novella because I knew this was his story, however, I was pleasantly surprised.
The story is full of interesting twist turns and filled with lively banter. Ms. Gray writes fun, well written secondary characters that add to dimension and depth of the story without taking away from Olympia and Penelope’s story. I love that Penelope is a lively, strong character that meets Olympia tit-for-tat. She would not allow Olympia to push her around in anyway, and even when Olympia believed he was in charge of the situation he never really was.
Ms. Gray is a queen of the “O’Henry twist” and most of the time I am able to spot what twist is coming but not this time. Not only did Ms. gray surprise Olympia, but she surprised me as well and I loved it! I love when an author can pull something out of their hat that is completely unexpected and perfectly placed, and Ms. Gray nailed it in this story.
All in all this was a fun, flirtatious, entertaining read that was the perfect escape on a summer afternoon.
Aboard the luxuriously appointed SS Majestic, the duke is on a mission to retrieve a most important portfolio of papers and thwart a known anarchist. As the ship steams across the Atlantic, the duke’s search for the notorious master of disguise forces him into close quarters with an American heiress and her widowed governess, Mrs. Penelope Schuyler.
While Olympia has known his fair share of intriguing women, Mrs. Schuyler seems to have a way of challenging his expectations at every turn. But as their clandestine meetings lead them down an unexpected path, the duke must determine if Penelope is a woman to be trusted…
Release Date: May 17, 2016
Series: Unnamed Spinoff Series #0.5
Genre: Historical Romance
Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley