Friday 10 June 2011

Review: Follow my lead - Kate Noble

Series: Blue Raven 3
Genre: Historical romance
Pages: 355
Published: May 2011

Jason Cummings, Duke of Rayne is feeling the weight of his responsibilities - one of which is to get married.  Being the most sought after bachelor in London can be trying,  so who can blame him if he seeks refuge from the voracious hordes of young debutantes at the decidedly female-free Historical Society?  Female-free, that is, until Winnifred Crane marches up to the door, demanding entrance. Despite her prowess as a historian, Winn is denied membership the Society.  So she daringly offers an unusual bargain: if she can prove the authenticity of a certain painting, she'll be granted recognition, fame, and respect.  But to do that, she must go abroad. And to go abroad, she must have an escort, even a stubbornly unwilling one.. Jason has no desire to accompany Winn on her adventure across Europe, but even he is not immune to Winn's passion for her profession. As the journey proves more difficult than planned, they must work together to stay one step ahead of their rivals.... and the closer they get to the proof Winn seeks, the closer she and Jason become.  

My thoughts:
I actually missed that this was a series, so it's a perfect stand alone novel. The other two books are about Jason's sister and her sister in law. I sure want to read those books too.

In this book Jason (our dashing hero) thinks it's time to get married. I did like that it was he who wanted it because he thought it was time. Of course he was not ready for the horrible horde: débutantes. He does meet one normal woman named Sarah, poor Sarah. We all know she will not get a HEA in this one and I did feel sorry for her. But then why would she want to marry someone who is in love with someone else. Still I was happy to learn that she will get the next book. Back to Jason, I almost feel sorry for him too. He runs after Winnifred because he thinks she is in trouble. And then he most follow her all over Europe. I said almost sorry because I was just so amused to see him follow her lead. He was a strong character who did not want to leave her alone in the middle of no where. Right, Win then, well she wanted freedom and she wanted people to know she had a brain. She was smart but also a bit stupid because she did not realize that freedom does not mean you have to be alone. What we have in the end is a duke who wants to marry a perfect nice woman and a woman who is anything but that.

The book was so utterly charming. I kept on smiling. They get in a lot of trouble and situations and their bantering is so amusing. This is how I want my historical romance. Funny and sweet. Also they do get a bit passionate but that was after they knew each other, and had started to fall in love even if they denied it. I  still smile when I think of this book.

A great book to read this summer. An adventure in search of clues, and a couple so amusing you have to love them. I will definitely read more books by Kate Noble. Her backlist is already on my wishlist. 

I recommend this book

I want to see her eyes and her grasp of the skirt is in a strange place.

And a link to the trailer since I was told by a certain msbookjunkie that the trailer made her want the book


My flash fiction entry


  1. A funny and sweet romance is a wonderful thing. I didn't know this was from a series either! I'll have to check out the other books too. Great review!

  2. Sounds so cute! I really should get over my reluctance to read historicals.

  3. I don't usually read historical romances either, but this one does sound really sweet. Great review!

  4. I do like the purpley cover. :)

  5. I've read the first two in this series. I enjoyed the first one, the second wan't as good for me. But if my library gets this one I'll definitely read it!

  6. This sounds great:) I'm in the mood for a sweet historical romance, I've been in a reading slump lately and this just might pull me out of it!

  7. @Diana
    I totally missed it :)But it didn't matter in the end. And do read it

    One should always try new books ;) Some of them are so fun

    I do read a lot but it's not often I truly fall :D

  8. This does sound like a good summer read! When I was reading the synopsis it kind of made me think of Will and Kate but maybe that's just me.

  9. This is the second review I stumble upon about this book. Perhaps a sign that it too should by on my wishlist?
    Nice review Blodeuedd. It really is funny how you look at covers. I wonder if you have ever seen the one historical cover, where to woman has three arms? Castle in the Mist I think.

