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Friday, February 5, 2016

Favorite Character Friday: Juliana Fiori!

Favorite Character Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Adria's Romance Reviews that gives readers a chance to celebrate their favorite characters!

Why a weekly meme? Because really, with millions of books out there and more coming out every week, characters are like potato chips, you can't have just one.

How it works: Every week you pick one of your favorite characters and tell every one who it is, what book they're from and WHY they're one of your favorite characters. Be sure to include the blurb and book cover as well! Share the love and maybe someone will read that same book and see why that character is one of your favorites! Unlike the Book Boyfriend meme (which was a great meme), your Favorite Character Fridays choice can be male or female!

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Favorite Character: Juliana Fiori

Book Title & Author: Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart by Sarah MacLean

Why is this character your favorite (Feel free to include a favorite quote or scene)? I do so LOVE an illegitimate child in historical romance but very rarely have I read a romance where the illegitimate child is a woman much less a bold, sassy and proud woman like Juliana Fiori. This is my favorite book by MacLean and my favorite heroine of hers. Juliana was a force of nature that just couldn’t be contained by the boring rules and expectations of London society. She had too much life in her to become a restrained, wimpy wallflower. This woman had opinions she was more than happy to share and it didn’t matter if the person in question was a powerful duke. Juliana told it like it was and took whatever consequences that came from being honest like a pro. But she was also a kind and caring person with a big and vulnerable heart, an irresistible combination.

One of my favorite scenes with Juliana involves the first of her many clashes with Simon Pearson, The Duke of Leighton. In this scene Juliana has just hidden in a carriage that belongs to none other than the Duke of Leighton who has just discovered her and accused her of trying to trap him into marriage:

Of all the arrogant, pompous . . .

Fury flared, and Juliana gritted her teeth. “Had I known this was your vehicle, I would have avoided it at all costs.”

“Amazing, then, that you somehow missed the large ducal seal on the outside of the door.”

The man was infuriating. “It is amazing, indeed, because I’m sure the seal on the outside of your carriage rivals your conceit in size! I assure you, Your Grace”—she spit the honorific as if it were an epithet—“if I were after a husband, I would look for one who had more to recommend him than a fancy title and a false sense of importance.” She heard the tremor in her voice but could not stop the flood of words pouring from her. “You are so impressed with your title and station, it is a miracle you do not have the word ‘Duke’ embroidered in silver thread on all of your topcoats. The way you behave, one would think you’d actually done something to earn the respect these English fools afford you instead of having been sired, entirely by chance, at the right time and by the right man, who I imagine performed the deed in exactly the same manner of all other men. Without finesse.”

Book Cover/Blurb:
She lives for passion.

Bold, impulsive, and a magnet for trouble, Juliana Fiori is no simpering English miss. She refuses to play by society's rules: she speaks her mind, cares nothing for the approval of the ton, and can throw a punch with remarkable accuracy. Her scandalous nature makes her a favorite subject of London's most practiced gossips . . . and precisely the kind of woman The Duke of Leighton wants far far away from him.

He swears by reputation.

Scandal is the last thing Simon Pearson has room for in his well-ordered world. The Duke of Disdain is too focused on keeping his title untainted and his secrets unknown. But when he discovers Juliana hiding in his carriage late one evening—risking everything he holds dear—he swears to teach the reckless beauty a lesson in propriety. She has other plans, however; she wants two weeks to prove that even an unflappable duke is not above passion.

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