The Unexpected Duchess
Book 1, Playful Brides
Valerie Gale Bowman
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IN THIS BATTLE OF WITS
Lady Lucy Upton's tongue may be too sharp to attract suitors but her heart is good, and when her painfully shy friend Cassandra needs help she devises a brilliant scheme to help her discourage an unwanted suitor, the Duke of Claringdon. Lucy will hide behind the hedgerow and tell Cass just what to say to discourage the Duke of Claringdon…but it turns out that he's made of sterner stuff than either of them anticipated. And Lucy is shocked to discover that tangling with the tenacious man is the most fun she's had in ages.
KISSES ARE THE BEST WEAPON
Lord Derek Hunt made a promise to his dying friend to marry the demure Cassandra, and for a man who wants nothing more than peace and quiet after the horrors of war, she'll make the perfect bride. If only the impudent Miss Upton will let him court the girl! Doing battle is the last thing on his mind, but bantering with Lucy behind the bushes is too tempting to resist. And in The Unexpected Duchess, the spoils of this war just may be true love…
Valerie Bowman's Secret Brides novels are:
"Intriguing [and] engaging."—Publishers Weekly
"Too delightful to miss!"—Lisa Kleypas
"Sparkling…witty…engaging." —RT Book Reviews
Publishers Weekly Review
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Good, not great
There was one really big edit error. One of the early chapters was in the wrong order. Left me scratching my head. The scene in the garden occurs then the next chapter the girls plan it.
A few small typos. For the most part it was well written. Although the characters tend to overthink everything ad nauseam. I skipped a few paragraphs here and there.
Also the decisions Lucy kept making didn't make a lot of sense to me at all. That made it hard for me to really get into the story.
The characters were well fleshed out, I think. Some of the dialogue was downright funny. It had a lot of promise and I believe if you are looking for a rather sweet story of three girls who are great friends, you will like it. It has a few sex scenes, not too steamy. At least not for me.
- Category: Historical
- Published: Apr 29, 2014
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press
- Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
- Print Length: 368 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 1, Playful Brides