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A Duke Like No Other



Playful Brides Series, Book #9

by Valerie Bowman

Series: Playful Brides (Book 9)

Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1250121736

ISBN-13: 978-1250121738

File Size: 2964 KB

Publication Date: May 1, 2018

Sold by: Macmillan


Available in Mass Market Paperback  & E-Book


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Publisher’s Description:

First comes love, then comes marriage. Unless it’s the other way around. . .

General Mark Grimaldi has sacrificed everything for his military career, working his way through the ranks without the benefit of a nobleman’s title. Now, his years of dedication are about to pay off—with an offer for a prestigious promotion to Home Secretary. There’s only one condition: Mark must be married. Aside from the small matter of not actually wanting to be wed, Mark faces another troubling problem: he already has a wife.

Nicole Huntington Grimaldi has spent ten contented years in France without her husband—and without regret. When Mark asks her to return to London and play the part of his beloved wife, she sees her chance. But neither of them is prepared for news that will throw Mark’s future into chaos…nor the undeniable desire they’ve rekindled. Maybe happily-ever-after can happen the second time around in A Duke Like No Other, the next Regency romance from Valerie Bowman.

My Thoughts:

This newest Playful Brides book has more mystery and angst rather than the humorous nature of the previous titles in this series. The others I have read seem to have ties that make them better if read in order, but this one works well as a standalone.
Mark Grimaldi is seeking a high position in the Home Office. For this to happen he needs a wife. Unbeknownst to his superiors he already has one.
Mark and Nicole married quite young. They were apparently head over heels in love with each other. They were both keeping secrets from each other.
Their secrets proved an end to their marriage.
Nicole left for France and Mark carried on with his career as a spy.
Now ten years later Mark needs Nicole to achieve his wants.
The underlying mystery of his cousin, a Dukes son proves a stumbling block that they must solve.
Will their mutual need to find a murderer renew their love? Will their newly renewed love survive?
Valerie Bowman never disappoints me and this newest addition to this series is no exception.
I gave this book 4.5 of 5.0 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 4 of 5 flames. The intimacy between these two really heats up the pages.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley to read and review. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

This Series:

  • The Unexpected Duchess
  • The Accidental Countess
  • The Unlikely Lady
  • The Irresistible Rogue
  • The Unforgettable Hero (Novella, Book 4.5)
  • The Untamed Earl
  • The Legendary Lord
  • Never Trust a Pirate
  • The Right Kind of Rogue
  • A Duke Like No Other
  • Kiss Me At Christmas ~ Coming  October 30, 2018



About The Author:

valerie_bowman_photo_hires-e1451430348198Valerie Bowman’s debut novel was published in 2012. Since then, her books have received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus. She’s been an RT Reviewers’ Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance and Best Historical Romance Love and Laughter. Two of her books have been nominated for the Kirkus Prize for fiction.

Valerie grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English Language and Literature with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her mini-schnauzers, Huckleberry and Violet. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS.

Valerie is represented by Kevan Lyon of the Marsal-Lyon Literary Agency.

Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade


A Novel

Lord John Grey Book 2

by Diana Gabaldon

File Size: 6473 KB

Print Length: 511 pages

Publisher: Delacorte Press; 1st edition

Publication Date: August 28, 2007

Sold by: Random House LLC

Language: English


Digital List Price: $8.99

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Reduced Price Good Until May 12, 2018

Publisher’s Description:

Diana Gabaldon, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Outlander saga, brings back one of her most compelling characters: Lord John Grey.

Here Gabaldon weaves together the strands of Lord John’s secret and public lives—a shattering family mystery, a love affair with potentially disastrous consequences, and a war that stretches from the Old World to the New.
It’s been seventeen years since Lord John’s father, the Duke of Pardloe, was found dead, a pistol in his hand and accusations of his role as a Jacobite agent staining forever a family’s honor. Now unlaid ghosts from the past are stirring. Lord John’s brother has mysteriously received a page of their late father’s missing diary—and John is convinced that someone is taunting the Grey family with secrets from the grave. So he turns to the only man he can trust: the Scottish Jacobite James Fraser. But war, a forbidden affair, and Fraser’s own secrets will complicate Lord John’s quest—until James Fraser yields the missing piece of an astounding puzzle and Lord John must decide whether his family’s honor is worth his life.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Dark Knight’s Captive Bride


by Natasha Wild

File Size: 1651 KB

Print Length: 456 pages

Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited

Publication Date: January 11, 2016

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English


Digital List Price: $5.99

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Publisher’s Description:

She is the daughter of his enemy…and the keeper of his heart.

Richard de Claiborne, the dark earl of Dunsmore, serves King Edward Plantagenet well. Sworn to obey his king’s every order, he nevertheless chafes at the command he wed the daughter of his enemy–a man who slew his father in cold blood. 

But King Edward wants peace in his lands, and he will stop at nothing to get it. If he has to order his most powerful Marcher lord to marry a Welsh princess, he considers it a small price to pay.

Princess Gwenllian is a political pawn. When she’s forced to marry the evil Black Hawk de Claiborne, she quakes at his fierceness and brutality. But she does her duty to her father and her people, knowing she will never surrender to her enemy. 

In the halls of Black Hawk’s great keep, Gwen glimpses a man who can be tender and passionate—and who teaches her about breathtaking sensuality and a desire so great it threatens every vow she ever made to keep her heart locked tight.

As war once more looms between Wales and England, Gwen realizes a terrible truth: she’s in love with the enemy. When long-buried secrets threaten to destroy her fragile happiness, she must make a terrible choice—or watch the man she loves sacrifice his life to save hers…

About The Author:

NATASHA WILD is a Southern girl with a love for all things medieval.

When she’s not dreaming about knights and castles, she’s watching cute cat videos and planning how to talk her husband into getting another cat (they have two already). Natasha loves cats, dogs, horses and hot men. She’d happily collect them all except for the aforementioned Mr. Wild, who has put his foot down about how many of each she can have. (His answer on the hot men, for the record, is one – him.

And really, one man is enough to keep a girl busy for life, right?)

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