  10. It does sound lovely. I need romance books for the Summer Romance challenge.

  11. This seems like a very charming book. It's promising to know that you want to read all of Kate Noble's work that just goes to show she has great writting style. I also agree with you on the book cover...why does the art department or publisher think that a cover is better without a face or part of a face??!! :-(

  12. This is on my wish list so I'm glad you liked it. You made me LOL with your cover comments. She's smiling too, haha.

  13. Oh dear, I don't know. Funny - good, romance-bad. Cover- bad, your review-good. Maybe when I get really desperate and have an opportunity to read this one...

  14. Now see, I would never pick this up based on the cover, but it sounds so fun. Jason and Winn seem like a great couple.

  15. Hahahaha yeah that is odd...I think they did it purposely. This seems like a cute little book. =) I'll have to check it out.

  16. @Chris
    The color is indeed nice

    @Jenny Q
    Then I will by all means read book 1 :) And hope I will at least think book 2 is ok. Cos they just seem so fun

    I am sure it could! So fun and sweet and funny :D

    Lol, Will and Kate? How come`? No offence to Kate but I doubt she is anything like Win

  17. @Aurian
    I wouild take that as a big yes ;)
    I am a total cover snark. I need to be snarky hihi. But yes I have heard about the three legged woman, must check that out, lol

    This one would fit perfectly for the challenge and it was fun too. Totally worth to read

    I have no idea :( I hate the trend. I want faces people! Some are just so bad. Like the one where you see the whole body and then no head. So weird. At least this one was almost there. I was more concerned what her hand grabbed

  18. @Mary
    I am glad I made you lol. I love being all cover snarky ;)

    Haha, yes perhaps then cos it was pretty fluffy, I can't deny that (and you are not a big fan) but then you can take that now and again. Sweet romance is a must sometimes ;)

    The cover is fine in the end but yes it does not stand out

  19. glad to hear you liked this one! go see the book trailer for this it rocks.

  20. @Carole
    So cute, I just wanted to hug it :D

  21. VV
    I am glad I won it :D Yay, so happy cos I really wanted to read it

  22. Love it when a book keeps me smiling. Great banter is a big draw for me. Thanks the giving me another summer read to look out for!

  23. Hee hee... I'm not the only one who does this! See, it's easy to miss that it is in a series, but sometimes it works! Glad this was one of those times! This sounds so sweet. I've been trying to win it. :)

    Your FF was good. At least it had a good ending. ;) I would have never thought about Jack the Ripper.

  24. funny and adventurous? I'm ni! Thanks Blodeudd :)

  25. Oh this sounds like a nice little romance read. :) Thanks for the review. And you and Melissa @ Books & Things with starting series in the middle. lol. But so glad it's one that you didn't feel you missed anything on. :) Thank you!

  26. @Alyssa
    I am a huge banter fan :D I love how they just argue and then fall in love, awwwwwww

    HR always works I have noticed. You seldom gotta read those in an order. And nothing surprises you either. you know peeps will be together :)
    Glad you liked my little Jack flash

    yes so read it :D

    Lol, well that is just how I and Melissa roll. So easy to miss with HR cos they never say it on the cover ;)

  27. I want to read this book! Sounds so cute! I haven't read it because I discovered it was a series and I wasn't sure if I had to read the others first, but I'm glad this can be read alone.


  28. Gaby
    It was easy to read it as a stand alone :D 100% easy so just go ahead :D

  29. This is a favorite genre.
    Sounds like a sweet series.

  30. That's how I want my romantic historical fiction too..charming sounds good!

  31. Love historical romance so will have to check out one of Kate Noble's titles someday.

  32. @Naida
    You really should try it :D

    It was such a perfect match, and it's not always I gush over HR. I mean many I enjoy but then there are those great ones

    Yes please do :D

  33. i'd like to read one of her books sometime

  34. @Carrie
    They are really cute :) I am sure you would enjoy them too

  35. Great review! A funny and a sweet historical book is exactly what I need right now. I think the cover is really pretty especially the purple gown.

  36. @Misha
    Then this one is just up your alley :D It delivers just that

  37. Am now reading it on your recommendation and enjoying it very much. Thanks

  38. Dana
    Yay :D I can't wait for your review then



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