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The Duchess and the Dragon by Jamie Carie

Reviewed by Lori Fox

"The story is unique and well written, and you'll fall in love with her characters."

Quaker Serena Winter, though young and beautiful, isn't seeking a husband. She's turned a fair share of suitors away, and the only one she's kept is more of friend and companion in her eyes than a lover.

Drake Weston is the Earl of Northumberland, next in line for the Dukedom by right of birth. He's arrogant and commanding, a womanizer, and a shrewd businessman.

But the death of his father, the Duke, brings news that is not only bitter, but impossible for him to live with. It sends him into despair and rage, and brings about a terrible accident, the result of which is his leaving England for the colonies as an indentured servant. His money and belongings stolen, his life in tatters, and his health gone, he finds himself in the port town of Philadelphia, nursed back to health in the arms of an angel.

Jamie Carie's second novel, The Duchess and the Dragon, is a romance set in Regency England and the early days of America. While I’m not a historical expert, it's obvious that Carie has done her homework in developing the ancient setting of London and of the new born Philadelphia.

The Duchess and the Dragon stands head and shoulders above the crowd of others in its genre. Here, you will not find sappy saints prancing about and having all issues resolved with a kiss. In fact, parts of this novel are a bit racy, and not all issues are totally resolved by the end. Her writing is skillful, and well fleshed, and the choice to make Serena a Quaker lends a more interesting element than the more generic choice of simply Christian.

The one thing that I felt was lacking was tension during dangerous places. The foreshadowing was excellent, but while the aftermath of certain scenes was intense enough, the parts leading up to it were almost glossed over. I also wish there had been more face time with Daniel, the boisterous Scotsman, but that may just be my own preference.

In all, I would certainly recommend The Duchess and the Dragon to both readers of romance and historicals (and historical romance). The story is unique and well written, and you'll fall in love with her characters.

Lori Fox is a freelance writer who is working on her first novel as well as writing reviews for TitleTrakk.com. In addition to writing, she enjoys reading, making jewelry, and taking as many trips to Walt Disney World as possible with her wonderful husband Kyle. Visit her online at her website.